Yoga Alliance Hrs: 20 (approximate) RYT 500
The Yoga for Arthritis Refresher Course is offered for teachers who completed the Yoga for Arthritis Teachers Intensive Course and have at least 40 hours of experience teaching students with arthritis and related conditions. Completion of this course will result in certification as a Yoga for Arthritis Instructor. In this course, participants will learn about advancements in the field of yoga research as it pertains to arthritis, as well as developments in the recommended management of arthritis. We will review material covered in the Teachers Intensive and present emerging concepts and opportunities available for new and returning teachers. Each participant will make a short presentation on a topic of their choosing and will learn from their peers about how this material can be put into practice. This course will overlap with the Teachers Intensive, so that new and returning teachers have a chance to connect and share ideas. Yoga for Arthritis Instructors are expected to repeat this course every three years to retain certification, as the science and content will be continuously emerging and evolving.
Dr. Steffany Moonaz, PhD, E-RYT 500, 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.