Welcome to the Yoga for Arthritis monthly blog series that features our YFA members hard work, dedication, & passion. Without the ongoing efforts of these standout members, we would not be where we are today.
How has yoga impacted your life?
Yoga keeps me going, calm and energized to be a better person.
How did you find YFA? How has YFA helped you?
I sought out information (Googled) on how to help my own aches and pain from RA and found YFA. Once I saw that she was going to be within driving distance from me I signed up for the training. No zoom back then. After my training with Steffany it open up lots of doors for me, including working in senior living centres, and working with the local Arthritis Foundation. I also found other women much like myself to teach and be a support for them.
Where did you get trained and with whom?
Rome GA, with Steffany Moonaz, PHD
Is there anything else you'd like to say about Yoga for Arthritis?
I am looking to start a small group women 35+ with RA Monday afternoon on Zoom. This will be a support group and yoga practice. Please email me for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Let us know when and where we can find your classes?
Chair Yoga For Arthritis class Monday and Friday Live on Zoom @10am EST.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
My oldest student is 95 years young!
Where can people connect with you?
Melanie McNally has been practicing yoga for over 25 years. At age 35 she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. Yoga was a lifesaver for her body and the only relief from the pain she was experiencing. She became a 200 hour yoga teacher in 2016. She wanted to learn more why, and how to help others like herself, so she also trained with Dr. Steffany Moonaz 2016. Melanie has been teaching yoga for the past 6 years and loves teaching to older populations. She is working on becoming a Certified Yoga Therapist. Teaching When she is not teaching yoga, she works part-time as an instructor training teaching First Aid, CPR, AED and Basic Life Support.