Yoga for Arthritis Level I Intensive

  • 19 Oct 2017
  • 10:00 AM
  • 23 Oct 2017
  • 5:30 PM
  • TriYoga Boston

1 Day Option – Thu, Oct 19th or Full 5 day Intensive

The 1 day option is for yoga teachers and arthritis patients who want yoga practices to decrease pain and improve quality of life. You will experience a yoga practice geared toward people with arthritis, learn the different types of arthritis, and the research evidence of yoga’s impact on health and disease symptoms. $135

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Discover how you can safely and effectively teach rigorously-researched 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 has 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.

This program is for yoga teachers who wish to work more safely and effectively with their students who live with arthritis. Participants will learn more detailed use of modifications for each joint, how many yogic tools can be utilized for arthritis management, and how to better relate to students with movement limitations. Teachers will gain practical experience in working with mixed abilities and will be able to teach Yoga For Arthritis classes in their community.

Precourse reading will be e-mailed before the training.

After completing this Level I training, you are qualified to teach the evidence-based Yoga for Arthritis program that was developed using more than a decade of research by 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.

What you will learn:

Understand the most common forms of arthritis, including risk factors, symptoms, and disease progression.

Gain insight into the benefits of yoga specific to people living with arthritis, including all types of asana (strengthening, ROM, restorative, balance), breathing practices, yogic principles, meditation, relaxation

Adapt common poses for the needs/limitations of people with arthritis at any joint site.

Teach mixed ability classes, cuing for a variety of modifications during class.

Understand the common trajectory of diagnosis and early treatment.

Plan and adapt a class for people with arthritis.

Understand common comorbidities for arthritic conditions.

Cite published research regarding the health benefits associated with yoga practice for people with arthritis.

Know where to find additional training and support for working closely with this population


One-day option: $135

Level One 5-day training: $595/$550 before September 1st (Cost does not include lodging or meals)

Materials Fee : $40 payable to instructor first day of training.


Dr. Steffany Moonaz received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yogaville in 2003 and followed it with a 500-hour program in Yoga Therapy at yama studios in Baltimore, Maryland. Through her doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, she worked to develop and evaluate a Yoga program specifically for the arthritis population. Dr. Moonaz is a current faculty member at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, teaching in Masters of Science in Yoga Therapy program. As an athlete and dancer, she has always wanted to bring the gift of joyful movement to persons with chronic pain.

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