Accessible Yoga Training

Accessible Yoga Training
with Jivana Heyman & Sarah Helt

2018 training completed! Check back for possible future dates, and join our Teacher Trainings Interest List for email updates.

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 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.

Jivana Heyman is the founder of Accessible Yoga, co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, manager of the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco, California, and an Integral Yoga Minister. With over twenty years of training and teaching in a traditional yoga lineage, Jivana has specialized in teaching the subtle practices of yoga: pranayama, meditation, as well as sharing yoga philosophy. His passion is making Yoga accessible to everyone.

Jivana has taught with the Dean Ornish Heart Disease Reversal Program through UCSF, California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute of Health and Healing, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He has led over forty Yoga teacher training programs over the past 16 years, and created the Accessible Yoga Teacher Training program in 2007. On December 3rd, 2015, Jivana taught Accessible Yoga at the United Nations in Geneva for their International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Jivana’s strengths are sharing esoteric and complex teachings in an readily accessible way, and applying the ancient teachings of yoga to our day-to-day lives.


Sarah Helt began her yoga journey at 18 when a friend suggested she try a class at the local gym. It happened to be an Ashtanga Primary Series, and from that day forward she was hooked! However, it wasn’t until her last year of college, when Sarah’s clowning and movement studies professor asked if she would assist his summer yoga intensive, that she started to consider teaching. Her initial 200-hour yoga training was in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia in multi-style Vinyasa and Viniyoga, incorporating Thai massage. She began her yoga career in Chicago, Illinois where, in her first two years, she was lucky enough to help open five different boutique yoga spaces. Primarily a power Vinyasa and Restorative-Yin yoga teacher, her life changed completely when she was contacted by a high-profile triathlon coach to work with her disabled athletes. Sarah was introduced to the true therapeutic benefits of yoga for recovery, pain management, and trauma. She works with students who have, and have had, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, visual impairments, spinal cord injury, chronic pain, and/or nerve damage. A few years ago, she partnered with the Accessible Yoga Movement in Santa Barbara to become one of the organization’s first Accessible Yoga Ambassadors.


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.

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.

Training Schedule:

Thursday, October 4th – 9:00am-5:00pm (with Jivana)
Friday, October 5th – 9:00am-5:00pm (with Jivana)
Saturday, October 6th – 10:00am-5:00pm (with Sarah)
Sunday, October 7th – 9:00am-4:00pm (with Sarah)


“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

“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 (Thurs-Sun)
Early bird rate of $595
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