Yoga and Arthritis (Level 1)

The special interest module Yoga and Arthritis develops Yoga for Pain Practitioners to further apply Yoga for Pain principles in specific contexts.

Open to all Yoga for Pain Practitioners who have completed Foundations Training.

Outcomes for health professionalsJane Leslie Yoga for Pain Practitioner Training

Experience and witness the effects of appropriately-taught yoga for people with arthritis. Identify your role in helping clients with arthritis prepare for yoga, including building effective referral pathways to teachers you trust, and how you communicate your recommendations for modifications or remedial work to a yoga teacher.

The training also offers transferable skills in exercise modification and how yoga fits into the overall management of arthritis, including the opportunities as we shift to different funding models for health and social care.
You will become familiar with the screening tool we propose yoga teachers use with students. Threaded the whole way through is the Yogic Education framework that helps bridge yoga and health care, without confusing the two.

Outcomes for yoga teachers

You will be able to apply key principles of teaching for arthritis to individuals and groups with mixed abilities, creating an environment that helps people with arthritis feel safe and benefit from your classes.

You will also deepen your understanding of using the Yogic Education model to strengthen relationships with health care, learn to use a patient screening tool, and implement referral pathways. Combined these reduce risks to you and your students, and optimise outcomes through effective communication regarding each student’s unique condition and requirements.

In addition to the teaching principles and health care application you will gain a basic understanding of Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis – anatomy, presentation and daily experience.


  • Arthritis physiology
  • Teaching principles and modifications
  • Practical examples of teaching 8 asana covering 2-3 body areas/joints
  • Screening tools
  • Red flags and the spine
  • When to refer on
  • Functional and social challenges people with arthritis experience
  • Interviews with people with arthritis to hear what it’s like to have arthritis
  • Health practitioner perspective on working with people with arthritis
  • Arthritis yoga class led by Jane Leslie
  • Pre-reading
  • Handouts and templates

Pre-requisite:  Yoga for Pain Foundations Training, including implementing feedback from assignments.

Booking policy

Please note: this training does not authorise you to teach Yoga for Arthritis, which is a trademarked brand. It’s also not a specialisation in this area but you can say you have done additional training to deepen your understanding of this field. Please read the full booking policy on the schedule page, and the terms and conditions below.

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