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  • 11 Jan 2022 12:33 PM | Natalie Cummings (Administrator)


    Welcome to the Yoga for Arthritis monthly blog series that features our YFA members hard work, dedication, & passion. Without the ongoing efforts of these standout members, we would not be where we are today. 

    How has yoga impacted your life?

    Yoga keeps me going, calm and energized to be a better person.

    How did you find YFA? How has YFA helped you?

    I sought out information (Googled) on how to help my own aches and pain from RA and found YFA. Once I saw that she was going to be within driving distance from me I signed up for the training. No zoom back then. After my training with Steffany it open up lots of doors for me, including working in senior living centres, and working with the local Arthritis Foundation. I also found other women much like myself to teach and be a support for them.

    Where did you get trained and with whom?

    Rome GA, with Steffany Moonaz, PHD

    Is there anything else you'd like to say about Yoga for Arthritis?

    I am looking to start a small group women 35+ with RA Monday afternoon on Zoom. This will be a support group and yoga practice. Please email me for more information. mcmelanieyoga@gmail.com

    Let us know when and where we can find your classes?

    Chair Yoga For Arthritis class Monday and Friday Live on Zoom @10am EST.

    Is there anything else you would like to share?

    My oldest student is 95 years young!

    Where can people connect with you?

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mcmelanieyoga 

    Website: http://melanieyoga.com/   

    Melanie McNally

    Melanie McNally has been practicing yoga for over 25 years. At age 35 she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. Yoga was a lifesaver for her body and the only relief from the pain she was experiencing. She became a 200 hour yoga teacher in 2016. She wanted to learn more why, and how to help others like herself, so she also trained with Dr. Steffany Moonaz 2016. Melanie has been teaching yoga for the past 6 years and loves teaching to older populations. She is working on becoming a Certified Yoga Therapist. Teaching When she is not teaching yoga, she works part-time as an instructor training teaching First Aid, CPR, AED and Basic Life Support.

     


  • 16 Dec 2021 4:54 AM | Natalie Cummings (Administrator)


    Kylie Ignace recently joined the Yoga for Arthritis team serving as the Website Manager. In this post, she shares her yoga journey and passion for website design.

    Kylie started her yoga journey by chance. She was really into fitness and asked a friend to go to a cardio class at a local gym, The friend declined but countered with offering to go to a yoga class. Kylie reluctantly agreed. That class changed Kylie’s life. 

    Breathing and intentional movement was a new concept, but she was hooked. Yoga became a way of life. She finally had a way to combat anxiety. As life became more stressful, Kylie kept turning to yoga on and off the mat.  

    After college graduation, she signed up for her first yoga teacher training and never looked back. 

    Kylie believes that yoga helps people step out of habit and into intention. 

    She teaches: Vinyasa (all levels), Hatha, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, and Yin. Aside from her asana practice, she also is certified in NLP and life coach. 

    She’s combined her two passions of yoga and website design to help soulful businesses create online presences they’re proud of. 

    Her goal is to make everyone realize they have the power to create their life rather than react to it. 

    You can connect with Kylie at kylie@arthritis.yoga

    Instagram: @kylieignace

    Or her business’ websites: www.kylieignace.com or www.authenticallycreative.com


  • 13 Dec 2021 7:01 AM | Natalie Cummings (Administrator)

    Welcome to the Yoga for Arthritis monthly blog series that features our YFA members hard work, dedication, & passion. Without the ongoing efforts of these standout members, we would not be where we are today. 


    Please tell us about yourself and your journey to yoga?

    I’m a social worker with a background in mental health, and I was diagnosed with Spondyloarthritis (SpA) in 2015. After several years working in busy social work settings, where I had to spend a lot of time sitting and doing paperwork, I decided to pursue yoga teacher training. My back pain is made worse by sitting and improves with movement and stretching, so teaching yoga seemed like the perfect way to make my lifestyle a better fit for my condition. I currently teach yoga at Harlem Yoga Studio and with SpondyStrong, a program I co-founded that provides online yoga and fitness classes for people with SpA/AS. I’m thankful that I can now pursue both social work and yoga part time, which I think will be a much better balance for my body (and mind!)

