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Join us for our Teacher Training with Cheryl Fenner Brown on February 17-19, 2017. 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.  

  • Evidence‐based yoga protocol from the Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivorship research study (sponsored by the Cancer Support Community and Piedmont Yoga Community in 2014)
  • A functional medicine perspective of immune system anatomy and cancer
  • The effect of stress on the immune system and how yoga helps
  • A look at cancer through the koshas and chakras
  • Experience gentle active and restorative asana, pranayama, mudra, chanting, and yoga nidra that strengthen the immune system and counteract the side effects from cancer treatment to improve patients’ and survivors’ quality of life
  • How and why to adapt practices for patients in active treatment, what is safe and what should be avoided
  • How to support emotional processing when it arises in your students
  • How to best incorporate these practices into your own classes and customize the protocol for working with private clients
  • Become a certified HYCS Teacher (12-hours of CEC for Yoga Alliance)
The training will be led by integrative yoga therapist Cheryl Fenner Brown, C-IAYT, E‐RYT 500, YACEP, with over a decade of experience working with cancer patients and survivors as a teacher, therapist, author, and researcher. For more information, contact Cheryl at or (510) 290-2641.

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 17-19, 2017 for the next workshop with JoAnn Lyons.  Fri., 3/17 - 1:30 to 5:00, Sat., 3/18 - 9:30 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 5:30 p.m., Sun., 3/19 - 9:30 to 12:00 all at Ability Now, Sun., 1:15 to 5:00 p.m. at 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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