Yoga for cancer

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.

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Yoga for Cancer is a heart-led, mindful approach to working with the whole person – body, mind, spirit and relationship.



  • 270€


  • 3 days
  • Friday 15h – 19h, Saturday & Sunday 9h – 18h


  • Be in a relevant profession to the course and have done at least 40 hours of yoga classes in the past.
  • Be a student of yoga and have been practising for a minimum of 2 years or be a qualified yoga teacher.


The course will include the following areas of study:

  • The cancer journey
  • Yoga as medicine – therapeutic applications of yoga
  • Ethics, compassion and the whole person
  • Designing your course for people on the cancer journey and inclusion
  • Business – setting up a specialist class
  • Mindfulness and yoga


Trainees will become knowledgeable in the basic anatomy and physiology of cancer.

  • Trainees will understand the “whole-person” ethos.
  • Trainees will learn therapeutic applications of yoga for cancer.
  • Trainees will become knowledgable and skilled in restorative yoga and special modifications.
  • Trainees will understand the pedagogy of yoga and mindfulness for health.
  • Trainees will learn the art of holding space competently and compassionately.
  • Trainees will learn how and when to include people on the cancer journey into their mainstream class.
  • Trainees will become knowledgable on business and marketing considerations in setting up a specialist class for people with cancer.

This training will allow you to confidently and empathically design and run mindful yoga courses for people on the cancer journey. You will also learn how to work one to one and include people affected by cancer in your class. This course does not qualify you as a yoga therapist.

About Yoga by Nature training courses

Yoga by Nature training courses are structured in such a way as to engage and nurture all types of learning styles. Through teacher to student presentation, discussion, enactment, peer to peer teaching practice, case study and assignment the participant has an opportunity to assimilate the course content in a way that is meaningful and grounded in experience. Morven Hamilton has been teaching and mentoring on yoga teacher training programmes since 2012. Her previous experience as a language and music teacher and university lecturer has given her almost two decades of teaching and group facilitation experience. Yoga for Cancer is the fruition of her years of work teaching yoga to people with cancer, her studies in mindfulness and her passion for education and yoga. Trainees receive ongoing support via Skype and email in order to ensure they have appropriate guidance to work in this sensitive field.

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.

Morven Hamilton will teach 100% of the course
A mindful, whole-person approach to yoga for groups and individuals 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.