Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness

YCat training

Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness: Level 1

November 6–November 15, 2017
Taught by Jnani Chapman, R.N., E-RYT 500

YCat Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness is a professional, three-level certification 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. YCat students learn to adapt traditional Yoga practices to meet the physiological and psychological needs of that population and to communicate effectively as professionals at medical and community sites. Participants receive certificates of attendance for each level completed, and at the completion of all three levels graduates receive training certification in this specialty.

YCat Level 1
A ten-day program at Integral Yoga Institute of New York, YCat: Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness Level I 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


  • $1,640 ($1,476 for IYINY active teachers)
  • $150 nonrefundable deposit
  • 10% early bird discount when you register by October 17, 2017
  • 10% discount for licensed medical professionals or those currently working with people with cancer
  • 15% work associate discount for administrators and two people attending from the same institution


Sunday, November 6–Wednesday, November 15, 2017
9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., everyday

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.

Yoga Alliance Hours
100 hours including pre- and post-program work

Teacher Bios

Jnani ChapmanJnani 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.

Integral Yoga Institute offers 500 hours of training in two segments, 200 hours and 300 hours, permitting teachers who graduate to become either an RYT 200 or an RYT 500, depending on the level of training completed. Our 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training program can be customized to fit your individual interests. You may select from our many graduate-level Yoga Teacher Training programs.

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Join us for an informal but informative discussion about IYI’s Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness: Level 1 program.



Call 212-929-0585, ext. 16, or e-mail

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