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

November 6–15, 2017 at Integral Yoga Institute of New York
Taught by Jnani Chapman, R.N., E-RYT 500


This 10-day program at Integral Yoga Institute of New York 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
Sunday, November 6–Wednesday, November 15, 2017
9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., every day

– $1,640 ($1,476 for IYINY active teachers)
– $150 nonrefundable deposit
– $100 early bird discount when you register by Thursday, October 6, 2017
– 10% work associate discount for administrators and two people attending from the same institution

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): 100 hours including pre- and post-program work
Healthcare and Related Disciplines: Although CMEs are not offered, a certificate documenting CE hours may be available for your discipline.

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

Teacher Bio

Jnani Chapman

Jnani Chapman, R.N., E-RYT 500, founded and directs YCat Yoga therapy to train Yoga teachers and health professionals to adapt the practices of Yoga for people with cancer and other chronic or life-threatening illness. Jnani directs the stress management programs, which include Yoga therapy and acupressure, for St Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. She is a senior staff member of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program in Bolinas, California, and was a founding clinician for the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine from 2001 to 2009. As a nurse case manager and cardiac rehab specialist for Dr. Dean Ornish’s Heart Disease Reversal Program (HDRP) research and retreats from 1986 to 1999, Jnani saw firsthand the benefits of sustaining lifestyle changes. At UCSF Jnani staffed many research studies, including a clinical program for women with breast cancer from 1997 to 2002. She was the executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists from 1995 to 1998. She currently teaches Yoga for Dean Ornish’s groundbreaking prostate cancer research participants from his early-stage prostate cancer studies and their partners. In addition, Jnani serves on the faculty of many Yoga therapy training programs nationally and internationally and on research studies using adaptations of the YCat curriculum with people with cancer and other chronic illnesses.

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:

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