Earn your Accessible Yoga Teacher certification online!

Learn to design yoga classes where all students can practice together regardless of age, size, ability, or experience level

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Join the Accessible Yoga movement!

Online training offers expanded possibilities and flexibility as we explore foundational aspects of equity and accessibility in yoga.

In this training you’ll:

  • Understand the benefits of an accessible yoga practice including: enhancing muscular strength, balance, flexibility, improving physiological functions, reducing stress, anxiety, chronic pain and promoting overall health and well-being
  • Determine safe and appropriate variations of common asanas for a range of physical ability (chair, mat/bed, standing)
  • Learn specific asanas for flexibility, strengthening and balance training to maintain or improve health and independence
  • Understand the purpose and implementation of props to make yoga accessible to all abilities
  • Acquire knowledge of common medical conditions and the benefits and concerns for implementation of a yoga practice
  • Learn to create integrated Accessible Yoga classes where students of different abilities can practice together
  • Explore the many ways that yoga can be adapted to suit students with disabilities, physical challenges, seniors, children with disabilities, people with larger bodies, and more
  • Learn how to make your classes welcoming to everyone, to empower students with agency, and to approach students in a trauma-informed way
  • Review the physical and psychosocial benefits of pranayama and meditation and how to make these practices available for all students, regardless of ability
  • Learn how to apply the teachings of yoga philosophy in day-to-day life to reduce stress, create more balance and develop authentic connections with self and others
  • Explore techniques to build a strong community among your students to support the transformational process of yoga

Enrollment opens January 14, 2021 for our next cohort.

The course will run beginning January 22, 2021, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00am-12:00pm Pacific Time, ending on February 5, 2021.

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Make Your Teaching Accessible

Learn a new way of thinking about postures and practices that honors the essence of yoga, and will allow you to design multi-level classes with ease.

Get Support From Experts

Explore trauma-informed teaching, working with larger bodies, yoga for seniors, and much more with our team of Accessible Yoga trainers.

Learn At Home

More accessible than ever before. Learn from home: no travel expenses, everything is recorded and captioned so you can review materials and work at your own pace.

What you'll get when you join

This training includes:

  • Live training with a team of experts on accessible yoga: 20 hours of live virtual classroom time
  • Video resources: 10 additional hours of required pre-recorded videos and homework
  • Graduates of the program become certified Accessible Yoga teachers and will receive a digital certificate
  • Connection with a huge network of teachers and practitioners around the world dedicated to sharing this ancient practice with everyone
  • Free six-month membership in Accessible Yoga’s Ambassador program
  • 30 contact hour CEUs from Yoga Alliance (for yoga teachers) or International Association of Yoga Therapists (for yoga therapists)
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What our students are saying

Deepen your own practice

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

More mindful & purposeful

My heart is full from the positive response and feedback I’ve received after sharing just some of the things I learned or were reinforced in your AY training…. ESPECIALLY, at the senior center! I received the most feedback from that group, particularly on the subject of commercialization of yoga and this biased, non inclusive image of what a “yogi” looks like. Already, I’ve slowed down my classes (even the Pilates-inspired one), we’ve made our moves more mindful and purposeful and my students know before they leave class that yoga is steadiness of the mind. I can’t thank you enough.

-Erik Fuentes

Training Schedule

Here is the anticipated training schedule for January-February 2021. Minor changes may be made, but hours and content will remain the same.

Friday, January 22

9:00-9:30am PT, 12:00-12:30pm ET

Orientation to the Online Space

Amber Karnes

How to navigate the online space, as well as community agreements for our time together.


9:30-10:15am PT, 12:30-1:15pm ET

Introduction to Accessible Yoga

Jivana Heyman

An overview of the training content and basic concepts of accessibility and equity in yoga. Also, covers different approaches to adapting practices. We'll explore how to keep the yoga in Accessible Yoga, by exploring the essence of yoga.


