About y4c Teacher Training

Yoga is an obvious step for cancer patients and survivors coping with difficult treatments and ongoing side effects. Doctors are now recommending yoga as a way to manage anxiety and overall wellness. In 2012, the American Cancer Society recommended up to 150 minutes of exercise per week – explicitly mentioning yoga – to reduce chance of cancer or defend against reoccurrence.  So more and more cancer survivors are coming to yoga classes to gain these benefits.

But not all yoga is the same and for cancer survivors the needs are different.  True compassion flows from knowledge and facts. Without specific training, a teacher is not equipped to understand the unique physical and emotional needs and challenges of those touched by cancer.  And cancer survivors come with higher expectations. The y4c training will provide you the knowledge and facts to work with this community by exploring:

  • the science behind yogaTari
  • the basics of cancer treatments & side effects
  • how and why yoga strengthens the immune system, builds bone, restores strength and flexibility post-surgery, addresses lymphedema, aides relaxation of the nervous system
  • gain comfort and support of talking to and with the cancer community
  • appropriate and inappropriate poses
  • and learn through practice, supervised teaching

The y4c methodology and training is not yoga for one-size-fits-all. Nor is it just a gentle yoga class. It is a specialized training for experienced teachers seeking to learn how to design a healing class for survivors at all stages of their cancer journey.  We focus on providing scientific facts and tools so that yoga teachers can addresses specific physical conditions, inspire hope, invite curiosity and give emotional support through a fun and nurturing community.

“I will never teach the same way again. This program has informed how I select, sequence and teach my cancer and non cancer classes.  As a survivor, it has opened my eyes and heart about my personal practice and lifestyle.  Thank you, Tari.’ - Donna W (Feb 2013)

 

The y4c methodology was designed and tested by Tari Prinster – cancer survivor and yoga guru – in New York City cancer community. Through her own recovery and regular classes in New York City over the past decade, Tari designed and modified her vinyasa training to witness results in the thousands of cancer survivors that took her classes, privates and retreats. Since 2005, Tari has looked to help other compassionate yoga teachers from all over the world to develop their knowledge and skills. As of today, she has trained over 800 yoga teachers.  The science-based training will provide tools and insight on how to adapt all yoga styles and poses to fit the specific physical and emotional needs of this community.

Past students love this training!  Surveys over the past year have shown:

    • 100% satisfaction reported from past students.285383_508396259203661_524602933_n
    • 100% of students would recommend training to a friend or colleague
    • Significant improvement in comprehension of key focus of modules (science of yoga, cancer & its treatment,
      appropriate poses, the immune system & yoga, etc)
    • Most students have requested further training from Tari and y4c.
    • Finally all believe the yoga for cancer survivors requires uniquetraining and modifications.
    • For selection of testimonials, please click here.  

Yoga Alliance CEU credits are awarded based on length of any of the training. These credits are applicable to most +500 advanced teacher trainings. We recommend y4c trainings for certified experienced yoga teacher at the 200 hour level from any lineage (some exceptions apply).

TRAINING OPTIONS 2014/2015

Teaching Yoga to Cancer Survivors – Intensive

This ~50 hr training is a basic introduction for those that have a wish to work with the cancer community or are already working and require specific training.   Modules include:

  • The physics & physiology of yoga
  • Facts of Cancer, its treatments and the harmful and life long side effects
  • Debunking myths of cancer and yoga
  • Appropriate and inappropriate poses
  • Creating a healing community and class
  • Hands on supervised teaching

To help your learning process, you will receive a support manual that will provide necessary scientific and medical information, articles, research and other handouts.  There will be homework before the training, during and after that will be required. Plus there is loads of time for practice teaching, discussion and questions for Tari and other teachers.

This training is offered either over 2 weekends or over a 5 day intensive.  All graduates are able to apply for CEU credits, will be awarded a y4c certificate and will be offered the chance to be listed on the y4c trained teacherregister.

Teaching Yoga to Cancer Survivors - Online & Weekend Intensive

Based on student feedback and increasing demand, we have launched an our ‘Online & Weekend Retreat’ training program.  This training option provides all the same content, training and expertise of the 5 day Intensives but enables a student to take a large part of the training from the comfort and convenience of their home.  This reduces travel costs and loss of work time. Plus we strongly believe people will be able to learn, absorb and better apply the knowledge and skills they gain.

This 50 hr training is a basic introduction for those that have a aim to work with the cancer community or are already working and require specific training.   Modules include:

  • The physics & physiology of yoga
  • Facts of Cancer, its treatments and the harmful and life long side effects
  • Debunking myths of cancer and yoga
  • Appropriate and inappropriate poses
  • Creating a healing community and class
  • Hands on supervised teaching

This training is a 10 week program concluding in a Weekend Retreat. During the 8 weeks of distance learning students will be expected to do between 4-5 hours of work or studying per week.  This will include video, webinars, homework, reading assignments, practical yoga assignments and more.  Throughout the entire course, you will have the support of y4c trained teachers and Tari.

The Weekend Retreat is where you get to put all the knowledge, facts and distance learning into practice with supervised & supported training. The weekends will be 2.5 days in convenient cities to enable more people to afford both the time and expensive of the training.

To help your learning process, you will receive a support manual that will provide necessary scientific and medical information, articles, research and other handouts.

All graduates are able to apply for CEU credits, will be awarded a y4c certificate and will be offered the chance to be listed on the y4c trained teacher register.