Instructors Teaching Survivors

Open dialog for instructors teaching, or planning to teach, cancer survivors. Share tips, insights, ask questions and support and inspire each other!

Yogis: 33
Latest Activity: May 20, 2012

Spanish YCS

Catching up and checking in with you inspiring yogis!  It's been a while since I 'touched base' - I've been focusing on developing yoga trainings for instructors who want to teach patients and early recovered or on-going patients.  I will be teaching at Red Lotus in San Diego, August 6th - in case you're in the area.

I've also signed up to go the Yoga Alliance's first Annual Leadership conference in October, to lobby my case to develop YCS Standards for teacher training. Will I see you there? Palm Desert (gorgeous) in the Fall.

My other project has been to get the YCS cd that I made, translated into Spanish! The Universe dropped a professional translator in my lap - at an advocacy dinner in DC -

Marilyn Vicens has translated it!  Now, the audio taping - and I am aiming at Fall to have the cd's produced!  It's taken four years to get to this point...chipping step forward, two back, a balancing posture...quietly with strength, we hold our intention.


What have you been up to? What are your dreams?  Are you chipping away? Have you realized a dream?

Love and Blessings,


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Hi,Im wondering about getting/giving referrals to each other, since we may be located in different neighborhoods. I have been contacted by someone in the San Fernando Valley that is interested in…Continue

Started by nancy stannard Sep 23, 2011.

Teaching Introductory Class to Yoga Teachers 8 Replies

This year,, I've committed to do things that excite and scare me. No frighten me, just give me a chance to move past some personal fears. I taught an introductory class of yoga instructors on how to…Continue

Tags: fear, facing, workshops, instructors, instructoring

Started by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500. Last reply by nancy stannard Jun 19, 2011.

a gem to share!

I love the information from this site. Thank you all so much! This video has helped many of my students: Warrior chest…Continue

Started by Lorien Neargarder Mar 23, 2011.

Read about Tari Prinster, survivor, yoga teacher, advocate


Tags: teaching, cancer, YB, survivors, prinster

Started by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 Feb 3, 2011.

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Comment by Tari Prinster on July 19, 2010 at 3:23pm
It is my great privilege to be included in the YogaBear community of instructors. I first got involved with YogaBear through the hospital program in New York City.
I am a 10-year cancer survivor, first, and then, a yoga teacher.

During my cancer surgeries and treatments, I found not only a way to reduce pain, strengthen my immune system, feel younger and stay healthy through yoga, but emotional guidance through cancer and life's daily challenges. However, I noticed there were few yoga options for cancer survivors at that time, and even fewer, yoga teachers who understood the life-long physical restrictions and emotional challenges a survivor encounters.
Wanting to bring the benefits I experienced through yoga to others, I developed an innovative, specialized system of yoga for cancer survivors. That was ten years ago. Nothing like it existed then or before. My program now includes weekly classes, monthly workshops, three-day retreats, and yoga teacher trainings.

Join me at the next 5-day OM Yoga Teacher Training for Cancer Survivors, Aug. 19 in Holbrook, NY. Then Sept. in Charleston, NC and Oct. in Boulder, CO. Check website for more details.

I encourage everyone to get some specialized training from an experienced teacher. Yoga is not one-size-fits-all. Then start your classes and stay connected here with questions. Unfortunately there is a growing need for yoga among survivors. Fortunately we have found this blog where we can explore this specialization and give each other support. Namaste.
Tari Prinster, E-RYT
Comment by Susan Basmajian, B.A., RYT on July 19, 2010 at 2:00pm
Thanks Jean for starting this group. I am a breast cancer/reconstruction survivor, yoga teacher and Patient Navigator at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. I use my experience as a yoga teacher when working with other women dealing with issues surrounding a breast cancer diagnosis. I use Pranayama and gentle stretching (with the physician's approval) to help patients heal post surgery. I find, in general, that my clients who practice gentle yoga regularly have a better recovery.
Comment by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on May 29, 2010 at 3:09pm
Yeah! Cynthia! Welcome! You found the group! Yes, when I started teaching, I really needed support and now it's here!
I had my own experience of cancer and designed my class around my early needs as a patient just out of treatment. My class is mixed with long-term survivors and newly diagnosed
patients. Sometimes, members come back to relax when they have check ups. Tell us about how you decided on teaching yoga. I love real stories! I decided that I love to learn and I love took me a year of 'what do I do with my life?' to transition into this easy equation! Joy! Jean
Comment by Cynthia Lofaso on May 29, 2010 at 2:54pm
Wow, I can't believe this group exists! Thank you Jean for starting this discussion. Just to introduce myself...I'm a nine year ovarian cancer survivor and just recently finished my 200 hour certification. Just starting to teach at a small studio here and there's a good chance I'll start teaching a class for survivors in the near future. Looking forward to getting to know everyone here. What an amazing resource.

Comment by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on May 1, 2010 at 7:15pm
Dear Laurie,
Great we have resources, like Susan Holbrook, and many other yogis at YB that can help to answer your question. Thank you, Susan! Go Laurie!
Comment by Susan Holbrook on April 29, 2010 at 10:28am
Dear Laurie, There is a woman in Boulder Colorado who is going to be doing a Yoga for Survivors teacher training session in July. Laura Kupperman, if you type in Laura Kupperman Yoga her web site will come up and you could check it out.
Comment by Laurie Daniel on April 29, 2010 at 8:28am
Thank you Jean for opening the discussion for instructors teaching survivors. I am a yoga teacher in Monroe, La. My studio In Health is a participating studio in the share a mat program. Still working on getting this program off the ground. I have no experience working with cancer survivors and am looking for some training in this area. Not much opportunity comes to Louisiana for this type of training. Dallas is a drivable distance for me. Do you know of any training to work with cancer patients in the Dallas area?

Laurie Daniel
Comment by Susan Holbrook on April 26, 2010 at 9:00am
Thank you Jean for your reply. It was helpful, as it made me feel like the time I am spending on the crazy treadmill I have been on, networking, learning from physical therapist, visiting the few yoga classes for survivors in the Denver area, learning from my surgeons, ordering every dvd from all over the country on the subject, and of course reading and reading has been worth every minute.
There is a ton of exploration and creativity to be implemented in this area.
Susan Holbrook The Healing Chest
Comment by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on April 26, 2010 at 8:19am
To Join the YB Forum: Instructors Teaching Survivors
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Click on 'All Groups"
Join the "YB Forum"
Start or add to a discussion:)
Comment by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on April 26, 2010 at 8:17am
Susan Holbrook wrote:Dear Jean, This is a wonderful endeavor!

So I have an issue. We started classes about 10 weeks ago at The Healing Chest, In developing this program (only still at the beginning) I am at a point where I am feeling like the only way a teacher can really offer a class to women who's body is experiencing the bizarre transformation that occurs through Mastectomy and or reconstruction surgeries is to have gone through it themselves.

I would like to hear from others on this subject.

As everything is evolving maybe in a few weeks I will not feel this way. But today, with The Healing Chest classes I am wishing I had a few mature ladies who have had a ton of experience in body work and who have had these surgeries, teaching The Healing Chest classes. Any one out there in the metro Denver area that could fit into this small crack?

I would love to hear from you!

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