Yoga Teachers with Chronic Pain: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

  • 7 Jan 2023
  • 1:00 PM (EST)
  • 16 Dec 2023
  • 5:00 PM (EST)

Yoga Teachers with Chronic Pain: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Dr. Moonaz and other teacher trainers


Join Dr. Steffany Moonaz and other Teacher Trainers for this one-of-a-kind live online training for those who have chronic pain and arthritis. 

January - December 2023

Starting January 7th - Meeting every Sunday from 1-5 PM ET until December 2023 (50 Sessions total)


At Yoga for Arthritis, we believe that anyone with a body and a mind can practice yoga, no matter what chronic conditions or movement limitations they might experience. We also believe that people with chronic pain can TEACH yoga. In fact, people with the lived experience of chronic pain may be best suited to offer the teachings of yoga as they apply to life with chronic pain, fatigue, and other health challenges. Unfortunately, most yoga teacher trainings (YTTs) are not adequately accessible, requiring long hours of sitting on a hard floor, lots of vigorous asana practice, and little accommodation for those experiencing disease flares. 

If you live with a chronic condition and yoga has changed your life, you may be inspired to bring that gift to others. This training will support you in becoming the kind of yoga teacher people are waiting for. 

Our diverse faculty includes scientists, scholars, authors, long-time practitioners, healthcare providers, and leaders in the field. We can't wait for you to meet them!


It has been said that anyone with a body and a mind can practice yoga. Yoga practices include breath, meditation, relaxation, mindfulness, applied philosophy, and movement that can be adapted for anyone's physical mobility. Yoga reduces suffering through these practices and is especially beneficial for managing chronic pain. If you are a person living with pain, you might have found yoga to be transformative and you might want to become a teacher to bring that experience to others. Unfortunately, yoga teacher trainings are usually not accessible for students with chronic pain. They involve long hours of sitting on hard floors and lots of very physical yoga practice without room for necessary adaptation. For anyone with fatigue, stiffness, inflammation or disability, becoming a yoga teacher may seem out of reach. We want to change that.

We believe that yoga belongs to all of humanity, regardless of diagnosis or disease. Here's what we're doing to help people with chronic pain conditions bring the teachings of yoga into our communities and the world:

  1. The program is fully online, so you don't have to travel or sit on a yoga studio floor. You can make yourself comfortable wherever you are.

  2. Live sessions are "come as you are". You might be in bed, lying on the floor, stretching as you listen, or sitting with a heating pad. We expect you to show up, and you will be welcomed exactly as you are from week to week.

  3. All live sessions are recorded so you can go back and review if you were feeling fatigued, experiencing brain fog, or needing to rest while others were engaging in yoga practice.

  4. All practices will be adapted for everyone in attendance and you will learn how to teach adaptive yoga practices. Every practice will be an opportunity to explore, for yourself and your future students.

  5. You will be in charge of your own learning and your own practice. While there are competencies you have to achieve, you are an adult learner and can make your own choices about how to engage with the material for your own best interest.

  6. Classes are held for just 4 hours per week over the course of a year, giving you time to reflect and apply the teachings in your own life and practice, rather than being overwhelmed with material.

  7. Our faculty are experts in chronic pain science, disability rights, applied yoga philosophy, and accessible yoga practice.

  8. You are part of a cohort of learners who understand the lived experience of chronic pain and will serve as a supportive community throughout the process.

  9. If you have a major life event and can't truly continue with the training, we will pause your monthly payments and let you join the next cohort wherever you left off.

  10. We are open to your ideas about how to make this work for you and are eager to learn about what you need to be successful in becoming a yoga teacher.

There are 50 sessions of 4 hours each. You must be live (come as you are. No expectations) for 80% of class time. All sessions will be recorded. Written summaries are required for the missed session. 

If you have considered being a yoga teacher but didn't think you could get through the training while taking care of yourself, this 200-hour yoga program is made for you. Please feel free to contact us with any questions at


  • an online platform including all course materials

  • video recordings of all live sessions

  • a teacher training manual including course policies, presentation slides, reading material, and more

  • a year of YFA membership, including monthly Q&A sessions, private Facebook page, member website access, and 20% discount in the YFA online store

  • credits toward completion of the YFA Level 1 continuing education course

  • free online and pre-recorded yoga classes

  • a community of teachers and learners who "get it"

  • a lifetime of support from the YFA faculty and staff!


Course Curriculum will be released soon

200 Hour Teacher Trainers

Dr. Steffany Moonaz

Research Literacy for Yoga Teachers; Yoga for Arthritis and Chronic Pain; Ethics and Marketing

Ann Swanson


Anupama Kizkakkeveettil

Introduction to Ayurveda

Charlene Muhammad

Race and Religion in Yoga

Jivana Heyman 

Yoga and Social Justice

Kimberly Castello

Asana & Pranayama for Chronic Pain; Teaching Methodology & Practicum

Kimberly Middleton

Race and Religion in Yoga

Marlysa Sullivan 

Philosophy & Chronic Pain

Natalia Tabilo

Creating Welcoming Spaces for All Bodies through Language and Trauma-Informed Yoga

More Teacher Trainers to be announced! 


Pricing Breakdown:

  • $250 Non-Refundable Deposit 
  • Total Cost: 
    • Early Bird Price until December 1 - $2,750 ($250/month starting February 2023)
    • Regular Price after December 1 - $3,000 ($250 starting January 2023)
    • If you enroll with someone from your support system, you both get an additional $250 off ($2,500 before December 1; $2,750 after December 1, 2022)

  •  Are you already a yoga teacher but interested in taking this training?
    • AUDIT OFFERING #1: $1,750 - if you want the certificate and evaluation, you must attend 80% of the live sessions. AUDIT OFFERING #2: $1500 audit for people who already have a 200-hour training (they should show proof when registering) AUDIT OFFERING #3: $1200 for those who have also completed YFA Level 1 and/or Science of Yoga. They can come and go as they please, are excluded from the evaluation, and won't get a certificate. 

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