Yoga for Cancer Teacher Training

Healing the Whole Person
is a mindful, whole-person approach to yoga
for people affected by cancer.

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Yoga for Cancer Teacher Training


4th - 5th and 25th - 26th March 2023 Online






Option to attend the 3 days as a 21 hour CPD for £300

Yoga for Cancer Teacher Training

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 nursing, physiotherapy, or psychotherapy this course will give you a grounding in the diverse aspects of working with those on the cancer journey.

Cancer affects nearly all of us in some way. A diagnosis has a huge impact on one's life and those of our loved ones, and the repercussions extend well beyond the physical body and the duration of treatment.

Just as no two people experience a yoga pose in the same way, no two people experience cancer in the same way. Pain and suffering are not always proportionate to the trauma on the body and are felt in a subjective and deeply personal way. This 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 specialised therapeutic movement for common physical limitations caused by the illness or by the treatment, and learn therapeutic applications of other facets of yoga practice in order to serve the whole person - body, mind, spirit and relationships.

Click here for a FREE Yoga for Cancer Masterclass with Morven.  


You will learn to:

  • create unique holistic Yoga programmes for the individual on the cancer journey

  • 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

  • explore your own personal responses to life-threatening illness and end of life.


This 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.

The course includes practical application of asana and sequencing, mindfulness and mindful movement, restorative yoga, yoga nidra, breathwork and meditation. Trainees 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.

Additional to the 28 contact hours is a mentoring programme. You will complete a case study or an assignment and receive a one to one Skype/ phone consultation with Morven. You will also have access to unlimited ongoing support via email.

Please read the course FAQs for information about the course structure

Yoga and Mindfulness have been shown to:

  • Improve the immune system

  • Help people to cope with the effects of treatment

  • Accelerate healing of the scar tissue

  • Recover mobility more quickly following surgery

  • Improve body image

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

People who have had a cancer diagnosis will reduce the likelihood of a recurrence by 25% if they take up regular physical exercise (please see links to the research below). Furthermore, those who are no longer mobile can still benefit from increased circulation and improved lymph flow through pranayama, and reduced inflammation thanks to the stress-reducing effects of relaxation, yoga nidra, visualisation, mindfulness and meditation.

Loved ones and support persons can find a sense of calm and alter their perspective through yoga,making it possible to cope with the trauma of diagnosis and the caring work which follows.


Day 1: Exploring personal responses to cancer and its implications. Basic cancer biology and treatment. The immune system and yoga. Treatment side-effects and yoga practices to cope with them. Modifications. Creating class plans for individuals and groups (ongoing throughout the course).

Day 2: The Healing the Whole Person Approach in depth.The impact of cancer on the whole person (body, mind, spirit and relationships). Restorative yoga. Patient Q and A with yoga practitioners who have had a diagnosis. 

Day 3: Mindfulness for Health. Exploring identity and the cancer journey. Patient Q and A with yoga practitioners who have had a diagnosis. 

Day 4:  Using Yoga nidra, mantra, visualisation and poetry in your class. Cultivating compassion. Holding a safe and compassionate space. Business, marketing and ethics.

Course Structure

28 hours live online

12 hours homework

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

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

(Accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals)

Module 1 - The cancer journey

Anatomy and physiology of cancer.

The most common types of cancer.

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

Types of treatment and their effects.

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

How trauma can change us and how it can be transformed.

SYT hours: 3

Module 2 - Yoga as Medicine

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

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

Therapeutic sequences for individuals.

Restorative yoga - key poses, modifications.

Pranayama, relaxation, mantra, visualisation adapted for cancer.

Yoga Nidra as a therapeutic practice.

SYT hours: 6

Module 3 - Ethics, compassion and the whole person

Exploring personal responses to disease and death.

Trauma awareness

Working holistically with people with life threatening illness.

Dealing with loss.

Creating a safe environment - practicalities.

SYT hours: 3

Module 4 - Designing your course

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

Using themes – how to choose a theme and develop it in your class.

Including people with cancer in your mainstream class.

SYT hours: 3

Module 5 - Mindfulness and yoga

Introduction to Mindfulness for Health.

How to incorporate mindfulness into your yoga class.

Mindfulness techniques for pain and illness.

Mindful movement.

Language and metaphor – creating an attitude and directing attention with words.

Music and poetry, how to use it in your yoga class.

Module 6 - Business

Starting up a course for cancer.

Inclusion techniques.


SYT hours: 1

Module 7 - Teaching preparation and practice (online) 

Peer to peer teaching. Trainees will be assigned a themed class and co-teach.

Trainees choose an area or areas they wish to focus on for their subsequent practicums eg.

Mindfulness meditation, visualisation, restorative yoga, yoga nidra etc

SYT hours: 10


Case study: You will work with someone on the cancer journey and prepare a case study of your work with them.


Essayt: Morven will work with you on choosing an appropriate subject for essay.


£400 for YAP accredited teacher certification. For the 21 hours CPD course, please click here for the relevant course page. You can upgrade from the CPD course to the teacher training for £120. 


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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