Hello Beautiful Babes,
So excited to be back and we are already half-way through Summer💛💫✨☀️
Buttttt, I’m even more excited to share my next Blog Feature. She has such an impact in the yoga community and is literally out of this world with her knowledge. Her innovative thinking and dedication to the practice have enabled her to help thousands of yogis see their own practice in a new light.
I’m talking about, Tiffany Cruikshank Founder of Yoga Medicine, renowned yoga teacher and phenomenal author. Not to mention her non-profits: Yoga Medicine Research Institute & Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation.
Tiffany’s info will be at the included throughout our interview below🎙 so go FOLLOW her on all platforms!
That’s not all, you get 2 interviews that are sooo jammed packed with juiciness, one from our 2017 in audio and the other is our most recent that is written below.
Thank you again Tiffany for joining me all these years. In my journey, my growth, my separation, now divorce and being apart of my many platforms and Blog. Also for being apart of my 2017 project Your Meditation & Mindfulness Project, “How to continue to use the wisdom of simple yoga, meditation and mindfulness techniques to live your life of Calm, Peace & Happiness, no matter how busy your life is!” I included our original interview below 👇🏽 On Jan 2017 for my Meditation & Mindfulness Project so go check it out as well. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN 🎧
▪️Tiffany goes into the meaning of Yoga Medicine?
▪️How yoga helps with faster healing of individuals with mental or physical issues.
▪️She tells us several myths about meditation, as well as different meditation styles.
Soooo EFF’in good🤍💎🦋🧿
Lets dive into all things Meditation, Mindfulness, Body Methodology and Mechanics 🧘🏻♀️🌟💛🎙✍🏽
Founder of Yoga Medicine
Featured Entrepreneur: Tiffany Cruikshank – Founder of Yoga Medicine, Founder of Yoga Medicine, renowned yoga teacher and phenomenal author and non-profits: Yoga Medicine Research Institute & Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation
Interviewed by: Anna Svetlik De La Rosa
Episode: # 63
Q1. What did you want to be growing up?
My dream was to be a professional tennis player before I found yoga.
Q2. What are 5 words that best describe you?
Q3. When did you start practicing yoga?
I began practicing yoga at 14 years old and started teaching yoga at 16 years old.
Q4. What is one of you most treasured accomplishments?
All the work we have done with Yoga Medicine right now and so excited about my non-profits: Yoga Medicine Research Institute & Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation. I feel like Yoga Medicine is the culmination of so many years of study and now bringing it together with other teachers and healthcare providers to make a significant impact in our healthcare. And the non-profits give a deeper sense of purpose to what I do, soul food.
Q5. How do you get into your zone to teach others?
Does your body ever not feel it?
When I started it really just began because there weren’t many trainings and there weren’t many advanced trainings that I knew of at the time. I wanted to help teachers dig deeper and understand the body in a way that allowed them to be more thoughtful and effective teachers. No matter what the job we all have days we feel more enthusiastic or less but remembering that my purpose is to be of service to the students/teachers and remembering that I’m human and can just show up as me, that helps me reconnect and find meaning in what I do.
Q6. What role does meditation play in your life?
Meditation has long been an essential element of my life. I was diagnosed as ADD as a youth and I believe the meditation & yoga practices are what helped me focus my attention in a productive way. My morning meditation practice give me clarity in the chaos and ease in the stressful pace of a busy life to manage my life in a way that feeds me rather than leaving me depleted.
Q7. What’s your advice for somebody just starting with their practice (spiritual, yogic or meditation) and gets overwhelmed with all the info offered online?
It’s so easy in this busy world to constantly be pulled from one task to another. Even when it comes to our own health & wellness practices, they quickly become another consuming task on our list. Our body & mind is fueled by our ability to focus and really immerse ourselves in our work,. So my recommendation is to pick one thing and commit to it. Come back to it a little everyday, even if its just for a few minutes. Don’t add anything else until you have finished what you need to with that one thing. The brain/nervous system responds much better to this than our illusion of thriving on multitasking.
Q9. Amazing life lessons in general?
Do your best and let the rest go!
Q10. What platform have you used that has played a part in making your message successful?
