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    • 21 Dec 2020
    • (UTC-12:00)
    • 31 Dec 2022
    • (UTC-12:00)
    • Self-Paced Online - VIRTUAL

    Self-Paced Online YFA Level I Training

    Yoga for Arthritis Level I Training with Dr. Moonaz


    This Level I training is fully online and at your own pace. Course must be completed within a year of purchase date.

    That being said, you will still be supported by Yoga for Arthritis faculty and staff throughout your journey. The program includes recorded lectures, slides, research articles, quizzes, reflection questions, activities, and assignments. You must complete all elements of the course to receive a certificate of completion and professional CEUs. After completing this Level I training, you are qualified to teach the evidence-based Yoga for Arthritis program in your community. Also, you will be eligible to continue toward Yoga for Arthritis certification, which includes Level II mentorship & Level III training, both available online. These steps are recommended for anyone wishing to specialize in work with this population, work with private clients, or provide Yoga for Arthritis in healthcare settings. 

    Yoga for Arthritis was developed by yoga researcher and arthritis expert Steffany Moonaz, PhD, along with an interdisciplinary team, 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 arthritis. In a 7-year randomized clinical trial at Johns Hopkins University, the program’s participation was associated with improved arthritis symptoms, physical fitness, psychological functioning and quality of life. Such evidence is vital for bridging the integrative yoga world with medical healthcare, making these practices more accessible to those who really need them.

    This training program trains yoga teachers to safely and effectively impart rigorously researched yoga practices, with individually-tailored modifications, to those with arthritis and related conditions. As a result of taking this Yoga for Arthritis teacher training program, participants will be able to:

    • Become familiar with the most common arthritic conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, etc.
    • Understand joint anatomy and pathophysiology as related to arthritis in depth
    • Offer modifications for joint limitations and chronic pain
    • Teach Yoga for Arthritis classes in their communities
    • Work individually with arthritic clients of all ability levels

    Training Information: 

    This Level I training is fully online and at your own pace. Course must be completed within a year of purchase date

    The pre-course reading and digital materials are within the online course.

    After completing this Level I training, you are qualified to teach Yoga for Arthritis program. Also, you will be eligible to continue toward Yoga for Arthritis certification, which includes Level II mentorship & Level III training. 

    Prerequisite: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher training

    CEU's - Yoga Alliance: 34 hrs (30 contact; 4 non-contact); IAYT: 34 hours; Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA): can provide you a CE certificate with your program's total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members); Integral Yoga 300-hour: 34 hours towards RYT 500 designation

    Tuition: $650 

    Date & Time:

    • Self Paced - Training must be completed within a year of purchase.



    • 14 Sep 2021
    • (UTC-12:00)
    • 24 Sep 2025
    • (UTC-12:00)
    • Self-Paced - ONLINE

    Yoga for Arthritis & Chronic Pain Bundled Course

    with Dr. Moonaz


    Yoga for Arthritis and Chronic Pain: Bundled Course 

    This course combines three levels of Yoga for Arthritis and Chronic Pain Training for a total of 100 total hours, consisting of 65 contact hours and 36 non-contact hours. It is intended for the serious yoga professional who aims to specialize in this area with greater knowledge and skill. This course is approved for continuing education credit with both Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is appropriate for those wishing to specialize in worth with populations experiencing chronic pain, joint conditions, and/or autoimmune diseases in setting such as senior centers, integrative health practices, conventional healthcare institutions, private practice, yoga studios, or community spaces. 

    The Level 1 segment is offered as an online, self-paced program with regular assessments and feedback from faculty on discussion boards and practice teaching. The Level 1 segment offers an overview of current science and best practices for teaching group classes, as well as an adaptable evidence-based program that can be offered in community settings either in-person or online. 

    The Level 2 segment is a mentored practicum that includes focused work with an assigned mentor toward personal teaching goals. 

    The Level 3 segment includes a peer-learning experience and a focus on working with individuals and collaborating with healthcare professionals. 

    The Bundled Course also includes an hour of online professional coaching after completion of each segment, which can be used at any time. Completion of the full bundled course results in certification through Yoga for Arthritis and a year of membership beyond course completion.

