Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness: YCat – Level 1

  • Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram
  • 108 Yogaville Way, Buckingham, VA 23921, United States
  • May 29 - Jun 7, 2020 (10 days)
  • Shared Dorm - Bottom Bunk - $2,020.00 Shared Dorm - Top Bunk - $2,020.00 Dormitory - Private - $2,345.00 LGH - Single (Full Bed) - $2,515.00 LGH - Double (2 twin beds) - $2,515.00 LGH - Family room (Queen Bed) - $2,515.00 Tent-Site - $1,830.00 (All

About This Event

Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness: YCat, founded in 1990, is a professional certification training for experienced Yoga teachers and Health Care Professionals that enables them to work safely with people facing Cancer, common chronic illnesses, aging, and end of life. Level 1 training offers 90 training hours and a certificate of attendance. The optional Level 2 Internship and Level 3 Retreat offer additional hours to add up to 300 hours. The 300-hour graduate-level certificate can be used toward the Integral Yoga 500-hour certification.

Many YCat Yoga therapists are working in medical settings around the country, including outpatient clinics, infusion centers, and inpatient units like bone marrow transplant units. Other YCat therapists become valuable team members in wellness centers, in Yoga studios, and in private practices. The program provides medical and scientific rationales for each aspect of the curriculum and is research and evidence-based. Simultaneously, it is also rich in Swami Satchidananda’s interpretation of the Yoga Sutras with respect to how the teachings of the Sutras can help you and your clients gain control of the mind and the senses when dealing with pain and suffering, illness and disease, life and death, and daily moment-to-moment challenges.

This eight-day intensive training of the Level 1 YCat curriculum is both knowledge-based and experiential and provides an understanding of concepts in teaching Yoga to people with cancer and chronic illness. The curriculum includes (but is not limited to): biology, physiology, pathophysiology of cancer, common chronic illnesses, rationales and adaptations of Yoga in medical settings, introduction to Yoga research, Yoga philosophy as it applies to illness and disease, pain and suffering, aging and end of life, and challenges of daily living. Pre-program preparation through reading and writing assignments and video are required.

More information can be found on the YCat website (contact info blocked) or email (contact info blocked).

Training Information


Any 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Graduate or Licensed Healthcare Professional is welcome to attend. To receive the complete certification of the program, LHP’s need a 200-hour Yoga teacher training certificate.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 90 contact hours.

You can input your contact hours using your YA login information.

Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email (contact info blocked).

Integral Yoga 300-hour: 90 hours towards RYT 500 designation

Yoga Therapy: This is one of the elective modules to become certified as an Integral Yoga Therapist


Susheela was extremely knowledgeable and drew from personal and professional experience to bring real meaning and understanding to this learning process… It was a pleasure to learn from her and spend time with her. — Pam Wilson

The YCAt curriculum is so needed in the world. Teaching breath, awareness and movement to those with cancer and chronic illness offers them a practical valuable tool they can use in their daily lives. The YCAT curriculum empowers people with cancer and chronic illnesses to participate in their own healing. As a yoga teacher, to facilitate this is very satisfying. — Karen DiGirolamo

Truth is One, Paths are Many. ~Sri Swami Satchidananda, Yogaville Founder

Venue Highlights

Yogaville is home to the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS). The LOTUS is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, LOTUS was dedicated in 1986. It demonstrates, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” In the peaceful countryside of Virginia, the doors of LOTUS are open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs.


The all-inclusive prices of our accommodations provides you with three delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals daily, meditation, and Hatha Yoga classes in addition to other activities.

The most popular accommodations we have are Dormitory Accommodations – shared room and shared bath. We have two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned and convenient to meals and programs.

Lotus Guest House (Private Room)
Each room in our six unit guest house is equipped with a small refrigerator, queen size bed and full bath. Each room in our nine unit guest house is equipped with a queen sized bed and full bath, and no refrigerator.

Set off in a quiet, wooded area adjacent to the Lotus Guest Houses are twelve campsites. Campers have use of the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities nearby Vivekananda Vihar dormitory. Camping is available from March 15th to December 1st.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Organic, vegetarian/vegan food
Labeled ingredients
Gluten-free and vegan options
Salad bar
Large herbal tea selection
Coffee is available for purchase at Mandala Cafe


Yogaville offers transportation from the airport, train and bus stations in Charlottesville, VA. If you are driving Google Maps has reliable turn-by-turn directions.

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