Teacher Trainings

2020 brought us COVID and a year spent rescheduling our in person Continuing Education on Scleroderma & Arthritis Teach Trainings, with fingers crossed and hoping that 2021 would allow us to get back together.

That has not happened. With new variants and uncertainty how things will continue to unfold, our parent, Yoga for the Special Child will be teaching all online, where appropriate, for 2021, and thus all of OUR in-person trainings are cancelled. Travel is still not advised, and when we CAN travel, we don't know if the vaccine will prevent transmission. In an effort to keep all of our Scleroderma community safe, to include high-risk teachers and volunteers, we will not be teaching in-person through at least year-end 2021.

We thank you for your understanding, patience, and continued interest in our offerings and your desire to support the Scleroderma Community.

All is not lost, so, please don't fret! We adapted how we serve the community in 2020 and now, in 2021, we're adapting how we serve those of you that want to join our efforts.

For all of you who have been patiently waiting to take our program, or who have taken it in the past, we are going to hold a June Zoom event for you on June 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm UTC; 9:00 am PDT; Noon EDT We will talk about what we can safely present for students with Scleroderma during COVID (or any time they are quarantined at home, really).

Lori Pierce will share ideas and resources from her year of leading twice weekly guided relaxations and creating podcasts for our podcast channel.

We will present a variety of pranayama practices that present no contraindications and are appropriate to teach to individuals and support groups with individuals you haven't met in person and had the ability to evaluate their range of motion and abilities/limitations.

We will have time to visit and share what we CAN do during COVID to serve our Scleroderma community.

In the meantime, please familiarize yourselves with our Yoga for Scleroderma Resources:


Our new cancellation policy going forward:

In-person trainings will be confirmed, canceled, or post-poned NO LESS than 60 days prior to the start of training.

If you plan to attend one of our trainings, please don't wait to sign up until the last minute. We will be making the "go/no go" decision at the 60 day mark.

Trainings could be canceled or postponed due to lack of attendees enrolled OR due to the ever-changing and ongoing COVID (or any health) situation. Trainings are dependent on working with teachers and volunteers living with Scleroderma. As such, they are in the high-risk category for any health pandemic, making it unsafe for them to travel or be in group settings. Additionally, volunteers may need advanced planning time for travel arrangements due to medical considerations they need to consider. We don't want to leave anyone scrambling at the last minute.

Thank you for bearing with us as we navigate these times!


Yoga for Scleroderma Teacher Training (18 hours)

with Kathy Randolph, C-IAYT

assisted by Lori Pierce, RYT-200 living with w/ Scleroderma

Yoga for the Special Child® Continuing Education on Scleroderma and Arthritis is a comprehensive training course in teaching students of any age with Scleroderma or Arthritis. 18 hours of CEU’s approved for International Association of Yoga Therapists, Yoga Alliance, American Association of Occupational Therapy, Nevada Physical Therapy Board.


  • 200HR Yoga Teacher Training and 1 year teaching a population with special needs.

  • Health background (PT, OT, RT, SLP, Nurse, Special Education Teacher) plus 1 year of consistent personal yoga practice.

  • Yoga the Special Child Basic 1 Program plus 1 year of consistent yoga practice.

CURRICULUM includes:

  • The symptoms of Scleroderma, how relief is provided by yoga practice, safety issues, video and demonstration by Kathy Randolph with participants.

  • The symptoms of Arthritis, how relief is provided by yoga practice, safety issues, video and demonstration by Kathy Randolph with participants

  • Morning practice: participants experience a group class including students with Scleroderma and Arthritis.

  • The use of Pranayama to improve circulation, digestion and sleep.

  • The use of the Bandhas and Kriyas to relieve digestive issues in Scleroderma, safety issues, choosing the right technique for each case, how to teach the Bandhas and Kriyas

  • The use of props specific to the hand and wrist concerns of Scleroderma and Arthritis

  • Hands on practice with fellow participants: teaching Hatha Yoga class to a person with Arthritis

  • Hands on practice with fellow participants: teaching Hatha Yoga class to a person with Scleroderma

  • Hands-on practice by participants with volunteers with Arthritis

  • Hands-on practice by participants with volunteers with Scleroderma

  • Group discussion: definition of stages, building up the right Hatha Yoga class for each volunteer


Contact the coordinator: Kathy Randolph, (775) 322-4600, kathy@yogaforscleroderma.com

Link to find us on Nevada Physical Therapy Board, click here and scroll down to last page

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