Yoga for Arthritis with Steffany Moonaz, PhD

October 19-23, 2017    10:00 – 5:30 pm

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.
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.

One Day Option – Thursday, October 19th

The one day option is for yoga teachers and arthritis sufferers who wish to learn how yoga practices can help decrease pain and suffering. You  will experience a yoga practice geared toward people with arthritis, learn the basics about different types of arthritis, and the current research evidence evaluating yoga’s impact on markers of health and disease symptoms. 

Level 1 Training 

This program is for yoga teachers who wish to work more safely and effectively with their students who live with arthritis. Participants will learn more detailed use of modifications for each joint, how many yogic tools can be utilized for arthritis management, and how to better relate to students with movement limitations. Teachers will gain practical experience in working with mixed abilities and will be able to teach Yoga For Arthritis classes in their community.

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.


What you will learn: 

  • Understand the most common forms of arthritis, including risk factors, symptoms, and disease progression.
  • Gain insight into the benefits of yoga specific to people living with arthritis, including all types of asana (strengthening, ROM, restorative, balance), breathing practices, yogic principles, meditation, relaxation
  • Adapt common poses for the needs/limitations of people with arthritis at any joint site.
  • Teach mixed ability classes, cuing for a variety of modifications during class.
  • Understand the common trajectory of diagnosis and early treatment.
  • Plan and adapt a class for people with arthritis.
  • Understand common comorbidities for arthritic conditions.
  • Site published research regarding the health benefits associated with yoga practice for people with arthritis.
  • Know where to find additional training and support for working closely with this population


One-day option: 135

Level One 5-day training: $595/$550 before September 1st (Cost does not include lodging or meals)

Materials Fee :  $40 payable to instructor first day of training. 


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Instructor: Dr. Steffany Moonaz

steffany moonazSteffany Moonaz, PhD, RYT-500 is a yoga therapist and researcher in Baltimore, MD. She became curious about the importance of mind-body activities at just 3 years old, and has always had a passion and interest in the healing power of mindful movement. Dr. Moonaz spent the 8 years at a leading research university, creating and evaluating a yoga program for individuals with the chronic diseases of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. She is now working to bring yoga to people with arthritis in communities around the country, as well as educating yoga teachers about the unique needs of this population. She currently leads Yoga for Arthritis teacher training workshops and Living Well with Arthritis retreats. She also serves as a mentor for several emerging researchers who are working to study the effects of yoga for various health conditions.