Trainings for Teachers

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Upcoming Teacher Trainings

The Use of Therapeutic Yoga in Cancer Care – A Day of Enquiry and Learning

In the UK alone, over 2.5 million people are living with cancer with this figure predicted to rise to 4 million by 2030. Multiple studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of yoga therapy in managing the effects of cancer and cancer treatments. Yoga therapy has the potential to decrease fatigue and pain, help reduce anxiety, depression and insomnia, support immunity, build bone strength and improve quality of life for the person with cancer.

Interest in the use of yoga therapy interventions is increasing among health professionals. As survival rates for many cancers are rising, people affected by cancer are seeking alternative ways to empower and care for themselves during treatments and their onward journey.

To offer safe and useful yoga to a person with cancer, teachers and therapists need to be  creative, well informed and compassionate, in order to support clients holistically and safely at all stages of cancer.

This day will suit:

Yoga teachers or therapists with a genuine interest in working with people with cancer.

The day will be a mixture of lecture, community sharing, practice and reflection.

This day will offer an initial insight and overview of the tools you will need to develop when working within the complex field of cancer, whether in a class or with individuals, privately, or in care settings.

We will look at the following:

  • What cancer is, including incidence, prevalence, common causes and terminology
  • Key treatments available and their common side effects
  • How yoga can positively impact the immune system
  • How yoga can support cancer related fatigue, nausea, lymphoedema and osteoporosis
  • A framework for considering the complexities of cancer and how these affect a person’s whole being
  • Some of the key risks associated with teaching yoga and pranayama to a person with cancer
  • The development of critical thinking when planning modifications in yoga for cancer
  • How the therapist might support students in their onward journey after cancer
  • Consideration of the ethics and challenges for teachers and therapists working in this area
  • Useful resources to support your work

A further in depth 5-day CPD will be offered over 2 weekends, 24th – 26th September and 9th – 10th October 2021.

When:   Saturday 17th July 2021 – 9.30 – 17.30

Where: ONLINE via Zoom and The Minded Institute
Cost: £75


Booking is directly with The Minded Institute 


The Use of Therapeutic Yoga in Cancer Care – 5 Day CPD

The value of yoga therapy in cancer care is well-established with many US hospitals and clinics offering yoga to those in treatment.

Research expresses that targeted yoga therapy interventions have the potential to decrease cancer related fatigue and insomnia, pain, anxiety and depression, and nausea amongst other common side effects of cancer treatments. In addition, yoga therapy can help improve movement, flexibility and balance, build bone strength and enhance overall quality of life, underlying why meditation and yoga are among the most popular and well received complementary interventions for those with cancer.

Sadly, cancer remains one of the biggest health problems of the 21st century. According to Cancer Research UK it is predicted that 1 in 2 people will develop cancer at some point in their lives.

More yoga teachers and therapists with the appropriate skills and insights are needed to work with this growing population.

I am offering this 5 day CPD course in conjunction with my colleague, Dr Bryony Hughes and The Minded Institute to help teachers and therapists develop the critical skills needed to work with this complex population. It is not simply a matter of gentle yoga, knowing what postures to avoid and ‘being hopeful and caring’. People with cancer need informed professional teachers and therapists armed with sound, accurate knowledge, creativity and compassion to support them through the challenges of the cancer experience.

Information about the course:
This fully participative 5-day CPD course involves lecture, practice, discussion, solo reflection, partner and small group work. Between module weekends, participants will be required to complete short reflective and practical exercises and reading.

Each day’s programme will include ‘cancer appropriate’ physical and meditation practices with reference to the range of modification needs which a person with cancer may require.

This training aims to help participants:

  • Apply the science of yoga/ yoga therapy when supporting those living with cancer
  • Support empowered living through choice and education
  • Develop critical thinking around specific practices based on individual need, to benefit those with cancer
  • Engage in mindful enquiry around the role of the teacher/therapist in this area of work

Please note that in order to complete the course to certification, full attendance is required with your camera on throughout.

A small amount of reading will be distributed prior to the course.

When:   Friday 24th – Sunday 26th September and Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th October 2021  (9.30 – 17.30 each day)

Where: ONLINE via Zoom and The Minded Institute
Cost: £500


Booking is directly with The Minded Institute