AskTari: Can anyone teach yoga to cancer patients?

22 Tari Answered: “Yoga for cancer patients is a specialization. When I was going through treatments, I found that there were few yoga teachers who understood what my needs and desires were as a patient. I went to classes that were designed basically as a series of restorative poses. Although this was lovely and relaxing, it was not satisfying nor inspiring.

I was surprised, and upset, that many yoga classes were offered by teachers without any supervised training, knowledge of cancer and Western treatments, and no personal experience with cancer. My feelings about the preparedness of yoga teachers beyond the 200-hr training programs are supported by the words of BKS Iyengar in Light on Life. ‘Is it an act of loving-kindness to assume you know the needs of those you come to you for help?”