What Does Accessible Yoga Really Mean?

"Sure, a lot of our work is centered around adapting asana, but to me, the main teaching of yoga is that we have peace, joy, spirit—the divine essence, within each of us. These practices are designed to allow us to access that essence, and move beyond the surface level experience of a physically advanced practice to go deeper."

—Jivana Heyman

In this short dharma talk, Jivana shares about the term "Accessible Yoga." The phrase is being used so much these days—the hashtag #accessible yoga has more than 80,000 hits on Instagram, which is incredible! But what does "Accessible Yoga" really mean?



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. 



Join us for our upcoming mini-workshop, What does Accessible Yoga really mean?

In this free online offering, Jivana will explore topics such as the philosophy behind accessible yoga and how it might support you in deepening your work as a yoga teacher, simple steps you can take to empower and affirm your students, the significance of equity in accessible yoga and ways to approach equitable practices as a teacher, and more!

Register now and you'll also get early access to enroll in Jivana's upcoming Accessible Yoga Training Online, which begins May 10th.

The free mini-workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 28th, 2pm-3:30pm PST.

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