Social media has been a helpful platform for us, mainly Facebook & Instagram, as well as Twitter and Pinterest
Q11. What advice do you have for other women looking to start their own journey?
Q12. What motivates you?
I love helping people. Whether that means training teachers to think and understand the body in order to help their students or helping patients & students directly. I love seeing the light go on when something works or the smile when someone finally feels better or the look when someone feels what its like to enjoy their life for the first time in a very long time. I love helping people when they feel like they have tried everything, that moment when they feel hope & excitement again. That’s what I live for.
Q13. What is Yoga Medicine?
Yoga Medicine is a thorough, anatomically-based training system that trains teachers across the globe to work more powerfully with their students. Yoga Medicine teachers are trained in the fusion of East and West to blend the best of anatomy and physiology with the traditional practice of yoga, including pranayama, mindfulness and meditation. Our vision is to educate and empower our global communities to use yoga therapeutically based on a deeper understanding of the individual and to provide a resource of teachers to the medical community and beyond. We also have our own in house non-profit, our Yoga Medicine Research Institute, where we conduct our own research to deliver information and awareness around purpose-driven yoga, meditation and mindfulness as a way to examine its effects on various health outcomes. In my view, this continues the push, already started by Yoga Medicine, to raise the bar on what it means to be yoga teacher.
Q15. What is Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation?
In 2017 we relaunched our new Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation, it’s our other non-profit funded by Yoga Medicine that is really about giving back to a culture that has given us so much. We fund shelters in India that rescue women from sex slavery & other social injustices. We also provide them with food, shelter, yoga and most of all vocational skills to empower & inspire them. Her Future Coalition has established a new shelter in Delhi near the red light district, housing over 100 women & children. We continue to raise funds so that we can have an impact there for years to come. Our goal is to raise $100,000 by December 2021, will you join us?
You can go here for more info.
An international yoga teacher, author and health and wellness expert, Tiffany Cruikshank is known as a teacher’s teacher and has written for and graced the cover of many prominent publications.
Tiffany Cruikshank is the founder of Yoga Medicine® and began practicing yoga when she was in her early teens. She is internationally acclaimed due to her ability to fuse the two worlds of eastern and western medicine together and apply it to the practice of yoga in an accessible and relevant way.
She has been teaching for over 25 years, has a premed Bachelor’s degree in Medicinal Plant Biology and a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with a specialty in Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. Tiffany began leading informal teacher trainings out of her home to local teachers in her area in 2003 and began leading Yoga Alliance approved 200-hour teacher trainings in 2008 and Yoga Alliance approved 500-hour teacher trainings in 2009 as TiffanyYoga. Her teaching methods combine the western knowledge of the body (anatomy, kinesiology and physiology) with the eastern tradition of yoga.
Tiffany Cruikshank was previously the Acupuncturist and Yoga Teacher at the Nike World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon and has worked with over 25,000 patients. She has graced the cover of over a dozen magazines including: Prevention, Yoga Journal, Om Yoga Magazine, Mantra Yoga and Health Magazine, Origin Magazine, Thrive Magazine. She has been a contributor to many major publications including: The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Forbes, Yoga Journal, Prevention, Dr. Oz, Self, Women’s Health, Marie Claire, Glamor, Shape, Fitness, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, More, Well+Good, MindBodyGreen, Triathlete, Organic Authority, American Fitness, Yoga Magazine, AOL Build, Cosmopolitan, Natural Health and more.
Photo Credits: JennyJ Photography
Headshot: Fluid Frame Photography
More Goodness Below from Tiffany🦋
ACE THE ANATOMY
Join Tiffany Cruikshank, renowned yoga teacher and founder of Yoga Medicine for an experiential, engaging breakdown of the human body as it relates to the practice of yoga. As she partners with Yoga International in Ace The Anatomy. You won’t just sit there and take notes; you will learn how to directly apply this essential information to your practice.
Tiffany’s expert instruction will provide you with tools to teach and practice with more confidence and clarity. Retain what you learn as you examine and feel key anatomical landmarks in your own body. Then explore further with corresponding anatomy-focused classes with Senior Yoga Medicine Instructor Amanda Cunningham.
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