    How has yoga impacted your life?

    I’ve always loved yoga, which I first tried in elementary school and then practiced more regularly during and after college. But yoga took on more significance for me when I was diagnosed with SpA, when I discovered that stretching and yoga were extremely helpful for reducing my pain. Exercise is considered to be one of the most important parts of managing SpA/AS, and yoga is wonderful for maintaining flexibility and mobility, as well as for managing stress. Now that I’ve replaced some of my seated work with yoga teaching, I have less back pain, and I continue to be amazed by the calming and centering effects of mindfulness and breathing practices. It’s also comforting to know that I have this practice that I enjoy and that is beneficial for my condition, which I can continue to do for the rest of my life.

    How did you find YFA? How has YFA helped you?

    I believe I first learned of YFA from Nancy O’Brien, who has been a wonderful mentor to me as I’ve explored yoga therapy and using yoga for chronic pain. Although my 200-hour training did cover some of the ideas that are emphasized in YFA, like accessibility and non-hierarchical language, after doing YFA training, I felt much better-equipped to work with people with SpA and other types of arthritis. I feel proud to list my YFA training as a credential, and the online community has been a wonderful resource when I’ve had questions!

    Tell us about your YFA training?

    I completed Level 1 of YFA training in June 2021 online with the Integral Yoga Institute. My wonderful teachers were Nancy O’Brien, Peter Karow, and Livvie Mann.

    Is there anything else you'd like to say about Yoga for Arthritis?

    I really appreciate the YFA focus on non-hierarchical language and making yoga as accessible and welcoming as possible. I think these concepts are important to incorporate into all yoga classes, whether arthritis-focused or not!

    Let us know when and where we can find your classes?

    I teach a few classes per week online with SpondyStrong: Gentle/Chair Yoga on Tuesdays at 12pm, Open Level Yoga on Thursdays at 8pm, and Mat Yoga on Fridays at 11am (all Eastern time). I also teach a hybrid in person/Zoom Yoga Basics class with Harlem Yoga Studio on Wednesdays at 6pm, which isn’t explicitly a YFA class, but is definitely informed by YFA principles, and is often attended by somewhat older students with arthritis.

    Is there anything else you would like to share?

    I also lead the NYC support group for the Spondylitis Association of America. If you’re not familiar with them, they are a wonderful resource for people living with Spondyloarthritis/Ankylosing Spondylitis and related conditions!

    Where can people connect with you?

    https://spondystrong.wordpress.com

    Instagram: @sandravossyoga

    Sandra Voss, RYT-200

      


  • 30 Nov 2021 10:26 AM | Natalie Cummings (Administrator)

    I was born in Philadelphia to two young parents. They were on food stamps after my dad naively quit his job over having to wear a tie. My mother, who grew up with greater hardship, knew the foolishness of this decision but everyone told them that babies bring good luck. Sure enough, he got his next job and was able to pursue his dream of becoming a psychologist. We moved from our city apartment into a suburban townhouse and then, when I was six, we moved to a big house in the farmlands of Bucks County, about an hour north of the city. My brother and I were the only Jews in most of our elementary school classrooms. We were among very few kids with parents from the city. And our parents also held the minority political affiliation in that small rural town. What Bucks County offered was a chance for us to play outside in nature and attend a world class public school. I benefitted from an excellent education with phenomenal teachers who “won the lottery” by getting to teach in the Central Bucks School District.

    While my family might have been a little bit different from most who had been there for generations, I rarely felt alienated or “otherized” by neighbors or peers. We were welcomed and included. I might have been the only Jewish person some people knew, but my friends were interested and intrigued rather than anti-Semitic. I knew who had Democratic or Republican parents, but that didn’t define us nor divide us. We were welcome in each other’s homes and free to form our own opinions on all manner of issues.

