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"Finding Your Inner Compass"

Sacred Alignment & Anatomy


Unhealthy alignment and unsafe sequences of postures are the most prominent causes of injury in the field of yoga today.  This module will greatly expand your understanding, knowledge, and relationship to human anatomy and the physical body as you learn to safely guide your students through a vigorous vinyasa practice while reducing the risks of injury.  With this knowledge you will be able to keep your students in healthy alignment and help their practice flourish for years to come.

In this module we address: common injuries and modifications, how to effectively cue and embody healthy alignment, the complexity of the human spinal column, useful teaching tools and exercises that you can pass along to your students, common mistakes that beginners make and how to give them a strong foundation, physical and somatic effects that groups of poses create, energetic effects and the workings of the nervous system, and hands on assisting in back bends, twists, hip openers, and lateral stretches.

The tools acquired with being able to understand the intricate workings of the physical body will empower your students ability to live a long and healthy, and pain-free life.  Being able to give the gift of relieving the population of physical pain and stress is one of the greatest offerings a teacher can make.  Being able to take care of the body will create a greater foundation to deepen the inward yoga practice for yourself and others.


**Prerequsite: Level 1: Building The Foundation of Your Craft

Visiting Guest Lecturer:

Tiffany Cruikshank



• Anatomy and Structure of the Spine

• Dealing with and Addressing Common Injuries

Effective Teaching and Demonstrating of Back Bends & Twists

• Hands on Assisting - Part 4 & 5

Effective Teaching and Demonstrating of Hip Openers & Laterals

• Creating a Offering Teaching Moments

• Safety, Alignment, and Activation of Poses

• Biodynamic Energetics and The Nervous System

• Yoga Philosophy

• The Great Tree and History of Yoga

• Vedic Literature & the Bhagavad Gita

• Effective Teaching and Demonstrating of Inversions and Advanced Armbalances

• Patanjali and the End of Suffering

• Radiance Sutras

• The Path of Bhakti Yoga

• "Sahaja" Yoga

• Tantric Roots and Origins of Yoga

• Japa/Mala Meditation

• Chakra system and Pranayama practices

• The Art of Om-ing

• The Five Elements & the Five Movements of Prana: Theory, Application & Practice


• 8 class pass included


For more than 15 years, Tiffany Cruikshank has taught yoga throughout North America, empowering her students to transform their lives through mindfulness and dedication. Her classes and workshops are full of humor, heart and hard work.

In addition to teaching yoga classes, retreats and workshops internationally, Tiffany is the Acupuncturist for Nike World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon, and runs 200hr and 500hr yoga teacher trainings. She has been featured in various video and print ads for Nike and Lululemon, founded sports medicine clinics and treats many professional athletes and celebrities in Portland & NYC.

Combining her education and training in Acupuncture, Sports Medicine, Nutrition and Herbal Medicine, Tiffany created the Optimal Health Program, a system of looking at a person's whole body to help them achieve a personalized, vibrant state of health.

Her book, Optimal Health, for a Vibrant Life was recently published and her DVD, Intermediate Power Vinyasa, will be out fall 2010.

For more information about Tiffany visit: www.tiffanyyoga.com




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Make up sessions are available at an added cost which will be assessed depending on the amount of time needed.  Text book costs are not included in the fee. If you are interested please call 202-518-YOGA (9642) or contact Katja Brandis directly at katja@thestudiodc.com



To apply for our Teacher Training, please fill out our Application Form

Please do not submit your deposit with your application.  You can submit payment upon application review and acceptance to the program.  We accept Master/Visa cards as acceptable forms of payment.



Although anyone has the potential to be a great yoga teacher, having a regular yoga practice and a general familiarity and knowledge of yoga will greatly help and accelerate your learning on the teaching path.  It is recommended that:

  • Applicants have a regular and consistent yoga practice for a minimum of 6 -12 months
  • Demonstrate the desire of deepening their own yoga practice while supporting other students on their yogic path
  • Attend regular community yoga classes with the senior trainers at The Studio DC during the training sessions
  • Complete all homework assignments
  • Has a proficient practice of Level 1.5 classes at The Studio DC





Upon completion of all 3 Modules, graduates of the 200 Hour Program will have the opportunity to participate in our innovative and nurturing Teacher Development Program:

  • Blossoming Teacher Classes

  • Teaching Assistant Program

  • Teacher Peer Review Process

  • Teacher Empowerment Group


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The Studio DC

Dupont Circle: 1710 Connecticut Ave NW

Adams Morgan: 2469 18th St NW

202.518.YOGA (9642)