making meditation accessible:

sharing the heart of yoga with all

with Jivana Heyman & guests

May 30th - July 2nd, 2024

Tuesdays & Thursdays

11am-1pm PT   |   2pm-4pm ET
7pm-9pm BST (UK)



making meditation accessible:

sharing the heart of yoga with all

with Jivana Heyman
& guests

May 30 - July 2, 2024

Tuesdays & Thursdays

11am-1pm PDT (USA)
2pm-4pm EDT (USA)
7pm-9pm BST (UK)



Meditation is literally the heart of yoga and a key element of an effective practice, offering profound benefits for everyone.

However, meditation isn‚Äôt always taught and practiced appropriately, and as a result so many people think they ‚Äúcan‚Äôt‚ÄĚ meditate, or believe that it isn‚Äôt for them.

Join Jivana Heyman and special guests, 
Ann Swanson, Tracee Stanley, Dr. Rashmi Bismark, Shawn J. Moore, Aarti Inamdar and Oneika Mays, to explore the intersection of yoga and Buddhist teachings on meditation and mindfulness, as well as accessible techniques for creating a meaningful personal practice.

In this online course, we’ll explore ways to deconstruct myths around meditation and find inroads to practice that are both safe and effective.

We’ll also explore effective tools for teaching meditation that are trauma sensitive and supportive of all practitioners.

To make these practices accessible, we need to begin by taking a deep dive into the ancient yoga teachings. Part of this journey will include understanding where meditation fits in the yoga system, and how it naturally flows from a practice of asana and pranayama.

With a thorough understanding of the role of meditation in yoga, we can then look at ways of making it accessible and applicable to our contemporary lives. 
We can also compare and contrast the ways that meditation is taught in the yoga and Buddhist systems to give us greater insight.



Making Meditation Accessible is a 19-hour LIVE online training.

All sessions will be captioned and recorded.
Enrollment includes access to course recordings and resources for 1 year.

This training will be led by Jivana Heyman,
plus special guest presenters, Ann Swanson, Tracee Stanley,
Dr. Rashmi Bismark, Shawn J. Moore, Aarti Inamdar and Oneika Mays

May 30 - July 2, 2024

Tuesdays & Thursdays (10 sessions total)

11am-1pm PDT (USA)   |   2pm-4pm EDT (USA)  |  7pm-9pm BST (UK)

(convert to your local time-zone) 

*Session 1 (only) will be 1 hour duration, and available as a FREE course preview


Session 1 (FREE PREVIEW)

Thursday May 30th, 2024
11am-12pm PT | 2pm-3pm ET  (1 Hour)

‚ÄúBut My Mind is Too Busy to Meditate!‚ÄĚ Finding Your Way Into Practice

with Jivana Heyman

Do you ever think, ‚ÄúMy mind is too busy to meditate?‚ÄĚ The misunderstanding that meditation requires a peaceful mind can stop so many of us from exploring this profound practice.

Here’s the thing: You can meditate with a busy mind, and still get tremendous benefits.

In this opening session (available as a free course preview!), Jivana will offer an overview of the fundamental concepts behind meditation from a yoga perspective, and share four options for practice that can make it more easeful and welcoming.

He’ll address the impact of trauma on the nervous system and how we can find a personal practice that works for each of us.

Check out the first session of Making Meditation Accessible as a FREE course preview (REPLAY now available!)

If you are curious about this new 10-part online course with Jivana Heyman and guests, we invite you to check out the first session as a FREE course preview.

Enter your details below to register to receive access to¬†the captioned recording¬†of this introductory 1-hour session with Jivana Heyman, "But My Mind is Too Busy to Meditate!‚ÄĚ - Finding Your Way Into Practice, which was recorded live & online on May 30th, as a preview of the full 19-hour course.

*You'll be taken directly to the replay, however we'll also email a link for you to access it. Please check your Gmail promotions tab or spam / junk mail folder if the replay email doesn't land in your main inbox, it may be there!