    I did feel isolated in that town due to its size and was eager to escape to a college that would broaden my horizons, but I am grateful in hindsight for the opportunity to grow up there. It is common for people to move back to Central Bucks when they have children of their own and care more about opportunities for their kids than a city life for themselves. While we didn’t move back to Central Bucks exclusively for the school system, it was definitely a factor in our decision to move closer to family when my mother’s cancer was progressing. We bought a house in Doylestown with their help, rented it out, and promised to move there as soon as we could settle our affairs in Baltimore.

    We’ve been in this town for over 4 years now, with frequent trips back-and-forth to Baltimore. And like many parents, I didn’t pay much attention to the school board until decisions about COVID-19 policies were being made. Since then, our small quaint, now suburban town has made national headlines for the toxicity of those board meetings. This has been escalating for some time, with a major and well-funded political effort to keep the schools open without masks or testing or stay-at-home requirements. But this post is not about public health measures. It is about how people have been treating each other at those meetings ever since the spotlight was shown on them. It is about the venomous speech toward fellow community members and the blatant bigotry on display toward Black and Brown families, religious minorities, and those with political differences.

    When hate speech is spewed in these meetings, there are cheers from the crowd of attendees. Anyone trying to stop it is threatened, and the board itself does nothing. After months and months of repeated comments, there might be an official statement that is signed by only a few members and threads the needle between free speech and civility. This is the place where decisions are made about my children’s education. This is what we’ve come to, and it’s happening all over the US, if not more broadly. And our kids are watching. Our kids are seeing what is okay and not okay, what gets cheers and what gets silenced, who is celebrated and who is derided.

    This is not yoga. It can be easy to get caught up in the war over the masks, or the book bans, or the funding decisions. But there is something much bigger that is being lost with these fights- our common humanity. We have lost the ability to see the light within each other, to come to a table with different perspectives and truly listen to understand, not to speak back. When we are caught in the battle, we fail to look sideways and see our children learning from the sidelines. It isn’t just happening at school boards. it is also happening at holiday gatherings with extended family, if we can even be civil enough to have those anymore.

    How can we fix this? How can we bring the true meaning of yoga, of interconnectedness, back to our towns and our families? We can show up as the light in the room. We can set an intention to find the good in everyone, even if it is buried under fear or resentment. We can be kind to our neighbors and show our children that we do not withhold kindness toward those who are different from us. We can model compassion even while working for justice.

    This holiday season, I wish for more bridges. I am not leaving this town because it is broken. I will pick up one brick at a time, in partnership with my willing neighbors. We cannot flee from the brokenness of the world because we will find it everywhere. It is our job to put forth steady effort. In my tradition, we call it tikkun olam- putting the broken pieces of the world back together. In yoga, we might call it tapas- that consistent effort in the direction of wholeness for ourselves and the world.

    In order to do this work in our communities, we have to start with ourselves. We have to be whole to bring wholeness to the world around us. Get on your mat or your cushion or your chair or your nature walk and then bring that yoga into every interaction with the world around you. It might be small, but we can bring light to the darkness one moment at a time. Whatever holidays you might celebrate this time of year, they are all about shining a light in the darkness. This seems to be a universal cultural impulse and not for nothing. A single lamp has the greatest impact when it has fallen most dark. Let’s all turn on our inner lights and shine the heck out of this winter season.

    Love and Light and Happy Holidays,

    Steffany

    PS. For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, we need your light too, even if the sun is shining! It takes all of us.









