27th – 31st May 2020 Yogafurie, Bristol, UK

Accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals

Yoga teachers: become certified to teach yoga to groups and individuals on the cancer journey

Related health professionals: enhance your knowledge base and incorporate yoga and mindfulness into your work. (Holistic practitioners, healthcare professionals, social or spiritual care provider and similar)

Students of yoga: deepen your practice and share this powerful tool for transformation with loved ones

Our teacher training programme will allow you to use your knowledge, your skills and your passion to help people affected by cancer to live better.​

Want to know more about our teacher training? Take the next step with confidence. Contact us and we will arrange a free Skype consultation with your course leader, Morven Hamilton.

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Healing the Whole Person is a  mindful, whole-person approach to yoga for people affected by cancer

27th – 31st May 2020

 If you’re looking for a way to evolve your skill set, develop a specialism or deepen your understanding of yoga, the Healing the Whole Person teacher training will provide you with experiential, in-depth knowledge of how you can help people to live better with cancer. The course is also suitable for those looking to work with people with other long-term or life-threatening illnesses. The course is designed, written and led by Morven Hamilton, a YAP accredited Senior Yoga Teacher and breast cancer survivor.

You will learn to:

  • create unique holistic Yoga programmes for the individual on the cancer journey

  • integrate people with cancer into your regular classes

  • design courses for groups and individuals on the cancer journey

  • apply Mindfulness concepts and techniques to your yoga teaching

  • compassionately hold space for those who are potentially in physical, emotional, mental and spiritual difficulty

  • explore your own personal responses to life-threatening illness and end of life.

Course content

Each day begins with a yoga practice with Morven, taken from the Healing the Whole Person six-week course.

Day 1: Exploring personal responses to cancer and its implications. Basic cancer biology and treatment. The immune system and yoga.

Day 2: Treatment side-effects and yoga practices to cope with them. Modifications. Creating class plans for individuals and groups.

Day 3: The impact of cancer on the whole person (body, mind, spirit and relationships). Restorative yoga. Patient Q and A with yoga practitioners who have had a diagnosis. Exploring identity and the cancer journey.

Day 4: Mindfulness for Health. Holding a safe and compassionate space. The importance of meaning. The Healing the Whole Person Approach in depth.

Day 5: Using Yoga nidra, mantra, visualisation and poetry in your class. Cultivating compassion. Business, marketing and ethics.

Course Structure

5 contact days, days face to face with the lead instructor Morven Hamilton.

This Yoga training course is structured to engage and nurture all learning styles, with a focus on experiential learning. You will assimilate the  course content in a way that is meaningful and grounded in experience. 

 We’ll use  props to recreate some of the physical movement restrictions that patients often suffer. Through this and other course elements, you’ll be encouraged in your own personal transformation towards an embodied understanding of the person with cancer.

  • Presentation (teacher to student and peer to peer)

  • Led practice

  • Discussion

  • Enactment

  • Peer to peer teaching practice

27th May 9.00 – 13.00 14.00 – 17.00

28th May 9.00 – 13.00 14.00 – 17.00

29th May 9.00 – 13.00 14.00 – 17.00

30th May 9.00 – 13.00 14.00 – 17.00

31st May 9.00 – 13.00 14.00 – 17.00

– plus a follow up assignment of either an essay or a case study.

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“The course materials are really useful and will give us exactly what we need to take the work out into the world” – course participant

“I loved the approach of experience together. Splitting out to smaller groups for a first discussion and then the optional sharing in the bigger group meant that we could bond easier, and also that we weren’t simply listening to a presentation but very much participated in the lesson discussions ourselves.” – course participant

“Morven is a committed and compassionate educator with a wealth of knowledge and expertise which she shares with love and kindness…I would recommend this course to anyone who wishes to work with cancer patients and their families” – course participant

“I found the course really informative. It helped me to let go of some of my pre-conceived ideas of how to approach and work with people who are affected by cancer.” – course participant

“Thank you so much for your support through this workshop. It has not only been a lesson from a yoga point of view but from a personal view too. You have inspired me to strive forward and see I can help people.” – course participant

For a detailed description of the course please download our prospectus.

Yoga Teacher Training

Contact us and we will arrange a free Skype consultation with your course leader, Morven Hamilton.

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Course leader: Morven Hamilton SYT will teach 100% of the course

An 8-module course, 40 hours Vocational Teacher Training (35 hours contact time)

The cost is £660. You get a discount of £60 if you pay in full when you book the course. There are also payment plans available – email us or call us to find out more.

Recommended Reading

The Healing Journey – Alastair Cunningham

Being with Dying – Joan Halifax

Mindfulness for Health – Vidyamala Burch

The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel Van der Kolk

Yoga for Cancer- Tari Prinster

View course policy documents

View Trainee Code of Conduct

Please check out what to expect and Yoga for cancer articles on Yoga Alliance.

Accreditation and Certification

You will be awarded your certificate upon satisfactory completion of homework and attendance of 35 hours contact time.

The course is accredited as Vocational Yoga Teacher Training by Yoga Alliance Professionals and as Further Education CPD with Yoga Alliance.

Professionals in related fields will receive affiliate accreditation and will be able to register with Yoga Alliance Professionals as an affiliate member.

Yoga teachers who have completed a 200hr teacher training course already will be able to join YAP as a full member. 

For those interested in yoga therapy, this course will not qualify you as a yoga therapist.

Insurance is obtainable through Balens.

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