40-hour Accessible Yoga Training

(hybrid delivery: in-person & online)

Abruzzo, Central Italy

with Jivana Heyman and guest presenters,
Alessandra Uma Cocchi & Rodrigo Souza

‚ÄėLido d‚ÄôAbruzzo‚Äô Holiday Resort

Roseto degli Abruzzi, province of Teramo, Abruzzo, Central Italy

* Bookings for on-site meals and accommodation available
* Live training will be led in English with Italian translation (via headphones)
* Pre-recorded videos for online component taught in English with Italian captioning

April 30 - May 2, 2024

Tuesday, 3:30pm-7:30pm + 9pm-10pm
Wednesday, 9am-1pm +  3pm-7pm + 9pm-10pm
Thursday, 9am-1pm
40 hour certification includes:
18 hours in person with Jivana Heyman & guests
(translation by Alessandra Uma Cocchi)
+ 22 hours pre-recorded content and homework

Add-On Option: Accessible Yoga Retreat
May 3 - 5, 2024


Learn to design yoga classes where all students can practice together in a way that honors and celebrates people of all ages, sizes, abilities, and experience levels.

Through our Accessible Yoga Training you'll:

  • Understand the¬†benefits of an accessible yoga practice¬†including: enhancing muscular strength, balance, flexibility, improving physiological functions, reducing stress, anxiety, chronic pain and promoting overall health and well-being
  • Determine¬†safe and appropriate variations¬†of common asanas for a range of physical ability (chair, mat/bed, standing)
  • Learn¬†specific asanas¬†for flexibility, strengthening and balance training to maintain or improve health and independence
  • Understand the¬†purpose and implementation of props¬†to make yoga accessible to all abilities
  • Acquire knowledge of¬†common medical conditions¬†and the benefits and concerns for implementation of a yoga practice
  • Learn to create¬†integrated Accessible Yoga classes¬†where students of different abilities can practice together
  • Explore the¬†many ways that yoga can be adapted to suit¬†students with disabilities, physical challenges, seniors, people with larger bodies, and more
  • Learn how to¬†make your classes welcoming to everyone, to empower students with agency, and to approach students in a trauma-informed way
  • Review¬†the¬†physical and psychosocial benefits¬†of pranayama and meditation and how to make these practices available for all students, regardless of ability
  • Learn how to¬†apply the teachings of yoga philosophy¬†in day-to-day life to reduce stress, create more balance and develop authentic connections with self and others
  • Explore techniques¬†to¬†build a strong community¬†among your students to support the transformational process of yoga
  • and more!

This hybrid delivery 40 hour Accessible Yoga Training includes 3 days of in-person training in Abruzzo, Central Italy, with Jivana Heyman and guest presenters Alessandra Uma Cocchi & Rodrigo Souza, plus self-paced online pre-recorded content & homework. 

* Live training will be led in English with Italian translation (via headphones)
* Pre-recorded videos for online component taught in English with Italian captioning


Lido d’Abruzzo Holiday Resort

Roseto degli Abruzzi
Province of Teramo
Abruzzo, Central Italy

  • On the Adriatic beach, within the Borsacchio Natural Reserve
  • Fully accessible
  • Housing units - each can accommodate from 1 to 4 people, as per your choice
  • Practice spaces inside and outside
  • Beach, spa (separate cost), swimming pool
  • Yogic diet
  • Vegetarian and vegan Italian food
  • No wine (unless ordered with separate cost)


  • Family members welcome (they may arrange excursions or enjoy relaxation)
  • Guests will be able to arrive earlier or extend their vacation (Abruzzo sea, mountains, villages and towns are all within a short distance)
  • Closest airport: Pescara
  • Train closest stations: Roseto degli Abruzzi, Giulianova, Pescara
  • If you arrive from Rome, buses to Roseto degli Abruzzi or Giulianova.
  • Pick-ups from/to Pescara, Giulianova or other available upon booking (separate cost).

For further details about our training venue, visit: www.villaggiolidodabruzzo.it

In regards to our Covid-conscious community care guidelines as we return to in-person trainings and events, masks are not mandatory, however if you don't experience any accessibility barriers in relation to wearing a mask, we strongly encourage it, so that we can keep our community members as safe a possible, with particular consideration of those from more vulnerable populations. If you have access to Covid tests, we also recommend testing before attending the live training. If you have any cold / flu / Covid symptoms, or if you are testing positive to Covid, we ask that you stay home, and contact us in relation to course transfer arrangements.

In-Person Training Schedule

DAY 1: Tuesday, April 30th, 2024:

3:30pm-7:30pm + 9pm-10pm

DAY 2: Wednesday, May 1st, 2024:

9am-1pm + 3pm-7pm + 9pm-10pm

DAY 3: Thursday, May 2nd, 2024: 


The In-Person component of this 40-hour hybrid delivery covers the following topics:

* Orientation & Introduction to Accessible Yoga

* Accessible Asana Workshops

(a creativity-focused approach to adapting 'standing' postures, forward bends, backward bends, twists, warm-ups, sun salutations, savasana, yoga nidra, and more, for chair / wall / mat practice) 

* Integrated Accessible Yoga Chair / Mat
Sample Class, Workshop & Practice Teaching
* Making Breathing Practices Accessible

* Making Meditation Accessible

* Bed Yoga

* Service & Support

* Designing Classes for Special Populations (final group project)

Pre-Recorded Online Content

In addition to 18 hours of in-person training, this course includes 22 hours of self-paced, pre-recorded online lectures, practices, resources and homework tasks.