10:15-10:30am PT, 1:15-1:30pm ET

Break


10:30-11:30am PT, 1:30-2:30pm ET

Integrated Accessible Yoga Chair/Mat Class

Jivana Heyman

Sample mixed-level asana practice class that begins in a chair and offers students a choice of staying in the chair or moving to the mat. This is a workshop that is designed to demonstrate how to teach multiple levels of students at the same time.


11:30-12:00pm PT, 2:30-3:00pm ET

Disability Awareness Training

Dani Anderson

General education about disability issues, including language and culture. Dani will discuss person-first and identity-first language, as well as how to welcome people with disabilities into your classes. 

Homework: Read the Accessible Yoga Training Manual, pages 1-48

Monday, January 25

9:00-9:45am PT, 12:00-12:45pm ET

Accessible Asana Workshop

Jivana Heyman

This is the first of our Asana Workshops where we'll discuss the main purpose and benefits of the practice and how to adapt them in creative and collaborative ways. We'll discuss how to start class, and what an intake process might be like, which we call the check-in. We'll also discuss centering practices, which get to the heart of yoga, as well as warm-ups focusing on major joints. We'll spend time discussing the importance of offering strengthening practices in Accessible Yoga, and explore creative ways to share them.


10:00-10:45am PT, 1:00-1:45pm ET

Agency & Consent

Melanie Camellia

Lecture on the importance of empowering students to have agency over their own bodies as well as the essential role of consent in yoga. Melanie offers context for agency and consent in yoga as well as in life in general, and shares how essential they are in the process of empowering our students.  


10:45-11:00am PT, 1:45-2:00pm ET

Break


11:00am-12:00pm PT, 2:00-3:00pm ET

Bed Yoga

Jivana Heyman

Jivana gives an introduction to bed yoga and he leads a bed yoga practice session. This session explores ways to adapt traditional asanas in bed, and how we can use creativity to explore ways to access some of the same benefits of the poses in a bed. He'll also consider the role of touch in yoga, and how to apply the ideas that Melanie shared in the previous workshop.

Homework

  • Read the Accessible Yoga Training Manual, pages 49-72, 103-106
  • Practice teaching a 15 minute opening chair sequence, then attend a Practice Teaching Feedback Session.

 

Wednesday, January 27

9:00-10:00am PT, 12:00-1:00pm ET

Working with Larger Bodies

Amber Karnes

We'll discuss techniques to adapt popular yoga postures for folks in larger bodies. We'll also discuss language and mindset shifts that can help your students feel more positive about their bodies, no matter what their shape, size, or ability.


10:00-11:00am PDT, 1:00-2:00pm ET

Accessible Asana Workshop

Jivana Heyman

Continuing with our series of Asana Workshops. This session will focus on how to adapt sun salutations, standing postures,  and back bends in a chair, standing, or on a mat. We'll consider how to use creativity based on a thorough understanding of the purpose of the practice. 


11:00-11:15am PT, 2:00-2:15pm ET

Break


11:15am-12:00pm PT, 2:15-3:00pm ET

Making Meditation Accessible

Jivana Heyman

In this workshop, Jivana will focus on how to practice and teach meditation in a yoga context, with an emphasis on the role of meditation in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. He'll also discuss ways to make the practice accessible, safe, and enjoyable, with attention to trauma-informed teaching. 

Homework

  • Read the Accessible Yoga Training Manual, pages 73-86
  • Practice teach a 15-30 minute bed yoga sequence, then attend a Practice Teaching Feedback Session.

 

Friday, January 29

9:00-10:00am PT, 12:00-1:00pm ET

Accessible Asana Workshop

Jivana Heyman

This Asana Workshop will focus on how to adapt forward bends and inversions in a chair, standing, or on a mat. We'll consider how to use creativity based on a thorough understanding of the purpose of the practice.


