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Teach Yoga for Cancer

Intensive (90hr) YAP accredited training for yoga teachers who wish to specialise in Yoga for people living with cancer.


Yogacampus Finsbury Park8129577
7 Thane Works,, London GB

Type of Event

  • Course

Yoga Styles



Feb 15 to
May 4
09:30 amto19:30 pm



Full Description

This 90-hour Yoga Alliance Professionals registered training, created and led by Jude Murray featuring special guest teachers, offers an in-depth, heart-led training for individuals who wish to work with people living with cancer or other long term life-limiting health conditions.

“Cancer” has, for a long time, been a taboo word. A frightening word. A word that spells a death sentence to the person who has it, and in the minds of those who hear it. It still has the power to instil fear, shame and hopelessness. Slowly however, we are seeing a shift in attitude; people are much more open to discussing cancer, but we still have a long way to go. Yoga has a beautiful perspective to offer because it is a holistic practice. It works with the whole person: mind, body and spirit, and doesn’t just seek to treat the person’s cancer. This in-depth training invites you to explore how yoga can positively impact the physical effects of cancer and its treatment, and also how to address the energetic, mental, emotional, and spiritual components of a cancer diagnosis.

Yoga can immensely benefit on the whole nervous system and we want to apply yoga’s healing modalities to those living with cancer in order to skilfully and safely support them. If you are a yoga teacher, healthcare professional working with life-limiting and advanced illness, a mental health, social or spiritual care provider, or a complementary therapist with a strong grounding in yoga who is eager to go into your local community to offer yoga in clinics, hospitals, cancer centres, studios and hospices, then this training is for you.
This is your opportunity to serve your community in a very deep and rewarding way.

This course is unique in that it brings together a senior faculty of tutors who have worked extensively in acute, palliative, integrative and community cancer care settings, bringing you the latest information on cancer biology, clinical oncology and yoga therapy. The course places special emphasis on breast cancer, being the second most common cancer in women worldwide, representing 12% of all new cancer cases and 25% of all cancers in women. It is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women in 140 countries worldwide. The course will empower you to work with women affected by breast cancer, offering them adapted practices, as well as equipping you with other suitable adaptations for other types of cancer, and generally for other life limiting conditions.

Led by Jude Murray, this course will assist qualified yoga teachers and other qualified professionals, in developing the skills, knowledge and qualities to teach yoga, meditation, relaxation and yoga nidra to people living with cancer. The content is also relevant to working with people with other long-term or life-limiting health conditions.

The content is broken down into four distinct sections:

Section 1: The Healing Environment – Pastoral Skills for Yoga Teachers
Section 2: Understanding Yoga and Cancer
Section 3: Adapting the Practices of Yoga
Section 4: Running Classes

This course challenges the traditional teaching paradigm to encourage an innovative learning environment, recognising the importance of a variety of learning methods. The syllabus uses the blended learning method, which mixes traditional face-to-face education with online learning, allowing students to engage through visuals and online interaction even when off campus and in between modules.

With blended learning, incorporating different learning styles becomes possible – PowerPoints, images, audio files, video files, podcasts etc. Students have fed back that this type of learning has helped to develop their soft skills. Specifically, skills like relating well to others, time management, critical thinking and team cooperation are nurtured in a blended model.

The course is structured over two face-to-face modules in February and May respectively, as well as online work and check-ins in between modules.

In order to become a fully certified Yoga for Cancer teacher, you will need to complete the post-course case study project and participate in x2 supervision calls (at the additional cost of £70 for both calls). You will need to write up a 1:1 practical case study in which you have established a class, group, or one to one session for people/a person living with cancer or their carers. The project will need to be submitted within 2 months of finishing the course.

Upon successful completion of all elements of the course including the post-course case study report to be submitted no later than 2 months following the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion from Yoga Alliance Professionals which enables you to share yoga and mindfulness with populations affected by cancer.

Should you decide not to complete the assessed work, you will be entitled to receive a certificate of attendance from Yogacampus so long as you have attended 100% of the course. Full certification is dependent on completing the case study.

Please see the Course Prospectus, downloadable from the right hand side of the webpage, for more in depth details about what the content covers and assesment information.