Yoga for Arthritis Teachers Intensive–Level 1

  • 15 Aug 2017
  • (EDT)
  • 20 Aug 2017
  • (EDT)
  • Yogaville - Buckingham, VA


Dr. Steffany Moonaz and Mary Veal will be combining their talents at Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville for this training.  YFA attendees are able to participate in ashram classes and frequently extend their stay to take in the full experience of Yogaville and get a little rest and relaxation in this spiritual setting in the midst of the rural Virginia countryside.

Register with Yogaville HERE.

Discover how you can safely and effectively teach evidence-informed yoga practices with individually-tailored modifications to people with arthritis and related conditions. Because arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, it is vital that yoga professionals learn tools and skills to work with this underserved and growing population.

Dr. Steffany Moonaz and Mary Veal have designed a training that combines contemporary scientific rigor, yoga philosophy, and heart, including:

  • Arthritis basics, joint anatomy, and the Yoga for Arthritis protocol
  • How to adapt asana for joint limitation and pain
  • The effect of arthritis on all koshas, and the mechanisms for yoga’s impact

Yoga for Arthritis was developed by Dr. Moonaz based on her experience conducting clinical research with interdisciplinary medical teams at Johns Hopkins University and National Institutes of Health.

  • Pre-course reading will be e-mailed before the training.
  • For yoga teachers who have completed a 200-hour certification program.
  • After completing this Level I training, you are qualified to teach the evidence-informed Yoga for Arthritis program that was developed using more than a decade of research by Dr. Steffany Moonaz.
  • You will be eligible to continue toward certification. In order to ensure the rigor of the program, this process includes mentorship and Level II training.
  • This training is 34 Continuing Education hours for Yoga Alliance. Hours may also contribute to training as a yoga therapist in the Integral, Triyoga, and Phoenix Rising programs and future continuing education as a certified-IAYT yoga therapist (please inquire at if this applies to you)

Steffany Moonaz, PhD, MFA, RYT 500, is a yoga therapist and researcher specializing in rheumatic diseases. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Academic Research at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, which offers the nation’s only MS in yoga therapy. She received her 200-hour Yoga teacher training at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in 2003 and her 500-hour training from Yama Therapeutics. Steffany spent seven years at Johns Hopkins University, developing and evaluating a yoga program for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, which has been replicated in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health. She is the founder of Yoga for Arthritis, an organization bringing evidence-informed yoga programs to people with arthritis nationwide, as well as educating yoga professionals to work safely and effectively with this population.

Mary Veal, E-RYT 500, is a Yoga for Arthritis Certified Instructor and specializes in working with students that have chronic conditions or injuries. Mary is the office manager (O.M.) of Kula Yoga Shala, a donation based Yoga studio in Jupiter, FL. She obtained her 200-hour certification in Hatha Yoga from Kula Yoga Shala and her 500-hour certification in Anusara. She is experienced in teaching many types of Yoga, including Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Chair Yoga, and Yoga Nidra. Her love of all paths of Yoga is evident in her dedicated practice of more than 17 years. This love and respect comes through her teaching as she shares her knowledge and passion for asana, pranayama, meditation, and philosophy. She loves to combine her passions for Yoga and travel and hosts Yoga retreats around the world including Africa, Peru, India, and the Galapagos Islands.

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