13 - 15 May 2022
POWER SOURCE YOGA | Coping with Cancer

Yoga for people with a cancer experience is now a recognised component and yet often the exception in the therapy-accompanying procedures in oncological clinics, the programmes of the German cancer societies, in self-help groups and associations. Our instructors are active in these institutions and share their many years of practical experience from group and individual classes with us on their specific topics.

During and after cancer treatment, yoga has a supportive effect on a physical and mental level in the various stages of the disease - from the first diagnosis to acute therapy, convalescence and on the way to a new normal.

What knowledge is needed for safety in dealing with people affected by cancer? Topics will include: initial discussion, use of creativity and aids, knowledge of no-gos, therapy measures and persistent side effects such as osteoporosis, neuropathies, movement restrictions and fatigue, as well as dealing with fears of relapse, expectations, resilience and the topic of the end of life. The goal here is to experience self-efficacy and to rebuild trust in the new body, which initially still feels very foreign.

What to expect:

In each 90-minute session, there will be an introduction to the topic and a scripted guide, a guided yoga practice, explanations of the "how and why" and the no-gos, a summary and Q&A, and panel discussions.
You can find the individual lecture topics here:

We will make the videos of the event available to all participants and ask for your consent when you register.
The times:

Friday 14-18 hrs
Saturday 9-18 hrs
Sunday 9-14 hrs
A certificate of attendance for 18 hours à 60 minutes / 24 units will be issued upon proof of attendance.

Dr. Günter Niessen - Introduction and essential basic medical knowledge
Incorporating the structure of the immune system, stages of cancer treatment, therapeutic procedures and the spectrum of side effects into the targeted, therapeutic yoga practice.

"Yoga with a therapeutic orientation is particularly close to my heart. In the sense of a multimodal therapy concept, yoga offers not only physical exercises and breathing techniques, but also meditation, an outlook on life, as well as spiritual and philosophical aspects, in order to practically and actively find one's way back to a stable centre from a holistic point of view."


Claudia Branss-Tallen - Inclusive accompaniment - acute phase in the clinic setting

Preliminary talk and flexible course design in acute therapy for all types of cancer, use of aids, important asana and pranayama as well as those to be excluded, ideas for everyday exercises, taking away fear and also laughing heartily sometimes.

"Through my work in pediatric oncology at the University Hospital Münster UKM, the step to yoga classes for people with and after cancer at the West German Tumor Center Network WTZ at UKM resulted. I have been giving these classes since 2013 and they are an integral part of cancer therapy at UKM. A 2018 internationally published study (LINK http://mji.ui.ac.id/journal/index.php/mji/article/view/2744) on the improvement of well-being in cancer patients has confirmed us more than ever in our "doing". Yoga is an inexhaustible source of strength for me and it is my great heart's desire that we reach more yoga teachers who teach yoga in oncology, so that yoga/Yoga Therapy becomes an integral part of complementary medicine at many oncology clinics."


Tatiana Schäfers - Yoga after acute therapy - the new normality

coming out of BE-acting into one's own activity, dealing with persistent side effects, stress, fears and burdens in everyday life, activating the self-healing powers and the immune system. 

"When I was 28 and had blood cancer, I didn't know about yoga. Later, yoga helped me to cope with the side effects of my therapy. Today I am able to help many cancer patients to find support and confidence. With yoga, those affected have the opportunity to take action instead of always being treated."


Susanne Hardt - Literary inspired teaching - nurturing, supportive and beneficial in online teaching

Holistic view of the person, learning from the interaction with students and their needs in addition to cancer or treatment-specific aspects of yoga practice (anxiety, fatigue, scars, lymphoedema etc.)

"It has always been a special concern of mine to make yoga accessible to all people. Since 2019, I have been teaching two online yoga courses for people affected by cancer in collaboration with the Berliner Krebsgesellschaft e.V.. The World Health Organization defines health as "...a state of complete mental, physical and spiritual well-being and not merely freedom from disease and infirmity". In this sense, I would like to support people affected by cancer on their way to physical and mental well-being, inner peace and balance with my yoga classes."


Annette Häußler - Diagnosis, therapy and beyond - A yoga teacher's experience report

What kind of asana practice supported me in the respective phase of diagnosis, therapy time and afterwards and how my view of the illness changed with yoga.

"Through my own cancer illness, I was able to experience how supportive yoga can be on this path. Yoga has carried me through this time, both physically and emotionally, and I am very grateful for that. Yoga is a path of experience and so I would like to share my experiences with all people who would like to teach yoga with people suffering from cancer or are themselves affected by illness."

Birgit Stoll - Breast cancer: Group lessons in convalescence

Appropriate elements and sequences of asana, pranayama, meditation to alleviate pain/side effects, contraindications, where/how do I differentiate?

"There is nothing more moving to me as a yoga teacher than to see people draw relief, strength and confidence from their own actions in times of greatest suffering."


Inga Franz - Metta - Integration and Completion: Heart Meditation for Love and Self-Love

With the help of yoga and non-judgemental mindfulness to become friends with the body, to be able to perceive it not as an enemy but perhaps as an ally, even in phases of life-threatening illness.

"Metta meditation, which I myself have been practising for years, is considered a great remedy for anxiety and worry in the Buddhist context. The foundations for it can also be found in Patanjali's Yoga Sutra. I am always grateful and happy about how much goodwill and loving kindness for ourselves can support us in everyday life."


Katharina Lehman - Relaxation and pause - Yoga Nidra for emotional balance

Calm the restlessness in the mind and create space for recovery by directing attention into sensing and perceiving in the present moment.

"Yoga Nidra has a centring and calming effect in the depth of our being, the body is asleep, the mind is awake. Nothing to do, nothing to achieve - the sharing of one's own inner experience is pure yoga for me. May what has been said give inner support and be of use in practical everyday life."


Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here: FAQ