Accessible Yoga Training School
Cultivating equity in yoga through ancient wisdom & modern practice
Your online academy for trustworthy, high-quality education and action on accessibility and equity in yogaVIEW COURSES
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Explore trauma-informed teaching, social justice topics, accessible asana, consent and empowerment, yoga for seniors, and much more with our Accessible Yoga trainers and faculty.
Knowledge and Practice
Our courses offer ancient wisdom from yoga philosophy combined with practical tools for modern teachers and learners who care about living their values of equity, justice, and accessibility.
Making Yoga Training Accessible
If you've postponed continuing education because of costs, time, or health risks associated with travel, your wait is over. Everything is recorded and captioned so you can work at your own pace.
Accessible Yoga Training Online
September 13-27, 2021 | 30 hour training
Instructor: Jivana Heyman, Amber Karnes, and more
The Accessible Yoga Training Online is a foundational course for all yoga teachers, developed to assist trainees in learning to design yoga classes where all students can practice together regardless of age, size, ability, or experience level.Get Details & Join Interest List
What Our Students Are Saying
Life long learning process
“My biggest takeaway was accepting not always being 'correct' or saying the right thing. That using correct language and actions to be fully accessible as a Yoga teacher and community member is a life long learning process. People will respect your authenticity if you are brave enough to show your faults.”
-Melanie Jones, Accessible Yoga Training Online participant
Supports yoga for everybody
“I’d recommend Accessible Yoga training because it supports yoga teachers to get past the (western) biases and prejudices of the 'yoga isn’t for me' category and supports Yoga is for every body.”
-Katherine Skinner, Accessible Yoga Training Online participant
The core of yoga is accessibility
"The Accessible Yoga Training helped me discover that accessibility encompasses so many different dimensions -- physical, cognitive, emotional, financial, political -- and yet at the same time, the core of yoga is indeed accessibility."
-Daniel Choi, Accessible Yoga Training Online participant
It's truly for everyone
"The Accessible Yoga Training helped me discover my love of diving into and exploring yoga philosophy (and how it can be truly accessible)! It's felt a bit elusive to me, or like it was for more 'advanced, wiser' teachers, and I don't feel like that anymore. It's truly for everyone, teacher or student!"
-Sarah, Accessible Yoga Training Online participant
Tools and perspective
"I'd recommend the Accessible Yoga Training to a friend because the tools and perspective I learned from made me realize how little integration there is in most yoga classes I attend and teach. People with disabilities or BIPOC are rarely welcomed and respected in yoga spaces and are therefore denied access to the healing benefits of a sustained yoga practice. We need to restructure studios and our classes so everyone is welcome and can walk away having learned something about themselves and challenged there self- perceptions.
I also found it very important to drive home the point that physical ability does not equal inner peace and that the power structure of teacher and student can become a dangerous power dynamic. As teachers we need to remember to stay humble and realize we are merely imparting teachings and skill sets, we are not all mighty healers, we are space creator where people can come to learn about themselves and take care of their needs through agency and self-empowerment. All yoga teachers need this outlook to tap into the benefits of yoga beyond the physical form."
-Kelly Wieman, Accessible Yoga Training Online participant
About Accessible Yoga Training School
Accessible Yoga Training School was founded in the summer of 2020 by Jivana Heyman and Amber Karnes. This online school will:
- Address gatekeeping in yoga by platforming the voices of underestimated and marginalized teachers
- Address issues of white supremacy in yoga in all of its manifestations: racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, fatphobia, cultural appropriation, and more
- Provide quality education around equity issues in yoga, including practical tools from trustworthy sources to inform your teaching practice
- Offer this education in an even more accessible format: 100% online
The Accessible Yoga Training School will bring you in-depth courses, mentorship programs, study groups, book clubs, and more, led by yoga educators from communities who embody and share the values of interconnectedness and liberation that are the heart of yoga’s teachings. Learn more »