Yin & Meditation Yoga Teacher Training | Online

Join Tiffany Cruikshank & Dr. Rashmi Bismark in this 55 hour online training to master the therapeutic aspects of teaching Yin Yoga and Meditation, plus the science behind what makes these two introspective practices effective.

Yin & Meditation Yoga Teacher Training | Online


Training Description

The Yin and Meditation Yoga teacher training — a curriculum close to our heart — is co-taught by Tiffany Cruikshank and Rashmi Bismark, MD, MPH. Rashmi brings over 15 years of study and practice of alternative healing modalities, including ayurveda, energy healing, yoga, and meditation. This yoga teacher training looks at these two more contemplative practices and the science behind how they can be used more therapeutically. We will look at how and when to use yin and/or meditation practices, as well as the science behind how it affects our physiology.

Together, these expert instructors will lead the group in lectures, discussions and practices – Rashmi guiding the mindfulness and meditation component and Tiffany leading the morning and evening asana practices.

In-line with the current educational industry standards under COVID-19, this training is being offered in an online format.

Training Details

In the Yin portion of this training we will take a deep dive into the fascia and its current research to look at the therapeutic implications of yin yoga. This training also looks at the science of stretching, its effects on fascia and what the current research suggests in terms of yoga applications. We’ll also look at Chinese Medicine principles and examine its application using the meridians to support the energetic body. We’ll dissect the what, why, when and how behind both the gross and subtle aspects of teaching a yin yoga practice and all the details in between to give you everything you need to teach group yin classes and incorporate yin yoga into private sessions.

This curriculum will also dive deep into the essentials of teaching meditation. We’ll cover how to introduce your students to meditation by addressing common misconceptions, hindrances and how current research around meditation practices offer beneficial perspectives in your classes. We’ll look at what the research suggests around neurotransmitters, the endocrine system, the immune system, epigenetics, aging and cognitive effects. We will also examine the science behind the physiological and psychological benefits as well as the concept of neuroplasticity and how it relates to meditation. You’ll see an overview of styles and techniques to help guide your students and your own practice.

This training involves an introspective practice of self inquiry through practice and mindfulness. Participants must have a strong desire to cultivate a meditation practice or already have a regular meditation practice. We welcome the seasoned or novice meditator as long as both come with an open mind. You can expect meditation practices intermingled with lecture, light vinyasa and yin yoga. The vinyasa component is mild and moderate and is used to demonstrated how you can weave different styles together as well as help break up the lectures and bring the meridians and content to life. Come prepared for a brain full of information as well as time spent on more contemplative personal discoveries.

Here are the main topics that we will cover during the Yin and Meditation Yoga Teacher Training:


  • TCM foundations & Yin/Yang Theory
  • Fascia Anatomy & Function in a Yin Practice
  • Stretching Research & Implications
  • Joint Anatomy
  • How to Use a Yin Practice Therapeutically
  • Anatomy of a Yin Practice: the What, Why, When & How
  • Detailed Dissection of Yin Poses & Uses
  • Chinese Medicine Meridians, 5 Elements & Uses
  • Myofascial Chains
  • Yin Yoga Sequencing


  • Mindfulness: A Primer
  • Meditation: The Evidence Base
  • Meditation as a Neurocognitive Exercise
  • Approaching Obstacles in Meditation Practice
  • Spiritual Path of Meditation
  • Guiding Meditation: the What, Why, When & How
  • Focused Attention vs. Open Monitoring
  • Still vs. Movement
  • Guided vs. Unguided
  • & all the details in-between to give you everything you need to teach group classes & individualize private sessions in meditation & yin yoga…

This training has six sections – each section is composed of pre-recorded lectures, asana practices, review and homework to integrate the information.

We created this online training to be flexible with your schedule so you can complete it at your own pace. The full training is available now and there is no deadline by which you need to complete the training as you’ll have unlimited access to the training materials even after completion. Most of all we are committed to bringing you the highest quality of education by our incredible teachers to your door.

This yoga teacher training will count as 55 ‘in-person/contact’ hours towards your 500-hour/1000-hour Yoga Medicine certification. Directly following the training you will be invited to take an online exam to receive your certificate of completion and training hours. These online training hours will be recognized by Yoga Alliance if completed by the end of 2023, click here to read more about their guidelines on online training hours.

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

The Yin & Meditation Yoga Teacher Training is a 55-hour advanced online training for yoga teachers as well as physicians, healthcare providers, coaches and fitness instructors with yoga experience who are interested in learning more about this invaluable curriculum. To fully benefit from this training, we recommend that anyone considering enrollment is actively working with students and clients within a yoga or therapeutic setting.

Yoga Medicine® believes that an experienced yoga teacher can be an asset in conjunction with the healthcare network; and with our credentials, your students will know that their yoga teacher is well trained with a range of experience. 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.e, body, age or capacity.

Chloe Banks

Yoga Teacher

“I wanted to add yin into my yoga teachings, so the Yin & Meditation Module was incredibly beneficial. I love learning about how science merges with meditation, and I also find this super helpful for my students to be able to relay the scientific evidence as to why yin and meditation are so amazing. Thank you for all your insight, knowledge and openness to share. Incredibly grateful.”

Lee Dubocl

500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher

“What a wonderful experience! I am a relatively new teacher, but a long time yin student. I learned so much and am beginning now to incorporate so much that I learned on both yin and meditation to the classes I am teaching.”

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.

Dr. Rashmi Bismark

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

Rashmi is currently in the process of completing RYT-500 training with Yoga Medicine® and is receiving mindfulness teacher training through the Oasis Institute, Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Bismark’s current practice is focused on offering holistic mindfulness-based lifestyle programming tailored to individuals and communities for health promotion and the improvement of risk factors and outcomes related to chronic diseases. She feels very fortunate to travel the world with her husband’s job, raising two little yoginis-in-training, and sharing mindful ways of nurturing life and healing.

Our Promise

We believe bridging the gap between yoga and medical systems is a crucial therapeutic adjunct to modern healthcare. That’s why all of our offerings strive to reach the same goal: to empower teachers and students through deeper yoga education.

We train our community of teachers to understand the body and the therapeutic approaches to yoga so that they can build a personalized practice to the individual across any yoga style or level of wellness.

With our credentials, your students will know that their teacher is well-trained with a range of applied and highly specialized therapeutic experience!

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 55 ‘in-person/contact’ hours would automatically be applied towards your 500-hour.

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

How do I prepare for and access the online training?

Before the training, it is recommended to read chapters 1 & 2 of the book, Voices of Qi.

When you register for this training, you will also receive complimentary access to the following online courses: Conducting a Therapeutic Evaluation and Recognizing Red Flags in a Therapeutic Yoga Setting – reviewing these courses will also help you prepare for this training.

After registering for this training, you will receive a confirmation email with more details on general information, training materials needed, and instructions on how to access your online training.

Do you offer refunds?

Immediately after your payment is processed, you will receive access to this training’s online portal and materials. For this reason, refund requests for online trainings are not accepted.

We appreciate your understanding.

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 55 ‘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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