Click below to expand and review details of pre-recorded content

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Accessible Yoga Training with Jivana Heyman

and guest facilitators, Alessandra Uma Cocchi & Rodrigo Souza

Abruzzo, Central Italy

(Hybrid In-Person & Online Delivery)
Taught in English, with Italian Translation (via headphones)

April 30 - May 2, 2024

Tuesday, 3:30pm-7:30pm + 9pm-10pm
Wednesday, 9am-1pm +  3pm-7pm + 9pm-10pm
Thursday, 9am-1pm

* Bookings for on-site meals and accommodation available
* Live training will be led in English with Italian translation (via headphones)
* Pre-recorded videos for online component taught in English with Italian captioning

Tuition for this¬†40-hour hybrid-delivery (in-person + online)¬†course¬†is¬†‚ā¨730-‚ā¨920 sliding scale

(Training tuition does not include accommodation & meals, which are priced seprately)

*Early Bird Discount available for enrollments made by April 15th!

*Discounted rate available for those with certified disability and disadvantaged conditions

*Discounted rate available for previous Accessible Yoga Training graduates

Tiered Pricing Explained:

  • Community Rate¬†(supported by your peers)
  • Sustainer¬†Rate¬†(covers your enrollment)
  • Supporter¬†Rate¬†(covers your enrollment + supports your peers)

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

If you would like to clarify which pricing tier is most appropriate for you, please refer to this helpful graphic by Alexis J Cunningfolk:

The Green Bottle: Where You Fall On The Sliding  Scale

Intention of Equity Pricing Structure:

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 using the tiered equity pricing structure and 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.


About Your Lead Trainer: Jivana Heyman

Jivana Heyman (he/him), C-IAYT, E-RYT500, is the founder and director of Accessible Yoga. He’s the author of Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body, Yoga Revolution: Building a Practice of Courage & Compassion (Shambhala Publications), and The Teacher's Guide to Accessible Yoga: Best Practices for Sharing Yoga with Every Body (January 2024).

Jivana coined the phrase, ‚ÄúAccessible Yoga,‚ÄĚ 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 Training 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 (now The Love Of Yoga Podcast, hosted by Anjali Rao).

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.

Connect with Jivana:

www.jivanaheyman.com |  @jivanaheyman   |  facebook.com/jivanaheyman

Guest Facilitators:

Rodrigo Souza (he/him) is an Adaptive & Accessible Yoga teacher with experience in teaching yoga to folks who have undergone Trauma & Disability. Rodrigo endured a devastating spinal cord injury after a fall accident which left him paralyzed from the chest down. The experience of living with chronic pain and trauma has taught him the importance of taking charge of his recovery to optimise long-term well-being. Despite the challenges, he has found purpose in becoming a Yoga teacher and sharing his knowledge with others.

Through his Allihopa Accessible & Adaptive Virtual Yoga Studio, he has created a safe and welcoming space for people with diverse abilities from all over the world to practice yoga and find healing. He also teaches for several Non-profits, community centres and newly injured folks in an Active Rehabilitation Center in Sweden.

He is part of the Accessible Yoga Association board of directors and is focused on creating a supportive community for those who have experienced trauma, loss & and disability through Adaptive & Accessible Yoga.

Connect with Rodrigo:
www.allihopayoga.com | @allihopayoga | facebook.com/AllihopaYoga


Alessandra Uma Cocchi (she/her) is based in Italy and serves as an Accessible Yoga Trainer in Europe, and a regional representative for Accessible Yoga in Italy. She also works as a certified Yoga Therapist. In this field, she leads observational studies on Yoga’s impact on a variety of pathologies with amazing Italian doctors and institutes.

Uma comes from the Integral Yoga tradition of Swami Satchidananda. She has been teaching this style since 2003 (500-RYT), and is an Integral Yoga Teacher Trainer as well.

In 2004 she founded YAP Integral Yoga Centre in Teramo, Italy. YAP is a non-profit Italian organization for social promotion, aiming at spreading the Yogic practice for ethical advancement, awareness and wellbeing for all.

Connect with Uma:
www.accessibleyogaeurope.com | @accessible_yoga_italia_europe |


Frequently Asked Questions

Add some space for relaxation and integration at the end of your Accessible Yoga Training in Central Italy - stay on for a 3-day Accessible Yoga Retreat with Jivana & Uma!

Accessible Yoga Retreat

in Abruzzo, Central Italy

with Jivana Heyman & Alessandra Uma Cocchi

Friday May 3 - Sunday May 5, 2024

Retreat program begins 3:30pm Friday, and runs until 1pm Sunday

Retreat Goals:
  • A precious time for yourself to relax in nature, meditate, practice and be inspired.
  • A precious time to reconnect with yourself and the essence of Yoga.
  • A precious time to realize how linked Yoga is not only to our daily lives, but to the destiny of our world, and social justice as well.
  • A precious time for Yoga teachers to refresh and merge into the inspiring principles and practice of Accessible Yoga.
Open to:
  • Yoga teachers,¬†Yoga practitioners, and non practitioners
  • Family members, partners and friends welcome.
In-person Activities:
  • Sea-front and pine-wood meditations
  • Integrated Accessible Yoga practices (all levels - mat and chair)
  • Guided relaxations
  • Workshops
  • Lectures
  • Inspirational conversations
  • Relaxation time in nature
  • English (The sessions will be translated in Italian through headphones).
Accessible Yoga Retreat pricing and bookings are separate to the Accessible Yoga Training.

Accessible Yoga Retreat dates (Friday May 3 - Sunday May 5, 2024) directly follow the Accessible Yoga Training dates (Tuesday April 30 - Thursday May 2, 2024), at the same location / venue.

Book the retreat, or training, or both!
*Early Bird rates available for bookings made by April 15th, 2024