Traditional Chinese Medicine Yoga Teacher Training

Charleston, South Carolina | March 27-30, 2023

Join Tiffany Cruikshank for this 24 hour training and learn to leverage the time-tested wisdom of Chinese Medicine to understand your students’ unique needs, effectively individualize practices, and support optimal physical and energetic health.

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Training Description

For over 20 years, our founder Tiffany Cruikshank, L.Ac., MAOM has been intertwining the ancient practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga to empower tens of thousands of students & teachers to observe the nuances and subtleties of the body on a deeper level and move towards balance. Join Tiffany for this Traditional Chinese Medicine yoga teacher training in historical Charleston, South Carolina, where she will guide you through asana practices, lectures, and case studies to create an in-depth, understanding of this information. This training provides a foundation in Chinese Medicine principles and its intersection with the art of teaching yoga.

With this 4-day, 24-hour yoga teacher training located on King Street, this urban-style immersion allows you to explore Charleston’s vibrant and distinctive downtown including its mix of fashion, art, antiques, home décor, and extraordinary food. We hope you’ll join us for this urban adventure!

Training Details

This Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Yoga Teacher Training will provide you with a deep knowledge of TCM concepts as it applies to a yoga practice. We cover the foundations of Chinese Medicine theory to help you understand your student’s unique needs and how you can use this information to individualize your classes to make your work more effective.

You’ll learn Chinese Medicine five-element theory, yin and yang theory, meridian theory and the differentiation of the organs as it applies specifically to yoga. You’ll dig deeper to examine common conditions and differential diagnosis in Chinese Medicine. You’ll learn potent acupressure points and their integration in a yoga practice and a wealth of applications to a therapeutic practice.

This is one of our foundational courses and we believe it provides critical information on how to work one-on-one with students in a way that supports their unique body and mind. This training is a game changer for group and private classes and will forever change the way you teach.

You will complete this training with a deep understanding of:
  • Yin/Yang Theory and the 8 principles of diagnosis
  • Meridian Theory, locations and application to yoga practices
  • The 5 elements and their therapeutic applications
  • The application of TCM principles to common dysfunctions and the ability to brainstorm uncommon/unknown issues
  • How to modify practices and techniques to suit the individual
  • The main acupressure points and their uses
  • How to incorporate TCM applications within a yoga setting
  • How to create group class sequences around TCM themes
  • How to conduct an intake, come up with an assessment and develop a yoga plan based on that to support the individual

This yoga teacher training counts as 24 hours towards your 500-hour/1000-hour Yoga Medicine certification. Directly following the yoga teacher training you will be invited to take an online exam to receive your certificate of completion.

Anticipated Daily Schedule

  • 9-11am: Asana Practice
  • 11am - 1pm: Break
  • 1-5pm: Lecture

This training will consist of full days of asana practice and afternoon lectures with a 2-hour break for lunch. During this training, all participants are responsible for the coordination of their own meals, accommodation and travel.

When booking flights, please keep in mind that the training begins at 9am on March 27th and ends at 5pm on March 30th. We recommend reviewing our attendance policy and the cancellation/refund policy in the FAQ’s for more details before registering.

Please consider acquiring travel insurance to help protect yourself from the unforeseen and unavoidable that may affect or prevent your participation in the training (sickness, injury, family emergency, weather, etc.).

For teachers dedicated to a higher standard of learning looking to deepen their knowledge.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine Yoga Teacher Training is a 24-hour in-person training for yoga teachers, physicians, healthcare providers and those who are interested in learning more about this invaluable curriculum.

Yoga Medicine® believes that an experienced yoga teacher can be a valuable asset within the healthcare networks; and with our credentials, students know their yoga teacher is highly trained in both science/research as well as traditional yoga practices. Yoga Medicine® trains our community of teachers to understand the body and the therapeutic approaches within a yoga practice so that they can build a personalized practice to the individual across any yoga style or level of wellness.

Diane Malaspina

500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher

“Take your understanding of wellness and the art of natural healing to another level! Incorporating Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) into teaching yoga has enhanced my sequencing and wellness strategies to share with students, especially during seasonal transitions when we can feel stressed but may not be aware of why. Change is constant – day to day and season to season. Taking a TCM approach to yoga helps you to guide students into seasonal food choices and lifestyle habits that they can take off the mat to find balance in their lives. This knowledge will also enhance your sequences with poses that engage and open meridian lines by working with the 5 elements to provide a therapeutic experience. Understanding TCM helps yoga teachers see how the external environment is mirrored in the internal environment. Concepts of yin and yang can also be used to theme the class – physically through the postures or connecting to larger themes like kindness and forgiveness (which are aspects of the elements).”

