Complete the Accessible Yoga Training online!

Learn to design yoga classes where all students can practice together regardless of age, size, ability, or experience level



Upcoming Course Dates:
January 18 - February 3, 2023

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
12pm-3pm Pacific (Los Angeles) |  3pm-6pm Eastern (New York)
8pm-11pm London, UK
Tuesdays,Thursdays & Saturdays | 7am-10am Sydney AUS | 9am-12pm Auckland NZ


(Convert to your local timezone)

REGISTER NOW: January-February 2023

$600-$900 USD Tiered Pricing
Partial scholarships and payment plans available

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Don't miss out on our live online info session and webinar with Jivana Heyman, January 6th, 2023.

3 Ways to Adapt Sun Salutation to Make It Truly Accessible

Do you feel like you’re equipped to serve anyone who comes into your class? Often, yoga teacher trainings don’t prepare us to teach yoga to real people who have a variety of abilities and disabilities. 

In this free mini-workshop, Jivana Heyman will offer a variety of ways to adapt Sun Salutation. These techniques can expand your toolkit and help make your classes accessible, welcoming, and effective. 

In this webinar Jivana will:

  • Review the benefits and contraindications of Sun Salutation
  • Teach a wall Sun Salutation
  • Teach a standing Sun Salutation using a chair
  • Teach a seated Sun Salutation

Jivana will also offer an overview of the content of the upcoming Accessible Yoga Training Online, which will run from January 18 - February 3, 2023. He’ll give away a copy of his book, Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body, and one FREE spot in the training!

  • Date: Friday, January 6th, 2023
  • Time: 12pm-1pm Pacific (Los Angeles) // 3pm-4pm Eastern (New York)
  • Location: Live online via Zoom
  • Replays: Yes, for those who register!

  • Cost: Free
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Join the Accessible Yoga movement!

Online training offers expanded possibilities and flexibility as we explore foundational aspects of equity and accessibility in yoga.

In this 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

Make Your Teaching Accessible

Learn a new way of thinking about postures and practices that honors the essence of yoga, and will allow you to design multi-level classes with ease.

Get Support From Experts

Explore trauma-informed teaching, working with larger bodies, yoga for seniors, and much more with our team of Accessible Yoga trainers.

Learn At Home

More accessible than ever before. Learn from home: no travel expenses, everything is recorded and captioned so you can review materials and work at your own pace.

What you'll get when you join

This training includes:

  • Live training with a team of experts on accessible yoga: 24 hours of live virtual classroom time
  • Video resources: 6 additional hours of required pre-recorded videos
  • Connect with other teachers: 3 hours of study groups
  • Practice teaching: 5 hours teaching practice and reading to incorporate concepts you learn in the training
  • Graduates of the program receive a digital certificate for 38 hours of training
  • Connection with a huge network of teachers and practitioners around the world dedicated to sharing this ancient practice with everyone
  • Free six-month membership in Accessible Yoga’s Ambassador program
  • 38 contact hour CEUs from Yoga Alliance (for yoga teachers) or International Association of Yoga Therapists (for yoga therapists)
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What our students are saying

Yoga as a means for change

I’d like to recognize Jivana Heyman for inspiring me to seek beyond what I thought I knew about yoga and teaching yoga. I like to offer my students different variations for the poses during our practice to find the right way to suit the pose to their body, but the recent training I did with Accessible Yoga School was a real eye-opener in how to REALLY make my classes accessible to everybody and every body, and also to use yoga as a means for change and to build community. Thank you Jivana for putting together such an amazing course with so many wonderful, and often thought-provoking, guest speakers. I very highly recommend everyone to experience this training.

– John Chesebro

More mindful & purposeful

My heart is full from the positive response and feedback I’ve received after sharing just some of the things I learned or were reinforced in your AY training…. ESPECIALLY, at the senior center! I received the most feedback from that group, particularly on the subject of commercialization of yoga and this biased, non inclusive image of what a “yogi” looks like. Already, I’ve slowed down my classes (even the Pilates-inspired one), we’ve made our moves more mindful and purposeful and my students know before they leave class that yoga is steadiness of the mind. I can’t thank you enough.