10:00-10:15am PT, 1:00-1:15pm ET

Break


10:15-11:00am PT, 1:15-2:00pm ET

Trauma-Informed Teaching & Incarcerated Populations

Jivana Heyman & Amma Fandiño

This workshop will focus on how to bring a trauma-informed approach to teaching, and in particular how to work with incarcerated populations. Amma has been teaching people in prison in the US and in Colombia for many years. 


11:00am-11:30pm PT, 2:00-2:30pm ET 

Mixed Level Teaching Group Practice

Jivana Heyman

Workshop on how to teach students on the mat and in the chair in the same class. This session will focus directly on the skills needed to master teaching multiple levels at the same time. 


11:30am-12:00m PT, 2:30-3:00pm ET

Designing Classes for Special Populations

Jivana Heyman

A discussion about how to adapt yoga sessions for particular populations, including what to enhance and what to avoid. We'll consider how to build a sequence for a particular population, as well as how to be flexible based on the needs of the students present. 

Homework

  • Practice teaching a short mixed level sequence (chair & mat simultaneously), then attend a Practice Teaching Feedback Session
  • Design a full class sequence for a population of your choosing. Post outline in the Community Message Board
  • Read the Accessible Yoga Training Manual, pages 87-102

 

Monday, February 1

9:00-10:00am PT, 12:00-1:00pm ET

Race & Equity

Kelley Palmer

Kelley will lead a discussion about racism and white supremacy, including how to address these issues both personally and in yoga spaces. Kelley offers a framework for understanding racism, and ideas for how to use the practice to address our own prejudices and our role in dismantling systemic racism. 


10:00-10:15am PT, 1:00-1:15pm ET

Break


10:15am-11:00pm PT, 1:15-2:00pm ET

Accessible Asana Workshop

Jivana Heyman

Asana Workshop on how to adapt twists and savasana in a chair, standing, or on a mat. We'll consider how to use creativity based on a thorough understanding of the purpose of the practice.


11:00am-12:00pm PT, 2:00-3:00pm ET

Making Breathing Practices Accessible

Jivana Heyman

In this workshop, Jivana will begin by discussing the anatomy & physiology of breathing, as well as the fundamentals of the most common yoga breathing practices and how to make them accessible. We'll consider contraindications as well as benefits to these practices.

Homework

  • Journal about the connection between yoga & social justice
  • Read the Accessible Yoga Training Manual pages, 107-138

 

Wednesday, February 3

9:00-9:30am PT, 12:00-12:30pm ET

Service & Support

Jivana Heyman

A workshop on networking, community building, and how to start Accessible Yoga classes in your community. This is an opportunity to explore the intersection of yoga service and business. 


9:30-9:45am PT, 12:30-12:45pm ET

Led Yoga Nidra

Jivana Heyman

Jivana will lead a discussion about the practice of yoga nidra, and then guide a short relaxation.


9:45-10:00am PT, 12:45-1:00pm ET

Break


10:00-11:00am PT, 1:00-2:00pm ET

Honoring the Roots of Yoga

Susanna Barkataki

Susanna will lead a discussion about cultural appropriation and how to practice and teach in a way that honors yoga's tradition and culture. Susanna will share her personal experience as well as ways that we can do better as a yoga community. 


11:00am-12:00pm PT, 2:00-3:00pm ET

Accessible Yoga for Mental Health

Maria Kirsten

This will be a discussion of the impact of yoga on mental health, and techniques for making the practices more accessible for people with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, etc.

Homework: 

  • Review the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Book 1, Sutras 1-16 & Book 2, 1-9, 16, 26, 28, 29
  • Read the Bhagavad Gita chapter 2
  • Write your Accessible Yoga teacher promise

 

Friday, February 5

9:00-9:30am PT, 12:00-12:30pm ET 

Led Chair Practice

Jivana Heyman

Jivana will lead a short sample chair yoga class to share some ideas and offer some inspiration for how to make chair yoga fun and effective. 


9:30-10:30am PT, 12:30-1:30pm ET

Teaching & Marketing Yoga Today

Amber Karnes

Amber will lead a session about teaching online, financial accessibility, yoga business, and marketing for yoga teachers. Amber's background in content marketing, combined with her teaching experience make her a great source for information and inspiration. 