Ann-Charlotte Monrad

500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher

“Incorporating Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) principles in my yoga sequencing is one of the most inspiring tools I’ve come across during almost twenty years of teaching yoga. When you learn the energetic meridians of TCM, you can target those areas of the body through asana and adapt it to address numerous conditions or concerns. To magnify the effectiveness of your teachings you can also create an emotional setting with your knowledge of the 5 elements: are you aiming to release frustration, create introspection, or do you simply want to support those students who need structure? The possibilities are endless. Instead of “just” teaching a class, there’s now a direction to my classes that can support my students on an even deeper level.”

Meet the teacher...

Tiffany Cruikshank

Founder of Yoga Medicine, L.Ac, MAOM, E-RYT

Tiffany is a yoga therapeutic specialist, author, licensed acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine provider.

She’s trained over 15,000 yoga teachers, athletes, medical professionals, physical therapists, bodyworkers and coaches on how to fuse anatomy, western medicine and cutting-edge research with traditional yoga practices to therapeutically support individuality and holistic wellness.

Today, she’s dedicated to helping teachers and students nourish their health and feel their best through a combination of modern science, traditional modalities, and experience.

Training Venue

Union Station Charleston

652A King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Set in downtown Charleston, the astonishing Union Station is one of the city’s newest and most stylish event venues. The convenient central location provides a great base from which to explore the charm of King Street and enjoy the city’s shops, restaurants and entertainment.

Pricing and Policies

Payment Option

A full payment of $800 (including a non-refundable and non-transferable $200 deposit) will secure a spot for teachers in the Traditional Chinese Medicine Yoga Teacher Training. The full payment is non-refundable and non-transferable after January 27, 2023.

Payment plans for all trainings are available at checkout to US customers via Affirm and PayPal. For international customers, please email directly to set up a payment plan.

Price Includes

Price includes:

  • Training tuition
  • Hardcopy, custom-designed training manual
  • Yoga Medicine® shirt

Not included:

  • Travel
  • Accommodations and meals – there are hotel accommodations and restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the event venue
  • Airport transfers
Cancellation & Refund Policies

There are no refunds or transfers of payments after January 27, 2023 due to the fact that we are required to make payments to reserve the event venue for the group. We realize that some extenuating circumstances beyond your control may prohibit you from attending; however, we cannot make exceptions regardless of the circumstance due to the non-recoverable payments that we deliver in advance. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance which covers refunds due to medical emergencies and other difficult circumstances.

We appreciate your understanding that this policy is for all.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be enrolled in the Yoga Medicine 500-Hour program to attend this Yoga Teacher Training?


This training is designed for yoga teachers, physicians, healthcare providers, and coaches who are interested in learning more about this invaluable curriculum.

If you have a consistent yoga practice and a desire to deepen your knowledge, then we would love to have you join!

If you are new to Yoga Medicine and would like to join the 500-hour program, then please complete the online application. Upon successful completion of this training, the 24 ‘in-person/contact’ hours would automatically be applied towards your 500-hour.

More information about the 500-hour program can be found here.

What do I need to bring to this training?

You will be supplied with a list of props and information to help you prepare for this training. All of this information will be given to you after submitting your payment.

Additional Travel Information

When booking flights, please keep in mind that the training includes full days beginning at 9am on March 27th and ending on March 30th at 5pm. The daily schedule is approximately 9am-5pm, so we advise planning your travel itinerary carefully to ensure you do not miss out on any valuable content since the information will all come together at the end. Please consult the attendance policy on required training participation for accreditation.

If traveling between countries, you may also need to contact your healthcare provider about any necessary immunizations as well as making sure your passport and any necessary visas are in order.

Apply This Training Towards a 500-Hour Certification

If you are enrolled in Yoga Medicine’s 500-hour or 1000-hour program, then this training counts as 24 ‘in-person/contact’ hours towards your certification, as well as continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance!

If you are a yoga teacher interested in pursuing continued education with Yoga Medicine, then you have the option to apply to our 500-hour program (in which case, these teacher training hours will automatically apply towards your 500-hour certification process).

To learn more about our 500-hour certification program, click here.

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