-Erik Fuentes

Training Schedule

Our next course, January 18 - February 3, 2023, will be held Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
12pm-3pm PDT (Los Angeles, USA) // 3pm-6pm EDT (New York, USA)

Please see a sample schedule outline below (subject to change).

Wednesday, January 18

12:00pm-12:30pm PT, 3:00pm-3:30pm ET

Orientation to the Online Space

Jivana Heyman

How to navigate the online space, as well as community agreements for our time together. We’ll also review the course requirements, and meet each other in breakout rooms.


12:30pm-1:45pm PT, 3:30pm-4:45pm ET

Introduction to Accessible Yoga

Jivana Heyman

An overview of the training content and basic concepts of accessibility and equity in yoga. Also, covers different approaches to adapting practices. We'll explore how to keep the yoga in Accessible Yoga, by exploring the essence of yoga.


1:45pm-2:00pm PT, 4:45pm-5:00pm ET

Break


2:00pm-3:00pm PT, 5:00pm-6:00pm ET

Integrated Accessible Yoga Chair/Mat Class

Jivana Heyman

Sample mixed-level asana practice class that begins in a chair and offers students a choice of staying in the chair or moving to the mat. This is a workshop that is designed to demonstrate how to teach multiple levels of students at the same time.

Homework:

  • Read the Accessible Yoga Training Manual, pages 1-48
  • Prepare to teach a Chair Sun Salutation in Class on Wednesday

Friday, January 20

12:00pm-12:15pm PT, 3:00pm-3:15pm ET

Practice Teaching

We’ll meet in breakout rooms to teach chair sun salutation to each other.


12:15pm-1:15pm PT, 3:15pm-4:15pm ET

Accessible Asana Workshop

Jivana Heyman

This is the first of our Asana Workshops where we'll discuss the main purpose and benefits of the practice and how to adapt them in creative and collaborative ways. We'll discuss how to start class, and what an intake process might be like, which we call the check-in. We'll also discuss centering practices, which get to the heart of yoga, as well as warm-ups focusing on major joints. We'll spend time discussing the importance of offering strengthening practices in Accessible Yoga, and explore creative ways to share them.


1:15pm-1:30pm PT, 4:15pm-4:30pm ET

Break


1:30pm-2:30pm PT, 4:30pm-5:30pm ET

Honoring the Roots of Yoga

Susanna Barkataki

Susanna will lead a discussion about cultural appropriation and how to practice and teach in a way that honors yoga's tradition and culture. Susanna will share her personal experience as well as ways that we can do better as a yoga community. 


2:30pm-3:00pm PT, 5:30pm-6:00pm ET

Disability Awareness Training

Dani Anderson

General education about disability issues, including language and culture. Dani will discuss person-first and identity-first language, as well as how to welcome people with disabilities into your classes.

Homework

  • Read the Accessible Yoga Training Manual, pages 49-72, 103-106
  • Practice teaching a 15 minute opening chair sequence, then attend a Study Group.

Monday, January 23

12:00pm-1:00pm PT, 3:00pm-4:00pm ET

Agency & Consent

M Camellia

Lecture on the importance of empowering students to have agency over their own bodies as well as the essential role of consent in yoga. Melanie offers context for agency and consent in yoga as well as in life in general, and shares how essential they are in the process of empowering our students.


1:00pm-1:45pm PDT, 4:00pm-4:45pm ET

Accessible Asana Workshop

Jivana Heyman

This Asana Workshop will focus on how to adapt Sun Salutation at the wall as well as Standing Balancing Poses in a chair, standing, or on a mat. We'll consider how to use creativity based on a thorough understanding of the purpose of the practice.


1:45pm-2:00pm PT, 4:45pm-5:00pm ET

Break


2:00pm-3:00pm PT, 5:00pm-6:00pm ET

Trauma-Informed Teaching & Incarcerated Populations

Amma Fandiño

This workshop will focus on how to bring a trauma-informed approach to teaching, and in particular how to work with incarcerated populations. Amma has been teaching people in prison in the US and in Colombia for many years.

