We have been asked several times ‘Who is the y4c team?’. And its a great question. So we want to use this as a simple introduction to who’s who in the y4c world.
Tari Prinster is a cancer survivor and yoga teacher since 2003. She is the Founder of Yoga4Cancer, LLC (y4c) and the Retreat Project (nonprofit) -businesses that are bringing specialized yoga cancer survivors through classes & retreats. Also she leads a robust teacher training program to help enable yoga teachers to best adapt all styles to fit the unique needs of cancer patients & survivors. For Tari’s full bio, please see here.
Josi is the impostor in this group of yogis. Although she practices yoga personally and believes in its healing physical and emotional benefits, Josi isn’t an instructor. Josi bring the business acumen and organizational strategy to the team to enable efficient and sustainable growth of the program. Her background is in consumer marketing for FTSE brands like Hilton, British Airways and Avis in both London and in New York City. Josi is also Tari’s daughter so their unique, loving and familial approach lead all aspects of the business. Contact info: email@example.com
Dale Amanda O’Reilly, RYT- Director of Program Management & y4c Teacher
Originally from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Miss O’Reilly grew up immersed in outdoor sports, community service, theatre and dance. In 2008 she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with Honors from Columbia College Chicago, and went on to perform and present work in Chicago, Orlando, FL, and New York City. In 2013, Dale completed her 200 hour Yoga Certification through ISHTA Yoga, and continued her studies by completing the y4c teacher training program shortly after. She approaches Yoga instruction with the same vigor and curiosity as she approaches the Arts, and honors Yoga as a method of manifesting physical and emotional well-being. Dale is proud to be an inspired voice among y4c’s administrative team. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeannine Bishop, RYT- Director of Trained Teachers, TRP Board Member & y4c Teacher
Jeannine’s personal caregiving experience with a close family member led her to passionately pursue bringing the benefits of yoga & meditation to cancer survivors and seniors, each with their own unique health challenges. Her classes encompass medically-aware posture exercises to build flexibility and strength, breathing applications to steady and calm the energies of body and mind, and meditation to increase awareness within our daily lives.
Since first becoming a certified as a y4c teacher in 2011, Jeannine has evangelized y4c’s fact-based approach to safely and responsibly working with cancer survivors through her classes in hospitals and wellness centers.
Jeannine is also a Level 2 Certified Mindful Yoga Works Teacher after successfully completing more than a year’s work that began with Mindful Yoga for Cancer Professional Training at Duke Integrative Medicine in North Carolina, refining her therapeutic use of yoga and meditation to assist with the health challenges specific to cancer and chronic pain.
Jeannine completed Integrative Yoga for Seniors Professional Training, Masters Program at Duke Integrative Medicine in 2011, and after 2 years of practical application, returned to present on The Benefits of Mediation in Senior Adult Communities. Jeannine subsequently completed the year-long Yoga for Seniors Mentor Program, creating and implementing an 8-week study on Yoga and Mediation with Senior Oncology Patients to become a Yoga for Seniors Certified Teacher in 2014.
Jeannine relocated from Chicago to Jacksonville, FL, in 2017 where she is now actively working to expand appreciation of the principles of y4c in her new home community, as well as to continue bringing the benefits of yoga practice to more students. Contact information: email@example.com
Jana Hicks, RYT- y4c Teacher and Homework Mentor
Jana Hicks, a native of Texas, holds a BFA in dance from SMU and performed with a variety of companies and choreographers in Texas and New York throughout her career. She is currently Co-Artistic Director of The Next Stage Project and has taught and choreographed for over 30 years in the US and abroad. Jana currently teaches Contemporary Dance at Steps on Broadway, Peridance Capezio Center, and The Joffrey Ballet Center. Jana teaches Yoga at Now:Yoga at The Shala, Peridance Capezio Center, Physiologic, and for Y4C . She also teaches AntiGravity Yoga at Studio Anya.
Jana holds multiple yoga certifications, including through Om Yoga (Cyndi Lee), and most recently through Now:Yoga at The Shala (Edward Jones, Frank Mauro, and Joe Miller), and Y4C (Tari Prinster). Jana began her yoga training in the Vinyasa tradition at OM Yoga Center in 2003. With a busy dance life, yoga practice was sporadic, until a breast cancer diagnosis in 2010. Y4C brought her back to Om, back to her mat, and there began a powerful, healing, dedicated practice that has been an integral part of her life alongside dance ever since. Deepest gratitude to all of her teachers who have guided and supported her along this path. For a full Bio and more information, please visit: www.janahicks.com and/or www.thenextstageproject.com
Teri Richardson, RYT 500– y4c Teacher
Teri Gandy-Richardson, RYT 500, is a Brooklyn based visual artist, yoga teacher, studio owner and writer who finds great personal peace in nature. All of her work is deeply inspired by the resilient layers within the human experience from which she is moved to weave meaning into her own life. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, Teri vehemently champions her yoga practice, creative mind as well as the support of her friends, family and community as the reasons for her ability to bounce back and— to get ‘herself’ back. Through that process, she continues to create a ‘home’ through all of her work, love and humor that is accessible for all.
