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Yoga for Arthritis - Teacher Training

Photo courtesy of Nancy O’Brien – www.nancyobrienyoga.com

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

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 30 hours of Yoga Alliance credit.

Refresher Course

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

After you complete your first refresher course, you are eligible to be a Certified Yoga for Arthritis teacher.  Certified teachers must stay current by attending a refresher course every 3 years.

Click here for the International Association of Yoga Therapists’ review of this program  (Yoga Therapy Today)

If you or your studio would be interested in hosting a Yoga for Arthritis training, please contact us.

Click here to find an upcoming training!