Accessible Yoga Training
with Rev. Jivana Heyman, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, IYM
May 12 - 16, 2017
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. In this training, you’ll learn how to make the Yoga teachings available to everyone, regardless of their level of physical ability.
You’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 and physical challenges, as well as seniors. You’ll consider how to make your classes welcoming to everyone and how to approach students in a trauma-informed way.
- 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 for 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.
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.
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.
Continuing Education Opportunities
- Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 30 contact hours
- International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT): Approximately 30 contact hours
- Healthcare and Related Disciplines: Although CMEs are not offered, a certificate documenting CE hours may be available for your discipline. Please contact [email protected] for details
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
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, AYT Graduate
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, AYT Graduate
I was truly blown away by 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, AYT Graduate
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 an online network dedicated to sharing Yoga with every body. He is co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center and an Integral Yoga minister. With over 20 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…
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