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Teach Yoga for Cancer Course

Heal the Whole Person
Learn to share yoga safely and compassionately with anyone affected by cancer

21 hour CPD Workshop or 40 Hour Teacher Training Course

Yoga teacher training course Weston-super-Mare

Teach Yoga for Cancer Course


Course dates: 15 - 17 July 2024 9am - 5pm

Course dates: 21 - 23 October 2024 9 - 5pm (email to book the Oct. course)

The three-day course is followed by 3 x 2-hour live or self-paced online sessions and assignment work. Live online sessions are Tuesday 10am - 12pm and can be attended live or self-paced.

Complete the full 40 hour training within three months of live sessions ending.





£300 21 hour CPD Workshop | £450 40 hour accredited Teacher Training Course

21 hour CPD Course £300

40 hour Teacher Training Course from £450

If you initially sign up to the 21 hour CPD course, you can upgrade to the 40 hour Yoga for Cancer Teacher Training after the course for £200

Instalment plans are available to suit your budget. Email to ask about payment plans

Teach Yoga for Cancer Course

Hi, I'm Morven, I am a a YAP accredited Senior Yoga Teacher, YAP accredited TrainerPro and breast cancer survivor. I have been in the teaching profession for 3 decades and have taught all over the world. 

Get a free Teach Yoga for Cancer e-book HERE

Yoga and education are my twin passions, and my mission is to help yoga teachers work safely, effectively and compassionately with people affected by cancer. I have helped hundreds of people affected by cancer live better through yoga and have certified numerous teachers since 2016.

I am often asked "How different can Yoga for Cancer be from normal yoga?"  - you will be surprised by the answer! Understanding the physical and psychological landscape of cancer and gaining detailed knowledge about how illness and treatment affect the body, mind, spirit, relationships and community mean you can go from just "not breaking someone" to really helping them thrive and live well with the impact of cancer. 

On the Yoga for Cancer training course, you will learn a whole-person approach to:

  • no longer feel worried or overwhelmed about including people with cancer in your classes

  • work effectively one to one to help cancer patients live well

  • design courses for groups of people affected by cancer

  • understand the landscape of yoga and teach from a place of compassion and understanding

This course is for you if: 

  • you are a yoga teacher who wants to help people coping with cancer to live better

  • a student of yoga or a professional in another field such as hospice work, nursing, physiotherapy, or psychotherapy

  • you believe in yoga's power to heal (not cure!)

Our accredited Yoga for Cancer Teacher Training will give you a grounding in the diverse aspects of working with those on the cancer journey. This course is applicable to working with cancer and other life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses. 

Do a self-paced online 5-hour Foundations Yoga for Cancer taster course with Morven HERE

This yoga training course course aims to give you a grounding in the psychological, emotional and physical reality of cancer, so that you can share yoga in a way that is physically and emotionally safe for the attendees. You will also learn about the impact of cancer on the body, mind and spirit,  learn in detail how we can serve the body with cancer, and learn therapeutic applications of other facets of yoga practice in order to serve the whole person - body, mind, spirit and relationships.

I developed the Healing the Whole person holistic approach to yoga for cancer  while working as a yoga teacher and course facilitator at Penny Brohn Cancer Care UK. I completed advanced teacher training in Mindfulness for Health with the Breathworks Foundation, and I share what I have learned along the way in this course. Read more about me HERE.

Included in the cost of the course is a comprehensive training manual for Yoga for Cancer, including: 

  • Morven's tried and tested six-week Yoga for Cancer course which can be adapted for any group in a cancer care setting

  • transcripts of Yoga Nidras and meditations you can use in a Yoga for Cancer class and adapt for the individual

  • Mindfulness for Health course, focused on pain management and mental health 

  • Restorative Yoga module

  • Example sequences that can be adapted  for therapeutic purposes to assist with symptoms and side effects

...and much more. The manual gives you everything you need for your onward journey in teaching Yoga to people affected by cancer. 

Not ready to sign up to the full course? Do a 6 hour self-paced introductory Teach Yoga for Cancer course with Morven HERE


You will learn to:

👉 create unique, holistic yoga for cancer programmes for one to one work

👉 integrate people with cancer into your regular classes

👉 design courses for groups and individuals on the cancer journey

👉 apply Mindfulness concepts and techniques to your yoga teaching

👉 compassionately hold space for those who are potentially in physical, emotional, mental and spiritual difficulty

👉 mindfully teach from a place of compassion and active listening


This Yoga for Cancer teacher training course covers the cancer journey throughout diagnosis, treatment (or not), recovery, remission and what comes next. We will also explore working with people at end of life. The loved ones and support persons of those with a diagnosis are considered in this course, as they are coping with cancer too.

Each day, Morven will teach a class from Morven's Healing the Whole Person six -week Yoga for Cancer course and we will have a group Q&A afterwards where we will unpack the class content. You will be able to see how each practice is chosen to nurture every person, and how to adapt for your own group. This will assist you in your process for designing your own yoga for cancer classes. 

The course includes practical application of asana and sequencing, mindfulness and mindful movement, restorative yoga, yoga nidra, breathwork and meditation. Participants are encouraged to explore their own responses to life-threatening illness including their own preconceptions and fears.

