Befriending Cancer with Yoga and Nutrition Certification

Befriending Cancer with Yoga and Nutrition Certification

Join us for a weekend to learn how to utilize the wisdom of Yoga and nutrition in the journey with cancer.  Open to yoga teachers/therapists, dietitians and other healthcare professionals, individuals on the journey with cancer and care-givers. This is an APD course through IAYT, Yoga Therapists will receive 14 CEUs.

June 27 & 28, 2020

10 am - 5 pm

$220 by 6/1/2020; $250 after for both Saturday and Sunday

Saturday Only Pass $100 - Perfect for individuals on the journey with cancer and health professionals.

Sunday is only for health professionals

Anu Kaur and Maryam Ovissi will share evidence-based information on practices to support the journey with cancer. We will address the various stages in the journey and how paying thoughtful attention to your nourishment and self-care practices is essential. 

After years of working with individuals on the journey with cancer, we have found that the secret lies in befriending the trauma of cancer and inviting the transformational power of the journey within. The tool for befriending is in creating compassion-based habits.

Learning Objectives are:

  1. How Yoga can support a person through the cancer continuum

  2. Accessing nutrition care for the cancer continuum

  3. Exposure to the Malnutrition Assessment tool 

  4. Body Composition Assessment to evaluate skeletal muscle and fat tissue depletion

  5. Learn about evidence-based nutritional recommendations for cancer prevention

  6. Professionalism – developing a referral network, partnerships to integrate yoga into cancer care

  7. Understanding the impact of cancer on the body

  8. Learn the multi-dimensional or Pancha Maya-based self-care plan model

Tenderness and compassion are the key principles of our teachings.  Anu will lead us through a talk on healthy nourishment and offer a blueprint for lifestyle changes from simple ways to retrain the palette to a focus on the idea of "attunement towards contentment."  Nourishment will be seen through the lens of digesting your food and your life to create space for healing. Anu’s signature Ginger tea will be served.

To obtain 14 CEUs, one must attend the full weekend. 

To obtain the certification, one must complete the full weekend and the following requirements:

  • One-on-one mentoring meeting with Anu and Maryam 

  • Paper on three main takeaways from the weekend 

  • Demonstrate application within one’s professional setting

Anu Kaur is a writer, speaker and nutrition consultant dedicated to translating nutritional science into daily life strategies for cancer survivors and individuals interested in an integrative approach to wellness. Anu uses her psychology, biology and nutrition background to provide integrative Medical Nutrition Therapy.  She takes a therapeutic lifestyle, culinary medicine, and mind-body-spirit approach for long-term lifestyle changes.[AK2] Anu is the Mind-Body Chair for Dietitians in Integrative & Functional Medicine (DIFM)  and is passionate about sharing an integrative approach with others.  

Maryam Ovissi is the owner and director of Beloved Yoga, a yoga studio and wellness center located in Reston, Virginia for over 15 years. With over 75 yoga teachers, 10 yoga therapists and 9000 practitioners, Beloved Yoga is truly a sanctuary for all. “Transforming Trauma into Teachers is one of the greatest secrets for discovering peace and happiness in this life. In my opinion, Yoga is one of the most effective tools to support this transformation.“ Maryam has been sharing the teachings and methodology of Yoga in group and one-on-one settings with clients for over 15 years. Working with a range of clients and a variety of conditions: lower back pain, hip and knee replacements, spinal fusions, invasive surgeries, traumatic physical injuries, chronic conditions, emotional stress and mental imbalances from cognitive to stress-induced confusion. Maryam’s specialties in trauma lie in her experience with medical trauma: invasive surgeries, cancer and all the layers of treatment around cancer, as well as complex medical conditions that create “medical trauma”. Yoga offers a set of tools to empower the individual on the journey to restore peace.

Purchase Options

Befriending Cancer Full Weekend

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Befriending Cancer: Saturday Pass

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  • Saturday 6/27/2020 (10:00 am - 5:00 pm)
  • Sunday 6/28/2020 (10:00 am - 5:00 pm)