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.
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. www.arthritis.yoga. 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. www.ErinByron.com
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