For Professionals

2021 Certificate Program

Tari Prinster


55 hrs

24/7 hrs


About the Certificate Program

Yoga seems an obvious path for cancer patients and survivors coping with difficult treatments and their ongoing side effects. In fact, oncologists and cancer organizations are recommending yoga and exercise as part of a cancer survivor's 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. Yoga is specifically mentioned to achieve these weekly goals. Research has proven that yoga is a safe and effective way to manage the side-effects of treatment.

But, not all yoga is the same and for cancer survivors the needs are different.  True compassion flows from knowledge and facts. Without oncology training, yoga professionals are not equipped to understand the unique physical and emotional needs and challenges of those touched by cancer. Our evidence informed oncology program provides the knowledge, facts and solutions to address the specific needs of the cancer community.

Program Participants

  • Yoga Professionals
  • Physical, Occupational and Massage Therapists
  • Healthcare Professionals (MD, Nurses Social Workers)

Program Fast Facts:

55 hour programDelivered 100% online through videos, readings, quizzes, live sessions, assignments, exclusive forum and mentorship.
Two 16 week Sessions (Spring and Fall) will be offered in 2021.
Self-paced, flexible scheduleEach participant determines their daily and weekly schedule to achieve their Sessions deadlines.
It is recommended to do 3-5 hours per week for the 16 weeks.
Live, scheduled events are included but come with replay option.
Open enrollmentEnrollment will be from Feb 2021 to September 2021 until sessions are full.
The date of registration determines the participants Session - Spring and Fall.

Program access remains until December 31, 2021.
Live InteractionEach Session has a series of webinars, classes and check-ins to answer questions and create community.
Events are held at 1pm Eastern Standard Time.

Live participation is recommended but replays will be available for mandatory content.
yoga4cancer ManualNew and improved in 2021 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$1,099 for the 55 hour program.

In the 55 hour training, you will learn...

  • the physics and physiology of yoga
  • facts about cancer and cancer treatments
  • the guidelines for survivors and corresponding research
  • common side-effects of treatment
  • how oncology yoga can mitigate side effects, improve daily functioning and long term health
  • appropriate and inappropriate poses
  • methods on how to credibly and authentically talk to survivors and healthcare providers
  • experience and practice in the yoga4cancer Method
  • Practice teaching and mentorship


The Tuition for the 55 hour advanced oncology yoga program is $1,099.

Despite our commitment to manage costs and maintain a less than $20 per hour cost, we understand that affording continuing education can be daunting. We well understand that many in our community are faced with financial constraints from cancer and the low paying profession of yoga. We face similar financial constraints. We work hard to offset costs and provide financial support through fundraising and grants. But, we ask our community to do the same. We have several initiatives to support as many motivated individuals as possible:

1) Payment Plans

Several payment plan options will be provided to help participants spread payments over a period of time. It is important to note that all payments must be fully received prior to gaining access to the program. Therefore, the length of your payment plan could delay the start of your program. Review Payment Plans.

2) Scholarships - Limited and Competitive!

Through the generous donation and support of our community, we are able to offer up to 10 partial scholarships for the 2021 Certificate Program. The scholarships equal up to $600 per recipient which is 60% of the total cost of the 55 hour training. Recipients are required to fund the remaining balance (up to $599).

These highly competitive scholarships are awarded based on the specific criteria and require the recipients to support underserved cancer survivors and help advocate for oncology yoga interventions. Apply for a scholarship by Feb 28th. CLOSED.

3) Leveraging Your Community - A guaranteed way to join!

Past and present students have used crowd-fundraising to successfully raise funds to participate in training programs.  These campaigns have included financial support from employers, local non-profits and benefactors. Unlike the scholarship option, it's guaranteed success if you put in the work and due diligence. Yes, it requires a bit of work but it's the type of effort we undertake to provide scholarships. And, frankly, it's good practice to learn how to fundraise.

Plus, it creates awareness of your Oncology Yoga certification, attracts future students, helps raise visibility with local hospitals and cancer centers so that ultimately your certification is being well used and rewarded. Learn more.

