Dr. Steffany Moonaz, yoga researcher and C-IAYT has researched and worked in the field of arthritis for most of her career. Here she shares about how stress impacts arthritis, the leading cause of disability and how yoga might help you.
Not all yoga is the same and a comprehensive programs to address your arthritis may include movement, breath, chanting, relaxation, meditation and/or philosophy; and is dependant on the individual and specific limitations, needs and challenges that need to be taken into consideration. Towards the latter half of the video, Steffany takes you through an experiential practice to explore some tools that might be beneficial to you.
Dr. Steffany Moonaz, PhD, C-IAYT, is a researcher, yoga therapist, and educator in Baltimore, MD. She founded Yoga for Arthritis after 8 years at Johns Hopkins University where she studied the effects of yoga for people with arthritis. She now serves as Chair of Research at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, which offers the only Masters of Science in Yoga Therapy in the United States. Dr. Moonaz continues to conduct yoga research and mentors yoga professionals. She also offers individualized yoga therapy and health coaching to people with arthritis both in-person and remotely and provides continuing education around the world and online. Her book, Yoga Therapy for Arthritis: A Whole Person Approach to Movement and Lifestylewas released in 2018. Dr. Moonaz is passionate about ensuring that yoga practices are safe, welcoming, and appropriate for people with arthritis everywhere.