Homework

  • Read the Accessible Yoga Training Manual, pages 73-86

Wednesday, January 25

12:00pm-1:00pm PT, 3:00pm-4:00pm ET

Working with Larger Bodies

M Camellia

We'll discuss techniques to adapt popular yoga postures for folks in larger bodies. We'll also discuss language and mindset shifts that can help your students feel more positive about their bodies, no matter what their shape, size, or ability.  


1:00pm-1:15pm PT, 4:00pm-4:15pm ET

Break


1:15pm-2:00pm PT, 4:15pm-5:00pm ET

Accessible Asana Workshop

Jivana Heyman

This Asana Workshop will focus on how to adapt Backward and Forward Bends in a chair, standing, or on a mat. We'll consider how to use creativity based on a thorough understanding of the purpose of the practice.  


2:00pm-3:00pm PT, 5:00pm-6:00pm ET 

Bed Yoga

Jivana Heyman

Jivana gives an introduction to bed yoga and he leads a bed yoga practice session. This session explores ways to adapt traditional asanas in bed, and how we can use creativity to explore ways to access some of the same benefits of the poses in a bed. He'll also consider the role of touch in yoga and tools for teaching one-on-one sessions.

Homework

  • Read the Accessible Yoga Training Manual page 87-102
  • Practice teach a 15-30 minute bed yoga sequence, then attend a Study Group.
  • Prepare to teach mixed level poses in break out groups

Friday, January 27

12:00pm-1:00pm PT, 3:00pm-4:00pm ET

Race & Equity

Kelley Nicole Palmer

Kelley Nicole will lead a discussion about racism and white supremacy, including how to address these issues both personally and in yoga spaces. Kelley Nicole offers a framework for understanding racism, and ideas for how to use the practice to address our own prejudices and our role in dismantling systemic racism. 


1:00pm-1:15pm PT, 4:00pm-4:15pm ET

Break


1:15pm-2:00pm PT, 4:15pm-5:00pm ET

Mixed Level Teaching

Jivana Heyman

Workshop on how to teach students on the mat and in the chair in the same class. This session will focus directly on the skills needed to master teaching multiple levels at the same time.


2:00pm-2:15pm PT, 5:00-5:15pm ET

Mixed Level Teaching Group Practice

Practice teaching mixed-level classes in breakout rooms.


2:15pm-3:00pm PT, 5:15pm-6:00pm ET

Making Meditation Accessible

Jivana Heyman

In this workshop, Jivana will focus on how to practice and teach meditation in a yoga context, with an emphasis on the role of meditation in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. He'll also discuss ways to make the practice accessible, safe, and enjoyable, with attention to trauma-informed teaching.

Homework

  • Read the Accessible Yoga Training Manual page 107-138
  • Practice teaching a short mixed level sequence (chair & mat simultaneously), then attend a Study Group

Monday, January 30

12:00pm-1:00pm PT, 3:00pm-4:00pm ET

Making Breathing Practices Accessible

Jivana Heyman

In this workshop, Jivana will begin by discussing the anatomy & physiology of breathing, as well as the fundamentals of the most common yoga breathing practices and how to make them accessible. We'll consider contraindications as well as benefits to these practices. This will include practice teaching in breakout rooms.


1:00pm-1:15pm PT, 4:00pm-4:15pm ET

Break


1:15pm-2:15pm PT, 4:15pm-5:15pm ET

Accessible Asana Workshop

Jivana Heyman

Asana Workshop on how to adapt inversions and twists in a chair, standing, or on a mat. We'll consider how to use creativity based on a thorough understanding of the purpose of the practice.


2:15pm-3:00pm PT, 5:15pm-6:00pm ET

Designing Classes for Special Populations

Jivana Heyman

A discussion about how to adapt yoga sessions for particular populations, including what to enhance and what to avoid. We'll consider how to build a sequence for a particular population, as well as how to be flexible based on the needs of the students present.

Homework: 

  • Review the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Book 1, Sutras 1-16 & Book 2, 1-9, 16, 26, 28, 29
  • Read the Bhagavad Gita chapter 2
  • Design a full class sequence for a population of your choosing. Post outline in the Community Message Board

Wednesday, February 1

12:00pm-1:00pm PT, 3:00pm-4:00pm ET 

Conscious Marketing

Tristan Katz

Marketing can feel like a daunting challenge for yoga teachers. This session will support you in making your marketing easeful and equitable through tips on content creation, best practices, and justice-oriented pricing models for your classes, workshops, and offerings. 


