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Accessible Yoga is an international advocacy organization focusing on sharing yoga with all. We offer Accessible Yoga Conferences, Journal, and the Accessible Yoga Network. In this training, you’ll learn 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 and 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 gentle Yoga classes, chair Yoga classes, and even bed yoga classes
  • Ways for bringing Yoga teachings and meditation into your classes
  • How Yoga can be used to support health and healing for every body
  • Common medical conditions—enabling 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.

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Adapted Asana

Sample modified Yoga classes, either on the floor, in a chair, or in a bed.

Yoga Anatomy and Physiology                                                      

Overview of common medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, respiratory diseases, cancer, HIV/AIDS, and heart disease.

A review of some of the major impacts of aging on the physical body.

Yoga Psychology

How to empower people with disabilities by giving them a deep understanding of the Yoga teachings. Includes study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita.

Pranayama and Meditation

How to make the subtle practices available for all students, regardless of ability.


How to build a strong community among Yoga students to support the individual, transformational process of Yoga.


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, AYT Graduate

Jivana’s Accessible Yoga Teacher Training was a tremendous experience… 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, AYT Graduate

jivana-heymanAbout the Presenter

Reverend Jivana Heyman is founder of Accessible Yoga, an international organization dedicated to increasing access to the yoga teachings. Accessible Yoga offers Conferences, Trainings, and a new online Network dedicated to sharing yoga with every body.

He is co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, manager of the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco, California, an Integral Yoga Minister. With over twenty years of training and teaching in the Integral Yoga tradition, Jivana has specialized in teaching Yoga to people with disabilities with an emphasis on sharing Yoga philosophy. His passion is making Yoga accessible to everyone.

Jivana has led over forty Yoga teacher training programs over the past 16 years, created the Accessible Yoga Training program in 2007, and currently leads trainings around the US and in Europe. In December 2015, Jivana was invited to teach Accessible Yoga at the United Nations in Geneva, and continues to work toward expanding access to the teachings of Yoga.