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Yoga for cancer teacher training: learn to teach yoga for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.

Learn about our Yoga for Cancer Teacher Training and learn to teach yoga for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.

A cancer diagnosis brings with it unique physical and emotional challenges. Yoga provides those facing cancer with proven benefits that can help people facing these challenges, including relief from treatment side effects, reduced stress, and a peace of mind that many feel they’d lost forever.

Are you interested in channeling your passion and skill into helping someone feel better during a difficult time?

Do you want to learn critical, effective, safe techniques to share the benefits of yoga with cancer patients and survivors?

This special intensive gives you a rare opportunity to learn from expert teachers in the cancer field including yoga instructors, integrative health physicians, mental health professionals, and cancer survivors.

Topics Covered

  • Benefits of yoga for cancer
  • Special considerations and modifications to yoga practice when teaching cancer patients
  • The power of appropriate emotional support and community
  • Working within various medical settings

Enroll in the Training

This training will provide tools you can use to teach yoga to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers through a series of on-line live learning modules, “hands on” practice (we will guide you through practice remotely), and pre-recorded videos. Approved for CE credits through Yoga Alliance and IAYT.

We ask that participants are certified Yoga Teachers through Yoga Alliance or are certified Yoga Therapists through International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Upcoming Session

Next session will be held virtually October 29-31, 2021. We are offering 24 CECs through IAYT and Yoga Alliance for this training. The cost of the training is $400 until October 1 and then $425 through October 29.

For more information on the training, please contact Carly Bailey at (919) 445-4255 or


Session Outline

October 29 5pm-8:45pm EST

  • Cancer and benefits of yoga
  • Expert panel discussion and Q&A
  • A day in the life of a patient

October 30 10am-5:45pm EST

  • Why people seek a special class
  • Bone health
  • Lymphedema (guest speaker)
  • Virtual teaching
  • Teaching Toolbox review breakout sessions
    • Asana and non asana approaches to teaching
  • Treatment side effects
  • A day in the life of a teacher

October 31 10am-5pm EST

  • Teaching Toolbox Review breakout sessions
    • Prone, table, seated, standing postures
  • Touch
  • Recorded class review

About the Instructors

Doreen Stein-Seroussi

Doreen began practicing yoga more than 20 years ago to help find calm amid parenting chaos. Over time, she discovered yoga’s many emotional and physical benefits. In 2003, she left a successful career in public health administration to become a certified yoga instructor, initially trained in the Kripalu tradition and then further trained in teaching yoga to people with cancer, osteoporosis, and other health challenges. She now draws upon many styles of yoga including alignment-based, restorative and vinyasa yoga. Her classes demystify the practice of yoga and combine asana (poses), breath, meditation and relaxation techniques. She has helped many people who believed “yoga wasn’t for them” experience the benefits of yoga, especially those who recovering from cancer.

Doreen also develops, organizes, and facilitates teacher trainings (such as this one), wellness programs, and retreats. Additionally, she has published articles on yoga for cancer survivors and has spoken at statewide survivorship conferences. She is passionate about helping people live their best lives. She strives to create a sense of safety and enjoyment for her students, allowing them to explore, learn, and have fun. When not practicing or teaching yoga, Doreen can be found working in the community to improve social justice, tossing the ball at the dog park with her favorite four-legged companion, riding the roads on her bicycle, hiking, reading, eating good food, and laughing with family and friends!

Kathy Therber

Kathy is a trusted and respected professional with a robust and successful career as yoga teacher for 13 years. She has experience working with cancer survivors and caregivers, medical studies, military, wellness organizations, and fitness centers, including the UNC Get Real and Heel program. She is known for exceptional approachability and an understanding of adapting classes to meet the abilities of participants. Kathy will embrace you where you are at and has years of experience, including working with cancer survivors.

Kathy brings with her 20 years of a personal practice, 10 years of yoga teaching, a cancer diagnosis with subsequent treatment and recovery, and recovery from chronic low back pain. Kathy Therber, an E-RYT 500, Registered Yoga Therapist, started practicing yoga in 1992 in San Francisco, California. After a car accident left her with continued back pain, yoga provided relief. To this day yoga remains an essential part of her life for staying active, healthy, and pain-free. The stress relief and restorative nature of yoga continues to help Kathy every day since her diagnosis. Her inspiration to grow in the practice of yoga comes from students. Kathy is committed to passing on the teachings of yoga and helping students acquire a well-rounded understanding and practice.


From Attendees

Thank you! So grateful for the experience.

This was a super class — I would even like it to be longer for even more information.

So much knowledge from the instructors. Great sharing from others.

It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about how to approach yoga with this population and I feel more empowered to work with oncology patients and survivors with the practice. The setting was beautiful, all the presenters were very knowledgeable and compassionate, and the group of fellow attendees was so sweet. It really was a great weekend and I hope this was the first of many workshops of its kind so we can continue to share the gifts of yoga to help our patients.

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