Dancer, engineer, yoga therapist, author, qigong practitioner... Lorien has worn many different hats - all with the All of these experiences, plus the wisdom of her teachers, help inform her as she uses yoga to transform the lives of those suffering from pain and illness.
Lorien Neargarder has worked with cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers in hospital, studio and home settings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area of California and in Brevard county of Florida. She has several years experience teaching yoga in a pain management clinic as well as a psychiatric ward. She has been practicing yoga since 1999, began teaching in 2004, and continues to learn about mindful movement. She holds one 500-hour certification from Breathe Together Yoga and another from Prajna Yoga, as well as certificates from Therapeutic Yoga, Y4C (Yoga for Cancer), is a Cancer Exercise Specialist and has completed a 200-hour Qigong course with Triloka. Lorien has also received training from the integrative oncology departments of both MD Anderson and Memorial-Sloan Kettering. In 2016, Lorien earned the title of Certified Yoga Therapist from the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). And in 2018, Lorien co-founded Complementary Cancer Care, INC, a nonprofit that offers non-medical complementary therapies to people dealing with cancer, free of charge.