New York Integral Yoga Institute


New York Integral Yoga Institute
(212) 929-0585
[email protected]


  • Elizabeth (Livvie) Mann
    Elizabeth (Livvie) Mann

    Elizabeth (Livvie) Mann, RYT-500, certified Yoga for Arthritis teacher trainer, took her first Yoga class (at Integral) many years ago and hasn’t looked back. Since then she has been working toward deepening her own meditation and yoga experience and, in the past decade, the experience of her students. She is particularly interested in the role of Yoga in wellness and health care for individuals and in institutional settings. Helping create and run Integral Yoga Institute’s one-of-a-kind drop-in Yoga for Arthritis program, now in its seventh year, has been an ongoing privilege and pleasure. She is committed to making the benefits of Yoga accessible to everyone, regardless of age and challenges. In addition to Yoga for Arthritis, she is certified to teach Hatha Levels I and II, Restorative, Prenatal, Gentle, and Yin Yoga.

  • Nancy O’Brien
    Nancy O’Brien
    C-IAYT, RYT-500

    Nancy O’Brien, C-IAYT, RYT-500, a certified Yoga therapist, focuses in all ways on Yoga and meditation for arthritis and chronic pain, Parkinson’s, Lyme disease, and other illnesses; restorative and therapeutic Yoga for individuals and groups; Yoga for elders; and mind-body wellness and prevention programming. Continuing on her own healing journey after a nearly fatal illness, she shares Integral Yoga’s vision of making Yoga a sustainable component of health care and hails its dharma as a respected leader in the field of therapeutic Yoga. To that end Nancy is coordinator of IYINY’s Yoga Therapy programming, trains registered Yoga teachers in Yoga for Arthritis, was an adviser on the Arthritis Foundation’s Arthritis-Friendly Yoga video, and teaches in hospitals and community centers. Advocating always for patient-centered care that works toward creating a healing relationship, she has written about integrative medicine and health issues for Yoga Journal, Yoga Journal online, and the International Association of Yoga Therapists’ magazine Yoga Therapy Today. Keep up with what inspires her on Twitter @nancyobrienyoga and Facebook (nancyobrienyoga).

  • Sunaya Peter Karow
    Sunaya Peter Karow
    C-IAYT, RYT 200

    Sunaya Peter Karow, C-IAYT, RYT 200, a longtime practitioner of Yoga and meditation, is certified to teach Level I Integral Yoga classes. In addition, he is a licensed physical therapist and health care administrator who has worked in the health care industry for many years. He is particularly interested in Yoga as a vehicle for self-knowledge, healing, and inner balance. He is a certified Yoga for Arthritis teacher trainer and has completed the Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness (YCAT) Level 1 training, training in Therapeutic Yoga, and the Therapeutic Applications of Integral Yoga training.


Jun 10 - 27 2021


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Yoga for Arthritis & Chronic Pain Level I Teacher Training Online

Yoga for Arthritis was developed at a leading research university by an interdisciplinary team of medical and healing professionals. Combining ancient Yoga practices with modern medical knowledge, this program offers modifications for addressing the unique abilities and challenges of persons with arthritis and related conditions. In a seven-year randomized clinical trial, program participation was associated with mitigated arthritis symptoms, disease biomarkers, physical fitness, psychological functioning, and quality of life.

The mission of the Level 1 Teacher Intensive is to qualify Yoga teachers to impart safely and effectively the rigorously researched Yoga for Arthritis practices and modifications to people with arthritis and related conditions.

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion, a teacher manual for implementing the Yoga for Arthritis program (a 16-class structure) in their local communities, and access to extensive resources in an online community devoted to Yoga for Arthritis Level 1 graduates. They will be eligible to continue to Level 2 (mentored practicum) and from there to the Level 3 Certification Course. At the end of Level 1, program participants will:

  • Understand the basics of autoimmune and mechanical joint disease
  • Be able to offer asana modifications for those with joint challenges and pain
  • Understand how arthritis impacts all the koshas and how to manage the effects
  • Teach Yoga for Arthritis classes in their communities
  • Work individually with arthritic clients of all ability levels

$650 ($575 for IYINY active teachers)
$100 nonrefundable deposit
$40 digital materials fee payable to the instructor
Printed materials are available for an additional $30

How to Apply

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June 10, 12-13, 17, 19-20, 24, and 26-27, 2021

Thursdays • 6:00-8:00p.m. E.D.T.
Saturdays and Sundays • 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m. and 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m. E.D.T.

This is a live and interactive online training, attendance is expected during the class hours above.

200-hour yoga teacher training certification recognized by Yoga Alliance.

Certification and Continuing Education Credits

  • Yoga Alliance: 30 contact hours + 2 non-contact hours for continuing education.
  • 300-Hour Certification: 32 hours credit for Integral Yoga 300-Hour Certification
  • Yoga Therapy: this course is an elective module in the Integral Yoga Therapy Certification program. For more information and to apply, visit

This program is endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation and is the basis for its Arthritis-Friendly Yoga DVD, which was released in 2012. Yoga for Arthritis is a Member School with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and this training can be used as credit toward several 800-hour Yoga therapy programs.