Yoga for Arthritis and Chronic Pain Level I

Yoga for Arthritis Teacher Intensive

Yoga for Arthritis Level I Teacher Intensive

Training Dates TBA
Taught by Nancy O’Brien, C-IAYT, RYT-500, Elizabeth Mann, 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 limitations of persons with arthritis and related conditions. In a seven-year randomized clinical trial, program participation was associated with improved arthritis symptoms, disease biomarkers, physical fitness, psychological functioning, and quality of life.

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.

The mission of this training program is to qualify Yoga teachers to safely and effectively impart rigorously researched Yoga practices, with individually tailored modifications, to those with arthritis and its related conditions.

Yoga teachers who participate successfully in this 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 an online community devoted to Yoga for Arthritis Level 1 graduates. This course is a prerequisite for the Yoga for Arthritis Certification Course (24 hours), which results in the credential of Certified Yoga for Arthritis Teacher.

As a result of taking this program, the program participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basic differences between autoimmune and mechanical joint disease
  • Offer modifications for persons with arthritis attending their Yoga classes
  • Teach Yoga for Arthritis classes in their communities
  • Work individually with arthritic clients of all ability levels

$600 ($540 for IYINY active teachers)
$100 nonrefundable deposit
$40 digital materials fee payable to the instructor
Printed materials are available for an additional $30


October 26–29, 2017
Thursday 12–6 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

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

Yoga Alliance and IAYT Hours (when applicable – check your program)
34 contact hours and 2 non-contact hours

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 NY-IYI’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 Mann (Livvie) took her first yoga class (at Integral) many years ago and it won her heart. Since then she has been working toward deepening her own meditation and yoga experience and, in the last 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’s one-of-a-kind drop-in Yoga for Arthritis program, now in its 5th year, has been an ongoing privilege and pleasure. She is committed to making the benefits of yoga accessible to everyone, regardless of age, limitations, 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 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.
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.

Training Info Webinar

March 28, 2017 at 4:00pm EST.

Join Dr. Steffany Moonaz to discover how YFA was founded, the research basis for the program and how our teachers apply this work in their communities. All our YFA faculty will be attending the session so you’ll have a chance to learn about this training at IYINY.

If you can’t attend the session live, please register and we will send you a recording afterwards.

Register here: Training Info Webinar


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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