Accessible Yoga to Support 2nd Annual International Day of Yoga
Contact: Jivana Heyman
Making Yoga Accessible to All
As yogis worldwide anticipate commemorating the 2nd annual International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2016, California-based Accessible Yoga has stepped up to offer support to the Indian government to help ensure that yoga for those with disabilities is included in this year’s celebration.
The theme for this year’s international celebration is “Yoga for All.” As part of a campaign to support the International Day of Yoga celebration, Accessible Yoga will promote the organization of events and activities to be held internationally that are meant to expand awareness and inclusion as part of the international celebration.
Accessible Yoga is dedicated to sharing the benefits of Yoga with anyone who currently does not have access to these teachings, and with communities that have been excluded or underserved. All people, regardless of ability or background, deserve equal access to the ancient teachings of Yoga, which offer individual empowerment and spiritual awakening.
Accessible Yoga founder, Jivana Heyman, said, “By building a strong network and advocating for a diverse Yoga culture that is inclusive and welcoming, we are sharing Yoga with all."
Yoga: India’s Invaluable Gift
International Day of Yoga was created by the United Nations in 2014 to celebrate yoga as a part of India’s cultural heritage. During an address to UN General Assembly in September 2014, Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”
This message is dramatically relevant today, when the search for a meaning in life translates into destruction and violence, rather than communion.
Call for Volunteers
Accessible Yoga will support communities, individuals, yoga teachers and organizations willing to contribute to this mission with event and activity proposals, as well as with an integrated social media and outreach campaign.
The organization is creating an online resource page with information about how to make yoga more accessible to all. The information will also highlight accessible variations of the practices that make up the International Day of Yoga’s Common Yoga Protocol.
Accessible Yoga: "Connected, Included and Empowered"
Accessible Yoga envisions a world where everyone has equal access, and where the practices of yoga are brought to all excluded and underserved communities. By supporting, educating, and uniting the community of yoga providers through trainings and community building, we are developing a global network of Accessible Yoga.
Accessible Yoga projects include: Accessible Yoga Teacher Trainings, the Annual Accessible Yoga Conferences in Santa Barbara and New York City, and a global network of Accessible Yoga Ambassadors.