Making Pranayama Accessible:

Overcoming Obstacles Through the Breath

5-session course with Jivana Heyman, founder of Accessible Yoga.

First class is available as a free preview!



Tuesdays & Thursdays, December 1st-15th, 2022

10am Pacific | 1pm Eastern Time

First class is 60 minutes, remaining classes are 90 minutes

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Enrollments open until December 6th 2022

Enrollment includes access to all captioned live content recordings and resources for a whole year.



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How many times have you been told,
“Just take a deep breath?”


According to the yoga teachings, breathing practices are among the most powerful practices we have. Yet, many of the common breathing practices are actually taught in ways that are not accessible or trauma-informed.

For many people focusing on the breath can increase anxiety instead of reducing it. So it’s important to find creative and gentle ways into working with the breath, which can help to bring about calm and reduce anxiety.  

The breathing practices offer a direct way into the deepest aspects of our spiritual practice. The breath offers a link between the body and mind. The kleysas, the obstacles to our spiritual understanding, can all be addressed through the breath and offer us practical tools for increased self-awareness. 

Join Jivana Heyman for an exploration of pranayama, focusing on finding safe, welcoming, and fun ways to approach these subtle and powerful tools.

This course will be an opportunity for study, discussion, and practice of the many aspects of the breath to support relaxation, nervous system regulation, preparation for meditation, and spiritual unfolding.

In this course, you'll discover:

  • How the breath brings wisdom and can help us overcome the kleysas, our spiritual obstacles
  • The relationship between breath, mind, and spirit
  • How to find safe and accessible ways to work with your breath 
  • An understanding of basic anatomy and physiology of breathing
  • Trauma informed breathing practices for safety
  • Nervous system regulation, relaxation, and the breath
  • Ways to effectively practice common breathing practices 
  • The role of the breath in meditation 
  • Breath as a source of inspiration for spiritual exploration

Recommended resource to accompany this course:

Will I get CEUs?

Yes. Completion of the entire course will make you eligible for 7 CEUs through Yoga Alliance.

Is this an Accessible Yoga Training?

Jivana's comprehensive 38 hour Accessible Yoga Training offers the foundational aspects of equity and accessibility in yoga. Click here to learn more and register for the next available Accessible Yoga Training.

He also offers a 200-hour Accessible Yoga Teacher Training for people interested in exploring a longer training. Click here for more info.

Making Pranayama Accessible - Curriculum

Thursday December 1st, 2022

Allowing the Breath to Lift the Veil:
Wisdom Through Pranayama

In this session we’ll explore:

  • The relationship between breath, mind, and spirit
  • How pranayama removes avidya - ignorance of our spiritual nature 
  • Celebrating the breath before controlling and manipulating it.
  • Breath basics - understanding the anatomy and physiology of breath
  • Practice: Exploration without manipulation
Tuesday December 6th, 2022

The Breath and the Ego:
the Search for the Self

In this session we’ll explore:

  • Unraveling asmita, the ego, through the breath
  • The relationship between the breath, anxiety, and mental health
  • Trauma informed pranayama practices
  • Nadhi shodhana / suddhi and finding balance
  • Practice: Safety and comfort with the breath
Thursday December 8th, 2022

Is Bigger Breath Better?

In this session we’ll explore:

  • Raga, attachment, and clinging to the breath
  • Dergha swasam - and the role of deep breathing in pranayama
  • Ujjayi and quietness through sound
  • Yoga as preparation for illness and death
  • Practice: Quiet and still
Tuesday December 13th, 2022

Subtle Anatomy and the Roots of Practice

In this session we’ll explore:

  • Aversion, dvesha, and pain - using the breath to escape or enlighten
  • The relationship between breath and energy
  • Koshas, nadis, chakras, and the vayus
  • Practice: Prana & breath
Thursday December 15th, 2022

The Breath of Life:
Exploring Illness, Aging & Death

In this session we’ll explore:

  • Breath, disability, chronic illness, and aging
  • Adapting pranayama practice for specific conditions
  • Breath and healing - physical and spiritual
  • Practice: Guided meditation for healing

Meet Your Instructor

Jivana Heyman, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, is the founder and director of the Accessible Yoga Association, an international non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to the yoga teachings. He’s the author of Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body and Yoga Revolution: Building a Practice of Courage & Compassion (Shambhala Publications).

Jivana has specialized in teaching yoga to people with disabilities with an emphasis on community building and social engagement. Out of this work, the nonprofit Accessible Yoga Association was created to support education, training, and advocacy with the mission of shifting the public perception of yoga. Accessible Yoga offers Conferences, Community Forums, a Podcast, and a popular Ambassador program.

Jivana coined the phrase, “Accessible Yoga,” over ten years ago, and it has now become the standard appellation for a large cross section of the immense yoga world. He brought the Accessible Yoga community together for the first time in 2015 for the Accessible Yoga Conference, which has gone on to become a focal point for this movement.

Jivana is also the creator of the Accessible Yoga Training and the co-founder of the online Accessible Yoga School with Amber Karnes, which is a platform for continued education for yoga teachers in the field of equity and accessibility. They also created the Accessible Yoga Podcast in 2020.

Over the past 25 years, Jivana has led countless yoga teacher training programs around the world, and dedicates his time to supporting yoga teachers who are working to serve communities that are under-represented in traditional yoga spaces.

Enroll now

Enrollments close December 6th, 2022.

Tuition for this course is $125-$175 USD sliding scale.

If you are able to attend at the Supporter or Sustainer Rate, your contributions support the ability to offer a lower rate to community members experiencing financial difficulties.

We also offer a limited number of partial scholarships for this course.

$125 USD
$150 USD
$175 USD

Need a payment plan or scholarship? 

3 monthly payments COMMUNITY
$42 USD
3 monthly payments SUSTAINER
$50 USD
3 monthly payments SUPPORTER
$59 USD
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Please take a moment to consider the intention of our scholarship program and equity pricing structure, which was created in order to amplify training access for those who hold marginalized identities and those experiencing significant financial hardship. If neither of those qualifications apply to you, we ask you to please consider other payment options, including our payment plans, or supporting others in our community who have decreased access to financial resources by enrolling as a Sustainer or Supporter, if this is accessible to you.

Featured photos by Sarit Z. Rogers, included in Yoga Revolution: Building A Practice Of Courage & Compassion and Accessible Yoga: Poses & Practices for Every Body by Jivana Heyman

Jivana's bio photo by Yoga Journal

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