  • 19 Oct 2021 6:30 AM | Natalie Cummings (Administrator)


    Yoga for Arthritis is seeking a website specialist to develop, optimize and expand our online services, including the website, training platform, and events. This will including completing transition to a new website host, improving the brand's visual aesthetic, and integration of marketing and social media automation. This remote position works collaboratively with the other members of a small, ambitious team to share our resources, services, classes, trainings, and products with an international audience. The ideal candidate will be able to effectively self-manage, think critically and strategically, and bring creativity and excitement into the role and onto our website. The ideal candidate would also have extensive experience in digital communication and asset production, web strategy, website development and maintenance, and content marketing. They will demonstrate strong communication skills, experience with digital content creation, and a passion for building community and serving the public. Especially since we are a small team, a willingness and desire to learn on the job, expand existing skill sets, support colleagues, and troubleshoot through new challenges will be vital, and will also provide an exciting opportunity for a strategic, puzzle-loving, and solutions-oriented person to routinely fire up their analytical and creative thinking skills.

    Online technologies are frequently evolving, and we expect the candidate to use their current skills and knowledge while taking on new duties and challenges that may not be in this job description.

    This is a 100% remote, part-time, 1099 contract position, paid at a rate of $20/hour as a starting point based on experience. Work hours are self-managed and completely flexible, with the exception of one weekly staff meeting. The anticipated time commitment is 10 - 12 hours/week. YFA does not offer benefits to contractual team members, though free YFA training and discounts on other services/products are available. The selected candidate must be available to start on November 1st or sooner.

    APPLY NOW

    Job Duties

    Web Development & Design

    • Produce, evolve and consistently innovate design treatments, templates and content for all digital supported properties.

    • Solid grasp of modern front-end Web development, such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript and their associated build components.

    • Outstanding proficiency in search engine optimization techniques

    • Experience with Wordpress and other CMS platforms 

    • Member management and proficiency in level compartmentalization of content

    • Coordination of various web pages with appropriate links and multimedia elements

    • Background in website and marketing automation methodologies

    • Familiarity with Google Analytics

    • Experience with designing/building online events

    • Add new monthly content to membership categorized pages

    • Ability to assist with e-commerce activities for multiple companies including creating landing pages, setting up products, identifying up-sell opportunities, etc.

    Other

    • Attend weekly staff meetings and report in on relevant work and projects

    • At times, work closely with the social media executive on specific projects that require coordination between website and social media management.

    • Engage, as needed, with additional communications and/or marketing projects, potentially including but not limited to:

      • Editing and providing feedback on copy drafted by executive director, operations manager, communications manager, or outside contributors

      • Managing the planning and logistics of occasional marketing-related events (info sessions, webinars, etc.)

      • Adding captions/editing auto-generated captions on video content

    Required Qualifications

    • Knowledge of website development and maintenance, and experience with content management systems/website builders

    • Foundation in Increased brand recognition/ Improved brand loyalty

    • Strong copywriting skills, particularly for digital platforms

    • Basic graphic design skills using Canva or similar software

    • The ability to work independently, ensuring effective and efficient time and project management without daily oversight

    • The ability to communicate and collaborate effectively using Gmail/G Suite, Zoom video conferencing, and project management software

    • Experience working with HTML

    • Experience with Wordpress

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience with AMO (Associations Management Online) software

    • Experience with Asana project management software

    • Experience with and/or understanding of website funnel marketing strategies

    • Experience with using Webflow.

    • Experience with permission marketing. 





  • 27 Sep 2021 11:28 AM | Natalie Cummings (Administrator)


    Welcome to the Yoga for Arthritis monthly blog series that features our YFA members hard work, dedication, & passion. Without the ongoing efforts of these standout members, we would not be where we are today. 

    How has yoga impacted your life?

    Personally, yoga has given me the tools that I never knew I was searching for!  After giving birth to my third child, it became apparent that I needed an outlet for myself.  My friend suggested that I try a yoga class. I liked the idea because exercise and fitness was always really important to me.  However, I did not realize that yoga is so much more.  Yoga has taught me to have compassion for myself and that it is ok to stop and breathe.  I am constantly running around as a mother, a professional and as an active member of my community.  Giving myself the gift of "stopping" without guilt and encouraging these mindfulness/breathing breaks has contributed to both my success as a mother and as a business owner.

