Teacher Training



  • March 15-20, 2015:  Kripalu.- Intensive Program – Sign up here.
  • May 15-17, 2015: Charlotte, NC. – Online + Weekend Program – Register now!
  • June 26-28, 2015: San Francisco, CA. – Online + Weekend Program – Registration starting March.
  • July 12-17, 2015: Kriplau.- Intensive Program – Sign up here.
  • August 7-9, 2015: Chicago, IL. – Online + Weekend Program – Registration starting March.
  • October 9-11, 2015: Washington, DC – Online + Weekend Program – Registration starting March.
  • More 2015 dates to come!

Don’t want to miss out?! Please send us a note and be the first to know about the launch dates and locations.

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.

You will learn:

  • 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.

The y4c methodology was designed and tested by Tari Prinster – cancer survivor, author and yoga guru. Through her own recovery,  regular classes in New York City and retreats over the past decade, Tari designed and modified her vinyasa training to witness results in the thousands of cancer survivors. 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 1,000 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 it! Surveys over the past years have shown:

  • 98% satisfaction reported from past students.285383_508396259203661_524602933_n
  • 99.1% of students would recommend training to a friend or colleague
  • Significant improvement in comprehension of key concepts (science of yoga, cancer & its treatment, appropriate poses, the immune system & yoga, etc)
  • For selection of testimonials, please click here.  

Who should take this? 

We recommend y4c trainings for certified experienced yoga teacher at the 200 hour level from any lineage. We do recommend that participants have been teaching for more than 1 year to get the most out of the program.

Additionally, we have accepted physical therapist, oncology nurses and other similar professional backgrounds with yoga experience.  These need to be approved prior to the training.


Yoga Alliance CEU credits are awarded based on length of any of the training. These credits are applicable to most +300 to 500 advanced teacher trainings. All participants that successfully complete the training will be provide y4c certification and be provided the opportunity to be listed on the y4c trained teachers website.

1) Online + Weekend Program – NEW

Based on student feedback and increasing demand, we thrilled to launch our ‘Online & Weekend’ program.  This training takes our existing 10 year-running successful  program and puts about 60% of the content online whilst retaining the hands-on supervised teaching in a weekend intensive. This format will enable students to take a large part of the training from the comfort and convenience of their home. Plus with reduced travel costs and less in-class time requirement, the training is more affordable and accessible.

Program details:

  • 45 hr training over an minimum of 7 week period concluding in a Weekend Retreat.
  • 4-5 hours per week to include video, reading, quizzes, webinars, assignments and more.
  • Receive a 150 page manual including new content, research and advice.
  • Support of y4c trained teachers
  • Required reading:  Tari’s Yoga for Cancer book
  • Technical requirement:  Computer with high speed internet is required.
  • Certification: 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.
  • Locations: Large cities across the US. Want to host a weekend? 
  • Pricing will start at $895.

Registration begins February 2015!

Sample of video: The Immune System

2) Intensive Program

This 45 hr training is a required introduction for anyone who wish to work with the cancer community or are already working and require specific training. This program has been offered over the past 10 years and has helped hundreds of compassionate yoga teachers how to apply facts, science and research to their teaching. This is the same curriculum as the Online & Weekend Program but offered almost entirely face to face with selected partners.

Program details:

  • 45 hr training over 2 weekends or over a 5 day intensive.
  • Receive a 150 page manual including new content, research and advice.
  • Access to the online training material during the duration of the program and for 1 month after.
  • Support of y4c trained teachers
  • Required reading:  Tari’s Yoga for Cancer book
  • Certification: 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.
  • Limited locations:
  • Prices starting at $695.

For more information about any y4c training, please register here.

Interested in hosting a training?  Click here and send us your details!

“For me, y4c Teacher Training served as a unique opportunity to explore a methodology crafted specifically to safely strengthen the physical and emotional state of cancer patients/survivors.  Also, as a result of attending the y4c Teacher Training, I feel empowered – I now can effectively serve cancer patients/survivors because I have an understanding of, and as a result can, initiate/participate in a discussion about, cancer, treatment options/side effects and survivor/patient concerns.  Lastly, participating in the Training served as an opportunity to join a community of yoga teachers with a similar commitment to contribute to the healing of those touched by cancer.” – Mitchelle P 

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: Our programs are educational purposes and are not to be mistaken for long-term therapy or cure. Some people may find some programs to be too psychologically or physically challenging. We recommend that you consult a physician or trusted counselor if you have any doubt.