Spain 200-hour 2018 2018-02-15T23:14:15+00:00

200-hour Teacher Training



Yoga Medicine’s 200-hour program consists of two separate training weeks with online lectures and homework in between. The two training weeks include 7 nights accommodation and 3 delicious vegetarian meals prepared specially for us at the beautiful Suryalila Retreat Center in Cadiz, Spain. In between the two on-site trainings, you and your classmates will have access to a private online coursework system for the weekly homework assignments, lecture videos, group discussion, and much more.

The 200-hour program is designed to give you a foundation in Week 1, the homework period helps you to review and integrate the information into your personal practice and sample teaching, and Week 2 ties it all together. You will graduate Yoga Medicine’s 200-hour training with a solid understanding of anatomy, alignment, safe adjustments, and a mind full of class programs to offer within your community.

Course Dates


May 5-12, 2018


May 13 – Sept 14, 2018


September 15-22, 2018


This training is designed for the serious student who would like to start teaching yoga, as well as those who would like to deepen their own knowledge & personal practice. We designed this program to allows for greater flexibility for individuals with careers and families by offering two separate weeklong trainings with online coursework in between. The accessible content keeps you engaged in the training once you return to your regular schedule and you receive a powerful community experience while immersed in the two retreat weeks.

Yoga Medicine’s curriculum creates a sound knowledge of anatomy, alignment, and adjustments. This foundation will serve as a powerful base from which to teach and guide your students through a practice that educates, inspires, and heals. Since each person finds their own unique calling within yoga, our program encourages a creative focus to unlock each student’s individual potential. There is no script or set sequence to memorize, just your own unique voice that will grow with confidence as a certified yoga teacher.

What to Expect


We offer a flexible program that includes 2 weeklong intensive retreats with online coursework in between.

During the first retreat, mornings begin with a 2-hour yoga practice followed by breakfast. Our days are filled with intensive study delving into anatomy, alignment, and adjustments of the yoga postures – all of which lays the foundation for your teaching. The evenings include lectures and a short restorative practice before dinner. Each day will end with homework and self-reflection.

In the 4-5 months in between the retreats, you will be given weekly homework assignments consisting of online lectures, review, practice teaching, pop quizzes, and recommendations for yourpersonal practice. You should plan for 3-4 hours a week of homework plus your regular yoga practice.

On the second retreat, we will bring all the elements of teaching yoga together with classes on sequencing and refining your teaching voice. There will be plenty of asana review and practice teaching with valuable feedback to hone your skills as a teacher.

Both training weeks are filled with daily information, so please plan any travel or sightseeing to take place before or after the training weeks.


  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Application of Anatomy to Yoga
  • Alignment
  • Adjusting
  • Sequencing
  • Sanskrit
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Pranayama & Meditation
  • Chakras
  • Ayurveda
  • Inspiring and Motivating your Students
  • Business & Ethics
  • Observation & Practice Teaching

Pre-requisites & Application

A minimum of one-year consistent practice, defined as a regular 3-6 day per week yoga practice. We carefully select our applicants so that we can work closely with our teachers to guarantee a higher level of proficiency. Please fill out and submit your application online.

Meet Your Teachers

This training will be lead by a team of Yoga Medicine teachers that have all completed extensive Yoga Medicine trainings and are personally mentored by Tiffany Cruikshank.


Rachel is the Lead Teacher at this training. She is a full-time yoga teacher based in Queenstown New Zealand. Some of her students are strong vinyasa yogis aiming to deepen their personal practice. Others come for the slower, more subtle exploration of Yin yoga. And her therapeutic private yoga students want to learn how yoga can help them feel stronger, more stable, and more serene.


Valerie Knopik is a Senior Research Scientist, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, and E-RYT in Indianapolis, Indiana. With a PhD in Psychology, Valerie is extremely active in mental health research, focusing on how our internal biology and our external physical environment (including yoga, mindfulness, and meditation) can interact to positively change our mental health landscape.


Alice Louise Blunden is a London-based certified 500-hour Yoga Medicine teacher, primary school teacher, Teach First ambassador, language lover, kitesurfer, windsurfer, skier and traveller. She is honoured to be working with Tiffany as a Yoga Medicine teacher while continuing her education through the Yoga Medicine 1000-hour Master Teacher Training Program.

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The Suryalila Retreat Center

Suryalila is nestled serenely in a large open valley in the foothills of the Sierra de Grazelema. This majestic mountain range can be seen looming large on the horizon behind Suryalila. A striking part of the natural beauty of the property is the breathtaking vista extending in all directions: rolling hills, fields of sunflowers, and lakes. The sense of vastness and expansiveness is very uplifting.

Suryalila is a beautiful old renovated olive farm consisting of eight houses that form the cortijo. The property sits on 45 acres of land and is still a working olive farm with 350 olive trees. The onsite gardens produce organic vegetables and fruits that are featured in your daily meals alongside fresh eggs from the chickens. Suryalila’s team of chefs create the daily meals based on the seasonal offering and are well-known for delivering colorful and delightful vegetarian meals!

After registration, you will receive more information about the retreat center for transportation and planning ahead. You are also welcome to find out more here.

Rooming Options


Single Suite

Your own room with an ensuite or adjacent bathroom


Double Room

2 beds with an ensuite or adjacent bathroom


Shared Room

Suryalila offers a beautiful assortment of mixed rooming options from glamping tents, yurts, and dorm rooms.

