yoga4cancer Certificate Program

Advanced training to support cancer survivors and patients.

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, recently, 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 exercise per week to speed recovery or defend against cancer occurrence and reoccurrence. The 2018 guidelines highlighted that an active yoga practice (like 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 yoga4cancer is different

The y4c methodology is not yoga for one-size-fits-all. The evidence informed method is an adaptable, 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. The 45 hour certificate programs provide the scientific facts and tools so yoga and healthcare professionals can addresses specific physical and emotional side-effects of cancer and cancer treatments. The training content includes:

  • 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

  • An estimated 1.7 million Americans are newly diagnosed every year. Globally, the number of new cases topped 14.1 million per year.
  • 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.

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.

Same certificate and methodology

Three Different Formats

In this modern and global world, we recognize that everyone has different learnings styles, availability and budgets. With the use of online learning platform, we have developed three different program formats to best serve compassionate yoga and healthcare professionals worldwide.  Each 45 hour program is based on the same methodology and will enable professionals to safely and effectively support cancer patients and survivors worldwide.

This 45 hour program is our primary format and highly recommended by past students and our team. It is a hybrid program utilizing technology and self-study whilst retaining the hands-on supervised practicum with Tari and her team. This program is designed to provide flexibility for busy professionals, manage time requirements more easily and reduce travel costs. Additionally, as the curriculum is spread over 10 weeks, participants are able to apply their new found knowledge and we have seen that comprehension is better than traditional face to face programs.

This program includes:

  • 45 hour training over 10 week period consisting of:
    • 31 hours of distance online learning
    • 14 hours of face to face practicum in a Weekend Intensive
  • ‘Do it at your own pace’ online study: 5-7 hours of online learning per week including videos, reading, quizzes, webinars and assignments.
  • A one hundred seventy page digital manual includes program content, research and advice. Printing costs not included. 
  • Recommended reading:  Tari’s Yoga for Cancer book.
  • Support from Tari, program mentor and other y4c trained teachers.
  • 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.

Tuition starting from $895.

This 45 hour program is a traditional in person format. The Intensive Program is delivered over 2 weekends (Friday – Sunday) or over 5  to 6 contiguous days. This format consists of lectures and demonstration days, a teaching practicum, and homework before, during and after the program. It includes:

  • 45 hour training over 5-6 days with some pre & post homework.
  • A one hundred seventy page digital manual includes program content, research and advice.
  • Access to the Online Training for 1 month after the completion of the program
  • Support of Tari Prinster and y4c trained mentors
  • Recommended reading:  Tari’s Yoga for Cancer book.
  • 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.

Tuition starting from $795. Travel and accommodation not included.

After a successful Pilot in 2019, a new 100% distance / online learning program that has been carefully constructed online modules and mentor support over a 16 week period. The aim of this program format is to provide an option to yoga and healthcare professionals who otherwise cannot physically join us for our various worldwide face to face training programs. This program will remove those barriers so that together we can better serve more cancer survivors world wide.

  • 45 hour training over 16 weeks through online distance learning.
    • Recommended 3-5 hours per week of distance learning includes videos, readings, quizzes, webinars, assignments and practicum supervised by a mentor.
  • Featuring the latest yoga4cancer Manual including the latest research on yoga & cancer, guidance on poses, teaching tools and much more. Printing costs not included.
  • Required reading: Tari’s Yoga for Cancer book.
  • Ongoing support by Tari, y4c teachers and Mentors.
  • Technical requirements:
    • Computer with high speed internet access is required. Access from tablets (ipads) and smart phones is not allowed.
    • High level of computer proficiency is required by all participants.
    • Participants ability to video record and upload to a cloud based program (Vimeo, YouTube or other)
  • Certification: All graduates will be awarded a yoga4cancer Certificate, included in our trained teacher directory and received exclusive offers, grants and support. The program is certified with Yoga Alliance and graduates can apply for CEU credits if they are registered at point of participation in the program. Please review requirements here.
  • Tuition starting from $895.

Learn more and pre-register for the 2020 programs.

Find a training that fits your schedule

Current Schedule

We offer about 10 Certificate training programs per year in a range of locations and dates to best suit the needs of our growing community.  Additionally, we have an online 3 hour workshop to get you started.  Check out the schedule and join us for a training.  More dates and locations are added throughout the year.


Current schedule of trainings

Other Program Details


Online+Weekend Curriculum

Please note all 45 hour Certificate Programs have identical Curriculum. In each program format, some elements are delivered in different methods (e.g. in person, via webinar or via video) but for the same objective and with the same content.

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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.

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 45 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