    How did you find YFA? How has YFA helped you?

    I first learned about YFA at the Yoga as a Lifestyle Medicine Conference in D.C. in 2017. Dr. Moonaz led a session at this conference that changed my career and life. I came back from the conference ready to become certified in Yoga and to eventually become certified as a Yoga for Arthritis teacher. I was already a physical therapist who had worked with countless patients suffering from arthritis and chronic pain. To learn how to incorporate yoga principles into their treatments has been monumental in reshaping my business and relationship with my patients.

    Is there anything else you'd like to say about Yoga for Arthritis?

    My favorite concept that is emphasized in the YFA training is to teach in a way that includes everyone. To first demonstrate the simplest version of a pose and to remember what the essence of the pose is. I also love the concept to treat a person as a whole instead of their ailment.

    Let us know when and where we can find your classes?

    I offer Yoga to Ease classes (mixed between arthritis and other conditions limiting movement) on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00.  These are in person classes only at this time.  We are located in Pikesville, Maryland.

    www.BreatheFreePTandYoga.com/yoga-to-ease

    I also offer a Workshop for Chronic Pain and Arthritis called Breathe to Ease.  It is a 6 week program on Wednesdays at 11:00.  This can be a hybrid of virtual and in-person and offers education, breathing strategies, gentle yoga and meditation to decrease your experience of pain.  www.BreatheFreePTandYoga.com/breathe-to-ease

    Integrative health physical therapy and Private Therapeutic Yoga sessions are also available.

    Contact me at Melissa@BreatheFreePTandYoga.com

    Anything else you'd Like to Share?

    Your breath is your Superpower.  To learn more, check out:

    www.BreatheFreePTandYoga.com/breath-workshop

    Where can people connect with you?

    https://www.breathefreeptandyoga.com


    Dr. Melissa Wohlberg, PT, DPT, RYT200 

    Website Facebook

    Melissa is an Integrative Health Physical Therapist combining traditional physical therapy with mind-body techniques.  After completing her Yoga Certification in 2018, she developed a proprietary blend of PT and Yoga programs at Sinai Hospital for Chronic Pain, Brain Injury and Movement Disorders.  The tremendous success of these programs led to the idea of creating her own business, Breathe Free Physical Therapy & Yoga, LLC. 

    Melissa recently became certified as a Yoga for Arthritis instructor in 2020 and has developed workshops combining her training, current research in physical therapy and extensive experience with people with chronic pain and arthritis. 

    In addition, Melissa specializes in utilizing breathing techniques to decrease pain, improve wellness and decrease the stress response in your body. 

    To learn more about Melissa and Breathe Free Physical Therapy & Yoga, visit www.BreatheFreePTandYoga.com

    To sign up for Breathe to Ease Workshop for Chronic Pain & Arthritis, visit www.BreatheFreePTandYoga.com/breathe-to-ease


  • 25 Sep 2021 12:40 PM | Natalie Cummings (Administrator)

    @drmoonaz                                    @futurenmdyogi

    I met Steven Inghram when he was a student in the MS in Yoga Therapy program at my university. He is now a naturopathic medical student and fiercely advocating for evidence-based practice in that profession. He is also the host of an Instagram Live series entitled, “Queer Story Time” (aka QST) in which he features the lives and stories of queer-identifying individuals. As I see it, all of his work aims to shed light on unknown or unseen challenges, thereby promoting greater understanding and advocacy where it is needed.

    Steven had me on QST this month during Bi-awareness week to share my own story and to talk about the experience of bi-erasure, which is when bisexuality is ignored, removed, falsified or re-explained in various domains such as history, academia, the news media, and people’s personal stories. At its most extreme, bi-erasure includes the idea that bisexuality doesn’t exist. In this conversation, I talk with Steven about the invisibility of bisexuality, and the associated privileges and challenges of that invisibility.

