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YCat Yoga Therapy for People with Cancer & Chronic Illness Training - Level I
March 17-26, 2017
Greetings of Peace from Yogaville!
Thank you for your interest in YCat Yoga Therapy for People with Cancer & Chronic Illness Training. For more than 40 years, students from all over the world have come to participate in our residential Teacher Training programs. This letter contains the program information: curriculum, daily schedule, accommodations and an application form. After reading this material, if you have any questions or require additional information, please feel free to contact us.
YCat is a three-part certification program designed to train experienced Yoga teachers to work safely with cancer patients at any stage of illness and people with stable chronic illness. The goal of this program is to enable Yoga teachers to adapt traditional Yoga practices to meet the physiological and psychological needs of these populations and to communicate effectively with medical personnel. At the completion of the program, Yoga teachers will be qualified to design and implement in and out patient wellness/stress management-based programs for people with cancer and other chronic illness.
WHAT MAKES INTEGRAL YOGA ® UNIQUE?
Integral Yoga is a complete science that cultivates and maintains the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of the individual. The non-competitive approach and meditative exploration of the Integral Yoga practices create an in-drawn awareness that allows each student to reconnect with deeper and more subtle aspects of being. Our comprehensive certification programs provide a strong foundation for personal and spiritual development, an appreciation for nurturing a personal practice and the skills to become a knowledgeable and professional Yoga teacher. The Integral Yoga training process fosters the teacher’s sensitivities to help create a safe environment for their students that allow them to realize their potential, gain self respect and learn to be of greater service to others.
The Integral Yoga system of Hatha Yoga is utilized by the Commonweal Cancer Help program and Dean Ornish, MD in his book, Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease as well as his research in early stage prostate cancer.
WHY A RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM?
The most effective teaching comes from direct experience. Our residential programs are designed to offer you the experience of living the teachings of Yoga and to present the necessary tools that will enable you to pass these great teachings on to others. During your stay, you will immerse yourself in the yogic lifestyle and transform your body, mind and spirit. Our residential programs offer a supportive and nurturing environment for practice and study away from the distractions of everyday life.
The program begins on Friday, March 17, with registration at 4:00pm in the Teacher’s Academy. If you have not been to Yogaville before, please plan to arrive by 2pm for the Ashram tour. On Sunday, March 26, you will check out of your room between 11:15am and noon and complete the training with a celebratory lunch at 12:45pm which ends around 2:00pm.
The daily schedule is very full, it is designed to help you fully realize the benefits of the Yoga practices and to offer you the optimum environment in which to study and learn. Each day begins with YCat meditation at 6am, followed by an adaptive YCat Yoga class. During the day you will have training courses, workshops, practice sessions, noon meditation with limited free time. You are expected to stay at the Ashram for the entire time to successfully complete the YCat Level 1 program.
YCat Level 1 is a 9 night/10 day residential program that provides an evidence-based experiential framework for adapting Yoga practices to the special needs of people living with cancer and chronic illness.
YCAT LEVEL I CURRICULUM INCLUDES:
Educating Yoga teachers about cancer by studying the pathophysiology of cancer, the different types of cancer, cancer staging and grading, metastases, psychosocial issues, cancer treatments (e.g., surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, hormonal and other targeted therapies), and common side effects (e.g., lymphedema, fatigue, pain, drug induced menopause, etc.). Other chronic illnesses, including heart disease and autoimmune diseases are also discussed.
In addition, the curriculum includes:
PREREQUISITES FOR LEVEL 1
These prerequisites may be completed during enrollment prior to completing the YCat three levels of training. Any Licensed Health Professional (LHP) is welcome to attend all levels of the YCat training. LHPs will receive certificate of attendance. To receive certification of training, LHPs will need to obtain a basic 200-hour yoga training certificate. A minimum of one year of teaching experience for certified Yoga teachers from any tradition or a minimum of three years of teaching experience for Yoga teachers without certification. Participants should have some familiarity with the branches of Yoga (Hatha, Raja, Jnana, Karma, Bhakti, and Japa) as well as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. We recommend that all students not trained through Integral Yoga familiarize themselves with the Integral Yoga method of teaching Hatha Yoga by taking classes at an Integral Yoga Institute or from an IY teacher. Information on Integral Yoga teachers in your area can be obtained from the online Teachers Directory at www.iyta.org or by contacting the Integral Yoga Teachers Association at 434-969-3121, ext. 177. If this is not possible, you may purchase the DVDs Yoga with a Master and Integral Yoga Hatha I (2013 version, 2 CD-set) from IY Distribution at 1-800-262-1008 (outside US, call 1-434-969-1049).
YCat Level 2 is a 2-year practicum of extended supervision that may be completed sooner under certain conditions. For example, for those who are already established as teachers in medical settings. Intern teachers apply the principles learned in Level 1 as they conduct course classes and private Yoga therapy sessions to people with cancer in settings of their choice. Intern teachers interview, assess, plan, perform, document, evaluate and report. Application and payment for the Level 2 internship is made directly to Jnani Chapman. The minimum cost of the YCat Level 2 internship is $2000.
