Accessible Language: What's Wrong with 'Modifications'?

“The language we use can be education in and of itself. We teach through our words.” —Jivana Heyman

In this short video, Jivana discusses the topic of language and how we as yoga teachers can use language to change the way people perceive yoga and the idea of adapting the practice. 

For example, Jivana recently shared the statement "Accessible is the new advanced" on his social media, which challenges the notion that 'advanced' relates to physical strength or flexibility.

In this video, Jivana goes on to explore the word 'modifications' and how this shows up in yoga spaces. 


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. Jivana has specialized in teaching yoga to people with disabilities with an emphasis on community building and social engagement. He lives with his husband and two children in Santa Barbara, California. 


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