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.
Why were you personally drawn to Yoga for Arthritis?
I began my yoga career teaching older adults in community settings. I found much of what I had learned in my Power Yoga training was not appropriate for my senior students due to arthritis and other health issues. Yoga for Arthritis showed me how to adapt yoga poses in a way that was safe and beneficial for my students. Recently I was diagnosed with arthritis in my knees. By using my Yoga for Arthritis training, I have been able to maintain a healthy and safe practice for myself as well.
What lessons have you learned through your Yoga for Arthritis journey?
I have learned that the symptoms of arthritis can be greatly reduced through the practice of Yoga.
How has Yoga for Arthritis impacted your life?
The Yoga for Arthritis training helped me make yoga accessible to all my students. It also helped me understand the many different types of arthritis, how the disease symptoms manifest, and how to use research to inform my teaching.
When and where others can we find your classes?
I am currently teaching a Wednesday evening Yoga for Arthritis class at CORE Physical Therapy in Washington DC. For more details and to register for a class, click the link on my website yogastretchandmove.com.
Dana HalkowskiI, C-IAYT, RYT500, YFA Certified Instructor
Dana has been practicing yoga for 30 years. She is a RYT500 and a certified yoga therapist with a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. In addition to her Level II certification in Yoga for Arthritis, she is also certified in Yoga for Depression.