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 impacted my life in so many ways and I am forever grateful. Yoga taught me to release judgment of my changing body with arthritis, to adapt, to find peace in meditation, to connect to nature and to feel devotion and surrender.
Yoga is a holistic practice and by adding components of yoga to my life, including meditation, physical yoga practices, breathing exercises, relaxation, positive thinking and studying yogic philosophy, it has changed my life. From a 200HR yoga teacher training at Yandara Institute, to spending a lot of time at Sivananda ashrams in the Laurentians and the Bahamas engaging in Karma Yoga and the traditional yogic lifestyle, I experienced profound healing and love.
My arthritis continued to progress and it led me to becoming an accessible yoga teacher, yoga for arthritis teacher and to presently, studying Yoga Therapy.
How did you find YFA? How has YFA helped you?
My Chair Yoga teacher Stacey Doorek recommended I reach out to Dr. Steffany Moonaz and I was so lucky to find her and her team. YFA has helped me learn how to be a better yoga teacher, they have provided me with the knowledge and research I need to thrive as a yoga for arthritis teacher.
Where did you get trained and with whom?
YFA Introductory Course & YFA Level 1 with Dr. Steffany Moonaz in 2018 and 2019
Is there anything else you'd like to say about Yoga for Arthritis?
Yoga is healing. Yoga For Arthritis considers what someone living with arthritis of various types goes through, on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level, as well as, the medical interventions involved - it also considers the whole person. As someone living with systemic arthritis, this was such a big deal for me. Yoga For Arthritis is a powerful complimentary health approach for managing one's arthritis and chronic pain.
Let us know when and where we can find your classes?
I have taken a pause from teaching regular classes to study yoga therapy, expand my offerings on my free YouTube channel, The RA Yogi, and to film a yoga for arthritis TV series which I will share more about in the next few months on instagram and Facebook @the.ra.yogi
I will resume teaching in the near future and will keep you updated!
Where can people connect with you?
YouTube @ The RA Yogi | Instagram and Facebook @the.ra.yogi | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any Additional Information You'd Like to Share?
My go-to yoga quotes:
"I bend so I don't break"
"Every day, in every way, I flow the blessings of the universe"
"Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu" - May all beings everywhere be happy and free.
Julia McNally is a certified yoga instructor and yoga therapist in training. Julia has taught a number of yoga styles including chair yoga, meditation, hatha, vinyasa, yin, restorative, and yoga for arthritis. In recent years, she has focused on yoga for arthritis as someone living with rheumatoid arthritis herself for over 30 years and experiencing the progression of the chronic illness. She is also the founder of The RA Yogi YouTube channel; providing accessible yoga videos for arthritis online. Julia is passionate about yoga being a complimentary health approach, rheumatoid arthritis patient advocacy, and living well with arthritis. Inspiring others through yoga to live well too.