Cancer will affect 40% of the world’s population. If you are teaching yoga anywhere in the world today, chances are you have cancer patients and survivors in your classes. Yoga has been shown to safely and effectively reduce side effects of cancer and its treatments, and support long-term survivorship. But most yoga professionals lack the knowledge and understanding to know how and why it can help.

Oncology Yoga is an evidence informed yoga method developed to address the specific physical and emotional needs left by the cancer and cancer treatments. It has been shown to mitigate short and long term side effects of cancer and its treatments; including bone loss, lymphedema, scar tissue, constipation, neuropathy, fatigue, anxiety and many more.

In this course, you will learn about the fundamentals of this life-changing yoga intervention and how these principles can inform your classes and work with students. Discover how yoga can help cancer patients and survivors alleviate side effects, cope with cancer-related trauma, and increase their overall quality of life. Come away with the clarity, empathy, and confidence to provide safe and effective support to the cancer patients and survivors you serve.

Course curriculum

  • 02

    Understanding Cancer and its Treatments

    • What Every Yoga Teacher Needs to Know About Cancer

    • How the Immune and Lymphatic Systems Fight Cancer

    • How Different Cancer Treatments Impact the Body

    • What are the Common Side Effects of Cancer and its Treatments?

  • 03

    How Yoga Can Support Cancer Patients and Survivors

    • Mythbusting Overview

    • How Can the Practice of Yoga Benefit Cancer Patients and Survivors?

    • What are the Risks of Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors?

    • The Traumatic Impact of a Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

    • What is Oncology Yoga?

    • The yoga4cancer Methodology: Objectives, Language, and Modalities

  • 04

    Yoga Poses and Practices to Manage Side Effects

    • How to find a comfortable seat

    • Poses to Manage Side Effects: Range of Motion

    • Poses to Manage Side Effects: Bone Loss

    • Poses to Manage Side Effects: Anxiety

    • What Yoga Practices are Contraindicated for Cancer Patients and Survivors?

  • 05

    Leading a Class for Cancer Patients and Survivors

    • How to Set up a Safe and Effective Practice

    • Yoga Class for Cancer Patients and Survivors

  • 06

    How to Bring Yoga to Cancer Patients and Survivors in Your Community

    • How to Apply Oncology Yoga in the World

    • What Not to Say to Someone Newly Diagnosed with Cancer

    • How to Convey the Benefits of Yoga for Cancer with Medical Professionals

    • Financial Costs of Cancer and How to Keep Yoga Accessible

    • How Health and Social Inequalities Impact Long Term Survival

    • How to Get Involved in the Yoga4Cancer Community

    • How to Continue your Training with Yoga for Cancer

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Tari Prinster is a cancer survivor, master Oncology Yoga teacher, author, and founder of yoga4cancer – a specific, safe and effective Oncology Yoga method that uses well-researched principles of yoga and physiology to reduce the side effects of cancer and its treatments. Tari’s organization has trained over 3,000 professionals worldwide and supports research to assess the contributions of yoga. Yoga4cancer also advocates for Oncology Yoga in both private and public organizations. Tari and her global community have seen the benefits to recovery that Oncology Yoga provides—before, during and after treatment. Her 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 available in English, Spanish and Japanese. Visit to take a free class or learn more about Oncology Yoga.

Tari Prinster

Founder of Yoga4cancer

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