Session 2

Tuesday June 4th, 2024
11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET  (2 Hours)

Ethics as Preparation for Meditation

with Jivana Heyman

In this session, Jivana will explore the classical yoga approach to meditation as described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

He’ll review ashtanga yoga, the eight limbs of yoga, and how they work together towards cultivating a meditative state.

In particular, he’ll spend time exploring how the ethical teachings of yama: ahimsa (non-harm), satya (truthfulness), asteya (non-stealing), brahamacharya (continence), and aparigraha (non-greed), can support our meditation practice.

Session 3

Thursday June 6th, 2024
11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET  (2 Hours)

Diverse Minds, Diverse Meditation Techniques

with Jivana Heyman

Join Jivana for a deep dive into the subtle ways that we can adapt and experiment with different meditation techniques to create a supportive personal practice. 
This includes learning how to integrate different practices together, such as mantra, breath, and visual focus, as well as exploring other forms of meditation such as walking meditation, puja (devotional practice), and prayer.

Accessibility also depends on understanding our own personal needs and abilities so we can find a practice that is both safe and effective for us. So, part of this journey is understanding our mind and which practices are supportive for us personally.

Session 4

Tuesday June 11th, 2024
11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET  (2 Hours)

Meditation for the Real World

with Ann Swanson

We know meditation is good for us, but many find it esoteric and intimidating. They envision needing an extra 20 minutes daily to sit on a cushion on the floor in perfect silence. It doesn’t have to be that way. In this workshop, Accessible Yoga Instructor and author of Science of Yoga, and Meditation for the Real World, Ann Swanson, will share insights and techniques for integrating meditation into our lives.

Ann will share how even one-minute meditations and strategic breathing breaks can make a difference. She will share how meditation can offer support through common challenges, such as overwhelm from doomscrolling, waking up in the night with a racing mind, or living with chronic pain, to find peace in a hectic world. Ann will offer science-backed techniques with immediate results that will help you, and your students, build a sustainable meditation practice that works. Plus, she will answer common meditation questions and bust the myths based on science.

Session 5

Thursday June 13th, 2024
11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET  (2 Hours)

Meditation is a Gift to Our Soul

with Tracee Stanley

Meditation is the art of devotion to deep inner knowing and embodiment of our inherent radiance.

In this session, Tracee Stanley, author of Radiant Rest and The Luminous Self, will share tools and techniques to help create a sustainable daily meditation practice, anchored in devotion and rooted in the wisdom of the Himalayan Masters.

Tracee will discuss foundational elements of meditation practice, including:

  • The eight qualities of breath
  • Circular breathing
  • So Ham Meditation
  • What does it mean to Meditate?

The session will include time for Q&A and reflections.

Session 6

Tuesday June 18th, 2024
11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET  (2 Hours)

Inviting Nature's Elements into Your Practice

with Dr Rashmi Bismark

Explore how rhythms of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space enliven inner rhythms of awareness in this workshop with Dr Rashmi Bismark, MD, MPH.

Dr Rashmi will review relationships between Nature's elements (pa√ĪcamahńĀbhŇęta) and consciousness through Samkhya, Ayurvedic, and TńĀntrik philosophies, while contextualizing the elements within various styles and aspects of meditation practice.

Through this session you will be invited to consider the ways elements can be both hindrances and accessible gateways to presence.

Contemplative practices will be interspersed within the workshop, including the RAIN practice for self-compassionate inquiry.

Session 7

Thursday June 20th, 2024
11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET  (2 Hours)

The Heart of Accessible Practice: Exploring Meditation through the Six Paramitas

with Shawn J. Moore

In the rich tapestry of Buddhist teachings, the Six Paramitas serve as a simple guide for cultivating a life of compassion, wisdom, and mindfulness. The Six Paramitas are essential expressions of bodhisattvas, brave individuals who dedicate themselves fully to the enlightenment of all sentient beings. These timeless principles‚ÄĒGenerosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom‚ÄĒoffer a holistic approach to personal development and spiritual awakening.

