The National Institute of Health now endorses yoga for chronic pain and this program is endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation and is the basis for its Arthritis-Friendly Yoga DVD, which was released in 2012. It is also a member specialty program with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
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The mission of this training program is to qualify Yoga teachers to safely and effectively impart rigorously researched Yoga practices, with individually tailored modifications, to those with arthritis and its related conditions.
Yoga teachers who participate successfully in this course will receive a certificate of completion, a teacher manual for implementing the Yoga for Arthritis program (a 16-class structure) in their local communities, and access to an online community devoted to Yoga for Arthritis Intensive graduates. Completion also can qualify a participant for Yoga Alliance and, when applicable, International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) credit hours. This course is a prerequisite for the Yoga for Arthritis Certification Course (24 hours), which results in the credential of Certified Yoga for Arthritis Teacher.
As a result of taking this program, the program participants will be able to:
- Understand the basic differences between autoimmune and mechanical joint disease
- Offer modifications for persons with arthritis attending their Yoga classes
- Teach Yoga for Arthritis classes in their communities
- Work individually with arthritic clients of all ability levels
TuitionAbout the trainers:
$600 ($540 for IYINY active teachers)
$100 nonrefundable deposit
$40 print or $30 digital materials fee, payable to the instructor
Nancy O’Brien, who credits therapeutic and restorative yoga with her ongoing recovery from serious illness, is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, a certified Integral Yoga Hatha I, Hatha II, and Restorative Yoga teacher and graduate of Therapeutic Yoga Training and Yoga for Arthritis. She is an advisor for the Arthritis Foundation on the Arthritis-Friendly Yoga video and trains certified yoga teachers in Yoga for Arthritis. She is helped Integral Yoga Institute in New York launch groundbreaking twice-weekly Yoga for Arthritis and Chronic Pain classes taught by Nancy and other YFA trained, experienced teachers.
Livvie Mann has been teaching Hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga for many years to many different populations, but in the last five years her emphasis has shifted strongly to Yoga for Arthritis. As administrator of Yoga for Arthritis at Integral Yoga, the only drop-in program of its kind, she's been in a unique position to witness the profound growth it allows not just students, but teachers as well. This has inspired and strengthened her commitment to Y4A as a teacher, teacher trainer and mentor.
Y4A respects and builds on each student's particular abilities, needs and hopes, and similarly acknowledges each teacher's unique skills, gifts and interests. With that in mind, Livvie works with each mentee to identify goals that are personally meaningful and to create a plan for an individualized mentorship. She encourages questioning and experimentation through the mentorship, listening carefully and providing feedback. The intention is that the mentoring experience be useful throughout the certification process and on into the teaching career.
Peter Karow has many years of teaching and mentoring experience. Some of the major strengths he brings to the mentoring process are his respect and empathy for the student and the learning process; and his listening and observation skills. He always endeavors to carefully listen to the student and respond specifically to what they are seeking to learn; and, to watch the student vigilantly during the teaching process to be able to provide clear and helpful feedback. From a place of empathy and respect he is able to offer targeted feedback and guidance to students as they develop the complex skills required to meet the challenges of teaching students with arthritis effectively.