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Accessible Yoga Training School
More people are seeking out yoga than ever before.
But there's a clear lack of access to reliable, trustworthy education around issues of equity in yoga.
And in response, the wellness industry has done as markets tend to do when they see the potential of profit: by commodifying culture, centering whiteness, and catering to wealth.
As a result, most people don’t feel welcome or safe showing up at a yoga studio or going into a yoga class.
But yoga can - and should - be an accessible, equitable, and liberatory community of practice.
The yoga teachings emphasize our interconnectedness. But dominant yoga culture continues to mirror the dynamics of our society: systemic white supremacy, inaccessibility, and rampant gatekeeping. And while fantastic, diverse, socially-conscious yoga educators do exist, their voices and perspectives continue to be under-represented and under-platformed.
As a yoga community, we believe that we all can know better and do better.
Through combining the ancient wisdom of the yoga teachings with modern practice that takes yoga philosophy off the mat, we can start to make change from within. From there, as a vibrant community of practice, we can be the change we want to see in the world.
About Accessible Yoga Training School
The 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.
What they're saying
“The Accessible Yoga Training helped me to discover the truth: that yoga is all about liberation. My 200-YTT was great for learning how to teach asana but it was white washed and the studio owners demanded we be apolitical. This training helped reawaken my understanding of yoga a vehicle for social justice.”
- Marc Settembrino
“I'd recommend the Accessible Yoga Training to a friend because I think that in order to fully practice yoga - as student and teacher - we have to come to terms with the reality that our own bodies are temporary and ever shifting vessels, AND we have to create spaces that are welcoming of everyone.”
About The Founders
Jivana Heyman, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, is the founder and director of Accessible Yoga, an international non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to the yoga teachings. He’s the author of the book, Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body (Shambhala Publications 2019), co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, and an Integral Yoga Minister. He lives with his husband and two children in Santa Barbara, California.
Jivana has specialized in teaching yoga to people with disabilities with an emphasis on community building and social engagement. Out of this work, the Accessible Yoga organization was created to support education, training, and advocacy with the mission of shifting the public perception of yoga. In addition to offering Conferences and Trainings, Accessible Yoga offers a popular ambassador program.
Jivana coined the phrase, “Accessible Yoga,” over ten years ago, and it has now become the standard appellation for a large cross section of the immense yoga world. He brought the Accessible Yoga community together for the first time in 2015 for the Accessible Yoga Conference, which has gone on to become a focal point for this movement. There are now two Conferences and over thirty-five Accessible Yoga Trainings per year, as well as a strong underground yoga community supporting them.
Over the past 25 years, Jivana has led countless yoga teacher training programs around the world, and dedicates his time to supporting yoga teachers who are working to serve communities that are under-represented in traditional yoga spaces. For more information head to www.jivanaheyman.com
Amber Karnes, E-RYT-200, is a yoga teacher trainer, ruckus maker, the founder of Body Positive Yoga, and a lifelong student of her body.
Amber trains yoga teachers and movement educators how to create accessible and equitable wellness spaces for liberation and belonging.
She also creates community for folks who want to build unshakable confidence and learn to live without shame or apology in the bodies they have today.
Amber is the co-creator of Yoga For All Teacher Training and the Accessible Yoga Training School, an Accessible Yoga Association board member, and a sought-after contributor on the topics of accessibility, authentic marketing, culture-shifting, and community-building. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband Jimmy. You can find her at bodypositiveyoga.com.
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