Yoga Alliance Hours:
Approved for 30 hours of Credit, for CEU’S for Yoga Alliance and as an elective for most established Yoga Therapy Schools.
For the past decade, Dr. Steffany Moonaz has been using the tools of yoga to improve quality of life and aspects of health for people living with arthritis. She has worked with an interdisciplinary team of medical and healing professionals including rheumatologists, psychologists, public health researchers and yoga therapists at an internationally recognized research university to investigate this growing area of interest.
The culmination of her doctoral dissertation was the development of a sixteen-class series that combines ancient yoga practices and modern medical knowledge to address the unique abilities and limitations of individuals with rheumatoid and/or osteoarthritis. Yoga teachers participating in this program will receive manuals containing sixteen-classes of poses and modification for use in their local communities. A refresher course will be available after two years to keep teachers informed of the latest science in this emerging area of research.
Dr. Steffany Moonaz received her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Yogaville® in 2003, followed by a 500-hr program in yoga therapy at yama studios in Baltimore, MD. Through her research, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Arthritis Foundation, she worked to develop and evaluate a yoga program specifically for the arthritis population. Dr. Moonaz now serves as the Associate Academic Director of Integrative Health Sciences and as faculty in the Yoga Therapy program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She also serves as a consultant on yoga research for underserved populations and mentors several emerging researchers. As an athlete and dancer, she has always wanted to bring the gift of joyful movement to persons with chronic pain.