Yoga for Cancer Weekend Intensives (14 hrs)
This weekend immersion for 200-hour yoga teachers and health care practitioners teaches the theory and practice of yoga therapy for cancer patients and survivors and how both active and contemplative practices can help ease treatment side-effects. Learn about the anatomy of cancer and how yoga helps strengthen the immune system. How to adapt common asanas for patients in active treatment, what is safe and what should be avoided. As well as contemplative practices that bolster emotional and spiritual wells-being including mudra (hand gestures), pranayama (breathing), mantra (chanting and sound), sankalpa (intention), and yoga nidra (guided relaxation).
Healing Yoga for Cancer Certification Training (30 hrs)
This two-weekend training is for 200-hour yoga teachers and health care practitioners who wish to learn the theory and practice of yoga therapy for cancer patients and survivors. In this two part 30-hour training, you will learn how yoga can guide students through this life-changing healing journey and mitigate treatment side-effects such as pain, insomnia, cancer-related fatigue, anxiety, lymphedema, and neuropathy. Training will include evidence-informed yoga protocol from the Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivorship (HYCS) research (sponsored by the Cancer Support Community and Piedmont Yoga Community in 2014). Become a certified HYCS Teacher and bring this compassionate, adaptive training into your community. Each weekend earns 12 Yoga Alliance contact hours.
Cancer & Physical Practices
Learn how to adapt common asana for patients in active treatment and beyond, what is safe and what should be avoided. Understand the anatomy of cancer, the immune system, the effect of stress on immunity and how yoga helps. A deep dive into gentle active asana, chair yoga and restorative practice that strengthen the immune system and counteract treatment side-effects and improve physical and functional quality of life. How to best incorporate these practices into classes and customize the protocol for working with private clients.
Cancer & Subtle Practices
Learn how to incorporate subtle practices into your teaching and private client work. How cancer affects the subtle body, including the impact it has on the koshas and chakras. A deep dive into mudra (hand gestures), pranayama (breathing), mantra (chanting and sound), sankalpa (intention), and yoga nidra (guided relaxation). Learn how these practices strengthen the immune system and counteract treatment side-effects improve emotional and spiritual quality of life. Build confidence around how to support emotional processing when it arises in your students and how to protect yourself while working with this population.
12 hours with Cheryl is almost equivalent to a 200 teacher training, with Cheryl wearing all the hats! She is endlessly knowledgeable and experienced with all of the information she is presenting. She is an engaging, credible, professional and fun presenter/person. Her talents are endless! This course was thorough, brimming with information and the handouts were extremely comprehensive. Thank you Cheryl!!! - Sallie Moran, Walnut Creek CA, 2018
We are so fortunate to have Cheryl’s deep wisdom and many years of experience offered as a practical course to be shared. I received so much out of this training- practices and information I share directly with the students at the Cancer Support Community in Santa Rosa. They’ve responded with so much positive feedback about how the yoga is helping them cope with their illness. This is my second training and I look forward to what Cheryl and PYC will offer in the future. - Sarah Jeness, Walnut Creek CA, 2017