Upcoming Training:
Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness – Level 1

March 17–26, 2017 at the Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville in Buckingham, VA
Taught by Jnani Chapman, R.N., E-RYT 500


This 10-day residential training program provides a research-based, conceptual framework for adapting Yoga practices to the varied and specific needs of people at any level with cancer and stable chronic illness. The YCat Level I curriculum includes:

  • Educating Yoga teachers about cancer through the study of the pathophysiology of cancer, the different types of cancer, cancer staging and grading, metastases, psychosocial issues, and cancer treatments—e.g., surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, and targeted and hormonal therapy—and common side effects—e.g., lymphedema, fatigue, pain, nausea, neuropathy, menopause, osteoporosis, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and grief
  • Reviewing cell biology and the organs and systems of the body for conceptual understanding
  • Discussing other common chronic illnesses with specific adaptation suggestions
  • Exploring adaptations in Yoga postures and movement, breathing practices, meditation, Yoga Nidra, and guided imagery for people with cancer and chronic illness
  • Studying the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as they apply to illness and disease, while simultaneously examining one’s personal relationship with death, dying, and end-of-life issues
  • Reviewing and analyzing related research
  • Developing a professional voice and communications skills for working with medical personnel
  • Developing skills in (a) researching and preparing professional presentations and (b) giving and receiving evaluation and feedback

Daily Schedule
The daily schedule is very full. It is designed to help you fully realize the benefits of the Yoga practices and to offer you the optimum environment in which to study and learn. Each day begins with meditation at 6 am, followed by an adaptive YCat Yoga class. During the day you will have training courses, workshops, practice sessions, noon meditation with limited free time. You are expected to stay at the Ashram for the entire time to successfully complete the YCat Level 1 program.


Accommodation choices vary and include dorm, private room with shared bath and private room with private bath. You may also bring your own tent and camp at one of our tent sites. If you choose dorm accommodation, you will board in our modern dormitory, Vivekananda Vihar, conveniently located near classrooms and the meditation and dining halls. Men and women are housed separately. We have rooms that accommodate up to six people. Generally, we are able to arrange accommodations so that the smaller rooms house two or three people and the larger rooms house four or five people. Private rooms are available at an additional price. Please keep in mind that private rooms are limited. If a private room is your accommodation choice, we recommend securing your reservation by applying early.

The prices for our various accommodations, which include all meals, are as follows:
Tent (own) $400
Dormitory $595
Women’s Private Room/Shared Bath $800
Private Room/Private Bath $970

Certified Yoga teachers (with 200-hour certification) of all traditions with a minimum of six months’ teaching experience qualify. Licensed health professionals (possessing M.D., R.N., P.T., O.T., M.S.W., or comparable degrees) are allowed to attend without the above prerequisites and will be provided certificates of attendance.

Continuing Education
Yoga Alliance (YA): 70 hours
Healthcare and Related Disciplines: Although CMEs are not offered, a certificate documenting CE hours may be available for your discipline.

To apply, please complete the online application at https://www.yogaville.org/2017-yoga-therapy-in-cancer-and-chronic-illness-ycat-level-1-application/

Support Jnani’s Sabbatical Sea Travel Fund

Our beloved Jnani has spent her adult lifetime in service to people with cancer and other chronic and life-threatening illnesses. She has been called a “midwife to the dying” because of her service in reducing suffering and supporting healing for people who are journeying out of embodiment and into spirit. The funds from this ‘Go Fund Me’ will be used to reimburse the $10K that Jnani borrowed to “get away from it all” and to most importantly, heal her soul. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/jnaniatsea to support Jnani on her journey.

Jnani’s presence has been welcomed by patients, their families and their friends with statements such as, “You made a huge difference for us in this time of loss.” She has always offered sliding scale fee for her services and has gifted many people gratis who had no ability
to pay.

Jnani is travelling counter-clockwise around the world aboard Cendrillion, (French for Cinderella) one of 360 container ships in the CMA-CGM line.  This two month sabbatical is a fairytale and a dream come true for Jnani. The trip comes at a time of need having spent the previous past 14 months supporting a friend through cancer treatment and end of life. It also completes the wishes of her friend to have her ashes given to the Pacific Ocean. Her ashes were scattered by Jnani into the Pacific Ocean on the Spring Equinox, 2016 from the stern of Cendrillion with a formal ceremony conducted by Master Captain Mario Tomas.

Jnani has begun using her sea time to collate her life’s work into products that she hopes to market including e-books and print media. In exchange for your donations Jnani is happy to offer prayers on anyone’s behalf who so desires them, as long as the wish behind the prayer includes benefit to at least one person and no harm to any one or thing.

Jnani will record all the prayers that she has delivered to the Seas and when she disembarks, they will be placed on her website keeping all names anonymous unless otherwise instructed. The prayers, like sand paintings, will not remain on the site forever.

Visit https://www.gofundme.com/jnaniatsea to make a contribution today. Your support is truly appreciated.

About YCat

Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness (YCat) is a professional, three-level certification program designed to train health professionals and experienced Yoga teachers to work safely with cancer patients at any stage of illness as well as people with stable chronic illness.

The goal of this program is to enable Yoga teachers to adapt traditional Yoga practices to meet the physiological and psychological needs of this population and to communicate effectively with medical personnel. At the completion of the program, Yoga teachers will be qualified to design and implement in and out patient wellness/stress management-based programs for people with cancer and chronic illness.

Participants receive certificates of attendance for each level completed and at the completion of all three levels graduates receive training certification in this specialty.

Read the wonderful Q&A with Jnani in Yoga City magazine:

Wellness Retreats

The YCat Wellness Retreat provides comprehensive instruction and education: Learn and experience each aspect of YCat Yoga Therapy including: Movement exploration, Breathing practice, Guided Imagery, Relaxation, Meditation, Prayer and Sound in healing. This retreat can be a transforming process for people with cancer and chronic illness; with an all-inclusive program of physical healing-movement exploration and breathing practice, emotional healing-relaxation and sound, and spiritual healing-meditation and prayer.
More about the Wellness Retreats

(Please note that the April retreat in Roslyn has been CANCELLED. Please check back for information regarding the non-residential Roslyn weekend retreat in Fall 2016.)

northern italyItaly Tour and Retreat for People with Cancer – July 22-28 2016
Enjoy yoga therapy, walking tours, gentle hiking and delicious healthy meals — South of Milan. More information coming soon. If you are interested in attending, please send us an email.

Yoga Therapy

A 6-week course for people in cancer treatment and post-treatment, by certified Integral Yoga and YCat Yoga Therapy Teachers. This course is designed to reduce stress and improve coping during and after cancer treatment. They are based in Yoga and cancer research and clinical evidence.
> More about YCat Yoga Therapy

Teacher Certification Program

YCat: Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness is a professional, three-level certification program designed to train health professionals and experienced Yoga teachers to work safely with cancer patients at any stage of illness as well as people with stable chronic illness.
More about the Teacher Certification Program