1:00pm-1:45pm PT, 4:00pm-4:45pm ET

Service & Support

Jivana Heyman

A workshop on networking, community building, and how to start Accessible Yoga classes in your community. This is an opportunity to explore the intersection of yoga service and business.


1:45pm-2:00pm PT, 4:45pm-5:00pm ET

Break


2:00pm-3:00pm PT, 5:00pm-6:00pm ET

Accessible Asana Workshop

Jivana Heyman

This Asana Workshop will focus on adapting Savasana, Yoga Nidra, and how to end class. It will also be a time to follow up on poses we haven’t yet covered and to answer any asana or teaching questions that have come up.

Homework: 

  • Write your Accessible Yoga teacher promise
  • Journal about the connection between yoga & social justice

Friday, February 3

12:00pm-1:00pm PT, 3:00pm-4:00pm ET 

Wheelchair Yoga

Rodrigo Souza

Learn how to facilitate Yoga to wheelchair users who have gone through trauma & disability, folks with paralysis and/or without the use of their legs. Rodrigo will share his embodied experience and knowledge to help to gain confidence to serve this population with love, compassion, and understanding. 


1:00pm-1:15pm PT, 4:00pm-4:15pm ET

Break


1:15pm-2:15pm PT, 4:15pm-5:15pm ET

Yoga & Social Justice

Anjali Rao

Discussion about the connection between yoga and social justice, and how to be of service in the world. This session will offer a chance to explore some of the themes from yoga philosophy as well as themes from the entire training. This will be a chance to consider your role as a change-maker in yoga and in the world at large. 


2:15pm-2:45pm PT, 5:15pm-5:45pm ET

Q&A Session

Jivana Heyman

Jivana will lead a Q&A session to address any questions that have come up during the course.


2:45pm-3:00pm PT, 5:45pm-6:00pm ET

Closing Circle

Jivana Heyman

Final thoughts and inspiration from our time together. 

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What our students are saying

The core of yoga is accessibility

"The Accessible Yoga Training helped me discover that accessibility encompasses so many different dimensions -- physical, cognitive, emotional, financial, political -- and yet at the same time, the core of yoga is indeed accessibility."

-Daniel Choi, Accessible Yoga Training Online participant

It's truly for everyone

"The Accessible Yoga Training helped me discover my love of diving into and exploring yoga philosophy (and how it can be truly accessible)! It's felt a bit elusive to me, or like it was for more 'advanced, wiser' teachers, and I don't feel like that anymore. It's truly for everyone, teacher or student!"

-Sarah, Accessible Yoga Training Online participant

Tools and perspective

"I'd recommend the Accessible Yoga Training to a friend because the tools and perspective I learned from made me realize how little integration there is in most yoga classes I attend and teach. People with disabilities or BIPOC are rarely welcomed and respected in yoga spaces and are therefore denied access to the healing benefits of a sustained yoga practice. We need to restructure studios and our classes so everyone is welcome and can walk away having learned something about themselves and challenged there self- perceptions.

I also found it very important to drive home the point that physical ability does not equal inner peace and that the power structure of teacher and student can become a dangerous power dynamic. As teachers we need to remember to stay humble and realize we are merely imparting teachings and skill sets, we are not all mighty healers, we are space creator where people can come to learn about themselves and take care of their needs through agency and self-empowerment. All yoga teachers need this outlook to tap into the benefits of yoga beyond the physical form."

-Kelly Wieman, Accessible Yoga Training Online participant

Meet Your Instructors

Learn from our team of Accessible Yoga Teacher Trainers, who are each experts on topics like accessibility, social justice, trauma-informed teaching, marketing, and more. Our global team of trainers have all been certified by Accessible Yoga founder Jivana Heyman.

Jivana Heyman

Jivana Heyman

Jivana Heyman (he/him), 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 two books, Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body, and Yoga Revolution: Building a Practice of Courage & Compassion (Shambhala Publications).

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 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.

