Millions of Americans must deal each day with the symptoms of cancer and the impact of their treatments. For many of these cancer survivors, yoga is a wonderful practice that offers a systematic set of skills to help survivors navigate the cancer journey with greater ease.
Mindful Yoga for Cancer is a seven-day professional training program offered to registered yoga instructors. It introduces the Mindful Yoga program developed by founders Jim and Kimberly Carson, based upon clinical trials of the Yoga of Awareness intervention conducted with cancer patients at Duke. The program incorporates discussion, practice, and instruction on more skillful yoga practices for people healing from cancer.
Mindful Yoga, as applied in clinical trials of the Yoga of Awareness intervention, has been shown to help patients at both early and advanced stages of the cancer experience to minimize their pain and fatigue while increasing vigor, acceptance, and relaxation. Mindful Yoga draws on the principles of integrative medicine, using a whole-person approach to address the mind, body, and spirit.
Hear from Duke medical experts in oncology, health psychology, physical therapy, and
palliative care who present relevant information for teaching yoga to those who are
navigating the cancer journey.
Participation is by application only and registration in each course is limited. Applicants must be Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructors. Exceptions may be made for those with comparable experience. There is no application fee. To submit an application access the online application here. Please allow two weeks for review and notification of your acceptance decision. Accepted applicants will receive instructions on registering for the course.
Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access should contact us in advance of the program.
Students who successfully complete this program will earn a Certificate of Completion from Duke Integrative Medicine and an opportunity to earn a total of 50 Yoga Alliance continuing education units.