    If you aren’t sure what that has to do with arthritis, read the last sentence again. Arthritis, autoimmune conditions, and chronic pain can all carry some level of invisibility. We discuss this extensively in our trainings and the impact it can have on close relationships, work roles, and personal identity. I also talked with Steven about “coming out” as a bisexual person, which is similar to what people with these conditions go through when deciding who should know about their condition as well as how, when, and how much information to share about one’s personal experience. People with arthritis and related conditions also share the experience of being misunderstood, not believed, or not taken seriously by everyone from strangers to dearest loved ones. Another similarity is that, unlike other forms of identity, we do not know that we have arthritis from birth. It is something that is discovered later, whether in the teen years or in middle age. There is a process of noticing something about yourself and then realizing that it might not be the same as what other people are experiencing. It can take years to really figure out how to define it and decide what to do differently once you know.

    I am not suggesting that having a chronic health condition is the same as being queer. I am saying that both can be confusing and alienating. Both are challenging in ways that may be difficult for other people to understand. I’m also saying that when we listen to other people’s stories, we might realize that we have more in common than we realized. And when we share our stories, we never know who might see themselves in us. Lastly, when we shine light on the real challenges of our lives, we can foster greater compassion, which is something the world desperately needs now as much as ever.

    Click here to listen to my chat with Steven and please share it with anyone who may benefit. 


  • 17 Aug 2021 4:41 AM | Natalie Cummings (Administrator)

    Meet Geoff Lindsay


    Welcome to the Yoga for Arthritis monthly blog series that features our YFA members hard work, dedication, & passion. Without the ongoing efforts of these standout members, we would not be where we are today. 

    Please tell us about yourself and your journey to discover YFA?

    I specialise in Yoga for Axial Spondyloarthritis, AS, a form of inflammatory arthritis affecting 1 in 200 people. Our Facebook group has 2300 members globally and over 500 on Instagram. I had first symptoms of AS in 1973, started yoga seriously in 1990 and found it was good for my back pain. Not diagnosed with AS till 2009. Since then have been modifying yoga practice for AS. Found YFA a few years ago and bought the DVD which sounds really old fashioned now! Lol at the progress we’ve made as experts by experience. Yoga relieves AS pain and may amend the worsening as we get older. Yoga for AS is my big project for my 70s after over 30 years practicing. YFA has been a rock for me when the nay sayers we’re having a go.

    How did you find YFA? How has YFA helped you?

    I read a lot about AS and found the early YFA website. Bought the DVD and it has soared from there. Steffany Moonaz has helped Yoga for AS with our research, and shown how yoga can be modified for those with the most severe AS.

    How has yoga impacted your life?

    People with AS often don’t believe I have AS because I should not look normal. By rights I should have a hunchback after nearly 50 years of having AS. Yoga for AS has brought me into contact, friendship, working partnership with people I would never have met were it not for yoga.

    Is there anything else you'd like to mention?

    Believe in being an expert by experience. Believe in the triangle of care: professionals, people with AS, and their family carers.

    Let us know when and where we can find your classes?

    One Zoom AS class taught per week to a global group of AS yogis. Plus development of online sustainable business, Yoga for AS. Your Jamie Boder is also my business partner in Yoga for AS.

    To join a Yoga for AS class visit: https://www.yogaforas.com

    Where can people connect with you?

    Geoff Lindsay

    website facebook Instagram 


  • 24 Jul 2021 9:44 AM | Natalie Cummings (Administrator)


    Jamie Boder recently joined the Yoga for Arthritis team serving as the Social Media & Digital Marketing Specialist. In this post, he shares his yoga journey from practitioner to teacher.

