I’m passionate about ensuring that yoga is safe, welcoming and appropriate for people with arthritis and chronic pain. I founded Yoga for Arthritis based on years of research on this topic. I provide training and mentorship to yoga professionals, offer online content for people with arthritis, conduct individualized yoga therapy in person or remotely, and speak about yoga research nationwide.
Yoga for Arthritis is a leader in providing evidence-informed practices and trainings for yoga teachers and students. Combining ancient wisdom with modern research, Dr. Steffany Moonaz and her team of yoga professionals serves people living with arthritis and their care providers with a whole-person philosophy that fosters joyful living with any diagnosis. Our mission is: 1) To assist people who are feeling disconnected from their bodies so that they can rediscover freedom of movement, and the inner power to live life on their terms; 2) To foster a new concept of the possibilities for people living with arthritis; 3) To free our students from pain, if only for a moment, so that they might experience pure joy and know that it is their true nature; 4) To foster a change in our relationship to pain so that it might serve as a vehicle for discovering meaning, purpose, priorities and even greater joy.
200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Integral Yoga at Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, VA
500-hour Yoga Therapy Training with yama therapeutics in Baltimore, MD
grandparenting as C-IAYT through the International Association of Yoga Therapists
PhD in public health from Johns Hopkins University, specializing in health behavior change
Certified Movement Analyst from Laban Institute for Movement Studies in New York, NY
Faculty for undergraduate/graduate programs in anatomy, pathophysiology, movement studies, evidence-informed practice, and biomedicine
Faculty for several yoga therapy and yoga teacher training programs
10 years as a Director of Health Coaching for Corporate Health Solutions near Philadelphia, PA
Many related continuing education programs
8 years working in the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center
20 years of working exclusively with students and clients who live with arthritis
Mentor to many emerging yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and yoga researchers
Certified Movement Analyst, Doctor of Public Health
Yoga for arthritis provides online classes, lectures and trainings for people with arthritis, interested clinicians, and yoga professionals. We have yoga teachers and therapists available for in-person and online classes and individual sessions. We have produced books, DVDs, and other materials to support yoga practice and continuing education. We are committed to supporting anyone with an interest in pursuing yoga practice or making yoga practice accessible and available to people with arthritis around the world. Our programs are evidence-informed, heart-centered, and always evolving.