10:30-10:45am PT, 1:30-1:45pm ET

Break


10:45-11:30am PT, 1:45-2:30pm ET

Yoga Philosophy Review: Yoga for Equity & Empowerment

Jivana Heyman

Discussion about the connection between yoga and social justice, and how to be of service in the world. This session will offer a chance to explore some of the themes from yoga philosophy as well as themes from the entire training. This will be a chance to consider your role as a change-maker in yoga and in the world at large. 


11:30am-12:00pm PT, 2:30-3:00pm ET

Closing Circle

Jivana Heyman

Final thoughts and inspiration from our time together. 

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What our students are saying

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

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Meet Your Instructors

Learn from our team of Accessible Yoga Teacher Trainers, who are each experts on topics like accessibility, social justice, trauma-informed teaching, marketing, and more. Our global team of trainers have all been certified by Accessible Yoga founder Jivana Heyman.

Jivana Heyman

Jivana Heyman

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

Kelley Palmer

Kelley Palmer

Kelley Palmer is a writer, wellness advocate and community organizer committed to using the tools and philosophies of yoga to cultivate liberation, joy and peace for herself and others. Her connection to the living practice of yoga, a path of mindful wellness and self realization fuels her work, impacts her life and propels her to want to share it with others through her writing, events and guest teaching opportunities. She remains focused on making this healing practice accessible to all, connecting to communities that are normally excluded or ignored in mainstream wellness circles.

Being a mother of two liberated souls has created a point of focus that brings these tools to the way she is mothering them and also calling her to share this with all parents. Through in person and online offerings, Kelley centers her work on making these connections with authentic and sustainable tool building. Her writing, offerings and more about her can be found at www.peacefilledmama.com.

Amber Karnes

Amber Karnes

Amber Karnes 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 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.

M Camellia

Melanie Camellia

Melanie “M” Camellia (they/them) is a yoga teacher and advocate, called to create profoundly accessible spaces for self-inquiry by integrating mindfulness and adaptive movement practices with the spirit of social justice. They believe that the goal of yoga, as of life, is collective liberation and in turn challenge contemporary yoga practitioners to dismantle the systems and beliefs that hold us all back. Melanie teaches group and private classes in the Washington DC Metro Area and as a Founding Instructor on the online class platform Core to Coeur. They offer regular workshops exploring queer identity, body image, and agency. Beyond their direct work with students, Melanie co-leads the Yoga & Body Image Coalition and trains teachers in accessible teaching methods for all bodies and abilities through their one-on-one teacher mentorship program and as an Accessible Yoga Trainer, and manages operations for Accessible Yoga Trainings internationally. They’ve been called a “tour-de-force of encouraging radical self-love” (DC Refined) and listed among the “top thinkers and activists in the field of body positivity” (OmStars). Melanie lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with their wife and two cats, Matcha and Chai.

Susanna Barkataki

Susanna Barkataki

Susanna Barkataki, M.Ed. E-RYT is a teacher, coach, inclusivity promoter and yoga culture advocate. She helps yoga teachers, studios, nonprofits and businesses become leaders in equity, diversity and yogic values so they can embody thriving yoga leadership with integrity and confidence. Growing up a mixed Indian and British woman in the diaspora has led her to the healing work of honoring yoga as unity. She puts her Honors degree from UC Berkeley, Masters in Education, years of training, retreat in India and the U.S. to use as a modern day yoga diversity consultant. She is the founder of Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute that has online and in person yoga and diversity trainings. She runs a Yoga Leadership and Safe Space Mastermind, that offers teaching and coaching in small groups so yoga teachers, studios, classes, and programs are well prepared to be inclusive, accessible and welcoming while honoring the roots of yoga. She's the creator of the Honor Don't Appropriate Summit and Honor Yoga's Roots Teacher Training.