This session delves into how the Six Paramitas can be seamlessly integrated into meditation teaching and practice, emphasizing inclusivity, empathy, and a deep connection to our inherent goodness. By interpreting these ancient teachings for contemporary life, we'll uncover practical methods to broaden the reach and depth of meditation, making it a truly accessible tool for transformation.

Session 8

Tuesday June 25th, 2024
11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET  (2 Hours)

Calm Your Mind: Classical Yoga
& Meditation for All

with Aarti Inamdar

Many worry about starting a meditation practice because they can't imagine what it means to "blank their minds'.

Ancient sages and rishis from South Asian traditions shared that meditation isn't about blanking our minds, but about cultivating focus.

They taught ways to prepare the mind and body gradually, using practical techniques and methods to support students in their meditation journey and help them open into awareness.

In this session, Aarti Inamdar will share a classical and accessible approach to meditation practice to aid in finding calm and concentration in our overstimulated modern world.

Session 9

Thursday June 27th, 2024
11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET  (2 Hours)

Meditation Unbound

with Oneika Mays

This workshop will explore adapting mindfulness practices to create an inclusive meditation experience, the benefits of mindfulness, and practical techniques to make it accessible for everyone. Our goal is to foster presence, focus, and self-compassion in a way that feels comfortable and enjoyable for all practitioners. We'll dive into various mindfulness techniques, such as body scan meditation, breath awareness, and gentle mindful movement. You'll learn how to modify these practices to accommodate various needs, ensuring that everyone can participate at their own pace and comfort level.

Oneika will also share an experiential guided meditation, where we'll apply the learned techniques and witness the power of mindfulness firsthand. You'll leave this workshop with a wealth of tools and strategies to make mindfulness practices more adaptable for diverse populations. Join us on this journey to cultivate a more mindful, compassionate, and authentic world, one breath at a time.  

Session 10

Tuesday July 2nd, 2024
11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET  (2 Hours)

Building a Practice

with Jivana Heyman

In this final session, Jivana will review all the previous learning that we’ve done together and aim to weave it all together into a cohesive learning.

He’ll also discuss the nuances of creating a supportive personal practice that can support us through the ups and downs of life, including building a practice from the bottom up, and how to incorporate what works best for you.

He’ll also review some basic tips for teaching meditation so that yoga teachers and yoga therapists can keep their students safe and offer them a supportive and even transformational meditation experience.



making meditation accessible:

sharing the heart of yoga with all

with Jivana Heyman & guests

May 30 - July 2, 2024

11am-1pm PT  |  2pm-4pm ET  |  7pm-9pm BST (UK)

(convert to your local time-zone)

Tuition for this 10-part live, online training is $399-$499 USD sliding scale

We also offer partial scholarships.

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.


Single upfront payment.

Includes 19 hours of live, online training + 1 year of access to recordings and resources

Community Rate
$399 USD


Sustainer Rate
$449 USD 


Supporter Rate
$499 USD





Course fee is split into 3 x monthly installments of the same amount, over 3 months.
(Enrollment date determines the date of the following 2 x months that payments will be deducted).

Includes 19 hours of live, online training + 1 year of access to recordings and resources 

Community Rate
3-Month Payment Plan
$133 USD x 3


Sustainer Rate
3-Month Payment Plan
$149.67 USD x 3


Supporter Rate
3-Month Payment Plan
$166.34 USD x 3



If our tiered pricing and payment plan options are financially inaccessible, please click here to access our partial scholarship application form.

