In 2015, we were able to give out 12 scholarships to yoga teachers for the total amount of $3,800. These teachers are now working with cancer survivors in their communities to improve their recovery and survivorship. These scholarship recipients are:
My career includes more than 17 years of high school, university and professional fitness instruction and education. I first became interested in fitness as a young volleyball player and, later, as a team coach and athletic director. I founded my first gym in 2010 and expanded core services to include a wide range of disciplines that keep my clients engaged, excited and in top physical condition.
I’m a local health and fitness consultant and currently serve as an advisory expert to organizations including Rosewood Market, Palmetto Conservation and Hammond School athletics. My personal health matters, too. I’m a busy mom, but I make time to compete in everything from 5Ks and 10Ks to mud runs and the Rugged Maniac & Tough Mudder. Many days I get my yogi on outside on my back deck, play league tennis, or concoct healthy smoothies and meals for my two teen daughters, Julia and Avery
Caryne Mount discovered yoga in 2007 after the death of her father from complications from surgery for lung cancer. Yoga provided a positive physical outlet, as well as a safe, accepting environment to work through her grief. In 2011, she obtained her 200 RYT. After undergoing a second surgical biopsy for possible breast cancer, and witnessing firsthand how yoga helped her move through the entire procedure mentally, physically, and spiritually, she immediately decided to bring her teaching to serve a higher purpose. Being awarded the Y4C training scholarship afforded her the opportunity to obtain the precise training and knowledge that is required-and from an expert, experienced, pioneering teacher/author/survivor-to teach this specialized area of yoga. Caryne is presently pursuing avenues in the East Bay Area of Northern California in order to bring Y4C to the community.
Christine O’Grady, lives in the Chicago suburbs. She is a registered yoga teacher, wife, mom to three and a breast cancer survivor. She is currently working with a large cancer resource center and other local y4c trained teachers in getting yoga for cancer classes funded in her area. Yoga was, and continues to be, a big source of healing for her, both physically and mentally, during and after her treatment and she hopes to share that with other cancer survivors and their families. She believes that yoga is for all and teaches her classes with empathy, passion and humor.
As a yoga instructor for 8 years and 29 years in the fitness industry, Wendy is following her heart by helping others learn to love and trust who they are, right where they are. Her empathetic and considerate approach to celebrating the gift of each day is what led her to becoming the founder of Living Tree Yoga. This non-profit organization connects cancer survivors and a support friend to yoga studios close to home, where they can reap the healing benefits yoga brings to the mind, body and spirit. Y4C training has given her the insight, information and skills to continue to serve others in a very compassionate way. The Y4C program has deepened her knowledge both on life and in the classroom.
Jennifer discovered the healing benefits of yoga after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. She had practiced yoga for over 10 years but didn’t fully understand its therapeutic power. Yoga was the only thing that made her feel better during chemotherapy, radiation and after a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. She became a yoga instructor to help other cancer patients and survivors discover the physical, mental and emotional healing that yoga can provide. Jennifer teaches at the local Cancer Wellness Center as well as studios and health clubs.
Taryn Vander Hoop
Taryn Vander Hoop is a New York-based yoga instructor, dancer, and producer. A lifelong student of movement, she holds a B.S. in Dance, English Literature, and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin, an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, a 200-Hour yoga certification from Yoga Effects, and 300-Hour yoga certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, both in New York City. Taryn’s classes are designed to be vigorous yet accessible, utilizing innovative vinyasa pose combinations that progressively enhance cardiovascular activity and encourage mindfulness of breathing and alignment.
She was thrilled to receive the Kelly Considine Scholarship to attend the Y4C training. Her aim is to work with cancer patients and survivors combining dance therapy and Y4C methodology to heal and transform the body, mind, and spirit. For more on Taryn, please visit: tarynvanderhoop.com
In 2010 I was diagnosed with a connective tissue autoimmune disease, called Scleroderma. At this time I was working as a licensed veterinary technician, a highly stressful and physically demanding profession. About 2 years later the fatigue, muscle and joint pain started to impact my ability to do my job, and I had to go out on disability. It was at this time that I went back to my yoga practice, I found that having a daily yoga practice helped me tremendously with not only the physical symptoms I was dealing with but the emotional as well. After trying several medications, I started receiving regular chemotherapy infusions. It was then that it all came together. My yoga and meditation practice gave me something to turn to and to hold on to, helping me get through all of this. It helped my pain, made me happier and gave me hope. I then decided that if it could do all this for me, then how amazing it would be to be able to help others find the same. I reached out to Tari and decided instantly that this was the path that I was meant to follow and it has been the most incredible journey.
Julie Fischer is an RYT 500, with training in Ayurvedic Yoga. Her passion is assisting others in ways to empower themselves. She teaches & practices yoga, massage, mantra and meditation in her studio, Live in Joy Yoga in NJ. She also is honored and grateful to be working in the Complementary Medicine Program with cancer patients at MD Anderson Cooper in Camden, NJ, where she does foot and hand massage with patients while they receive infusion treatments, as well as teaching a variety of classes, including chair yoga.
Diagnosed in 2013, Vickie practiced yoga throughout her chemotherapy and surgical recoveries. It was through those challenging days she learned to modify the poses to meet her body where it was in the healing process. Vickie continues training and learning both in the classroom and with her students in using yoga to bring healing and wholeness after a cancer diagnosis.