Evidence Informed Yoga for Cancer Survivors

Serving 100,000 cancer survivors in our communities worldwide.

VISION

yoga4cancer is prescribed and available for all those touched by cancer.

What do we do

Provide classes, resources, trainings, workshops and support.

yoga4cancer (y4c) is a specialized yoga method tailored to address the specific physical and emotional needs left by the cancer and cancer treatments. This unique approach matches breath and movement to stimulate the immune system, improve flexibility & strength, reduce anxiety and boost overall well-being. The approach goes beyond the gentle and restorative yoga that are commonly offered in wellness cancer centers as the only yoga illness interventions. The yoga4cancer method is also gentle and restorative, but additionally, it is an evidence-informed style focusing on the science foundation of movement and breath and the special needs of cancer patient or survivors. Teachers are trained to be aware of and understand the cautions / risks in generic yoga styles for cancer survivors . These trained teachers come to serve cancer survivors with compassion informed by knowledge and experience. Their goal is to support the individual in the ways that each patient / survivor needs on any given day.  They are trained and supervised to adapt this valuable methodology to all cancer types, stages and other physical challenges.

yoga4cancer classes and private sessions are tailored to address the specific needs of cancer patients and survivors.

A yoga4cancer trained teacher will look to:

  • build strength and flexibility in safe ways
  • stimulate your immune system and build bone density
  • detox the body and cultivate a sense of well-being
  • create hope and community
  • empower cancer patients and survivors to feel in control of their lives
  • and encourage survivors to embrace yoga as a personal tool that will enhance their future wellbeing.

I use the expression, "life-changing" very sparingly, but yoga4cancer was just that. Every bit of what I learned was critical information to teach yoga to students with cancer. This training provided me with practical and important tools and knowledge to teach safe and effective classes.

Tomoko y4c Trained Teacher

I loved my experience with yoga4cancer. I thought I was going for the asana and returned home with a deeper knowledge and a better understanding to cancer treatments, and how the human body responds to yoga. What a great experience with Y4C, such an eye opener. I will now teach yoga with a greater awareness.

Kathleen y4c Trained Teacher

The survivor yoga class has been an emotional and physical bridge to my recovery. I started my yoga with the group before my chemo.  This kind of support cannot be found in a ” regular” yoga class.


Andrea Cancer survivor

About yoga4cancer Founder

Tari Prinster

Tari Prinster is a cancer survivor, master yoga teacher, celebrated author and founder of yoga4cancer (y4c) and the Retreat Project (501c3), which bring evidenced informed yoga to cancer survivors worldwide.

When Tari was fifty, she started a yoga practice to ease symptoms of menopause. After a diagnosis of breast cancer, yoga became a powerful tool for her to manage the daily challenges of treatment side effects. More than a way to stay healthy, yoga gave her a community and the emotional support and spiritual comfort so necessary for recovery and beyond.

The challenge of cancer led to life change. Research about cancer and yoga was in its infancy in 2000. Tari got curious why yoga was so healing for her, but not recommended by her doctors. Cancer patients were told to “go home and rest.” She read widely, including both classic Eastern texts and Western science about anatomy and movement.

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Articles

What Yoga Teachers Need to Know About Teaching Cancer Survivors

by Tari Prinster. Published in Kripalu.  Yoga for cancer patients—what better way to manage anxiety, gain strength, increase flexibility, and create feelings of well-being! A growing body of research points to this path, both during and after treatment. But it’s important for teachers to realize that teaching yoga to cancer patients and survivors is different than teaching yoga in a typical class. Here’s why.

Specialized Training Is Required

B. K. S. Iyengar said it best: “Do not imagine that you already understand and impose your imperfect understanding on those who come to you for help.” Most yoga teachers, whatever their style or practice, are trained to teach a general population. While 200-hour trainings typically include anatomy modules, there’s not enough time to cover specific physiological topics, such as cell development, or psychological challenges, like the acute anxiety induced by a diagnosis of a life-threatening disease. It’s not possible to cover the specific needs or risks of the survivor in a standard yoga training.

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