YCat Level 3 is a 5 night/6 day symposium for teachers to expand their knowledge by sharing with peers who are also engaged in this work. Level 3 teachers design and implement a YCat yoga retreat for people with cancer and their families or other support people. Prerequisites for Level 3 are Level 1 completion and Level 2 internship enrollment. In addition the intern teacher must have experience teaching yoga to people with cancer. Application and payment for Level 3 is made directly to Jnani Chapman through Pat Devi Fitzsimmons. The tuition is $1,620 with accomodations and meals extra. Please contact Pat Devi Fitzsimmons at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-930-8321.
Jnani Chapman, R.N., B.S.N., E-RYT 500, founder and director of YCat Yoga Therapy
Jnani is a clinical integrative medicine specialist at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. She is a senior staff member of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program in Bolinas, CA and the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC. She was a founding clinitian for the UCSF, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center. Jnani is a former executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and was a stress management specialist for Dean Ornish, MD’s Heart Disease Reversal Program and currently teaches for his prostate cancer research group. In addition, Jnani serves as a consultant and co-principal investigator on research studies using YCat curriculum for people with cancer and she is on the faculty of many yoga therapy training programs.
Participants will receive certification of attendance for each level of YCat training completed. When all three levels are complete, certification of training will be awarded. (See above for health professionals)
Attendance is required for all sessions - from the program orientation on the first day through the coursework on the last day. This includes all morning and afternoon practices of Hatha Yoga and meditation.
You will enjoy three healthy vegetarian meals daily, served buffet style, with a salad bar. The diet includes simple, deliciously prepared fresh vegetables, whole grains, legumes, tofu and some dairy. No meat, fish or eggs are served.
Accommodation choices vary and include dorm, private room with shared bath and private room with private bath. You may also bring your own tent and camp at one of our tent sites. If you choose dorm accommodation, you will board in our modern dormitory, Vivekananda Vihar, conveniently located near classrooms and the meditation and dining halls. Men and women are housed separately. We have rooms that accommodate up to six people. Generally, we are able to arrange accommodations so that the smaller rooms house two or three people and the larger rooms house four or five people. Private rooms are available at an additional price. Please keep in mind that private rooms are limited. If a private room is your accommodation choice, we recommend securing your reservation by applying early, especially during the summer season.
The tuition for this course is $1,395. The prices for our various accommodations, which include all meals, are as follows:
Tent (own) $400 Dormitory $595
Women’s Private Room/Shared Bath $800
Private Room/Private Bath $970
*See payment page for available discounts.
Because of the rigorous daily schedule, we are unable to grant any work scholarships in lieu of payment for the course. Also, we are not able to accommodate children.
Limited partial scholarships are available for students who can demonstrate financial need. Those wanting aid must submit a scholarship application with the program application. Please contact the Teacher Training Administrator for further details and a scholarship application; Tel: 434-969-3121 ext 153 or email email@example.com
Submit this electronic application via secured connection along with the $500 deposit or download the pdf application, complete and mail or fax your it along with the health form and your preferred payment option by February 11, 2016.
Teacher Training Administrator
108 Yogaville Way
Buckingham, VA 23921
When your application is received, you may be contacted for additional information. Upon approval, you will receive an acceptance letter, along with more detailed information on what to bring, travel directions, additional accommodation information, ashram lifestyle, etc.
In order for your application to be considered please submit no later than February 11th, 2016, with full payment enclosed. After this date please check with Teacher Training Administration for availability before applying.
If you cancel 45 days or more prior to the first day of the training, you will receive a refund less $150. If you cancel between 30 and 45 days prior to the first day, you will receive a refund less $300. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the start date, you will forfeit the $500 deposit. You may transfer the amount paid (less a $25 transfer fee) to another program within a 12-month period.
No refund will be given after the start of the program.
Please direct questions about the course to the Teacher Training Department at 434-969-3121, ext. 153 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please direct questions concerning accommodations, travel arrangements and payment to the Ashram Reservation Center (ARC) at 1-800-858-9642 or 434-969-2048 or by email at email@example.com. Thank you for your interest in this Integral Yoga Teacher Training Program. We are enclosing an application form, and we look forward to hearing from you soon. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Ever Yours in Yoga,
Teacher Training Administration
434-969-3121 ext. 153
Teacher Training Administration
434-969-3121 ext. 139
I wish to learn the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda and experience the yogic way of life as taught at Satchidananda Ashram – Yogaville. Therefore, I agree to abide by the Ashram guidelines, which include following a vegetarian diet (no meat, fish or eggs) and refraining from the use of alcoholic beverages, cigarettes or recreational drugs both on and off Ashram grounds for the duration of the program. I realize that if I do not comply, I may be asked to leave. I certify that I am in good health and have no physical or mental ailments, except as may be indicated on this application. I further agree to assume full responsibility for any injuries or damages that might occur to me or my property during my stay.