There will be plenty of space for Q&A, discussion and practice, enabling participants to be grounded in their own unique process.

You will receive a comprensive course manual written by Morven Hamilton. It is both an accompaniment to the course and an ongoing support for your reference.

Yoga and Mindfulness have been shown to:

  • Improve the immune system

  • Help people to cope with the effects of treatment

  • Accelerate healing from surgery

  • Recover mobility more quickly following surgery

  • Improve body image

  • Help with sleep issues, depression, stress and anxiety following a diagnosis

Please note, our courses do not qualify you as a yoga therapist. 


Course Structure

21 hours live online. Recording available after course end

3 contact days, 9AM - 5PM on Zoom with the lead instructor SYT Morven Hamilton 

To complete 40 hours of Yoga for Cancer Teacher Training you will do an additional 19 hours of self-paced mentored study including reading course texts, completing practice teaching videos, assignment work and live feedback/mentoring sessions. 

We’ll use  props to recreate some of the physical movement restrictions that patients often suffer. Through this and other course elements, you’ll be encouraged in your own personal transformation towards an embodied understanding of the person with cancer.

  • Presentation (teacher to student and peer to peer)

  • Led practice

  • Discussion

  • Enactment

  • Peer to peer teaching practice


Published research and articles on yoga, meditation mindfulness, complementary therapy and cancer:

Yoga's impact on inflamation, mood, and fatigue in breast cancers survivors : A Randomized Controlled Trial

Multicenter, Randomized Controlled Trial of Yoga for Sleep Quality Among Cancer Survivors

Yoga reduces inflammatory signalling

mindfulness and cancer 2013 perceived health benefits – breast cancer lengthen-telomeres-measure-cell-aging

Syllabus / Modules

Module 1 - The cancer journey

Anatomy and physiology of cancer

The most common types of cancer

Types of treatment and their effects

Lymphodoema - what causes it and how it shows up in yoga class

How to work with PICC lines, chemo ports, colostomy and ileostomy bags

Osteoporosis and other bone conditions

Wider repercussions of cancer on the whole person – body, mind, spirit and relationships

How the trauma of investigation, diagnosus and treatment can change us and how it can be transformed.

Module 2 - Yoga as Medicine

The benefits of yoga and meditation for people with cancer and their loved ones

The effect of yoga on the entire immune system

Application of therapeutic asana for common effects of cancer in the body

Asana modifications for common limitations experienced on the cancer journey

Planning therapeutic treatment programmes for individuals

Restorative yoga - key poses, modifications for nervous system rebalance

Vagus nerve stimulation techniques

Pain management techniques

Pranayama, relaxation, mantra, visualisation adapted for cancer

Yoga Nidra as a therapeutic practice adapted for cancer patients

Module 3 - Ethics, compassion and the whole person

Exploring personal responses to disease and death

Boundaries, safety and trauma sensitivity

Working holistically with people with life threatening illness

Dealing with loss as a teacher and as a yoga community

Creating a safe environment - practicalities

Module 4 - Designing your course

Putting together a progressive programme – things to consider and what to include

Using themes – how to choose a theme and develop it in your Yoga for Cancer class/ course

Including people with cancer in your mainstream class

Module 5 - Mindfulness and yoga

Introduction to Mindfulness for Health

How to incorporate mindfulness into your yoga class

Accessible mindfulness techniques for overcoming pain and living well with illness

Mindful movement

Module 6 - Business

Choosing the right venue

Approaching organisations


Communicating with the press

Best practice for establishing trust and confidence in your business

Additional study to complete 40 hours of training

Read course texts (text list given on enrollment)

Lesson planning

25  minute teaching assessment (you will deliver this live or optionally video yourself teaching and send us the video for the group to watch)

1500 word case study: You will work with someone on the cancer journey and prepare a case study report of your work with them


There are TWO options for booking a Teach Yoga for Cancer Course with Yoga by Nature:

21 hour CPD Course £300 

40 hour Teacher Training Course from £450

If you do the 21 hour CPD course, you can upgrade to the 40 hour Yoga for Cancer Teacher Training after the course for £200. 

Instalment plans available to suit your budget. Email to ask about payment plans

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Postural Hatha yoga, relaxation and meditation.

A group check-in to set the intention for the day ahead.

Asana, pranayama, kriya, bhanda, mantra, mudra, meditation.

Anatomy in action & applied philosophy, lifestyle and ethics. 

A chance to nourish, relax and refresh together.

Yoga on and off the mat, sequencing, postural applications.

Teaching & practice with peers in small groups.

Space to share and meditate


Are you ready to become your best you?

Reveal the most radiant, confident, skilful version of yourself, as well as
gaining a professional qualification. 

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"This course was one of the most powerful and empowering experiences of my life. I found the holistic approach enlightening and thought provoking and I felt very supported in exploring some big topics and ideas for myself. While I now feel confident to teach yoga, this course hasn’t just facilitated an ability to teach yoga; it has truly developed a bedrock for my whole life."

Jess - 200 hour training graduate

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