nancy obrien yoga

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About Nancy

The journey

Nancy O’Brien, who credits therapeutic and restorative yoga with her ongoing recovery from serious illness, is a certified yoga therapist specializing in pain and difficult medical conditions. She is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, a certified Integral Yoga Hatha I, Hatha II, and Restorative Yoga teacher and graduate of Therapeutic Yoga Training and Yoga4Arthritis. She is an advisor for the Arthritis Foundation on the Arthritis-Friendly Yoga video and trains certified yoga teachers in Yoga for Arthritis. She has helped Integral Yoga Institute in New York launch groundbreaking twice-weekly Yoga for Arthritis and Chronic Pain classes taught by Nancy and other Yoga for Arthritis trained, experienced teachers.

She is a presenter/speaker at the nation’s top-ranked Hospital for Special Surgery. She is devoted to helping yoga become a sustainable component of health care — both for individuals & institutions — through prevention and wellness programming for staff, groups, caregivers and individuals in senior centers, clinics, hospitals, organizations and yoga centers.

A one-time editor on the New York Daily News Opinions Page is also a freelance writer/editor who has published in Yoga Journal’s magazine and online editions, the International Association for Yoga Therapists’ magazine Yoga Therapy Today, Huffington Post and the Daily News. The mother of two and grandmother of two, Nancy lives with her husband in New York City.

Yoga experience

Hospital for Special Surgery

  • Meditation and Chronic Pain

  • Therapeutic Yoga

  • Webinars 

Institute for Family Health

  • Presentations on Yoga Therapy in medical settings

  • Family Medicine Residece and fellows

Integral Yoga Institute

  • Yoga for Coronavirus workshop

  • Restorative Yoga

  • Yoga for Arthritis and Chronic Pain classes (ongoing)

  • Yoga for the Third Age (Elder Yoga) workshop

  • Steering Committee Member, Gentle and Restorative Teachers Collaborative

  • Hatha I

  • Coordinator and Mentor, Therapeutic Applications of Integral Yoga teacher training

Bellevue Hospital

  • World Trade Center Clinic, Ambulatory Care Pavilion

  • Mind-Body Program (Medical Psychiatry clinic), Ambulatory Care Pavilion (ongoing)

  • Department of Psychiatry's Assertive Community Treatment program (ACT)

  • Parkinson's Support Group

NY Arthirtus Foundation

  • Mind-Body Approaches to Pain



Integral Yoga Institute


Yoga for COVID Recovery:

To be scheduled by February Please check back in February 


Yoga for Arthritis and Chronic Pain teacher training level 1:


Yoga for Arthritis and Chronic Pain twice-weekly classes:

Links to Classes 

*Due to COVID classes and links have changed please email me for more information*

Therapeutic Yoga Class Series

Restorative Yoga Workshop (free)


Mind-Body Approaches to Pain and Stress Management workshop (free)

Teacher Training


2021 (Virtual)

Deep Relaxation

The profound healing and restoration of body, mind and spirit takes place in the precious moments of deep relaxation or Yoga Nidra, the yogic sleep. Click on the left play button below to hear Nancy’s guided 15-minute seated deep relaxation, which includes 5 minutes of silence and gentle reawakening. Click on the right play button below to hear Nancy’s reclining deep relaxation – 10 minutes of guided relaxation with 5 minutes of silence and a guided reawakening.
Seated Yoga Nidra - Nancy O'Brien Yoga
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Reclining Yoga Nidra - Nancy O'Brien Yoga
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Yoga Journal

NY Daily News

Yoga Journal


7 minute meditation for anxiety


Yoga Therapy Today Articles

"Our Best Defense"

My article about a yoga therapist actually on staff at Bethesda Naval Medical Center from 2010

Scroll up all the way for cover, then down quite a bit for the article


"Training Report: Yoga for Arthritis"

My report on the first ever Yoga for Arthritis training/2010

Yoga Journal Articles 

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