    I discovered yoga when I was 18. At the time I was diagnosed with two auto-immune conditions, Crohn’s Disease and Axial Spondyloarthritis (AS is an inflammatory form of arthritis). I (reluctantly) attended a support group: it was an overwhelming experience, where a lot of the people there had visible signs of degeneration but then there was Geoff... A yoga practitioner of 45 years who showed how a consistent practice had meant he was able to maintain mobility and a great quality of life. This was a lightbulb moment as it provided hope and empowerment. That evening I realised I wanted to dedicate myself to this practice. I immersed myself in yoga. I practiced consistently every day and a year later the improvements were huge- more mobility, less pain, and more acceptance of living with arthritis.

    The yoga practice itself provided me with so much, yet I grew increasingly frustrated with the mainstream narrative and perception of yoga. I was left feeling deflated but determined to ensure my classes would seek to never exclude anyone and make any feel less than accepted, respected, and empowered. I became especially fascinated with making yoga more accessible for people living with arthritis.

    After my first yoga practice, I had a vision that one day I would love to share my practice with other people who have arthritis and give to empower. Five years on I co-founded Yoga for AS (www.yogaforas.com ) alongside Geoff, as mentioned above: a friend and inspiration who also lives with AS. Yoga for AS is an organisation that provides modified yoga for people living with AS.

    I aim to make all my classes as accessible as possible. I teach: Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Yoga Nidra and Restorative.

    You can connect with me at jamie@arthritis.yoga

    Instagram: @jamieboder

    Or my business Yoga for AS on Instagram @yogaforas

    Website: www.yogaforas.com



  • 24 Jul 2021 7:38 AM | Natalie Cummings (Administrator)

    Welcome to the Yoga for Arthritis monthly blog series that features our YFA members hard work, dedication, & passion. Without the ongoing efforts of these standout members, we would not be where we are today. 

    Please tell us about yourself and your journey to discover YFA?

    I live in beautiful Southeast Missouri, in the City of Poplar Bluff. Our city has a population of less than 17,000, in a county of less than 43,000. I have a background in the real estate title business, having owned and managed title companies from 1987-2003. I started yoga in the late 1990's, on my own with a Dixie Carter VHS tape, and started actual classes in 1998. Yoga helped me through losing my twin sister in 2017. I soon found myself enrolled in a RYS200 teacher training with local Studio 33, receiving my certificate in 2018. I originally just wanted to learn more about yoga and be able to fill in for my yoga instructor at the Rehabilitation Center where our classes were held. My heart spoke to me about leading a gentle yoga class with modifications for the many people who were not ready for anything more. Through internet searching I found Steffany Moonaz's Yoga Therapy for Arthritis and based my teaching on what I learned from her book and videos. Still needing more knowledge and experience, I took the YFA Level l training was with Dr. Steffany Moonaz in Madison, WI, in the Fall of 2018, and then finished the YFA Level II Mentorship Program in March of this year, with my mentor, Christa Fairbrother.

    How did you find YFA? How has YFA helped you?

    As stated above, I found YFA from an internet search. Everything I have learned from Steffany Moonaz and YFA has advanced me forward in my teaching journey. I am now eager to learn all I can about yoga for osteoporosis, and hopefully blend that knowledge into my YFA Level lll Certification training.

    How has yoga impacted your life?

    Yoga has improved all areas of my life. I especially love having the opportunity to meet, connect with, and learn from others in the yoga community. I have found my niche, teaching gentle and modified yoga.

    Is there anything else you'd like to say about Yoga for Arthritis?

    Yoga is such a wonderful tool to help people improve their lives in so many areas. I so appreciate the tremendous amount of work and dedication by everyone involved in bringing YFA to teachers and students.

    Let us know when and where we can find your classes?

    I teach in-person, gentle and accessible yoga Monday through Thursday, 10-11 a.m., at the Ben and Martha Bidewell Fitness Center at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, MO.     

    The Fitness Center can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/bidewellfitnesscenter

    Where can people connect with you?

    Kim Duncan

    website | facebook 



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