Curriculum Overview

Please download the Curriculum for the 2021 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.

Managing the Workload

The 55 hour program is designed to be self-paced and flexible for various schedules and learning styles. How and when you study, practice and learn each week is largely up to you! There are various scheduled live events throughout the program. Replays will be made available to optimize accessibility. The 55 hour program is best achieved by doing 3-5 hours of work per week for the 16 week session.

Two Sessions in 2021

In 2021, we will host two 16 week sessions - Spring and Fall. Each Session has specific deadlines or scheduled events that must be achieved. The events are hosted at 1pm (Eastern Daylight or Standard Time) on specified dates in the Curriculum. All mandatory events are recorded and available on replay but live participation is recommended.




  • Starts - Sept 1st
  • Practicum Deadline - Nov 1st
  • Closing Webinar - Dec 15th
  • Program Ends - Dec 31st

Transfers between sessions - This is NOT recommended. If an enrolled student is not achieving the deadlines of their Session, a transfer option is possible (based on approval) and a $100 fee will be required. The Transfer Fee is to fund the additional administration and technical costs. Plus it is designed to be an incentive to the enrolled student to achieve the 16-week curriculum. Review all Program Terms and Conditions.

Technical Requirements

This program is conducted fully online and requires experience, understanding and interest in a training that is conducted via computers and the internet. The program is easy and intuitive, but if you are a novice at technology, it will require learning new skills. Please note the technical requirements should not be intimidating nor a barrier for participation for individuals who are motivated to learn and follow instructions.

  • Use of a computer with high speed internet access is required to complete this program. Program access from tablets and smart phones is possible but not recommended for certain assignments.
  • Use of up to date browsers or any associated computer software is required. We recommend using Google Chrome to access the program.
  • Understanding and interest with technology and online learning is required. A willingness to embrace technology will ensure an enjoyable and effective program.
  • Video recording is required by all participants. A 20 minute teaching practicum must be recorded and uploaded to a cloud based platform. We provide ample support and instructions.
  • Technical guidance and support is offered for students, but we require all participants to follow provided instructions and tools when seeking technical support.
  • Participants who may need additional technical support based on poor technological experience may be charged a fee.

If you are concerned or curious about the technical skills required to participate, please take the Sample Program to assess the program and your abilities.

Types of Participants

Yoga Professionals: The y4c training is recommended for certified experienced yoga teacher starting at the 200 hour level from any lineage. It is recommended that participants have teaching experience of more than 1 year to absorb the maximum benefits of this training program.

Other Wellness Professionals: Healthcare professionals such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, massage therapists, pilates instructors, exercise specialists etc are encouraged to apply. As the number of cancer survivors grows world wide, the specific focus on oncology yoga enhances the application and experience for all other professions. A solid personal yoga practice must be demonstrated. Additional assignments may be required. Please note this training does not replace the value and need for a traditional 200 hour yoga teacher training program. Approval of application is required.

Oncology Professionals: About 30% of yoga4cancer trainings include oncology and healthcare professionals who have a personal yoga practice and believe yoga can and should play a large role in wellness plans and Oncology & Cancer Center services. Please note this training does not replace the value and need for a traditional 200 hour yoga teacher training certification. Additional assignments may be required. A solid personal yoga practice must be demonstrated.  Approval of application is required.

Certifications and Continuing Education Credits

All successful graduates of the program will be provide yoga4cancer Certification and given the opportunity to be listed on the y4c trained teachers directory. Additional post certification benefits and resources are provided as well.

Yoga Alliance CEU credits are provided with certification. Individuals must be registered with Yoga Alliance BEFORE the training program begins.  Please review all the YA requirements. These credits are applicable to most +300 to 500 advanced teacher trainings.

International Association of Yoga Therapist CEUs – The yoga4cancer Certification Program is a recognized Professional Development for Continuing Education program for IAYT. The number of hours is under review due to online format requirements from IAYT. In 2020, participants who successfully completed these programs could apply for CEU 23-38 hours credits towards their IAYT credentials.  Learn more here.

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