yoga4cancer Certificate Program

Advanced Oncology Yoga Training

Experts Approved

Oncologists recommend yoga.

Yoga seems an obvious path for cancer patients and survivors coping with difficult treatments and their ongoing side effects. In fact, oncologist and cancer organizations are recommending yoga and exercise as part of a cancer survivors recovery and management plan. Both the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends between to 150 – 320 minutes of yoga per week to speed recovery or defend against cancer occurrence and reoccurrence. The 2018 guidelines highlighted that an active yoga practice (mentioning Vinyasa) was necessary.  Therefore, more and more cancer survivors are seeking 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. Over the past decade, the volume of research to support yoga as a safe and effective way to manage cancer side-effects has grown. Our evidence informed yoga4cancer Certificate Program provides the knowledge, facts,  solutions and practicum to address the specific needs of the cancer community.

About the yoga4cancer Program

How Oncology Yoga is Different

The yoga4cancer methodology is an evidence informed oncology method designed to support for all cancer types, stages and needs. The unique method is based on an active vinyasa style that encourages movement coordinated with breath, and accompanied with well-supported restorative poses to ensure a cancer survivor achieves the maximum benefits from yoga. It is adaptable to any yoga lineage and often used by non-yoga professionals like occupational, physical therapist, exercise specialist, pilates and more. The 55 hour training explores:

  • The physics and physiology of yoga
  • Facts and research about cancer and cancer treatments
  • Short and long term side-effects and how yoga can mitigate or reduce them
  • Appropriate and inappropriate poses
  • Methods and practice exploring how to talk about ‘cancer’ and be authentically supportive to survivors
  • Guidance on how to create an effective and safe class or practice
  • Supervised practice teaching
Watch a sample Online Video

Why is this work necessary?

Cancer in Our World

  • In 2018, 17 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed worldwide.
  • Its projected that 40% of the world’s population will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime.
  • 68% of people do not die from their diagnosis but live with the short and long term side effects of cancer treatments. These treatments and impacts effect daily functioning and negatively effect long term health.
  • Cancer survivors are more likely to experience poor health, obesity, disabilities and are more susceptible to other illness. Recurrence is not only an ongoing fear but a risk if health is not well managed.
Read the Research

Should you join us?

Types of Participants

Yoga Professionals: The y4c training is recommended for an experienced yoga professional with at least 200 hour level from any lineage. We do recommend that participants have teaching experience of more than 1 year to fully absorb the maximum benefits of this training program.

Oncology Professionals: About 30% of our participants include oncology and healthcare professionals who have a personal yoga practice and believe yoga should play a large role in cancer patients’ wellness plan. Often these individuals are working to include specific oncology yoga in the hospitals & cancer centers services. Approval of application is required.

Other Wellness Professionals: Healthcare professions such as physical therapist, social workers, massage therapists, pilates and fitness instructors etc. are encouraged to apply. As the number of cancer survivors grows world wide, the specific focus on cancer enhances the knowledge base of all other professions. A solid  personal yoga practice must be demonstrated.  Approval of application is required.

New and Enhanced in 2021

yoga4cancer Certificate Program

In 2021, our renown Certificate Program is new and improved!  After 15 years, our program will be 55 hours to include the latest research, additional training content and more resources. This enhanced program will ensure all graduates are best prepared to support cancer patients and survivors in their community.

The yoga4cancer Certification Program is delivered 100% online & distance learning through carefully constructed via videos, assignments, webinars, homework, practices, quizzes, discussions, mentor support and more. The program format is designed for busy yoga and healthcare professionals who want to gain certification to safely and effectively support cancer survivors in their community.

Now, let’s explore some details!


Program Highlights

  • 55 hour program delivered through videos, readings, activities, quizzes, webinars, practices, assignments, forum and practicum supervised via a mentor. Review curriculum below.
  • Go at your own pace’  – The pace of study is fully dependent on your preferences and availability.  We recommend a schedule of 3-5 hours per week but individuals can do more or less. Please note there are specific timelines for certain webinars and the practicum assignment.
  • Webinars and Meet Ups – Ongoing webinars and casual Meet Ups will either focused on specific topics or provide opportunities to connect and ask questions.  All webinars are recorded and are available to participants.
  • yoga4cancer Manual provides the latest research on yoga & cancer, guidance on poses, teaching tools and much more.  Additional required reading: Tari’s Yoga for Cancer book.
  • Mentorship – Ongoing support by Tari, y4c Team and mentors.
  • Certification: All graduates are able to apply for CEU credits, will be awarded a y4c certificate and be offered to be listed on the y4c Trained Teacher directory.
  • The technical requirements are a computer with high speed internet and an ability to record and upload a video to a cloud-based provider (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, etc)

2021 Tuition: $1,099.

  • Registration will open Feb 1st 2021.
  • Learn about scholarships, financial aid options and recommendations.

2021 - New and Expanded!

Review the Program Curriculum

Please download the 2021 Curriculum for the yoga4cancer Certificate Program.  This is currently still in final stages of development but this should provide a good overview of the program structure.

