Yoga for Arthritis Teacher Trainings

Teacher Training 

Yoga for Arthritis was developed at a leading research university by an interdisciplinary team of medical and healing professionals, including rheumatologists, psychologists, public health researchers and yoga therapists. Combining ancient yoga practices with modern medical knowledge, this program offers modifications to address the unique abilities and limitations of persons with rheumatoid and/or osteoarthritis. In a 7-year randomized clinical trial, program participation was associated with improved arthritis symptoms, disease biomarkers, physical fitness, psychological functioning and quality of life.

As a result of taking this Yoga for Arthritis teacher training  program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basic differences between rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
  • 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

*All students must be a registered yoga teacher to attend Yoga for Arthritis teacher trainings.

Level I Teacher Intensive

This training program qualifies 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 successfully complete this course will receive a certificate of completion, student and teacher manuals for implementing Yoga for Arthritis, a 16-class structure, in their local communities and access to an online community devoted to Yoga for Arthritis intensive graduates. Completion also qualifies a participant for up to 34 hours of Yoga Alliance credit.   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 info@arthritis.yoga if this applies to you)


About Level I Training

Dr. Steffany Moonaz talking to Beth Novian-Hughes, C-IAYT about the YFA training program for a 2016 webinar.


Level II Teacher Intensive

The prerequisites for this course are:

  • Successful completion of the Level I teacher intensive
  • 40 hours of teaching experience
  • 30 hours of mentored practicum

For more information on mentorship and the practicum, click HERE to be taken to our mentorship page.

After you complete your first Level II course, you are eligible to be a Certified Yoga for Arthritis teacher.  See below for the schedule of Level II trainings.  Certified teachers must stay current by recertifying every three years.  There are multiple ways to recertify:

Option #1 – Attend another Level II YFA training.

Option #2 – Complementary Training

Option #3 – Mini Rementoring Session.

Option #4 - Write up a YFA-related case report.

Option #5 – Assist at a Level I training

Option #6 - If you have an idea that’s not listed here, please reach out to Dr. Moonaz at info@arthritis.yoga to discuss it.

  • You can read the full description of the recertification options HERE.

Read the International Association of Yoga Therapists’ review of this program  (Yoga Therapy Today).


Dr. Steffany Moonaz talking to Beth Novian-Hughes, C-IAYT about the levels of YFA training for a 2016 webinar.

2017 Teacher Trainings

    • 12 Jul 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 16 Jul 2017
    • (EDT)
    • Integral Yoga Institute San Francisco - SF, CA

    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

    You can register directly with IYISF HERE.


    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.

    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.

    • 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 info@arthritis.yoga if this applies to you)
    • Schedule each day:  7/12: 6-9pm and 7/13-16: 9am-5pm
    • There is a materials fee of $30(digital) or $40(paper) payable to the instructor.

    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.

    Tuition: $595, $550 early bird (by May 31), $500 IYISF volunteer teachers

    • 19 Jul 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 23 Jul 2017
    • (EDT)
    • Santa Barbara Yoga Center - Santa Barbara, CA

    This is the first time we've offered our trainings in southern California.  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.

    You can register with the Santa Barbara Yoga Center HERE.




    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.

    • 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 info@arthritis.yoga 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.

    Tuition: $595, $550 (early bird through 6/19/17)

    You can register with the Santa Barbara Yoga Center HERE.





    • 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 info@arthritis.yoga 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.


    • 5 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 8 Oct 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Home Collective - near Denver CO

    With 1 in 5 adults estimated to have arthritis, they are in your classes. Learn to teach an evidence-based program developed through rigorous research at Johns Hopkins University.

    with Ann Swanson, MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, LMT

    Ann is passionate about making yoga accessible.  She earned a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy at MUIH, and her teaching style infuses science and heart.

    34 hours of CEU's with Yoga Alliance, Pheonix Rising Yoga Therapy, or IAYT 


    Register with Ann Swanson 

    For more information about the host studio, Home Collective.

    You can purchase training materials, $60, for this training in the YFA store or pay Ann Swanson directly.

    • 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

    Register with TriYoga HERE


    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

    Cost:

    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.


    Trainer:

    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.

    • 26 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 29 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Integral Yoga Institute New York

    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.


    Register with IYINY HERE.



    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

    Tuition
    $600 ($540 for IYINY active teachers)
    $100 nonrefundable deposit
    $40 print or $30 digital materials fee, payable to the instructor

    About the trainers:

    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.




    • 28 Oct 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 30 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Integral Yoga Institute New York

    In this course, participants will learn about advancements in the field of Yoga research as it pertains to arthritis, as well as developments in the recommended management of arthritis. We will also expand on material covered in the Teachers Intensive and present emerging concepts and opportunities available for returning teachers. Participants will have an opportunity to learn from one another to hone their skills.

    Register directly with IYINY HERE


    The Yoga for Arthritis Certification Course is offered for teachers who have completed the Yoga for Arthritis Teachers Intensive course and have a total of 40 hours of experience with students in this field and related work or study.

    Successful completion leads to a three-year designation as a certified Yoga for Arthritis teacher. Yoga for Arthritis (YFA) is member school of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). YFA programs count as modules and/or transfer credits for some grandparenting and 800-hour Yoga therapy programs. These credits may also count as IAYT continuing education at some point in the future. Please contact YFA or your yoga therapy school with questions regarding YFA credit and its role in your current yoga therapy training.

    Tuition
    $400 ($360 for IYINY active teachers)
    $100 nonrefundable deposit
    $35 materials fee, payable to the instructor

    Schedule
    October 28–30, 2017
    Saturday • 1–6 p.m.
    Sunday and Monday • 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

    Prerequisite

    • Yoga for Arthritis Level I
    • A minimum of 40 hours of experience in the field, including:
      —At least 25 hours of teaching (groups or one-on-one) or assistant-teaching that can include up to five hours observing the teaching of students with arthritis and related conditions by certified Yoga for Arthritis or pre-approved teachers.
      —Up to 15 of the 40 hours can involve establishing clinical relationships and/or a case study.
    • Any/all of these experiential hours may be in the form of mentored practicum. Please contact Yoga For Arthritis directly with any questions about this option.

    Yoga Alliance Hours
    21 contact hours, 3 non-contact hours


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