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CPF Certification

Certified Yoga Instructors

Use of Gentle Yoga for Survivors


The Christina Phipps Foundation fosters the use of yoga as part of the restorative and rehabilitative process following breast cancer surgery. Our instructors are trained to recognize that such surgery will often result in lingering pain and a reduced range of motion. They bring a gentle yoga approach to each of their students and remain sensitive to individual limitations.


The CPF Certification Training Program


The Christina Phipps Foundation's formal instruction program consists of two sessions scheduled on separate days, typically on weekends.


  • The first session includes breast anatomy, breast cancer surgery, other treatments, effects of treatments, reconstructive surgery and effects of surgery. Medical segments are taught by board certified surgeons. We also cover the psychological and emotional impact of breast cancer; physical therapy for after-effects, lymphedema, and the meditation aspects of yoga. These segments are also taught by highly trained professionals in their respective fields.


  • Each student is given a case study to research and prepare a formal presentation. In the second session they present to other students and board members. Each student is required to demonstrate her expertise in teaching and her grasp of the specialized knowledge gained during the Foundation's course work.


Certification and Designation


Yoga instructors who are RYT 200 and who hold a Yoga Alliance Registry number may apply. Once they complete the CPF coursework, and demonstrate the synthesis of this knowledge into their teaching methods during their formal presentation will be certified by the Foundation and receive the formal professional designation of CPF. The CPF certificate can be presented to the Yoga Alliance for CEU hours.


Volunteer Requirement


In exchange for participating and completing the program,

all recipients of the CPF Designation agree to donate (on their own time and at no charge) one hour of instruction per week to one of the facilities providing CPF classes for at least six months.



Interested?  Fill out our Teacher Application Form.

Non-Yoga Professionals

Certifications Now Availble for Others


If you are a PT, OT, MSW, LMT, teacher, guidance counselor, mental health worker or any other professional, and would like to take our CPF Certification Training for your own personal education, it is possible!


We ask for a donation of $750 to the Foundation, you will be added to our roster, and the volunteer component will be waived.


When we receive your payment we will reserve your spot. No application is necessary. This is an advanced yoga teacher training and will not certify you to teach yoga, but will give you knowledge about breast cancer and yoga.


Please check with your continuing education authority before payment, as there are no refunds.

Interested?  Make your donation today!

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