yoga4cancer Certificate Program

75 Hour ONCOLOGY YOGA Training

yoga4cancer Certificate Program

Oncologists recommend yoga.

Yoga seems an obvious path for cancer patients and survivors coping with difficult treatments and their ongoing side effects. In fact, oncologists and cancer organizations are recommending yoga and exercise as part of cancer recovery and management. Both the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend between to 150 – 320 minutes of yoga per week to speed recovery or defend against cancer occurrence and reoccurrence. The 2018 guidelines highlighted that an active yoga practice (mentioning Vinyasa) was necessary. Therefore, more and more cancer survivors are seeking yoga classes to gain these benefits.

But, not all yoga is the same and for cancer survivors the needs are different.  True compassion flows from knowledge and facts. Without specific training, a teacher is not equipped to understand the unique physical and emotional needs and challenges of those touched by cancer. Over the past decade, the volume of research to support yoga as a safe and effective way to manage cancer side-effects has grown.

The yoga4cancer Certificate Program provides the knowledge, facts,  solutions and practice to address the specific needs of the cancer community.

yoga4cancer Certificate Program

75 Hour Advanced Training

The yoga4cancer Certificate Program is delivered 100% online & via distance learning with carefully constructed videos, assignments, webinars, homework, practice, quizzes, discussion, mentor support and more. The program format is designed for busy worldwide yoga professionals who want to gain certification to safely and effectively support cancer survivors.

The evidence-based approach developed by Tari Prinster has trained over 3,000 professionals who are working in hospitals, cancer centers, yoga studios, homes and online. 


How Oncology Yoga is Different

The yoga4cancer methodology is an evidence informed Oncology Yoga practice designed to support all cancer types, stages and needs. This unique method is based on an adapted vinyasa style that encourages movement coordinated with breath, accompanied by well-supported restorative poses and evidence informed meditation techniques.  It is adaptable to meet the needs of cancer patients and survivors at any stage of treatment and recovery, and it can be applied in various ways by professionals of many different yoga styles and backgrounds.

The 75 hour training explores:

    • 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 and meditations
    • Trauma informed methods on how to talk about cancer and be authentically supportive to individuals
    • Guidance on how to create an effective and safe class or individual practice
    • +10 hours of guided practice
    • Supervised practice teaching with 1 on 1 mentor support to ensure certification


For Yoga Professionals

This advanced training is recommended for experienced, certified yoga teachers or yoga therapists with at least 200 hours of foundational training and 1 year of teaching experience. 

  • Yoga professionals from any style or lineage are welcome. The method borrows vinyasa principles matching breath to movement and utilizes many approaches that maximize the benefits of yoga for cancer survivors.
  • Worldwide yoga professionals are encouraged to participate.
  • The program is offered in English but those without a ‘good’ handle of English have used translation services (e.g. Google Translate) successfully. 
  • A teaching practicum is a requirement for certification. Comfort with teaching and recording an online 20 minute video is required.
  • If you have questions about your qualification, please contact

Non-Yoga Professionals

We are developing an option for non-yoga teaching professionals, such as Physical and Massage Therapists, Psychologists, Doctors, Pilates Instructors, Social Workers and hospital administrators. Do not register for the certificate program if you are not a yoga professional qualifications. Please pre-register and provide input here.

The Details

Fast Facts about the Program

75 hour programThe annual program will be offered starting in January 2025.
It is conducted over 6 months – ending on June 30th 2025.
Delivered online through live sessions, lectures, videos, reading, quizzes, assignments and mentorship.
Self-paced, flexible schedule4 hours of study per week over the 6 months is recommended.
Each trainee determines their daily and weekly schedule to achieve deadlines.
A time-bound practicum and 1on1 mentor session is required for certification.
Registration2024 Program is now full.
Registration for 2025 will open in June 2024.
Early Registration is recommended.
Live Interaction (with replays)20 hours or 17 live sessions are included. Sample Event Schedule available below.
Live participation is strongly recommended but replays are available.
Breakout sessions with mentors and fellow trainees are included.
yoga4cancer ManualNew 262 page manual includes the latest research, guidance on poses, teaching tools and more. 
Additional required reading: Tari’s Yoga for Cancer book.
MentorshipOngoing support by Tari Prinster, y4c Team and Mentors.
CEU credits75 Hour of CEUs available for Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Tuition~$1,699 for 75 hour program*
-Early Booking Discount for registration before October 1st.
– Payment plan options will be provided.
– Review financial aid options here.

* Final Tuition for 2025 program is subject to change.

2024 Registration Closed. Program Full.

Program Curriculum

The 75 hour program is designed to be self-paced and flexible for various schedules, locations and learning styles. How and when you study, practice and learn each week is up to you. The program is structured across 28 weeks with various assignments to keep you on track.

Live Events

  • There are 20 hours or 17 live events scheduled throughout the 6 months program.
  • All events are held on Tuesdays and the times are either at 1pm or 7pm Eastern. This rotating schedule is enable live participation options for worldwide students and working professionals.
  • Live participation is always recommended but replays are available.
  • Each event is unique and designed to support your learning curriculum, create community, and answer questions.
  • Some times and dates are subject to change but advanced notification will be provided.

Achieving Deadlines

Although the program is highly flexible, there are strategic deadlines to support completion of the program and to prevent cramming material. Our goal is to ensure comprehension and the safe and effective delivery of Oncology Yoga. These deadlines are specified throughout the curriculum, the program orientation and all program details.

Certification Requirements

Our commitment is to ensure that all certified yoga4cancer teachers can provide a safe and effective Oncology Yoga intervention. The 75 hour program is designed to help anyone achieve that requirement and be successful. However, it does require trainees to participate in the program, achieve deadlines and crucially achieve the video practicum assignment.

The Video Practicum assignment allows yoga4cancer to verify the skills, safety and efficacy of any teacher in training. Successful approval of the practicum submission is required to gain certification.

The yoga4cancer team & Mentors provide specific guidance and feedback to all participants and sometimes require a resubmission of the Practicum. On occasions, a resubmission is not successful and additional support is recommended to the teacher in training. 

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