Yoga for the Cancer Patient

Yoga is an integrative practice that seeks to address physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental health. Research conducted at Memorial Sloan Kettering and our years of experience teaching yoga indicate that people in active treatment, as well as survivors, can greatly benefit from incorporating yoga practice into their daily routine. However, yoga instructors must be aware of unique considerations and precautions to ensure safe and effective use of yoga for this population. Our Yoga for the Cancer Patient online course prepares registered yoga teachers (RYT) to teach any student at any point in their cancer journey — which may include surgery, active treatment, and recovery — safely and with confidence.

This 16-hour program is taught through a series of video lectures by MSK faculty and yoga therapists. Participants learn about cancer as well as how it’s diagnosed, treated, and managed,  including how side effects for various cancers are a usually addressed. We also highlight the biology of yoga and its implications for overall health and discuss innovative research into using yoga as a tool for managing symptoms. In addition, we discuss how yoga instructors can work within the hospital setting, providing inpatient and outpatient posture demonstrations and more.

This course is a complement to skills-based training and is applicable for instructors and therapists with varying years of experience. We provide you with the knowledge and skills to:

  • appreciate the difference between yoga designed for the cancer patient as opposed to the general population
  • assess patients and document yoga treatments
  • develop appropriate, safe, and effective treatment plans for cancer inpatients and outpatients
  • adapt yoga techniques to accommodate medical equipment and patients’ clinical status
  • practice yoga as a member of the medical team in the hospital setting

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This continuing education course is designed for registered yoga teachers (RYT) of all levels.



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Our Integrative Medicine Service enlists Bridge, a native cloud Learning Management System, to offer a unique engagement platform to host our online courses. Bridge’s intuitive design and mobile platforms will allow you to complete your course on your mobile phone, tablet, or laptop.

Once your payment of the course fee is processed successfully, you will receive a receipt from MSK sent directly to the email account you entered during registration. Within 48 hours, the Integrative Medicine Education Coordinator will upload your name, email, and course selection into Bridge. Once completed, you will receive an email from Bridge containing a link to access the Bridge app. You will be asked to create a username and password to establish your personal Bridge account. Every time you wish to watch a lecture, you will return to the Bridge app and enter the username and password you created.

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