About this Course

As more and more people of all ages turn to Yoga for medical conditions such as arthritis and chronic pain, Yoga teachers want to equip themselves with the knowledge and experience to teach safely. With our training now completely virtual, it is more accessible than ever to learn to effectively and safely impart the evidence-informed Yoga for Arthritis and Chronic Pain practices and modifications to those who need the empowerment, peace and hope of therapeutic Yoga.

Yoga for Arthritis was developed by an interdisciplinary team of medical and healing professionals, combining ancient Yoga practices with the latest research and medical knowledge. In a seven-year randomized clinical trial at Johns Hopkins, program participation was associated with mitigated arthritis symptoms, disease biomarkers, physical fitness, psychological functioning, and quality of life.

The ever-growing Yoga for Arthritis community provides lifelong support, information, mentoring and inspiration to those who complete YFA training. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and access to extensive resources in an online community devoted to Yoga for Arthritis Level 1 graduates. Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible to continue to YFA Level 2 (mentored practicum) and from there to the YFA Level 3 Certification Course.

Through this training you 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

  • Learn how to work individually with clients of all ability levels

  • Be able to teach Yoga for Arthritis classes in your community

  • Have the opportunity to work one-on-one with YFA mentors, many of whom work in hospitals and various other medical settings and who also participate in the high-quality research and advocacy.

  • Prerequisites

    This is a graduate level training. Participants should have already successfully completed a 200-hour basic yoga teacher training program recognized by Yoga Alliance.

  • Attendance

    This live and interactive online training requires attendance and participation during the class hours as scheduled.

  • Technical Requirements

    Regular access to the Internet is necessary to participate in this online training. You must be able to run Zoom on your computer or tablet, and have an active e-mail account for course communications.

  • Schedule

    June 10, 17, 24
    6:00pm–8:00pm EDT

    June 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
    Saturdays and Sundays
    11:00am–1:00pm & 2:00pm–4:00pm EDT



$550 discounted tuition for Active IYI Teachers and students enrolled in the IYTh 800-Hour program.

Contact TeacherTraining@iyiny.org to request the discount before you enroll.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Yoga Alliance: 30 contact hours + 4 non-contact hours for continuing education.

Integral 300-Hour Certification: 34 hours credit for Integral Yoga 300-Hour Certification.

Integral Yoga Therapy 800-Hour Certification: this course is an elective module in the Integral Yoga Therapy Certification program.


Meet the Trainers

Nancy O'Brien


Nancy O'Brien is 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.

Elizabeth (Livvie) Mann

RYT 500

Elizabeth 'Livvie' Mann 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


Sunaya Peter Karow is a longtime practitioner of Yoga and meditation, and a certified Integral Hatha Yoga teacher. 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 training in Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness, and the Therapeutic Applications of Integral Yoga training.

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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.