For more information, visit Teri’s blog: www.greetingsfrommycancervacation.com
Clare Patterson, RYT– y4c Teacher
Clare first encountered Yoga as a child while browsing through her parent’s copy of Swami Vishnudevananda’s ‘The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga,’ then later stepped on to the mat while studying Acting at Vassar College. In 2014 she completed a 200hr level training at Jaya Yoga Center in Brooklyn, and as of Spring 2018 will have completed her 500hr level training. A survivor of a rare pediatric cancer, her classes are woven with compassion and designed to ignite both inner and outer strength in her students. Clare trained in the y4c method with Tari Prinster at Kripalu in 2016. She’s also a Reiki practitioner and a 1st Kyu in Kyokushin Karate.
Elissa Lewis, RYT– y4c Teacher
Kimberly Campbell, RYT– y4c Teacher
Kimberly Campbell is the Founder of New York City-based Om Healing and Wellness, part-time Executive Director for Exhale to Inhale, a yoga instructor, wellness coach, speaker, and writer. Through her work, Kimberly aims to empower people to create their own experiences, to see that they have a choice in how they react to the external pressures they come up against, and to shed the “shoulds” and judgments people place on themselves. Kimberly credits her yoga and meditation practice for giving her a foundation that has helped her deal with everyday challenges and some of the most stressful times in her life, including her own cancer diagnosis. She specializes in working with people who are dealing with the physical and emotional complexities of trauma, illness or injury, specifically cancer and cancer treatments. She is a health columnist for the Three Tomatoes and author of the Om Healing and Wellness Blog. Learn more at omhealingandwellness.com
Mimi Ferraro , RYT – y4c Teacher
Mimi’s first life-changing yoga moment came in Savasana at the end of class at her gym in Manhattan almost 15 years ago: she experienced the profound potential of yoga to calm and open the mind following an asana practice. Physically, yoga was instantly familiar to her. She developed her own highly-truncated home practice to manage lower back pain.
Following her diagnosis of breast cancer in 2006, Mimi was drawn back to yoga, which became her personal barometer — a few minutes or a few asanas into practice, she can tell where she is mentally and physically on any given day. Mimi decided to complete her teacher training specifically to teach people who have/had cancer. Her favorite moments as a teacher come when she introduces students to a new asana that they think they will never be able to do — but then, with diligence, patience and practice, they do it. She obtained her Vinyasa Yoga teaching certification from Frog Lotus Yoga International, and an additional certification in teaching yoga to women who have/had cancer from Tari
Prinster at OM Yoga in NYC (now the yoga4cancer). When she’s not teaching yoga, Mimi sings, writes songs, acts, drinks green smoothies, and hangs out with her two cats. She has an A.B. in English and Theater from Princeton University. More at www.mimiferraro.com.
Eric Pettigrew, RYT, LMT, DSH – y4c Teacher
Originally from Quebec, Eric began his career as a professional dancer and continues to pursue his passion for movement and healing through yoga, massage and homeopathy. Eric is a teacher & practitioner of yoga for nearly 15 years. He is an established and certified homeopath as well as a licensed massage therapist. Eric also participates in the “Urban Zen” integrative therapy program created by Donna Karan, Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman-Yee. In collaboration with the local cancer support organization, Fighting Chance, Eric offers a yoga class catered for individuals & their caregivers affected by cancer and therefore serving the East End Long Island population of NY. www.holisticlifeworks.com
Sheilagh Falcigno, RYT- y4c Teacher
Sheilagh Falcigno’s yogic journey began over 25 years ago. Attracted to both the physical and mental aspects of the practice, she was amazed at the way she could connect with her body so profoundly and simultaneously calm her mind. This allowed her a new perspective on old injuries incurred during a violent assault and showed her yoga’s tremendous healing potential. After many years as an Early Childhood teacher and parenting educator working with at-risk families Sheilagh decided to dedicate herself to teaching yoga to underserved.
In 2012, while living in Rome, Italy, she began a year long mentorship with Massimo Celentano at the Centro Turiya and received her children’s yoga certification thru Rainbow Kids Yoga at Yoga Suite. After returning to America in 2013 she completed her 200hour teacher training at New York Yoga. Sheilagh next became certified to teach to incarcerated persons and others dealing with multiple traumas thru both the Prison Yoga Project and Liberation Prison Yoga. After being recruited to teach yoga to pediatric oncology patients at Ronald McDonald House she was excited to find the Yoga4Cancer training, which has tremendously enriched her work there. She continues her studies and is currently working towards her restorative and pre-natal certifications.
Sheilagh’s own healing inspires her to share what she has learned from her many beloved teachers with her students. In all of her classes she strives to create a safe and nurturing environment in which students can explore both their inner and outer selves. Often infusing elements of traditional Middle Eastern dance and martial arts she leads her students to discover not only peace but also joy within their bodies, minds, and hearts.