Accessible Yoga Training with Jivana Heyman



Accessible Yoga is an international advocacy organization focusing on sharing yoga with all. We offer Accessible Yoga Conferences, Journal, and the Accessible Yoga Network. The Accessible Yoga Training focuses on how to make the Yoga teachings available to everyone, regardless of their level of physical ability. We'll focus on creating Integrated Accessible Yoga classes where all students can practice together. We’ll explore the many ways that Yoga practice can be modified to suit students with disabilities, physical challenges, as well as seniors.

We'll consider how to make our classes welcoming to everyone, and to approach students in a trauma-informed way. You'll learn sample gentle Yoga classes, chair yoga classes, and even bed yoga classes. We'll also look at ways of bringing the yoga teachings and meditation into your classes, and how all of yoga can be used to support health and healing for every body. We'll also review common medical conditions so that you have a basic understanding of these issues. 

Graduates of the program become Accessible Yoga Ambassadors and connect with a network of Accessible Yoga teachers and students around the world. Participants who have completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training will become Certified Accessible Yoga Teachers.


Adapted Asana

  • Variations of the most popular asanas
  • Techniques for creating integrated Accessible Yoga classes
  • Sample Accessible Yoga classes, either on the floor, in a chair, or in a bed.

Yoga Anatomy and Physiology                                                      

  • Overview of common medical conditions as diabetes, arthritis, respiratory diseases, cancer, H.I.V./AIDS, heart disease and more.
  • A review of some of the major impacts of aging on all they systems of the body.

Yoga Psychology

  • How to empower people with disabilities by giving them a deep understanding of the Yoga teachings. Includes study of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and The Bhagavad Gita.

Pranayama and Meditation

  • How to make the subtle practices available for all students, regardless of ability.


  • How to build a strong community among yoga students to support the individual, transformational process of Yoga.


Date: March 2 –March 5, 2017

02.03.17 Thursday:  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with 1,5 hr lunch break

03.03.17 Friday:  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with 1 hr lunch break

04.03.17 Saturday:  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with 1,5 hr lunch break

05.03.17 Sunday:  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with 1 hr lunch break


490 € (395 € plus VAT)

In case of cancellation:
2 months prior to the event, 100% refund (except possible money-transfer fees)
1 month prior to the event, 50% refund
Less than a month prior to the event, no refund



Reverend JivanaHeyman, eRYT500, IYM, is founder of Accessible Yoga, an international organization dedicated to increasing access to the yoga teachings. Accessible Yoga offers Conferences, Trainings, and a new online Network dedicated to sharing yoga with every body.

He is co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, manager of the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco, California, an Integral Yoga Minister. With over twenty years of training and teaching in the Integral Yoga tradition, Jivana has specialized in teaching yoga to people with disabilities with an emphasis on sharing yoga philosophy. His passion is making Yoga accessible to everyone.

Jivanahas led over forty Yoga teacher training programs over the past 16 years, created the Accessible Yoga Training program in 2007, and currently leads trainings around the US and in Europe. In December 2015, Jivana was invited to teach Accessible Yoga at the United Nations in Geneva, and continues to work toward expanding access to the teachings of yoga.


"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." - KatjaSandschneider

"Jivana’s Accessible Yoga Teacher Training was a tremendous experience. It was filled with a plethora of wisdom and yogic inspiration. Months later, I am still amazed by the way this information is broadening my teaching style, increasing my confidence, and providing an even deeper awareness that yoga is for every body. Accessibility is necessary and what Jivana is doing is creating a path for all to practice and teach with integrity so we can all be free from suffering." Sarit Rogers

"The content, itself, was amazing.... I was happy to learn of all the possible formats for modification--wall, chair, floor/bed--as well as to be able to experience the modifications themselves.  I could see that with a little imagination and courage (which I'm in the process of mustering), I can, with the guidance of my client(s)/student(s), know how to proceed in making them (and myself) comfortable." - Michele Peterson

"Thank you for a most wonderful training, and for your encouragement and kindness. The caliber of your trainings thus far have been the best I have ever experienced and I am looking forward to learning everything you know :-)" - Luana Knowlton

"The Accessible Yoga TT was very informative, inspiring and uplifting." - Tania Isaac-Dutton

"I was truly blown away at how much I learned while I was there! I was greatly in need of hands-on, practical applications (and variations) to make the yoga I teach more accessible than it already is, and I definitely got that! " - Natalie Dunbar

"I definitely learned a lot and had a wonderful experience with you and with the class. I think this class changes people's perspective; what is life and how should we think about life, especially when working with people in a wheelchair. It really touched my heart. I felt that I had to look into myself and see who I am really and what I can offer to other people who need it. I myself came to realize that I am so fortunate to be with those people. For one reason is that seeing them happy and encouraged to live life fully, regardless of their situation." - Gabriella Piazza