Sandra Susheela Gilbert is the director of YCat: Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness. She has spent the last thirteen years as Senior Faculty of YCat and facilitating YCat programs alongside her mentor, colleague, friend and YCat creator, the late, Jnani Chapman.
Sandra is a highly recognized Integral Yoga teacher holding advanced training certificates in Stress Management, Integrative and Mind/body therapies and Patient Navigation. Sandra was a Yoga teacher, stress management educator and group support facilitator for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC and taught the YCat curriculum for the Mount Sinai Breast Health Resource Center and in the NYC Ruttenberg Oncology infusion center. Sandra has taught Yoga at retreats and trainings for the Omega Institute, for the Center for Mind Body Medicine and for Chai Lifeline. In addition, she was one of the first trained Urban Zen integrative therapists in practice in NYC for their 2008 initiative and research. Sandra currently teaches in Yoga research at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, TN. Her work at Vanderbilt includes participants diagnosed with breast cancer, head and neck cancer and children with cancer and their caregivers. Sandra is appreciated for her patience, presence and dedication to the whole person who is going through the experience of cancer and cancer treatment. She says “Wherever you are, Yoga is there for you.”