Yoga Medicine® Essentials Workshop

After decades of working with clients and training thousands of teachers, Yoga Medicine’s Founder, Tiffany Cruikshank, has distilled the core components of a therapeutic practice into a 4-part workshop. The Yoga Medicine® Essentials Workshop will dive into the nuances of topics that are hard to fit into group classes, but are crucial for all yoga practitioners and teachers to understand in order to optimize the way we move. These workshops will also address injury prevention since many of us are not aware of harmful movement patterns until an injury occurs. Each workshop will outline the structure and function of a key anatomical area and the network of fascia that supports and coordinates functional movement in this region. You will leave with an arsenal of information to instantly incorporate into your dynamic practice and teaching.



Allie will be our presenter for the entire workshop.  She is far more than her BIO.  Allie is a true yogi who demonstrates compassion, kindness, love and a deep knowledge of how the body works.  You will love learning from and with her.


Allie is based in Boulder, Colorado where she leads YTTs, workshops, group classes, and private lessons. Her specialty and areas of passion are Myofascial Release and Prenatal Yoga.


She began her practice of yoga in 2006, after she was involved in a traumatic car accident. She found that yoga and meditation was an excellent way to handle pain both physically and emotionally. In 2011, she left the corporate world and moved to Switzerland with her husband and two dogs. She began to pursue her passion and interest in yoga for therapeutic healing not only for herself, but to teach to others.


During her first pregnancy, Allie began looking for complementary practices. She enrolled in an 80 hour prenatal yoga training, and the journey through pregnancy and birth brought her closest to her practice. She was able to nurture the changes occurring in her body, but also truly understood her limitations.


Her passion for therapeutics in yoga was truly nourished when she found her current teacher, Tiffany Cruikshank, founder of Yoga Medicine. She completed her 500-hour Advanced Training Certification in 2018. She’s a Yoga Medicine® Registered Therapeutic Specialist and currently enrolled in the Yoga Medicine 1000-hour advanced teacher certification. She has assisted Tiffany on several Yoga Medicine 500-hour trainings all over the world.


To learn more about Allie’s offerings, visit:

KARMA YOGA is honored and excited to offer the Yoga Medicine Essentials Workshop on January 18 and 19 (at Karma). 

The workshop consists of 4 modules. Each module is allotted 3 hours consisting of practice and lecture. This workshop is weekend event and is accessible for new students, avid practitioners, and yoga teachers seeking to revitalize their anatomical knowledge.

Shoulder:  Saturday January 18 begins @ 12:30 pm
The shoulder girdle is a common area of struggle for both the new yogi and the regular vinyasa practitioner. The shoulder joints are inherently inclined toward mobility, creating the need to cultivate stability when we challenge the joints in weight-bearing poses like chaturanga dandasana. During a short lecture you’ll learn the anatomy of the shoulder and a theoretical approach to working with these joints therapeutically before moving through guided practices that enable you to immediately translate this knowledge into your body and onto your mat.

Hip: Saturday January 18 begins @ 5 pm
This workshop explores the need for equity between stability and mobility in the hip joint. In a yoga practice hip stability occurs naturally to some extent, but what each of us needs to maintain balance in this joint can vary greatly from person to person. Through a brief lecture and guided yoga practice, you’ll look at the structure and function of the hip joint and dig in to how to individualize for your personal needs even in a group class.

Spine: Sunday January 19 begins @ 11 am
The central theme of this workshop is maintaining the integrity of the precious structures of the spine and all that it entails. Learning to move efficiently, with the support of the core, gluts and legs is key not just in a movement practice but also in the challenges of our lives. Through a combination of theory and practice you’ll understand how the parts of the spine work together with the core and legs, and learn how to move with solid mechanics that allow you to rewrite your autopilot responses.

Myofascial Release: Sunday January 19 begins @ 3 pm

Understand what myofascial release is and how it works before learning a few important things to avoid and how to use it on your own. We’ll move through a myofascial release practice that explores the areas we’ve found to be most helpful in the legs, hips, shoulders and back. You will leave with self-care information that you can use right away. This practice is myofascial release only (no yoga) and is open to everyone, no yoga experience needed.

Registration and Payment

  1. Register on the Karma website using the registration form.

  2. When the registration is received you will be sent information regarding payment options (check, cash, credit or debit, paypal). 

  3. Once payment is received you will be notified that you have a secured a spot in the workshop/s.

  4. The cost is $300 for the entire weekend of 4 modules20 if you pay before December 20.   After December 20 the cost of the workshops will be $350 for all 4 modules.   If you wish to take an individual module the cost is $100 per module.

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