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. For more information head to www.jivanaheyman.com

Kelley Palmer

kelley nicole palmer

kelley nicole palmer (she/her) is a writer, wellness advocate and community organizer committed to using the tools and philosophies of yoga to cultivate liberation, joy and peace for herself and others. Her connection to the living practice of yoga, a path of mindful wellness and self realization fuels her work, impacts her life and propels her to want to share it with others through her writing, events and guest teaching opportunities. She remains focused on making this healing practice accessible to all, connecting to communities that are normally excluded or ignored in mainstream wellness circles.

Through in person and online offerings, kelley nicole centers her work on making these connections with authentic and sustainable tool building. Her writing, offerings and more about her can be found at www.kelleynicolepalmer.com.

kelley nicole is also a Study Group Mentor for our Accessible Yoga Training Online.

M Camellia

Melanie Camellia

Melanie “M” Camellia (they/them) is a yoga teacher and advocate, called to create profoundly accessible spaces for self-inquiry by integrating mindfulness and adaptive movement practices with the spirit of social justice. They believe that the goal of yoga, as of life, is collective liberation and in turn challenge contemporary yoga practitioners to dismantle the systems and beliefs that hold us all back.

Melanie teaches group and private classes in the Washington DC Metro Area and as a Founding Instructor on the online class platform Core to Coeur. They offer regular workshops exploring queer identity, body image, and agency. Beyond their direct work with students, Melanie co-leads the Yoga & Body Image Coalition and trains teachers in accessible teaching methods for all bodies and abilities through their one-on-one teacher mentorship program and as an Accessible Yoga Trainer, and manages operations for Accessible Yoga Trainings internationally. They’ve been called a “tour-de-force of encouraging radical self-love” (DC Refined) and listed among the “top thinkers and activists in the field of body positivity” (OmStars). Melanie lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with their two cats, Matcha and Chai.

M is also a Study Group Mentor for our Accessible Yoga Training Online.

Susanna Barkataki

Susanna Barkataki

Susanna Barkataki (she/her), M.Ed. E-RYT is a teacher, coach, inclusivity promoter and yoga culture advocate. She helps yoga teachers, studios, nonprofits and businesses become leaders in equity, diversity and yogic values so they can embody thriving yoga leadership with integrity and confidence. Growing up a mixed Indian and British woman in the diaspora has led her to the healing work of honoring yoga as unity. She puts her Honors degree from UC Berkeley, Masters in Education, years of training, retreat in India and the U.S. to use as a modern day yoga diversity consultant.

She is the founder of Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute that has online and in person yoga and diversity trainings. She runs a Yoga Leadership and Safe Space Mastermind, that offers teaching and coaching in small groups so yoga teachers, studios, classes, and programs are well prepared to be inclusive, accessible and welcoming while honoring the roots of yoga. She's the creator of the Honor Don't Appropriate Summit and Honor Yoga's Roots Teacher Training.

Dani Anderson

Dani Anderson

Dani Anderson (she/her) is the Executive Director of the Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC).

Ms. Anderson has been working in the disability advocacy field for over 14 years in the state, federal, and non-profit arenas. She is focused on community education around disability pride and improving communication between individuals with and without disabilities.

Dani is a Governor appointed member of the State Independent Living Council (SILC), a member of the Ventura Area Agency on Aging Advisory Committee. She was Chair of the California State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) and a member of the California Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE). Dani has a great appreciation for the Independent Living Movement for providing the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to assist their peers to be more independent through shared experience.

Amma Fandiño

Amma Fandiño

Amma Fandiño (she/her), RYT500, MSc, has been a devoted yogini for over 28 years and a passionate biologist for 27 years. A Certified Integral Yoga and Accessible Yoga teacher, Amma’s passion is to share yoga with communities with challenges and conditions of vulnerability on a physical, mental and emotional level. Her initial teaching experience was in Santa Barbara CA under the support and mentorship of her teachers Jivana Heyman and Rev. Vidya Vonne (†) to whom she professes immense gratitude for their teachings and their example of life that inspired her on her journey as a yoga teacher. Upon the return to her home country, Colombia, Amma has been dedicated to teaching cancer patients and their caregivers. Her inspiration is to help alleviate pain and support symptom management associated with chronic and terminal diseases, accompanying patients to improve their life quality and their ability to cope with the difficult circumstances of the disease. Another facet of Amma´s vocation is teaching yoga to people with anxiety, depression, and addictions. Amma offered Yoga classes at the Santa Barbara County Jail, CA, and currently teaches in two prisons in Bogota. She dedicates her efforts to provide a space that promotes empowerment, rehabilitation, and healing of those deprived of liberty, as well as supporting their addiction recovery processes. Amma is contributing to the Accessible Yoga Program since 2015 and is a regional representative of the AY group in Spanish. As a Yoga Accessible trainer, she feels honored and fortunate to support the training of yoga teachers in the Spanish-speaking community. She lives in Colombia with her husband and two kids and loves to spend her free time in contact with nature.

