Lorien Neargarder has long believed she has many lives to lead: in her life as a dancer and fitness instructor, she learned to move her body through space; in her life as a mechanical engineer, she learned to move her mind through space; and in her current life as a yoga instructor, she continually discovers how to move her heart and soul through space. 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 works with cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers in several settings throughout the Bay Area, including Stanford Cancer Supportive Care, Kaiser Santa Clara and directs Breathe’s cancer support program, in partnership with Cancer CAREpoint. Her weekly class schedule includes working with people with chronic pain, injuries, and psychological challenges, and she offers yearly training programs for yoga teachers. She has been practicing yoga since 1999, began teaching in 2004, and hasn’t stopped learning about it since. She currently holds a 200-hour certification from Yoga Educational Seminars (YES), a 500-hour certification from Breathe Los Gatos, and certificates from Therapeutic Yoga and y4c (Yoga for Cancer), and is a Cancer Exercise Specialist. Lorien has also received training from the integrative oncology departments of both MD Anderson and Memorial-Sloan Kettering.