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Join us for our Teacher Training with Cheryl Fenner Brown on March 23-25, 2018, Yoga for Cancer Part 2: Subtle Practices. You can take part two of the training as a stand-alone immersion or in combination with part one, Yoga for Cancer: Physical Practices, which we hope to offer again in 2019. This weekend immersion is for 200‐hour yoga teachers and health care practitioners who wish to learn the theory and practice of yoga therapy for cancer patients and survivors. In this 12‐hour training, you will learn how to guide your students through this life‐changing healing journey. 2:00-6:00 pm Friday & Saturday, 12:00-4:00 pm on Sunday at the Cancer Support Community, 3276 McNutt Ave, Walnut Creek.  

Early Registration ends on 2/28/18 

  • The anatomy of cancer and the immune system and the effect of stress on the immune system and how subtle yoga helps
  • How to adapt common subtle practices for patients in active treatment, what is safe and what should be avoided
  • The importance of working with the subtle body including, the koshas, gunas, chakras, doshas, nadis, and vayus.
  • Benefits of using pranayama and mudra as standalone practices, and in combination with asana and meditation.
  • Benefits of using mantra, and sound to support emotional and mental wellbeing
  • How to structure a yoga nidra script, and use guided meditation in your classes.
  • Evidenceinformed yoga protocols from the Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivorship (HYCS) research study (sponsored by the Cancer Support Community and Piedmont Yoga Community in 2014)


You will earn 12hours of CEC for Yoga Alliance. The training will be led by integrative yoga therapist, Cheryl Fenner Brown, CIAYT, ERYT500, YACEP, with over a decade of experience working with cancer patients and survivors as a teacher, therapist, mentor, author, and researcher.

For more information, contact Cheryl at or (510) 2902641.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds will be paid in full if given 7 days before the start of the workshop. No refunds thereafter.

Please click here to download the flyer.


Piedmont Yoga Community sponsors annual Workshops in the Bay Area for Teachers & Caregivers – observe and practice teaching a yoga class with JoAnn’s students. Join us on March 15-17, 2019 for the next workshop with JoAnn Lyons.  Fri., 3/15 - 1:30 to 5:00, Sat., 3/16 - 9:30 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 5:30 p.m., Sun., 3/17 - 9:30 to 12:00 all at Ability Now, Sun., 1:15 to 5:00 p.m. at Nest Yoga (You and the Mat), Piedmont

How do you feel about teaching yoga to someone in a wheelchair, or as a caregiver, suggesting yoga to your client? What will you say when a potential student calls and says, “I have a broken leg / Multiple Sclerosis / Cerebral Palsy / (fill in the blank), can I come to your yoga class?” This workshop will not only help you answer that question, it will also offer you a different way of approaching your own practice and teaching.

JoAnn Lyons has been teaching yoga to the Bay Area disability community since 1996. She started her journey teaching one class at the Cerebral Palsy Center in Oakland, California. It quickly became apparent to her that this was an area of yoga teaching that had not been well explored and that each class required not just one teacher, but a team of teachers, assistants and volunteers who were well trained in yoga and ready to meet the challenge of adapting yoga poses to the needs of students with different abilities. So began workshops on Teaching Yoga to People with Disabilities and Special Needs.

Today there are five classes at the Cerebral Palsy Center, and  PYC sponsors classes at Clausen House as well as public classes for people with disabilities and special needs at You and the Mat, Piedmont in Oakland.

Ageing Baby Boomers with chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, disabled vets returning home – this work is becoming more important every day! Working with students with disabilities and hearing their stories will bring a new dimension to your teaching as well as prepare you to adjust your teaching to meet the special needs of everyone who walks or rolls into your yoga class. This workshop will open you to the possibilities of these students whom many see as people who “can’t” and help you see that, well, yes, they “can.” 

CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds will be paid in full if given 7 days before the start of the workshop. No refunds thereafter.


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