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Join us for our Teacher Training with Cheryl Fenner Brown on Otober 4-6, 2019, Yoga for Cancer: Physical Practices. 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, 1:00-5:00 pm on Sunday at the Cancer Support Community, 3276 McNutt Ave, Walnut Creek.  

Early Registration ends on 8/18/19 

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  • The anatomy of cancer and the immune system and the effect of stress on the body
  • How to adapt the practice for patients in active treatment, what is safe and what should be avoided
  • How active practice counteracts treatment side-effects such as pain, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, lymphedema and neuropathy
  • Experience upper body somatic movement that facilitates lymphatic flow
  • Adapting gentle inersions and restorative postures that can provide pain and stress relief
  • Using guided imagery as a deeply healing visualization practice
  • How to use these practices into your own classes customize protocols for working with private clients
  • 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 before 8/24/19 because travel plans for bringing Cheryl to the Bay Area need to be made by this date. The early bird discount was extended to reflect the cancellation policy.  No refunds thereafter.

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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 20-22, 2020 for the next workshop with JoAnn Lyons.  Fri., 3/20 - 1:30 to 5:00, Sat., 3/21 - 9:30 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 5:30 p.m., Sun., 3/22 - 9:30 to 12:00 all at Ability Now, Sun., 1:15 to 5:30 p.m. at Nest Yoga (You and the Mat), Piedmont

How do you feel about 00aching 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 minus $100 non-refundable deposit will be paid if given 7 days before the start of the workshop. No refunds thereafter.


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