Before You Register

If you would like to join Yoga Medicine’s 200-hour yoga teacher training, then please complete the online application (see link below) for the 200hr program. An in-depth overview of the 200-hour curriculum and structure can be found here. Once your application has been approved, please proceed with registering for the room and payment plan of your choice.

If you have any questions about this training or the application process, please contact us at

Note: if you have already submitted an application or you have been approved for the 200-hour program, then you do not need to re-apply.

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Included: Full lodging at Suryalila for both training weeks, 3 vegetarian meals each day, online lectures & homework between retreats, and a detailed training manual.

Not included: Airfare, ground transfers, or travel insurance (highly recommended).

You will have the following three payment options when you register:

  • Pay in Full: Complete your reservation for this training in one simple payment.
  • 3 Payments: The price of your accommodation type is broken into 3 equal payments. One payment is processed at registration and the two subsequent payments are auto-charged once a month. The complete training fee is due in full by April 14th, 2018.
  • 6 Payments: The price of your accommodation type is broken into 6 equal payments. One payment is processed at registration and the five subsequent payments are auto-charged once a month. The complete training fee is due in full by April 14th, 2018.

Please read the Cancellation & Refund section to be clear about Yoga Medicine’s policy.

Refunds will be issued for cancellations made prior to February 16th, 2018, minus non-refundable charge of $500.

After February 16th, 2018, payments are non-refundable and non-transferable due to the fact that Yoga Medicine is required to provide the hosting retreat center with non-recoverable payments.

Before you enroll in a 200-hour training, please ensure that you can attend both training weeks in full. For the continuity of your training and the group’s cohesion, we cannot offer transfers between 200-hour programs. We realize that some extenuating circumstances beyond your control may prohibit you from attending, however unfortunately due to non-recoverable payments that we must make in advance to secure the retreat centers, we cannot make exceptions regardless of the circumstance. We appreciate your understanding.

When booking flights, please keep in mind that the first week training begins with dinner on May 5th and ends with a morning vinyasa class from 7-8:30am followed by breakfast on May 12th.

Likewise, for the 2nd retreat, begins with dinner on September 15th and ends with a morning vinyasa class from 7-8:30am followed by breakfast on September 22nd.

You must be present for the entire duration of both retreats.

When traveling to another country, you may also need to contact your healthcare provider about any necessary immunizations as well as making sure your prescription medicines, passport, and possible visas are in order. The airfare and ground travel is the responsibility of the participant, so we urge you to coordinate these logistics well in advance and make smart decisions based on weather and events on the ground.

After registration, you will be invited to join a private online portal for your 200hr group. This will be a 1-stop-shop for your training information, plus you can introduce yourself and coordinate rideshares with other participants.

Also, Suryalila offers extensive travel suggestions and directions from Seville and Malaga, Spain.

Click here to see visit Suryalila’s travel page

Click here to see visit Suryalila’s general tips.

Couples who are both participating in the training and wish to share a room need to enroll one participant in one of the single room options and contact immediately to arrange for the second participant. If single room options are sold out we will do our best to accommodate.

Due to space constraints, we often cannot accommodate guests who are not participating in the full training. Priority is given to those participating.


You are ready to start on your journey to become a teacher if you have a love for yoga, the curiosity to learn more, and the desire to share what you love about yoga with others. All the rest is exactly what this 200-hour yoga teacher training program will show you! Our YTT will give you the building blocks to help you feel prepared. You’ll learn key points for each asana, how to give safe adjustment and modifications, how to cueing others through a sequence, instructions for communicating with a wide audience, and how to ground your personal practice so you are teaching what you know in your body.

Don’t worry – crazy arm balances and complex twists are not a prerequisite. We require participants in our program have a dedicated yoga practice for at least a year, so the training group has a working familiarity with a variety of asanas. From there we give you information to refine your practice and look at the asanas from a teaching perspective. Within the two training weeks you will surely meet a few challenging postures, but that is the beauty of yoga and your body – both systems learn from each other!

Yoga Medicine is not a style of yoga but rather a training that educates the teacher to understand the body and create individualized yoga programs for the student based on their understanding of the anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, and the traditional practice of yoga. We have participants from all schools of yoga find that our trainings help deepen their knowledge asana and the body in a way that translates effectively to their own yoga methodology. In the 200-hour, the practices will be a mix of hatha vinyasa intermingled with therapeutics and restorative practices.

200-hour YTTs are offered all around the world in a myriad of formats, so there are innumerable factors to compare. What is more important is deciding what factors matter to you. Here are a few of the strengths that we love about Yoga Medicine’s program:

  • Yoga Medicine’s teaching faculty has a breadth of experience teaching in their communities – locally and globally. They each have their own areas of expertise from their careers on and off the yoga mat, plus a wealth of information that they gained by training directly with our founder, Tiffany Cruikshank.
  • Our program has stood the test of time and its longevity speaks volumes on its own. Tiffany Cruikshank built the 200-hour curriculum before YTTs were widely available and over the decades she has continuously refined the content. We continuously raise our own bar!
  • The program’s three-part format developed to ensure participants have ample opportunity to digest the information they learn and apply it to their own practice. Both weeks are intensive and you’ll be presented with an array of new concepts, so don’t think it is a breeze! But if you are up to the challenge, you’ll take the knowledge from Week 1, spend 4-5 months reviewing and applying the concepts in your homework, then come back for Week 2 ready with a stronger practice and a solid footing on all the key concepts from the curriculum.


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