Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness: YCat – Level 1
with Sandra Susheela Gilbert, E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP and and Senior YCat Teachers
May 29 - June 7, 2020
Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness: YCat, founded in 1990, is a professional certification training for experienced Yoga teachers and Health Care Professionals that enables them to work safely with people facing Cancer, common chronic illnesses, aging, and end of life. Level 1 training offers 90 training hours and a certificate of attendance. The optional Level 2 Internship and Level 3 Retreat offer additional hours to add up to 300 hours. The 300-hour graduate-level certificate can be used toward the Integral Yoga 500-hour certification.
Many YCat Yoga therapists are working in medical settings around the country, including outpatient clinics, infusion centers, and inpatient units like bone marrow transplant units. Other YCat therapists become valuable team members in wellness centers, in Yoga studios, and in private practices. The program provides medical and scientific rationales for each aspect of the curriculum and is research and evidence-based. Simultaneously, it is also rich in Swami Satchidananda’s interpretation of the Yoga Sutras with respect to how the teachings of the Sutras can help you and your clients gain control of the mind and the senses when dealing with pain and suffering, illness and disease, life and death, and daily moment-to-moment challenges.
This eight-day intensive training of the Level 1 YCat curriculum is both knowledge-based and experiential and provides an understanding of concepts in teaching Yoga to people with cancer and chronic illness. The curriculum includes (but is not limited to): biology, physiology, pathophysiology of cancer, common chronic illnesses, rationales and adaptations of Yoga in medical settings, introduction to Yoga research, Yoga philosophy as it applies to illness and disease, pain and suffering, aging and end of life, and challenges of daily living. Pre-program preparation through reading and writing assignments and video are required.
Any 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Graduate or Licensed Healthcare Professional is welcome to attend. To receive the complete certification of the program, LHP’s need a 200-hour Yoga teacher training certificate.
Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities
- Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 90 contact hours.
You can input your contact hours using your YA login information.
- Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email [email protected].
- Integral Yoga 300-hour: 90 hours towards RYT 500 designation
- Yoga Therapy: This is one of the elective modules to become certified as an Integral Yoga Therapist
Susheela was extremely knowledgeable and drew from personal and professional experience to bring real meaning and understanding to this learning process… It was a pleasure to learn from her and spend time with her. — Pam Wilson
The YCAt curriculum is so needed in the world. Teaching breath, awareness and movement to those with cancer and chronic illness offers them a practical valuable tool they can use in their daily lives. The YCAT curriculum empowers people with cancer and chronic illnesses to participate in their own healing. As a yoga teacher, to facilitate this is very satisfying. — Karen DiGirolamo
Sandra Susheela is the most senior YCat Yoga Therapy faculty member and is the senior trainer and qualifier for the full 300-hour YCat all levels training. Sandra is a highly recognized Integral Yoga® teacher holding advanced training certificates in Stress Management, Integrative, and Mind-Body Therapies and Patient Navigation. Sandra has mentored and taught alongside YCat founder Jnani Chapman for the past 12 years and is committed to taking her YCat Yoga Therapy program forward since her passing in December. Sandra was a Yoga teacher and stress management educator as well as a group support facilitator for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at…
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