"I feel so much more prepared to teach cancer students than I was prior to the course. Thank you for that gift... "



19th - 23rd May 2021 Yogafurie, Bristol, UK 

Accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals

Yoga teachers: become certified to teach yoga to groups and individuals on the cancer journey

Related health professionals: enhance your knowledge base and incorporate yoga and mindfulness into your work. (Holistic practitioners, healthcare professionals, social or spiritual care provider and similar)

Students of yoga: deepen your practice and share this powerful tool for transformation with loved ones

Our teacher training programme will allow you to use your knowledge, your skills and your passion to help people affected by cancer to live better.​ 

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If you are interested in CPD opportunities, please go to the Yoga for Cancer CPD page for the latest courses




Healing the Whole Person

is a  mindful, whole-person approach to yoga

for people affected by cancer

19th - 23rd May 2021

 If you're looking for a way to evolve your skill set, develop a specialism or deepen your understanding of yoga, the Healing the Whole Person teacher training will provide you with experiential, in-depth knowledge of how you can help people to live better with cancer. The course is also suitable for those looking to work with people with other long-term or life-threatening illnesses. The course is designed, written and led by Morven Hamilton, a YAP accredited Senior Yoga Teacher and breast cancer survivor.

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.

Course content

Each day begins with a yoga practice with Morven, taken from the Healing the Whole Person six-week course. 

Day 1: Exploring personal responses to cancer and its implications. Basic cancer biology and treatment. The immune system and yoga.

Day 2: Treatment side-effects and yoga practices to cope with them. Modifications. Creating class plans for individuals and groups.

Day 3: 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. Exploring identity and the cancer journey. 

Day 4: Mindfulness for Health. Holding a safe and compassionate space. The importance of finding meaning. The Healing the Whole Person Approach in depth.

Day 5: Using Yoga nidra, mantra, visualisation and poetry in your class. Cultivating compassion. Business, marketing and ethics. 


Course Structure  - 5 days face to face

This Yoga training course is structured to engage and nurture all learning styles, with a focus on experiential learning. You will assimilate the course content in a way that is meaningful and grounded in experience. 

 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 

19th May 2021 9.00 - 13.00 14.00 - 17.00

20th May 2021 9.00 - 13.00 14.00 - 17.00

21st May 2021 9.00 - 13.00 14.00 - 17.00

22nd May 2021 9.00 - 13.00 14.00 - 17.00

23rd May 2021 9.00 - 13.00 14.00 - 17.00

plus a follow up assignment of either an essay or a case study


"I attended this 40 hour CPD course with Morven Hamilton in May 2019. I wanted to be able to support those coming to my classes that maybe in treatment or post surgery / treatment. I believe yoga to be a very powerful healing modality for those whose lives have been impacted. Well I couldn't have chosen a better facilitator. The depth of knowledge shared left me able to meet my students exactly where they needed and I know feel totally confident to help anyone who walks into my class. Having lost my dad to cancer I really wanted to support those going through the journey an their carers. I cannot recommend this course or Morven any more highly. A great investment in yourself an your community" - K.N. course participant

"The course materials are really useful and will give us exactly what we need to take the work out into the world" - course participant

"I loved the approach of experience together. Splitting out to smaller groups for a first discussion and then the optional sharing in the bigger group meant that we could bond easier, and also that we weren’t simply listening to a presentation but very much participated in the lesson discussions ourselves." - course participant

"Morven is a committed and compassionate educator with a wealth of knowledge and expertise which she shares with love and kindness...I would recommend this course to anyone who wishes to work with cancer patients and their families" - course participant

"I found the course really informative. It helped me to let go of some of my pre-conceived ideas of how to approach and work with people who are affected by cancer." - course participant

"Thank you so much for your support through this workshop. It has not only been a lesson from a yoga point of view but from a personal view too. You have inspired me to strive forward and see I can help people." - course participant


For a detailed description of the course please take a look at the prospectus online.  

Prospectus PDF


Course leader:

Morven Hamilton SYT will teach 100% of the course

An 8 module course

40 hours Further Teacher Training for Yoga Teachers accredited with Yoga Alliance Professionals (35 hours contact time)

Recommended Reading:

The Healing Journey - Alastair Cunningham

Being with Dying - Joan Halifax

Mindfulness for Health - Vidyamala Burch

The Body Keeps the Score - Bessel Van der Kolk

Yoga for Cancer - Tari Prinster

​View Course Policy Documents

View Trainee Code of Conduct

Accreditation and Certification

You will be awarded your certificate upon satisfactory completion of assignment  and attendance of 35 hours contact time. If you do not complete your assignment you can request an attendance certificate provided you have attended 100% of the course. 

The course is accredited as Further Training for Yoga Teachers by Yoga Alliance Professionals 

Professionals in related fields will receive affiliate accreditation and will be able to register with Yoga Alliance Professionals as an affiliate member.

Yoga teachers who have completed a 200hr teacher training course will be able to join YAP as a full member. 

For those interested in yoga therapy, this course will not qualify you as a yoga therapist.

Insurance is obtainable through Balens.

Morven is a registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. This accreditation demonstrates excellent standards as set by Yoga Alliance Professionals.

Contact Yoga By Nature -

Morven Hamilton: info@yogabynature.org/ 07938 889028

14 Kensington Road, BS23 3QS