A final curriculum will be available for review prior to registration.


Download the 2021 DRAFT Curriculum

Pre Register for 2021 Program

yoga4cancer Certificate Program – Expanded!

Other Program Details


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 directory. Additionally, we provide ongoing webinars, resources and grants for our trained teachers community.

Yoga Alliance CEU credits are awarded based on length of any of the training and individuals must be registered BEFORE the yoga4cancer training program begins.  Please review all the YA requirements. These credits are applicable to most +300 to 500 advanced teacher trainings.

IAYT  – The yoga4cancer Online+Weekend and Intensive Certificate Programs have been approved by International Association of Yoga Therapists. (NOTE:  The Online Only is not approved due to the 100% distance learning format.) Participants that successfully complete these programs can apply for CEU 23-38 hours credits towards their IAYT credentials. Learn more here.

Additionally, we are actively applying for other CEU certification with other professional boards (e.g. Physical Therapists & Social Workers). More information to be provide upon completion of these application processes.

Post Training Teacher Support

Our certified teachers network is one of our most valuable assets. And the ultimate tool to ensure that more cancer survivors worldwide get safe and effective support that we believe they need and deserve. Therefore, we provide ongoing support and training to ensure that – together we are better! This includes forums, workshops, webinars, marketing tool, grants and more.

Please learn more here.

Student Review

Past students value and praise the programs! Surveys over the past years have shown:

  • 99% Satisfaction
  • 97% Likely to recommend
  • Strong improvement in comprehension of key concepts, ideas and benefits as conveyed in the training program (science of yoga, cancer & its treatment, appropriate poses, the immune system & yoga, etc)

Read more here.

Sample Online Module

Take the Sample: Module #1 of the Online learning program to get an idea of the online platform and our approach.  This is the first Module of the 55 hour training program.  Please note that some sections of the training will be different once you have registered and paid for your program. Additionally, a registered program user will get access to the 150 page manual and y4c team members to provide support.


Words from our community

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 Teacher Trainer

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 Teacher Trainer

This training exceeded my expectations in the techniques for teaching yoga to individuals with cancer and those in remission or survivors. The research behind the specific yoga asanas, the sequencing and the benefit to cancer patients or survivors was beyond what I had anticipated.

Judith Teacher Trainer

The y4c training was a very empowering experience. I feel much more confident in my abilities to teach yoga and relay all of its benefits to those touched by cancer. I would recommend y4c to anyone wanting to be able to safely teach yoga to cancer patients and survivors.

Kelly Teacher Trainer

The y4c program is scientifically based and loaded with knowledge as well as a deep level of compassion. I am fortunate to have taken this training and hope to share my knowledge to those dealing with cancer, providing them with a sense of empowerment.

Sarah Teacher Trainer

Wow! I am so pleased that I participated in this training!    The learning received on what cancer is and how it affects the body alone is very valuable.  Then add addressing fears and obtaining knowledge of how to teach and adapt yoga for the cancer community…priceless!

Crystal Teacher Trainer

The training improved my knowledge in the science of both yoga and cancer, and my comfort level in teaching yoga to this unique population.  The training focuses on meeting the needs of people living with cancer at all stages, from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, and I feel totally prepared to work with people at each of these stages.

Karen Teacher Trainer

This training is not just another training to have in your tool box.  This training is life changing in how you see cancer and how you can help others.

Brandi Teacher Trainer

Yoga for Cancer training by Tara Prinster and her team is absolutely the best Yoga training I have ever experienced. The training captured my attention from the beginning by openly and candidly talking about the C word. It wasn’t just fluff talk but concrete, scientific information that you can use.

Priscila Teacher Trainer

The Y4C methodology is a brilliant combination of science, experience and compassion. As a cancer survivor and yoga teacher, this training changed my life. I learned how yoga can benefit those touched by cancer, as well as the importance of community and knowledge in the healing of body and mind.

Ana Teacher Trainer

The Y4C methodology is practical for presenting yoga with modifications to the cancer community. This training gave me the tools and the confidence to teach yoga safely when the body has been compromised by the side effects of cancer treatment. The experience remains invaluable.

Donna Teacher Trainer

I was blown away by the knowledge and understanding I gained during this training.  I feel totally prepared to teach classes in the cancer community and also to work with students one on one.  Tari’s approach is accessible while being firmly ground in science in evidence.

Lisa Teacher Trainer

Y4C training opened my eyes to a yoga practice that is invaluable to a patient in treatment for cancer and/or a survivor.  It is empowering and educational to a patient undergoing such life changing events.  If you are a yoga instructor looking to make a difference in someones life…this is it!

Cheryl Teacher Trainer

If you are a yoga teacher and have interest in teaching yoga for cancer, I so highly recommend the Y4C training. It is comprehensive, thorough and very informative.  You’ll be well prepared.

Debra Teacher Trainer

Coming from no medical background, this training has giving me so much knowledge about cancer and health in general, critical thinking skills, hands-on teaching tools, confidence, and an open heart and mindfulness compassion to continue my journey as a yoga teacher for many years to come.

Lydia Teacher Trainer