Course Facilitator: Jivana Heyman

Jivana Heyman (he/him), C-IAYT, E-RYT500, is the founder 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 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: |  @jivanaheyman   |

Guest Facilitators:


Ann Swanson (she/her)¬†MS, C-IAYT, LMT, ERYT500, teaches meditation to busy people with busy minds. She is the author of the internationally bestselling book SCIENCE OF YOGA¬†and Meditation for the Real World, which illuminates the fascinating science behind meditation with step-by-step practices to help you find peace in everyday life. Ann wasn‚Äôt a naturally ‚Äúchill person,‚ÄĚ and meditation didn‚Äôt come easy to her. Overcoming chronic pain and anxiety led her to India to study yoga, to China to explore tai chi, and to earn a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy. Now, Ann blends cutting-edge research with ancient wisdom, resulting in realistic techniques you‚Äôll find yourself integrating into your day! Order her new book at for exclusive bonuses.

Connect with Ann:
Youtube - @AnnSwansonWellness


Tracee Stanley (she/her) is the author of the bestselling books Radiant Rest: Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation and Awakened Clarity and The Luminous Self: Sacred Yogic Practices & Rituals to Remember Who You Are - by Shambhala Publications. Tracee is the founder of Empowered Life Circle, a sacred community and portal of practices, rituals, and Tantric teachings inspired by more than 28 years of studentship in Sri Vidya Tantra and the teachings of the Himalayan Masters. As a post-lineage teacher, Tracee is devoted to sharing the wisdom of yoga nidra, rest, meditation, self-inquiry, spiritual ecology, and ancestor reverence. Tracee is gifted in illuminating the magic and power found in liminal space and weaving devotion and practice into daily life.

Connect with Tracee:



Dr. Rashmi Bismark (she/her), MD, MPH, is a mom, writer, and board-certified physician specializing in Preventive Medicine whose clinical practice is focused on facilitating mindfulness-based programs to support whole health. Her experience in public health, health behavior, lifestyle medicine, and complementary therapies informs her work as a certified yoga and mindfulness meditation teacher. Dr. Rashmi has been teaching meditation for Yoga Medicine trainings with Tiffany Cruikshank since 2017. As the daughter of immigrants, a mom, and humble steward of Yoga from the Indian diaspora, she hopes to inspire mindful ways of engaging with life for her generation and generations to come. Her first picture book, FINDING OM, was published in 2020 (Mango & Marigold Press).

Connect with Rashmi:


Residing at the intersection of leadership and mindfulness, Shawn J. Moore (he/him) creates sacred spaces for stillness and self-inquiry to help changemakers align their strengths, intention, and impact. Through his integrative approach, he holds transformative containers for self-renewal, personal discovery, and capacity-building that ease clients on their journey towards peace, clarity, and freedom.¬†Shawn has an intuitive way of weaving all that he has learned on his path to help those on the inner journey of discovery to reflect on those questions ‚Äď including meditation, sound healing, yoga nidra, and coaching.¬†Shawn developed and leads his own meditation teacher training - Inward Illumination‚ĄĘ Meditation Teacher Training.

Connect with Shawn:


Aarti Inamdar (she/her) is a student and teacher of classical hatha yoga, trained by her elders and lineage teachers. Aarti shares the teachings of yoga as sacred ancestral wisdom traditions, and has been a steward of these traditions for 17 years.

Her online yoga studio hosts asana, pranayama, meditation, and philosophy classes and courses. She runs virtual and live corporate wellness sessions and immersive retreats. She mentors individuals one-on-one to support them in their healing, wellness and health journeys. Her goals are to support her students in their personal lives and facilitate peace of mind, focus and health using the tools that yoga provides.

Connect with Aarti:


Oneika Mays, (CMI, E-RYT, LMT) is a multi-hyphenate facilitator who leads with joy, passion, and wisdom.

She is a grounded leader with lived experience that centers on mindfulness and transformation.

As a Black, queer feminist she brings a poignant lens to building a world that is more compassionate and understanding. With deep roots and knowledge in Buddhist and yogic teachings, Oneika delivers practical application and authentic connection through her facilitation skills.

With openness and vulnerability, she facilitates the space to talk about change and embrace every part of ourselves.

Connect with Oneika: