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 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

Why is this work necessary?

Cancer in Our World

  • 40% of the world’s population will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime.
  • 17 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed worldwide each year.
  • 68% of people will survive.

The cancer survivor population is large and growing due to the advancements in treatments. However, cancer treatment cause short and long term side effects that require management to improve long term health and survival.

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 absorb the maximum benefits.

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, occupational therapists, massage therapists, pilates, fitness instructors and more are encouraged to apply. These professionals integrate the oncology yoga into their discipline or practice. However, it is important to note that this certificate does not replace the value or need for a +200 hour yoga training. Regardless, a solid personal yoga practice must be demonstrated.  Approval of application is required.


yoga4cancer Certificate Program

Our renown Certificate Program is new and improved in 2021. After 15 years, the program is now 55 hours and includes the latest research, additional training content, more mentor engagement 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.


Program Highlights

55 hour programDelivered 100% online through videos, readings, quizzes, live sessions, assignments, exclusive forum and mentorship.
Self-paced, flexible scheduleEach participant determines their daily and weekly schedule to achieve deadlines.
It is recommended to complete at least 3-10 hours per week over 16 weeks.
EnrollmentEnrollment for each session remains open until the sessions are full.
Live InteractionA series of webinars, classes and live events to create community, deepen understanding and answer questions.
Events are held at 1pm Eastern Standard Time. Dates are provided in the Curriculum (see below).
Live participation is recommended but replays are available.
yoga4cancer ManualNew 260 page manual includes the latest research, guidance on poses, teaching tools and more. Additional required reading: Tari’s Yoga for Cancer book.
MentorshipOngoing support by Tari Prinster, y4c Team and Mentors.
CEU creditsAvailable with Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Other CEUs are pending.
Tuition$1,199 for the 55 hour program. Early Booking Discounts may be available.


55 Hour Curriculum Overview

The 55 hour program is designed to be self-paced and flexible for various schedules, student locations and learning styles. How and when you study, practice and learn each week is up to you. Various specific live events are recorded and available on replay.

Please download the Curriculum for the 2022 yoga4cancer Certificate Program. This Curriculum most closely resembles the program requirements and timelines, and a finalized Curriculum with all program elements will be provided by the program start date.

What is the recommended pacing for the Certificate Program?

The Certificate Program is designed to be self-paced and flexible for various schedules, our global community and learning styles. How and when you study, practice and learn each week is largely up to you! However, based on the fixed deadline of the Teaching Practicum Submission, we do recommend a certain pace of study to best achieve the deadline and have ample time to absorb the information. Additional information is provided in the Orientation but the high level pace of recommendation is below.

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