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About Yoga for Arthritis

About Yoga For ArthritisYoga for Arthritis was developed at a leading research university by an interdisciplinary team of medical and healing professionals. This team included 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. The mission of this training program is to qualify 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 successfully participation in 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 30 hours of Yoga Alliance credit. As a result of taking this program, the 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

Click here for a review of the Yoga For Arthritis program  (from the International Association of Yoga Therapists‘ publication Yoga Therapy Today)

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