    Prerequisite: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher training

    CEU's - Yoga Alliance: 100 hours;  IAYT: 100 hours; Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA): can provide you a CE certificate with your program's total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members)

    Tuition: $1,350  (3 Payment Installments: Level I $450, Level II $450, Level III $450) 

    Date & Time:

    • Self Paced Level I - Training must be completed within a year of purchase. 
      • You have a choice of Online Self-Paced Level I training, 2022 Live Online Level I training (September - October 2022), or another Level I live training. Level I training offerings are $600 ($650 come August 1, 2022), so you save $200 with the bundle.
    • Level II begins after you have completed your Level I training. 
    • Level III begins after Level II Mentorship has been completed



    • 26 May 2022
    • (UTC-12:00)
    • 4 Jun 2024
    • (UTC-12:00)
    • Self-Paced Online - VIRTUAL

    Self Paced Aqua Yoga for Arthritis Course

    with Christa Fairbrother


    To learn a new skill online, you need high quality resources. The Aqua Yoga for Arthritis Course is packed with materials designed to teach you aqua yoga while respecting your arthritis symptoms.

    To make this happen you get immediate access to:

    • 11 videos including a full 45-minute professionally produced practice class and a 30-minute discussion on how the other 7 limbs of yoga can help you
    • 30-page course workbook for the days you can't make it to the pool
    • a guided meditation for pain relief to use anytime
    • an audio recording of your practice class to download to your phone, so you can practice along in the pool
    • a PDF with full directions from the class so you can laminate a waterproof poolside copy

    The course teacher, Christa Fairbrother, was the Program Director for YFA and is passionate about helping people with arthritis through aqua yoga. Her personal journey with arthritis and the thousands of people living with arthritis she’s helped, have provided the knowledge to produce these high-quality materials. Getting the benefits of an aqua yoga practice are possible for you when you enroll.

    Learn about Christa Fairbrother:

    For the former Program Director of YFA, aqua yoga for arthritis isn't just a professional interest, it's a personal journey. Christa Fairbrother came to YFA because of her passion for helping people with arthritis stemming from her own arthritis journey.

    Aqua yoga is what she uses to:

    • stay out of pain
    • keep her muscles strong despite eroded joints
    • stay flexible with the support of the water so she doesn't strain damaged connective tissues
    • keep her stress in check because you better believe chronic illness is stressful
    • keep her outlook positive because arthritis can bring you down

    She’s helped thousands of other people to do the same thing in public classes. You may not have access to a YFA teacher or an aqua yoga teacher in your local community. That's what the Aqua Yoga for Arthritis course is for.

    Helping you achieve all these benefits of the practice at your pace.

    And what makes this a course and a real learning opportunity, not just a video to gather dust, is private session you get with Christa. You'll spend half an hour customizing the class for your kind of arthritis and your needs with her, so you'll always have a way to practice that's best for you.

    Join today so you get personalized attention while learning aqua yoga to help you manage your arthritis.



    • 7 Jan 2023
    • 1:00 PM (EST)
    • 16 Dec 2023
    • 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom - FULLY ONLINE

    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. 
    • 4 Mar 2023
    • (EST)
    • 25 Mar 2023
    • (EDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online - Zoom Meeting

    Spring 2023 Live Online YFA Level III Training


    In this course, participants will learn about advancements in the field of yoga research as it pertains to arthritis, as well as developments in the recommended management of arthritis. We will also expand on material covered in the Level I training and present emerging concepts and opportunities available for returning teachers. Participants will have an opportunity to learn from one another to hone their skills.

    The Yoga for Arthritis Level III Certification Training is offered for teachers who have completed Level I and the Level II Mentored Practicum. 

    Successful completion leads to a three-year designation as a certified Yoga for Arthritis teacher. Yoga for Arthritis (YFA) is member school of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and an Approved Professional Development (APD) Course provider. YFA programs count for IAYT Continuing Education and as modules and/or transfer credits for some 800-hour Yoga therapy programs. Please contact YFA or your yoga therapy school with questions regarding YFA credit and its role in your current yoga therapy training.

    Training Information: 

    This Level III training is an online training with Dr. Moonaz.

    The pre-course reading and digital materials will be emailed before the training.

    CEUs - 24 non-contact hours (Yoga Alliance); 16 Contact, 8 Non-Contact

    Prerequisite: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher training; YFA Level I Teacher Training & YFA Level II Mentorship Program 

    Tuition: $100 Non-refundable Deposit

    • $350 Early Early Bird until August 1, 2022
    • $400 Early Bird until February 1, 2023
    • $450 After February 1, 2023
    • Total amount due Saturday, February 25, 2023

    Date & Time:

    • Saturdays - March 4, March 11, March 18, & March 25
    • 10AM-2PM ET (Zoom Sessions with Dr. Moonaz and cohort) 






Enjoy Yoga for Arthritis Professional courses and classes from any device within the convenience of your own home. 



You can now enjoy yoga professional coaching with the founder of Yoga for Arthritis! This session type is for yoga teachers and yoga therapists who work with arthritic populations. 





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