Accessible Yoga Training

Accessible Yoga Training
with Sarah Helt
December 6-8, 2019

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 and 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 Accessible 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 receive 21 Yoga Alliance contact CE hours and the option of an additional 9 non-contact hours.

Training Led By:

Sarah Elizabeth Helt is a 500+ hr RYT. She began working with Accessible Yoga directly following the first Accessible Yoga Conference in 2015. Sarah currently lives in South Pasadena, California where she teaches individualized sessions for people of all ability levels, specializing in spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and persons with neurological difficulties. She also teaches group-led classes at various locations in East LA, and is currently lead teacher at Hot 8 Yoga (Pasadena). She is deeply involved in this, and other, teacher training programs. Sarah is inspired by her past in the performing arts to help all teachers find their voice, and by her in-depth study of anatomy to make complicated subjects easier to digest. Sarah is a light-hearted and compassionate teacher trainer with a fresh perspective on adaptive asana. 

And, the online component of the training (9 hours of pre-course materials) includes teachings by Jivana Heyman, Founder of Accessible Yoga!


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 the 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 transformational process of Yoga.

Training Schedule:

Friday, December 6th – 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, December 7th – 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, December 8th – 9:00am-4:30pm

Training includes 9 hours of additional pre-course work. More information for accessing these materials online will be provided upon registration.


“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

“The Accessible Yoga 4-day training shifts the perception of modern yoga and returns it to the essence of the yoga teachings. By making yoga accessible, the practitioner and the teacher alike develop a deeper understanding of the true practice of yoga. Jivana Heyman is an incredible teacher who inspires others by his being. He is a living example of authenticity and service.” – Hersha Chellaram

“I was truly blown away at how much I learned over the time that 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

$650 for the Accessible Yoga weekend training + online materials
Early bird rate of $595 (register by 11/15)
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