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Teaching Yoga for Arthritis and Chronic Pain

For yoga teachers who have completed a 200-hour certification program.

Discover how you can safely and effectively teach rigorously-researched yoga practices with individually-tailored modifications to people with arthritis and related conditions. Because arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, it is vital that yoga professionals learn tools and skills to work with this underserved and growing population.

Ann Swanson leads this training that combines contemporary scientific rigor, yoga philosophy, and heart, including

  • Arthritis basics, joint anatomy, and the Yoga for Arthritis protocol
  • How to adapt asana for joint limitation and pain
  • The effect of arthritis on all koshas, and the mechanisms for yoga’s impact

Yoga for Arthritis was developed by Steffany Moonaz based on her experience conducting clinical research with interdisciplinary medical teams at Johns Hopkins University and National Institutes of Health.

Note Precourse reading will be e-mailed before the training.

After completing this Level I training, you are qualified to teach the evidence-based Yoga for Arthritis program that was developed using more than a decade of research by Steffany Moonaz.

You will be eligible to continue toward certification. In order to ensure the rigor of the program, this process includes mentorship and Level II training.

This training is 34 continuing education hours for Yoga Alliance. It is also an APD (Approved Professional Development) course for IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists). Hours may also contribute to training as a yoga therapist in the Integral and Phoenix Rising programs and future continuing education as a certified-IAYT yoga therapist (please inquire at info@arthritis.yoga if this applies to you).

This program may be taken as part of Kripalu’s 1000-Hour Yoga Teacher Training or as a standalone program.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
All levels
Suitable For
Yoga Teachers
Program Theme
Therapeutic Yoga


Ann Swanson, MS, C-IAYT, LMT, E-RYT 500, is a yoga therapist, author of Science of Yoga, and master teacher trainer for the evidence-based program Yoga for Arthritis.

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