Tiffany Cruikshank has taught yoga throughout North America for over fifteen years. In addition to teaching yoga around the world, Tiffany is also an acupuncturist at Nike's World Headquarters nd has studied Chinese medicine, holistic health -- born from her study of herbs which began at age 14!
Tiffany talks to us about all things yoga and holistic health, wellness in the workplace, and more!
MBG: How did you first come to yoga?
TC: Like most people I had a lot of challenges as a teenager and I sought out many different outlets to this. At first I tried solutions that were to my own detriment but eventually I found yoga which helped me channel all the emotions and feelings to a more positive outlet. That’s why I’m so passionate about bringing yoga to our youth. Teenagers face so many challenges during such an unsteady time in their lives and yoga is such a great way to direct all that energy into something more productive.
How/why did you become interested in holistic health/acupuncture? Why is this so important in one's practice?
When I was 14 years old my parents put me through a wilderness program to help me find my way. One of my guides was also an herbalist and he would take me out on plant walks and teach me about herbal medicine. The entire experience was empowering, learning to survive in the wilderness without much more than a knife, a water bottle and a blanket and also learning how to heal myself. I instantly knew what I wanted to do with my life. When I got home I continued to study and started an apprenticeship with an herbalist. I starting making things and had literally hundreds of tinctures, lotions, salves, teas and all sorts of concoctions I had created at home. It’s pretty funny actually, I still have pictures of my bedroom then. It looked like a full blown herbal pharmacy, with all my creations. I would make all sorts of things treating my friends and family members when they were sick. Later on in my teens I began studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and fell in love with the philosophy and art of healing with TCM so I began an apprenticeship with an acupuncturist. Being really motivated to pursue this as a way of life, I finished high school and started college when I was 16. I studied nutrition and botany with a degree in Medicinal Plant Biology and went straight to Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine school and have been seeing patients ever since.