Accessible Yoga Training
Join the Accessible Yoga Movement!
Accessible Yoga is an international advocacy organization focusing on sharing yoga with all. We offer Accessible Yoga Conferences, Journal, and the Accessible Yoga Network. The Accessible Yoga Training focuses on how to make the Yoga teachings available to everyone, regardless of their level of physical ability. We'll focus on creating Integrated Accessible Yoga classes where all students can practice together. We’ll explore the many ways that Yoga practice can be modified to suit students with disabilities, physical challenges, as well as seniors.
We'll consider how to make our classes welcoming to everyone, and to approach students in a trauma-informed way. You'll learn sample Accessible Yoga classes, chair yoga classes, and even bed yoga classes. We'll also look at ways of bringing the yoga teachings and meditation into your classes, and how all of yoga can be used to support health and healing for every body. We'll also review common medical conditions so that you have a basic understanding of these issues.
Graduates of the program become Accessible Yoga Ambassadors and connect with a network of Accessible Yoga teachers and students around the world. Participants who have completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training will become Certified Accessible Yoga Teachers.
Check out Jivana's new 10-part series in Yoga International, on "Making Yoga Accessible" - Here's the 5th installment!
Jivana Heyman, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, IYM, is the founder of Accessible Yoga, co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center and an Integral Yoga Minister. With over twenty-five years of training and teaching in a traditional yoga lineage, Jivana has specialized in teaching the subtle practices of yoga: pranayama, meditation, as well as sharing yoga philosophy. His passion is making Yoga accessible to everyone.
Accessible Yoga has grown into an international advocacy and education organization, and now offers two Conferences per year, Trainings around the world, an Ambassador program and online Network.
Jivana has taught with the Dean Ornish Heart Disease Reversal Program through UCSF, California Pacific Medical Center's Institute of Health and Healing, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He has led over fifty Yoga teacher training programs over the past 20 years, and created the Accessible Yoga Training program in 2007. On December 3rd, 2015, Jivana taught Accessible Yoga at the United Nations in Geneva for their International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Jivana's strengths are sharing esoteric and complex teachings in an readily accessible way, and applying the ancient teachings of yoga to our day-to-day lives.
“The Accessible Yoga 4-day training shifts the perception of modern yoga and returns it to the essence of the yoga teachings. By making yoga accessible, the practitioner and the teacher alike develop a deeper understanding of the true practice of yoga. Jivana Heyman is an incredible teacher who inspires others by his being. He is a living example of authenticity and service.” – Hersha Chellaram
“Jivana communicated his passion for yoga with humbleness and laughter, with an emphasis on acknowledging/including each person and community. He has the ability to teach and learn as he allows each person to give input throughout the training, equally…and also he was able to keep the class moving.” – Karen Putnam
“Jivana has a wonderful teaching style that leaves a lot of room for discussion and sharing within the modules. I learned so much from him and the discussions among the students. I highly recommend this training to any yoga teacher.” – Sharon Genung
"I took the training three years ago and it was the starting point of my “yoga career”. I’ve been teaching accessible yoga classes for two years now and Jivana’s training just gave me the perfect foundation for that. In my classes I never feel insecure or unable to cope with my students and that’s thanks to the training! You not only get the chance to learn to teach people with disabilities, you’ll also deepen your own yoga practice – both physically and philosophically. Jivana has a great way to include Patanjali’s Sutras in the training and his warm and inspiring personality has made him a real guru for me. I could just listen to him for hours and hours. So, I’ll definitely recommend to take the training." - Katja Sandschneider
"Jivana’s Accessible Yoga Training was a tremendous experience. It was filled with a plethora of wisdom and yogic inspiration. Months later, I am still amazed by the way this information is broadening my teaching style, increasing my confidence, and providing an even deeper awareness that yoga is for every body. Accessibility is necessary and what Jivana is doing is creating a path for all to practice and teach with integrity so we can all be free from suffering." Sarit Rogers
"The content, itself, was amazing.... I was happy to learn of all the possible formats for modification--wall, chair, floor/bed--as well as to be able to experience the modifications themselves. I could see that with a little imagination and courage (which I'm in the process of mustering), I can, with the guidance of my client(s)/student(s), know how to proceed in making them (and myself) comfortable." - Michele Peterson
"Thank you for a most wonderful training, and for your encouragement and kindness. The caliber of your trainings thus far have been the best I have ever experienced and I am looking forward to learning everything you know :-)" - Luana Knowlton
"The Accessible Yoga Training was very informative, inspiring and uplifting." - Tania Isaac-Dutton
"I was truly blown away at how much I learned while I was there! I was greatly in need of hands-on, practical applications (and variations) to make the yoga I teach more accessible than it already is, and I definitely got that! " - Natalie Dunbar
"I definitely learned a lot and had a wonderful experience with you and with the class. I think this class changes people's perspective; what is life and how should we think about life, especially when working with people in a wheelchair. It really touched my heart. I felt that I had to look into myself and see who I am really and what I can offer to other people who need it. I myself came to realize that I am so fortunate to be with those people. For one reason is that seeing them happy and encouraged to live life fully, regardless of their situation." - Gabriella Piazza