Amma is also a Study Group Mentor for our Accessible Yoga Training Online.

Hersha Harilela

Rodrigo Souza

Rodrigo Souza (he/him) is an RYT 200 Adaptive & Accessible Yoga teacher with experience in teaching yoga to folks who have gone through Trauma & Disability. Rodrigo suffered a spinal cord injury (T3 complete) in 2014 after a fall accident. He has been studying and practicing Mindfulness and Adaptive Yoga to help him deal with muscle spasticity, chronic nerve pain, anxiety, and many other secondary symptoms conditions that the injury has brought him.

Through direct personal experience with traumatic injury, and chronic pain, and discovering the need to take charge of his recovery to optimize long-term wellbeing, Rodrigo decided to become a Yoga teacher and teach from his own experience, creating Allihopa Accessible & Adaptive Virtual Yoga Studio. He also runs a non-profit organization called AllihopaBrasil to make yoga more accessible to marginalized groups in Brazil and also teaches newly injured folks in an active rehabilitation non-profit in Sweden.

Rodrigo received his Adaptive yoga certification training under Matthew Sanford, the leading pioneer and “Jedi” of the Adaptive Yoga World. He is focused on creating a supportive community for those who have experienced trauma & disability through Adaptive yoga.

Hersha Harilela

Anjali Rao

Anjali Rao (she/her) is a yoga educator, activist, multi-cultural training specialist and a cancer survivor. Her work explores yoga philosophy and history, integrating marginalized voices using story-telling and poetry. She centers intersectionality, connection and diversity of perspectives in her approach. As a multi cultural trainer, she has worked with large tech corporations on power, communication and culture, and has collaborated with several non profits for domestic violence and cancer survivors in the Bay Area. Her passion is to share this alchemical practice and philosophy with people across ages, genders and abilities. Growing up in India, Karma and Bhakti Yoga was a way of life; thus, community service, or Seva, and chanting is a part of her yoga practice and teaching philosophy. She facilitates programs integrating social justice and yoga, is a part of teacher training faculty, and is a speaker at wellness conferences. She serves on the Board for HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, a non-profit that helps survivors and those going through treatment regardless of financial status.

Hersha Harilela

Tristan Katz

Tristan Katz (they/them) is a writer, digital strategist, and equity-inclusion facilitator based on the ancestral land of the Cowlitz and Clackamas peoples and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and Siletz Indians, now known as Portland, OR. Tristan offers justice-focused marketing individual and group mentorship programs for yoga and wellness professionals, along with workshops and trainings centered around queer identity and transgender awareness with an anti-oppression and intersectional lens. Their podcast, ALL THE F*CK IN: Showing up for social justice in your work, is a collaboration with Lauren Roberts, featuring conversations about all things business and entrepreneurship—from a radical perspective that says we don’t have to choose between social justice values and being successful. Tristan was named one of Yoga Journal’s 2021 Game Changers and they were awarded the Reclamation Ventures grant in Spring 2021 to expand their offerings and dedicate time to writing their first book, title forthcoming. They are proud to sit on the Board of Directors of Accessible Yoga Association —a non-profit working, through education and advocacy, to share the teachings and benefits of yoga with those who have been marginalized, and to identify and remove barriers to access, build strong networks, and advocate for an accessible, equitable, and dynamic yoga culture.

