タリ・プリンスターは、がんサバイバー、ヨガティーチャー、著者、そして、ヨガ専門のクラスやリトリートを通してがんサバイバーを繋ぐ団体、Yoga4Cancer, LLC(Y4C)とthe Retreat Project (非営利)の創始者です。
Tari Prinster is a cancer survivor, master yoga teacher, celebrated author and founder of yoga4cancer (y4c) and the Retreat Project, which bring specialized yoga to cancer survivors worldwide.
When Tari was fifty, she started a yoga practice to ease symptoms of menopause. After a diagnosis of breast cancer, yoga became a powerful tool for her to manage the daily challenges of treatment side effects. More than a way to stay healthy, yoga gave her a community and the emotional support and spiritual comfort so necessary for recovery and beyond.
The challenge of cancer led to life change. Research about cancer and yoga was in its infancy in 2000. Tari got curious why yoga was so healing for her, but not recommended by her doctors. Cancer patients were told to “go home and rest.” She read widely, including both classic Eastern texts and Western science about anatomy and movement.
Tari discovered that yoga poses and sequences had to be tailored to survivor needs and that conventional thinking in yoga as well as Western medicine had to change. Yoga teachers and health care providers need to be educated about cancer, the immune system, and the benefits of yogic movement and breathing. And teachers and providers need to talk openly and honestly about cancer with their students.
Today, the vision Tari developed with her team has deepened and diversified. Her organization has trained over two thousand yoga teachers here and abroad, and provided help to tens of thousands of survivors. Recent trainings were requested in Japan and Germany, and Tari’s book has been translated into Spanish. Scholarship funds to support diversity are raised from corporate foundations like Lululemon as well as private donors. She was featured in the film YogaWoman and regularly presents at Yoga Journal and other industry conferences.
Tari believes it is never too late to start, never too late to change. In her words, “Yoga made me feel younger and stand straighter. I sleep better, my weight is good, and my bones are strong.”