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Yoga Therapy for Arthritis By Dr Steffany Moonaz

Yoga Therapy for Arthritis by Dr Steffany Moonaz

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Arthritis limits physical mobility while also impacting energy and mental health. Focussing on mental practice and physical postures for a whole-person approach, this guide will support yoga teachers, therapists and health professionals in working with individuals to live differently with arthritis, as well as those individuals themselves.

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Yoga Therapy for Arthritis: A Whole-Person Approach to Movement and Lifestyle by Dr Steffany Moonaz

Yoga therapy is commonly used for the management of arthritis, but often focusses exclusively on adaptation of the physical poses and on structural solutions. This book moves beyond the traditional routines to present yoga as a lifestyle designed to improve quality of life and overall well-being for individuals living with arthritis and rheumatic conditions. By incorporating the ancient practices of yoga as both physical and mental exercises involving a model of 5-koshas or sheaths (physical, energetic, mental/emotional, wisdom, and spiritual), the yoga therapy practice presented here will help reduce pain and shift the perspective of the individual living with arthritis.

This therapy uses a whole-person approach that employs a broad range of tools to address the biopsychosocial effects of arthritis through the application of yoga practices and philosophy. Useful as a guide for people living with arthritis, this book is full of inspiration for self care along with instructions for yoga teachers and medical professionals to guide their clients using this whole-person perspective.

Yoga Therapy for Arthritis Reviews

This is an essential guide for patients living with arthritis and is indispensable for the family members, yoga professionals, and medical providers that care for them. As a physician, I find this book to be an excellent resource to better understand the whole-person approach to treating arthritis through yoga. -- Dana DiRenzo, MD, MHS
Yoga Therapy for Arthritis is a groundbreaking resource for people living with arthritis and those who care for them. Combining research and education with yoga philosophy and practices, this book provides a user-friendly, comprehensive, empowering, whole-person approach to navigating the physical, mental, and spiritual challenges associated with arthritis. I highly recommend this book for individuals living with arthritis as well as medical, health, and yoga professionals. -- Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, author of Body Mindful Yoga

Yoga Therapy for Arthritis offers valuable facts and compassionate insights honouring the whole being through deep understanding of the lived human experience beyond the muscles, bones and joints.
Clear, engaging and practical, this book is an informative and accessible toolbox for those who suffer, and for those who serve them, in the health and yoga profession.

-- Helene Couvrette, C-IAYT, E-RYT500 ,President MISTY - Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga
Yoga Therapy for Arthritis offers yoga teachers, yoga therapists, healthcare practitioners and the every day person an innovative holistic perspective on the whole human experience of living with arthritis. The tone of the book is one of empowerment, hope and compassion. It is a valuable resource that will inspire anyone living with arthritis, along with those that care for them personally and professionally. I highly recommend this book! -- Kristen Butera, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Program Director, Comprehensive Yoga Therapy, Author, Yoga Therapy: A Personalized Approach for Your Active Lifestyle
It is rare to find an author who can speak so expertly on the spiritual and on the physical - and that's exactly what Steffany Moonaz has done here. She is bridging a divide that is rarely crossed, and we all benefit from the intersection of truth, love and wisdom found in this book. -- Jivana Heyman, founder of Accessible Yoga
The gem of "Yoga Therapy for Arthritis" is Chapter 13. A practical chapter for health care practitioners on how to support their patient's yoga practice, for teachers on how to construct a session, and for clients on how to find an appropriate yoga class. Chapter 13 alone is worth the price of this very informative book. -- Staffan Elgelid PhD, PT, C-IAYT, GCFP
This book is a beautifully woven tapestry of research, storytelling from both the authors' perspectives and those living with arthritis, science, and practical application of yoga practices. Readers will gain a glimpse into the world of living with arthritis and how yoga can both be accessible and transformative in the path to wellbeing. -- Marlysa Sullivan PT, C-IAYT, Asst. Professor MUIH
Do you have an "Arthritis" check off on your student intake form? If so, you will need to expand it in order for it to be meaningful after reading Yoga Therapy for Arthritis. This book can be read at many levels by providers and consumers alike, each gleaning both practical activities and scientific references. One guarantee: YOU will never look at arthritis or yoga therapy the same again. And that's a good thing! -- Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, C-IAYT Yoga safety expert, integrative rehabilitation consultant, author of "Yoga Therapy as a Creative Response to Pain" and past president of the board of directors of IAYT.

About Dr Steffany Moonaz

Steffany Moonaz, PhD, C-IAYT is a yoga researcher and yoga therapist serving as the Director of Clinical and Academic Research at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Based on her years of practice and research, she founded Yoga for Arthritis, an organization that trains yoga professionals to work safely and effectively with arthritic populations. Erin Byron, MA is a psychotherapist and author who co-founded one of the first internationally-accredited yoga therapist training programs. She has been leading retreats and training for over fifteen years.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Activity List; PART I: Living with Arthritis; 1. What is Yoga Therapy for Arthritis; 2. Arthritis is a Whole-Person Disease; 3. Yoga is a Whole Person Practice; 4. Yoga, the Physical Body & Arthritis (Annamaya Kosha); 5. The Energy Layer (PranamayaKosha); PART II. Thriving with Arthritis; 6. Arthritis and Energy Levels; 7. Pain in the Brain (Manomaya Kosha); 8. Arthritis and a Healthy Mind; 9. Wisdom & Perspectives on Arthritis (Vijanamaya Kosha); 10. Spirituality in Arthritis (Anandamaya Kosha); PART III. Yoga Therapy Practices for Arthritis; 11. Home Practice; 12. Sequences for Specific Intentions; 13. Where to Go from Here; References; Appendix: Adapting & Modifying Yoga Postures; Recommended Reading

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Yoga Therapy for Arthritis: A Whole-Person Approach to Movement and Lifestyle by Dr Steffany Moonaz
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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