Tari Prinster is a cancer survivor, yoga teacher and author. She is the Founder of Yoga4Cancer, LLC (y4c) and the Retreat Project (nonprofit) – businesses that are bringing specialized yoga cancer survivors through classes & retreats. Also she leads a robust teacher training program to help enable yoga teachers to best adapt all styles to fit the unique needs of cancer patients & survivors.
In Tari’s own words, she recounts her background with yoga and cancer: ‘When I was fifty, I started a yoga practice on a hunch it would ease menopausal symptoms. It did! That was sixteen years ago. Today, I am an example that it is never too late to start, never too late to change. Yoga made me feel younger and stand straighter. I sleep better, my weight is good, and my bones are strong.
I found yoga a powerful tool to manage the daily challenges of cancer treatments as well as the side effects and life-long vulnerabilities they create. I discovered yoga was more than a way to stay healthy. It gave me emotional support and spiritual comfort so needed during recovery.
I was curious why yoga was doing so much for me. My research made it clear why yoga strengthens the immune system, thus providing, among other things, protection against a cancer reoccurrence.
All that was 15 years ago when not much was heard about yoga’s healing power. Since then, I’ve developed a carefully constructed system of yoga poses and sequences, each one based on needs of cancer survivors. This is the y4c methodology.
My book, Yoga for Cancer: A Guide to Managing Side Effects, Boosting Immunity, and Improving Recovery for Cancer Survivors, provides an easy to follow illustrated guide to help cancer survivors (and their friends & family) to take an active role in the recovery and long-term health. It is based on recent research, my personal and professional experience and includes 53 poses and 20 sequences that use movement and breathing to reduce and manage cancer and it’s treatments impact. For more information, visit y4c.com/books.
Titles & Positions:
- Founder of yoga4cancer, LLC and The Retreat Project (501c3)
- Director of OM Yoga Woman Cancer Survivor Teacher Training, OM Yoga, NYC
- Board Member & Yoga Program Director for The Libby Ross Foundation
- Yoga Ambassador, Foundation for Living Beauty
- Advisory Board Member YogaBear