Episode: 13

True Yoga is Accessible Yoga with Jivana Heyman

Welcome to Episode 13 of Let’s Talk Yoga!

I bring on Jivana Heyman today on the show to talk about the practice of making yoga accessible for everyone, the philosophy behind it, and the social justice work he continues to do in his work. He goes deep in discussing the advocacy of Accessible Yoga, and part of it is clarifying the teachings of yoga and showing the spiritual aspects of it. If you want to broaden your perspective as a yoga teacher, check this episode out because Jivana sheds some light on a different aspect of teaching yoga.

Jivana Heyman is the founder and director of Accessible Yoga. He is also a registered yoga teacher specializing in teaching yoga to people with disabilities with an emphasis on community building and social engagement.

Accessible Yoga is a nonprofit organization that is a combination of education and advocacy. The aim is to reach out to people who cannot access the teachings of yoga and to make a yoga community that is inclusive and accessible to all. The Accessible Yoga Movement commit to educate the yoga community and increase awareness through the different media and social media platforms, and to continue to practice and embody the teachings in the lives of the members.

Episode Highlights:

  • Jivana shares the story of becoming an accessible yoga champion
  • What is accessible yoga and who is it for?
  • Yoga teachers need to start making the tools of yoga more accessible
  • Adapting the pose to the person instead of the person to the pose
  • Should yoga teachers be trained differently?
  • The importance of service for yoga teachers
  • Jivana’s most influential yoga teachers

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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. Accessible Yoga offers Conferences and a popular Ambassador program. He’s the co-founder of the Accessible Yoga Training School, and the author of the book, Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body (Shambhala Publications), and the upcoming book, Rainbow Mind.


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