In the Accessible Yoga Intensive, we’ll answer the question, “Who deserves the teachings of yoga?” And we’ll look at practical ways to make the teachings and practices of yoga available to all students regardless of ability or background. In particular, we’ll look at how to integrate different levels of ability into our classes so that we can serve the needs of all of our students.
We’ll consider how the essential principals of yoga are accessible to everyone, and how the challenges that come with disability, illness and pain can lead to greater wisdom and insight. The program will include a mixture of yoga practice, lectures, small group work, and practice teaching.
- How do we make yoga accessible? Considering the role of the yoga teacher in accessibility.
- Variations of popular asanas, including chair yoga and bed yoga.
- Techniques for creating integrated Accessible Yoga classes.
- How to empower people with disabilities by giving them a deep understanding of the Yoga teachings.
- How to make the subtle practices of yoga available for all students.
Daily Schedule (Saturday - Monday)
6-8am............... Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and lecture
8-10am.......... Accessible Yoga Workshop
12-4pm......... Accessible Yoga Workshop
4-6pm.............. Open Yoga Class
7-8pm.......... Practice Teaching Sessions
8-10pm............ Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture
There are no prerequisites other than a sincere desire to learn classical yoga.
Arrival and Departure
Arrival: The course will begin at 7pm on the first Date of the course with an Ashram Orientation followed by Satsang at 8pm.
Departure: The course will conclude at 4pm on the Final date.
We encourage you to arrive by 4pm on Day 1, making the most out of the afternoon by joining us for the Asana class and dinner. You are always welcome and encouraged to extend your stay to any length before or after the course. Please indicate your desired arrival and departure dates on your registration form.
What to Bring
slip on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight. All books and materials are available in our boutique.
Accommodation Prices and Photos
- Dorm: $65/night per person
- Double: $85/night per person
- Single: $130/night
- Double: $120/night per person
- Single: $170/night
Deluxe Shanti Cabins
- Triple: $120/night per person
- Double: $160/night per person
- Single: $240/night
- Family of two: $280/night per family
- Family of three: $320/night per family
Jivana Heyman, C-IAYT, eRYT500, is founder of Accessible Yoga, an international non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to the yoga teachings. Accessible Yoga offers Conferences, Trainings, an Ambassador program dedicated to sharing yoga with every body. He is co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center and an Integral Yoga Minister. With over twenty-five years of training and teaching in a classical 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. Over the past 20 years, Jivana has led more than fifty yoga teacher training programs around the world. In December 2015, Jivana was invited to teach Accessible Yoga at the United Nations in Geneva, and he continues to work toward expanding access to the teachings of yoga.