Yoga for Arthritis Teacher Trainings

2018 Teacher Training Schedule

    • 4 Mar 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Columbia, MD - Yoga Center of Columbia

    Combining ancient yoga practices with modern medical knowledge in a whole - person approach, this workshop provides a background regarding the science of arthritis as well as guidance for yoga practices that address the unique abilities and limitations of persons living with arthritic conditions. In this workshop you will learn: 

    • Applying the yogic principles in yoga therapy
    • The anatomy of arthritis
    • Common modification for arthritis

    Taught by Dr. Steffany Moonaz and Charlene Muhammad.  Click on their names for the links to their bios.

    As a result of taking this program participants will be eligible to receive 4 hours of Yoga Alliance continuing education credits.

    $80

    Register with the Yoga Center of Columbia online or on the phone, (410) 720-4340.

    • 8 Apr 2018
    • 13 Apr 2018
    • 14 sessions
    • Stockbridge, MA - Kripalu

    For yoga teachers who have completed a 200-hour certification program.

    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.

    Ann Swanson leads this 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 Steffany Moonaz based on her experience conducting clinical research with interdisciplinary medical teams at Johns Hopkins University and National Institutes of Health.

    Note 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. Hours may also contribute to training as a yoga therapist in the Integral 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)

    Register on the Kripalu website HERE.

    "This training is a must for any yoga teacher that wants to truly support every student in their classes. The knowledge I gained was a much deeper functional understanding of the joints, the ways that yoga impacts them, and tools that we teachers have at our fingertips to facilitate comfort and pain reduction. As a mainly Vinyasa yoga teacher, I feel much more comfortable supporting those with Arthritis and Chronic Pain in my classes now. Ann's teaching style and perspective are wonderful too!" - Alexi


    • 13 Sep 2018
    • 16 Sep 2018
    • Denver, CO - Home Collective


    Yoga for Arthritis was developed by yoga researcher and arthritis expert Steffany Moonaz, PhD, along with an interdisciplinary team, 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 arthritis. In a 7-year randomized clinical trial at Johns Hopkins University, the program’s participation was associated with improved arthritis symptoms, physical fitness, psychological functioning and quality of life. Such evidence is vital for bridging the integrative yoga world with medical healthcare, making these practices more accessible to those who really need them.

    This training program trains yoga teachers to safely and effectively impart rigorously researched yoga practices, with individually-tailored modifications, to those with arthritis and related conditions. As a result of taking this Yoga for Arthritis teacher training program, participants will be able to:

    • Become familiar with the most common arthritic conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, etc.
    • Understand joint anatomy and pathophysiology as related to arthritis in depth
    • Offer modifications for joint limitations and chronic pain
    • Teach Yoga for Arthritis classes in their communities

    Work individually with arthritic clients of all ability levels

    (for Yoga Teachers who have completed a 200 hr program or more)

    34 CE with Yoga Alliance

    25 hr can also count toward Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy C-IAYT track

    Early bird pricing, $495 in effect until May 31st, 2018.  $595 after.  

    $35 additional fee for the digital teacher's manual.

    Register with Ann Swanson, the instructor HERE.

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.


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