Hersha Harilela

Ann Swanson

Ann Swanson, MS, C-IAYT, LMT, RYT500, believes that scientific research on yoga is key for increased access and accessibility of the practice. She is the author of SCIENCE OF YOGA, which is being translated into 15 languages. Ann is a certified yoga therapist, Yoga for Arthritis Teacher Trainer, and Accessible Yoga Teacher. 

After studying yoga in India and tai chi in China, she became fascinated by why and how these practices improve health–and significantly eased her own chronic joint pain. She went on to explore the science of the human body. Filled with curiosity for both the western and eastern perspective, Ann dove into the pre med university courses, became a massage therapist, worked in a cadaver lab, and ultimately earned a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health. Now, she helps people relieve pain (like from arthritis or persistent back pain) through practical and accessible yoga and mindfulness practices. She also enjoys educating about the fascinating science of yoga to spark curiosity and motivation for folks to practice more, because yoga works! 

Our Accessible Yoga Training Online includes pre-recorded content from Ann on the topic of the Science of Yoga. Ann looks at which of yoga's benefits are actually backed by scientific research, and how to consider contraindications to yoga practices while you're teaching.

Hersha Harilela

Maria Kirsten

Our dear friend, colleague, and community member, Maria Kirsten sadly passed away in April 2021. You can learn about Maria’s life and work, and her journey with cancer, via the episodes of the Live Like You Love Yourself podcast that she recorded with Chara Caruthers, and via her website (linked below). She was a passionate teacher, who made the most of every moment she was given. She is greatly missed, but the legacy of her passion for yoga continues through all of the students and teachers she taught over many years, and all of the incredibly valuable resources she left for us all to continue to learn from – which was her wish. We are eternally grateful for Maria, and she is forever in our hearts. The recording of Maria's session of Yoga for Mental Health from our January 2021 Accessible Yoga Training Online is included in the pre-recorded content for our ongoing Accessible Yoga Online courses.

Maria Kirsten (she/her), originally from New York City, lived and taught yoga in Northern New South Wales, Australia for 20 years. She was a yoga therapist, occupational therapist, yoga teacher and teacher trainer. Maria specialised in making yoga accessible for students of all ages, and levels of experience and ability.  She used her understanding of anatomy and functional movement to empower and educate students to modify and individualise their yoga.  Maria’s special interests were in yoga for older grownups, yoga to support mental health and yoga therapeutics. Maria’s teaching style was unconventional, practical and fun, with lots of “real life” application and a big picture approach to yoga practice. Maria loved to share all her experience and learning to empower others to teach yoga in a safe, accessible, empowering way. She taught advanced trainings in Yoga for Older Grownups and Yoga for Mental Health. She was also the co-host of the Live Like you Love Yourself Podcast with Chara Caruthers. yogaforgrownups.com

Meet Your Study Group Mentors

In addition to 21 hours of structured training content, and pre-recorded content, our Accessible Yoga Training Online includes opportunities to attend Study Groups. Held within the training dates for each cohort, our live, online, small-group mentoring and support sessions are led by our global team of certified Accessible Yoga trainers, and cater to a variety of schedules and timezones, as an opportunity to connect with our trainers and trainees, receive feedback and ask questions.

Jivana Heyman

Hersha Harilela Chellaram

Hersha Harilela Chellaram (she/her) is an award-winning yoga therapist, teacher trainer, and non-profit leader, pioneering inclusivity and wellbeing in Hong Kong. She has over 20 years experience teaching yoga to a wide range of ages and abilities, in both studio and community settings.

As founder of Hersha Yoga School of Teacher Training, she offers education, training and professional development at the 200, 500 and 800-hour levels, offering signature programmes in Accessible Prenatal Yoga and Empowered Inclusive Yoga. She is founder of YAMA Foundation, a charity that makes yoga, art, and meditation accessible to Hong Kong’s most vulnerable communities. Under Hersha’s leadership, YAMA was awarded Accessible Yoga Organisation of the Year 2020.

Hersha advocates for disability rights, equality and equity in wellbeing spaces, and has taught around the world. She recently starred in three-time Emmy nominated show Oddbods in their Busy Bodies children’s wellbeing series. Honours and awards include: Liv Magazine’s 100 Women of Wellness: Change Maker 2021, 20 Yoga Teachers of Colour to Watch in 2020, and the 2014 Women of Hope Award: Children’s Advocate.

