Our 45 hour certificate program is required training to provide safe and effectively yoga interventions for cancer survivors in your community. Over 2,300 professionals have completed the program and are working in hospitals, cancer centers, yoga & healthcare studios and home all over the world. Together, we are helping cancer survivors reduce the short and long term side-effects of cancer and cancer treatments and, ultimately, reduce their risk of recurrence. With 40% of the worlds population facing a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, there is greater need for more compassionate and trained yoga professionals to join our community.
Evidence informed. The yoga4cancer methodology is based on the growing body of evidence to therapeutic effects of yoga interventions for cancer patients and survivors. The 435 research studies that have been conducted on yoga and cancer provide the strong foundation of the method and training. Moreover, yoga4cancer is currently participating in several research projects to cement the evidence and provide quantifiable evidence of why this specialized yoga needs to be part of every cancer survivor’s health plan.
The y4c methodology is for experienced yoga or healthcare professionals seeking to support patients and survivors at all stages and all cancer types. 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 active element is aimed at achieving the guidelines from the American Cancer Society and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reduce cancer recurrence or the development of other life-threatening diseases. The blend of active and restorative provides an unlimited options for professionals to meet each cancer survivor where they are on any given day.
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
- Hands on supervised practice teaching
The y4c methodology was designed by Tari Prinster – cancer survivor, author and yoga master teacher. Since 2005, Tari has trained over 2,300 yoga and healthcare professional from all over the world to develop their knowledge and skills.
About the Online+Weekend Program
This is our most popular program format as it utilizes technology and self-study while retaining the hands-on supervised training that Tari and her team during a Weekend Intensive. The format enables participants to take less time off job, incur lower travel costs and practice their new found knowledge immediately thus leading to better comprehension and success. The feedback on this program format has been amazing with over 99% satisfaction. Learn more about yoga4cancer Certificate Programs.
- 45 hour training over 10 week period. Includes:
- 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, assignments and more. Check out the Online learning through a sample module here.
- Receive a 170 page digital manual including expert 3rd party information, research and advice. Printing costs not included. Additional recommended reading: Tari’s Yoga for Cancer book.
- Support from Tari, program mentor and other y4c trained teachers.
- Technical requirements: Computer with high speed internet required.
- Online Program Commences: August 26, 2019
- Weekend Intensive – October 25-27th – in Austin, TX at YMCA Southwest Austin
- Friday – 2-6 pm
- Saturday – 9- 6pm
- Sunday – 11am-3pm
- Participation for entire weekend is required for certification. All sessions include breaks. See travel and accommodation information below.
- Tuition $995. Register before July 26th and get $100 OFF.
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- Scholarship application now closed.
Certification and CEU Credits:
- 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 training program begins. Please review all the YA requirements. These credits are applicable to most +300 to 500 advanced teacher trainings.
- IAYT – We are proud to be part of the specialty school pilot of IAYT certification. Receive 23 hours of IAYT credits. Learn more here.
Yoga Professionals: The y4c training is recommended for certified experienced yoga teacher starting at the 200 hour level from any lineage. In addition, it is recommended that participants have teaching experience of more than 1 year to absorb the maximum benefits of this training program.
Oncology Professionals: About 30% of y4c trainings include oncology and healthcare professionals who have a personal yoga practice and believe yoga can and should play a large role in cancer patients’ wellness plan and included in the Oncology & 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.
Location & Travel
Please arrange travel to ensure that you are available for all aspects of the Weekend Intensive. All elements of the weekend are mandatory and required for certification.
Training Location: The training will be held at YMCA Southwest Austin in Austin, TX. The location is about 15 minutes from the Austin Airport.
Hotel Recommendation: There are plenty of options in the Austin area. However, the Residence Inn by Marriott has been recommended as a convenient option near the training – about 3 min walk. Review details here.