• March 17-26, 2017
  • Tuition: $1395.00
  • Lodging: $400.00 to $970.00


with Jnani Chapman, RN, BSN, E-RYT 500 with Senior YCat Intern Teachers

Questions? 434.969.3121 x153 • IYacademy@yogaville.org

YCat Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness is a professional, three-level certification designed to train health professionals and experienced Yoga teachers to work safely with cancer patients at any stage of illness as well as people with stable chronic illness.

This evidence-based training will teach you to adapt traditional Yoga practices to meet the physiological and psychological needs of these populations. Learn the physiological reasons why these practices can bolster immunity by improving sleep, anxiety, fatigue, and more. Additionally, you’ll hone your ability communicate effectively as a professional at medical and community sites.

Level 1 is a week-long residential program that provides an experiential framework for adapting Yoga practices to the needs of people in any stage of cancer treatment or individuals with stable chronic illnesses.  Among other topics, you’ll study the pathophysiology of cancer, types of cancer, cancer staging and grading, metastases, psychosocial issues, and treatment options.


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.

Continuing Education:

  • Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 90 Training Hours
  • Healthcare and Related Disciplines: Although CMEs are not offered, a certificate documenting CE hours may be available for your discipline. Please contact CEU@iyta.org for details.


I can’t thank you enough for how your healing energies empowered me through surgeries—Past Participant

Complementary therapies can make colorectal cancer, its symptoms, and its treatments and side effects more tolerable—and possibly even bolster the immune system for better recovery and healing. — Dr. Mark Pochapin, Director of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

About the Presenter

YCAT - Jnani ChapmanJnani Chapman founded and directs YCat Yoga therapy to train Yoga teachers and health professionals to adapt the practices of Yoga for people with cancer and other chronic or life-threatening illness.

She is a senior staff member of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program in Bolinas, California, and was a founding clinician for the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine from 2001 to 2009 and a nurse case manager and cardiac rehab and stress management specialist for Dr. Dean Ornish’s Heart Disease Reversal Program (HDRP) research and retreats from 1986 to 1999. She also staffed the program’s short-lived existence at UCSF and remained there for a research study and clinical program for women with breast cancer from 1997 to 2002.

Jnani was the executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists from 1995 to 1998. She currently teaches Yoga and conducts retreats for Dean Ornish’s early-stage prostate cancer research participants and their partners who were enrolled in his more recent studies.

In addition, Jnani serves as a national and international consultant and a co–principal investigator on several research studies using the YCat curriculum with people with cancer, and she is on the faculty of many Yoga therapy training programs.
Learn more at www.yogaforpeoplewithcancer.com.