Founder and Master Teacher
Tari Prinster, RYT
Tari Prinster is a cancer survivor, master yoga teacher, author, speaker, and founder of yoga4cancer (y4c), an organization to bring oncology yoga to cancer survivors worldwide.
After Tari’s cancer diagnosis in 2000, she used yoga to aid her own recovery. Tari wanted to help other survivors find strength, side effect relief, and long-term health. In 2003 yoga4cancer methodology was developed, which is based on published research, well known physical, physiological and emotional principles of yoga, and Tari’s work with students and survivors. Today y4c offers an online certificate program to give students the conceptual and clinical expertise to ensure that yoga professionals can safely and effectively support the cancer community.
Having nearly 3,000 yoga4cancer teachers worldwide, oncology yoga can be found in hospitals, yoga studios, community centers, homes, and online. Tari and her team support rigorous research on the impact of yoga. Several studies on y4c methodology have been published, including a feasibility study with Hartford Hospital. In 2018, an influential white paper, Yoga Interventions for Cancer Patients and Survivors, was published helping both healthcare organizations and yoga professionals improve quality of cancer care worldwide.
Tari’s 2014 book, Yoga for Cancer: A Guide to Managing Side Effects, Boosting Immunity, and Improving Recovery for Cancer Survivors is an illustrated guide for cancer survivors, which has been translated into Spanish and Japanese. Tari’s work was featured in the film YogaWoman and she was awarded Yoga Journal’s first Seva Leadership Award. Tari’s mantra is “Cancer steals your breath. Yoga gives it back.”Read More About Tari