Kelley Palmer

Liz Oppedijk

Liz Oppedijk (she/her) came to yoga in her fifties, following serious illness and injury. Through yoga, her recovery became a transformation. But she was left with a question: how to bring the practice of yoga to people for whom the mat is a barrier? She found her answer in Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga. Liz is now a leading expert on Chair Yoga based in the UK and an official Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga teacher trainer, and she is co-authoring a book on the Lakshmi Method to be published in 2023.

As well as training teachers, Liz is a qualified Yoga Therapist and a yoga researcher. She lectures regularly at The Minded Institute on chair and accessible yoga, yoga for Parkinson’s disease, yoga for dementia, and basic yoga techniques for healthcare professionals, carers, and community workers. In collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire, her recently completed research studies on yoga in nursing homes and mindfulness for Parkinson’s are due to be published in 2022.

Her commitment to accessible yoga led her to establish Accessible Chair Yoga CIC, a non-profit social enterprise. ACY is dedicated to bringing yoga to everyone, regardless of age, ability, or physical or mental condition through training others to teach chair yoga and through sponsorship of research into yoga’s effectiveness in the health and social care sector.

Amber Karnes

Sarah Elizabeth Helt

Sarah Elizabeth Helt (she/her) (E-RYT 500, YACEP) has been teaching yoga and meditation for the past ten years. Sarah’s teaching of the physical practice of yoga (asana) combines alignment-focused cueing and personal exploration with principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to create mindful movement classes for all age groups and ability levels. Sarah’s classes are trauma informed, playful, and based on a deep connection to the natural world.

Sarah has been involved with the Accessible Yoga Association since attending the first conference in 2015, first as a volunteer, then as lead of communications, and most recently as a teacher trainer for the Accessible Yoga Training School.

Sarah specializes in working with disabled athletes, those who’ve experienced trauma to the brain or spine, and those with low vision/blindness. Sarah is certified in Accessible / Adaptive Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yin Yoga, Pre/Post Natal Yoga, and Power/Vinyasa Flow. Sarah lives in Los Angeles, CA and enjoys star gazing, singing, and creating safe spaces for big emotions.

Connect with Sarah at www.groundedsourceyoga.com

Amber Karnes

Alessandra Uma Cocchi

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.

What our students are saying

My class attendance has significantly increased

It’s been just about a year since I took the Accessible Yoga training in NYC, and it has totally changed my outlook on teaching. I look at my students in a completely different way now and interestingly, my class attendance has significantly increased. I was asked to teach a gentle/accessible yoga module in a 300 hr. YTT at the studio where I teach and I’m thrilled to be doing so. Thank you for the incredible work that you do.

-Stephanie Haberman

Transformational & loving

I can honestly say, I feel more prepared after this training than I did a whole month in my 200-hour teacher training. I am inspired and have already used so much of what I have learned in teaching and in my personal practice. I can’t thank everyone enough for this transformational and loving training.

-Elizabeth Sosner

Tuition & Payments

Registration closes Tuesday, January 17, 2023.

Tuition for the training is $600-$900 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 payment plans as well as a limited number of partial scholarships for this course.

COMMUNITY
$600 USD
SUSTAINER
$750 USD
SUPPORTER
$900 USD

Need a payment plan or scholarship? 

The deadline to apply for a partial scholarship for the September 2022 Accessible Yoga Training is Sunday January 8th, 2023.

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.

3 monthly payments COMMUNITY
$200 USD
3 monthly payments SUSTAINER
$250 USD
3 monthly payments SUPPORTER
$300 USD
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What our students are saying

Life long learning process

“My biggest takeaway was accepting not always being 'correct' or saying the right thing. That using correct language and actions to be fully accessible as a Yoga teacher and community member is a life long learning process. People will respect your authenticity if you are brave enough to show your faults.”

-Melanie Jones, Accessible Yoga Training Online participant

Supports yoga for everybody

“I’d recommend Accessible Yoga training because it supports yoga teachers to get past the (western) biases and prejudices of the 'yoga isn’t for me' category and supports Yoga is for every body.”

-Katherine Skinner, Accessible Yoga Training Online participant

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