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.  Certified teachers must stay current by recertifying every three years.  There are multiple ways to recertify:

  • You can attend another Level II training
  • You can attend a related yoga training such as Aqua Yoga, Accessible Kids Yoga, Yoga for Cancer etc. and write a synthesis report about integrating this training into your YFA work.
  • write up a YFA-related case report in accordance with the CARE guidelines that is suitable for submission for peer-review.
  • Record a YFA class and submit it to a mentor for feedback.

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

    • 23 Apr 2017
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    • 28 Apr 2017
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    • Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health - Stockbridge, MA

    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.

    Register directly with Kripalu HERE.



    Dr. Steffany Moonaz and Ann Swanson, MS in Yoga Therapy, 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.

    • 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)

    For yoga teachers who have completed a 200-hour certification program.  The course fee of $475 includes all training materials.

    kripalu flyer.pdf


    • 12 Jul 2017
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    • 16 Jul 2017
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    • 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
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    • 23 Jul 2017
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    • 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
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    • 20 Aug 2017
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    • 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.


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