Dani Anderson

Dani Anderson

Dani Anderson is the Executive Director of the Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC). Ms. Anderson has been working in the disability advocacy field for over 14 years in the state, federal, and non-profit arenas. She is focused on community education around disability pride and improving communication between individuals with and without disabilities. Dani is a Governor appointed member of the State Independent Living Council (SILC), a member of the Ventura Area Agency on Aging Advisory Committee. She was Chair of the California State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) and a member of the California Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE). Dani has a great appreciation for the Independent Living Movement for providing the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to assist their peers to be more independent through shared experience.

Amma Fandiño

Amma Fandiño

Amma Fandiño, RYT500, MSc, has been a devoted yogini for over 28 years and a passionate biologist for 27 years. Certified Integral Yoga and Accessible Yoga teacher. Amma’s passion is to share yoga with communities with challenges and conditions of vulnerability on a physical, mental and emotional level. Her initial teaching experience was in Santa Barbara CA under the support and mentorship of her teachers Jivana Heyman and Rev. Vidya Vonne (†) to whom she professes immense gratitude for their teachings and their example of life that inspired her on her journey as a yoga teacher. Upon the return to her home country, Colombia, Amma has been dedicated to teaching cancer patients and their caregivers. Her inspiration is to help alleviate pain and support symptom management associated with chronic and terminal diseases, accompanying patients to improve their life quality and their ability to cope with the difficult circumstances of the disease. Another facet of Amma´s vocation is teaching yoga to people with anxiety, depression, and addictions. Amma offered Yoga classes at the Santa Barbara County Jail, CA, and currently teaches in two prisons in Bogota. She dedicates her efforts to provide a space that promotes empowerment, rehabilitation, and healing of those deprived of liberty, as well as supporting their addiction recovery processes. Amma is contributing to the Accessible Yoga Program since 2015 and is a regional representative of the AY group in Spanish. As a Yoga Accessible trainer, she feels honored and fortunate to support the training of yoga teachers in the Spanish-speaking community. She lives in Colombia with her husband and two kids and loves to spend her free time in contact with nature.

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Maria Kirsten

Maria Kirsten is originally from New York City but has lived and taught yoga in Northern New South Wales, Australia for 20 years. She is a yoga therapist, occupational therapist, yoga teacher and teacher trainer. Maria specialises in making yoga accessible for students of all ages, and levels of experience and ability.  She uses her understanding of anatomy and functional movement to empower and educate students to modify and individualise their yoga.  Maria’s special interests are in yoga for older grownups, yoga to support mental health and yoga therapeutics.  Maria’s teaching style is unconventional, practical and fun, with lots of “real life” application and a big picture approach to yoga practice. Maria loves to share all her experience and learning to empower others to teach yoga in a safe, accessible, empowering way. She teaches advanced trainings in Yoga for Older Grownups and Yoga for Mental Health. She is the co-host of the Live Like you Love Yourself Podcast with Chara Caruthers. yogaforgrownups.com

Investment

The cost of this certification is $650 USD

Payment plans and scholarships are available when registration opens.

Frequently Asked Questions

What our students are saying

My class attendance has significantly increased

It’s been just about a year since I took the Accessible Yoga training in NYC, and it has totally changed my outlook on teaching. I look at my students in a completely different way now and interestingly, my class attendance has significantly increased. I was asked to teach a gentle/accessible yoga module in a 300 hr. YTT at the studio where I teach and I’m thrilled to be doing so. Thank you for the incredible work that you do.

-Stephanie Haberman

Transformational & loving

I can honestly say, I feel more prepared after this training than I did a whole month in my 200-hour teacher training. I am inspired and have already used so much of what I have learned in teaching and in my personal practice. I can’t thank everyone enough for this transformational and loving training.

-Elizabeth Sosner

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

Enrollment opens January 14, 2021 for our next cohort.

The course will run beginning January 22, 2021.

Be part of the next Accessible Yoga Training Online cohort. Give us your email and you'll be the first to know when we open enrollment on January 14.

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