Welcome. Yoga for Arthritis provides
research-based online and in-person yoga professional
trainings that are International Association
of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and
Yoga Alliance Approved.
BECOME A YFA PROFESSIONAL
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:
Yoga for Arthritis Trainings Explained with Dr. Steffany Moonaz
*All students must be a registered yoga teacher to attend Yoga for Arthritis teacher trainings.
34 YA Credits- 34 IAYT Credits | 32 contact hours & 2 non-contact hours
The Yoga for Arthritis Teacher 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 the Level I 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 of Level I qualifies a participant for up to 34 hours of Yoga Alliance credit. Hours also contribute to training as a yoga therapist in the Integral, Triyoga, and Phoenix Rising programs and 34 hours of continuing education as a certified-IAYT yoga therapist.
YFA Level II Mentorship
40 YA Credits - 40 IAYT Credits | 10 contact hours, 30 non-contact hours -in New York City, it can be completed as 40 contact hours
The Yoga for Arthritis mentorship program allows you to move into the field and apply the techniques you learned in YFA training with feedback. It includes 40 hours of supervised teaching (to students with arthritis) including 6 hours of required mentoring. Alternatively, up to 10 of the 40 teaching hours can be completed through forging clinical relationships and/or writing up a case study/series (all of which will be mentored). Supervision must be with a Yoga for Arthritis Teacher Trainer and can take place in-person or remotely. Mentors are paid by mentees and provide an invaluable one on one learning experience to expand your skills as a teacher. If you are a YFA Level I teacher, and are interested in moving forward with mentorship, please click below to find all materials needed to move forward.
If you are a YFA Level I teacher, and have questions about initiating your Level II mentorship, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More detailed information: Mentorship Guidelines PDF
YFA Level III Certification
24 YA Credits - 24 IAYT Credits | 20 contact hours, 4 non-contact hours
The training includes work with case studies, peer-learning on special topics, communication and collaboration with healthcare professionals, and work with less mobile individuals. Each participant is asked to explore and present content related to arthritis that requires greater depth of understanding and is directly relevant to the work of yoga therapists.
Online YFA Professionals Introductory Course
15 YA Credits - 15 IAYT Credits 8 non-contact hours
This online course is an introduction to some of the material covered in our YFA Level I Training. It is for those who are not able to attend our live trainings, those who do not qualify for our Level I Training because they are not yet registered yoga teachers or those who may want online continued education credits to maintain their yoga certifications.
The Yoga for Arthritis Into Course assists yoga teachers and caretakers to safely and effectively understand research based yoga practices, with individually-tailored modifications, for those with arthritis and its related conditions.
Yoga teachers who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion of 15 non-contact hours through Yoga Alliance and 8 non-contact hours through IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists).