Yoga for Arthritis and Chronic Pain Level I

Yoga for Arthritis Teacher Intensive

Yoga for Arthritis Level I Teacher Intensive

Coming June 2021

Taught by Nancy O’Brien, C-IAYT, RYT-500, Elizabeth (Livvie) Mann, RYT-500, and Sunaya Peter Karow, C-IAYT

Yoga for Arthritis was developed at a leading research university by an interdisciplinary team of medical and healing professionals. Combining ancient Yoga practices with modern medical knowledge, this program offers modifications for addressing the unique abilities and challenges of persons with arthritis and related conditions. In a seven-year randomized clinical trial, program participation was associated with mitigated arthritis symptoms, disease biomarkers, physical fitness, psychological functioning, and quality of life.

The mission of the Level 1 Teacher Intensive is to qualify Yoga teachers to impart safely and effectively the rigorously researched Yoga for Arthritis practices and modifications to people with arthritis and related conditions.

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion, a teacher manual for implementing the Yoga for Arthritis program (a 16-class structure) in their local communities, and access to extensive resources in an online community devoted to Yoga for Arthritis Level 1 graduates. They will be eligible to continue to Level 2 (mentored practicum) and from there to the Level 3 Certification Course. At the end of Level 1, program participants will:

  • Understand the basics of autoimmune and mechanical joint disease
  • Be able to offer asana modifications for those with joint challenges and pain
  • Understand how arthritis impacts all the koshas and how to manage the effects
  • Teach Yoga for Arthritis classes in their communities
  • Work individually with arthritic clients of all ability levels

$650 ($575 for IYINY active teachers)
$100 nonrefundable deposit
$40 digital materials fee payable to the instructor
Printed materials are available for an additional $30


Dates to be announced for June 2021

Successful completion of 200-level training from a Yoga Alliance–registered teacher training program.

Yoga Alliance and IAYT Hours
30 contact hours and 2 non-contact hours

This program is endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation and is the basis for its Arthritis-Friendly Yoga DVD, which was released in 2012. Yoga for Arthritis is a Member School with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and this training can be used as credit toward several 800-hour Yoga therapy programs.

Teacher Bios

Nancy O’Brien, C-IAYT, RYT-500, a certified Yoga therapist, focuses in all ways on Yoga and meditation for arthritis and chronic pain, Parkinson’s, Lyme disease, and other illnesses; restorative and therapeutic Yoga for individuals and groups; Yoga for elders; and mind-body wellness and prevention programming. Continuing on her own healing journey after a nearly fatal illness, she shares Integral Yoga’s vision of making Yoga a sustainable component of health care and hails its dharma as a respected leader in the field of therapeutic Yoga. To that end Nancy is coordinator of IYINY’s Yoga Therapy programming, trains registered Yoga teachers in Yoga for Arthritis, was an adviser on the Arthritis Foundation’s Arthritis-Friendly Yoga video, and teaches in hospitals and community centers. Advocating always for patient-centered care that works toward creating a healing relationship, she has written about integrative medicine and health issues for Yoga Journal, Yoga Journal online, and the International Association of Yoga Therapists’ magazine Yoga Therapy Today. Keep up with what inspires her on Twitter @nancyobrienyoga and Facebook (nancyobrienyoga).

Elizabeth (Livvie) Mann, RYT-500, certified Yoga for Arthritis teacher trainer, took her first Yoga class (at Integral) many years ago and hasn’t looked back. Since then she has been working toward deepening her own meditation and yoga experience and, in the past decade, the experience of her students. She is particularly interested in the role of Yoga in wellness and health care for individuals and in institutional settings. Helping create and run Integral Yoga Institute’s one-of-a-kind drop-in Yoga for Arthritis program, now in its seventh year, has been an ongoing privilege and pleasure. She is committed to making the benefits of Yoga accessible to everyone, regardless of age and challenges. In addition to Yoga for Arthritis, she is certified to teach Hatha Levels I and II, Restorative, Prenatal, Gentle, and Yin Yoga.

Sunaya Peter Karow, C-IAYT a longtime practitioner of Yoga and meditation, is certified to teach Level I Integral Yoga classes. In addition, he is a licensed physical therapist and health care administrator who has worked in the health care industry for many years. He is particularly interested in Yoga as a vehicle for self-knowledge, healing, and inner balance. He is a certified Yoga for Arthritis teacher trainer and has completed the Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness (YCAT) Level 1 training, training in Therapeutic Yoga, and the Therapeutic Applications of Integral Yoga training.
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Integral Yoga Institute offers 500 hours of training in two segments, 200 hours and 300 hours, permitting teachers who graduate to become either an RYT 200 or an RYT 500, depending on the level of training completed. Our 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training program can be customized to fit your individual interests. You may select from our many graduate-level Yoga Teacher Training programs.


Call 212-929-0585, ext. 16, or e-mail

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Program Review

Yoga for Arthritis Training Report, written by Nancy O’Brien (pdf)
With a long-held dream to become “the Dean Ornish of arthritis” and seven years of rigorous research under her belt, Steffany Haaz, Ph.D., R.Y.T. 500, convened her first Yoga for Arthritis Teacher Training Intensive last fall in Baltimore.

(from the International Association of Yoga Therapists’ publication Yoga Therapy Today)

Cancellation Policy

Deposit is nonrefundable. No refunds once the program begins.
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