Join Jivana Heyman for an exploration of his new book, Yoga Revolution: Building a Practice of Courage & Compassion.
In this five-part workshop series, you’ll explore three chapters of his book at a time in sessions that will allow you to engage with the material through practice, discussion, and conversation.
Wednesdays, April 13 - May 11, 2022
2pm-3pm PT // 5pm-6pm ETREGISTER NOW
Week 1: The Goal of Yoga
April 13, 2pm-3pm PT // 5pm-6pm ET
As we start exploring Yoga Revolution, we’ll begin by going back into the yoga tradition, reflecting on how we can understand and practice these ancient teachings in this modern time. The focus is on our inner spiritual work. We’ll consider the broader goals of yoga practice as well as how we can live yoga today. This includes an examination of yoga and identity politics. We’ll consider what a queer yoga might look like, as well as the role of the guru traditionally and in this moment.
Week 2: Rainbow Mind
April 20, 2pm-3pm PT // 5pm-6pm ET
As we continue an exploration of the inner revolution of yoga, we’ll reflect on the eight limbs of yoga, and look deeper at the goals of the practice. This includes an examination of samadhi, enlightenment, in our lives today with a discussion of rainbow mind, a state that is completely accepting and loving. We’ll also explore the role of suffering on our journey, and how we can care for ourselves as we peel back the layers of guilt, anxiety, and hurt.
Week 3: Yoga is Service
April 27, 2pm-3pm PT // 5pm-6pm ET
We’ll begin with a study of the role of death in our lives, and how death is the ultimate spiritual teacher. The Bhagavad Gita is our guide to understanding how we can truly take yoga off the mat. We then continue to the second portion of the book focused on the outer revolution of yoga. We’ll examine the role of service, yoga in action. Jivana shares about how parenting has been his greatest service, and we’ll study the locks and keys (sutra 1.33).
Week 4: Engaged Yoga
May 4, 2pm-3pm PT // 5pm-6pm ET
We’ll go deeper into the questions of what yoga looks like in practice. How do we balance individualism and community care? We’ll also explore what engaged yoga looks like - social justice as a form of yoga practice - loving and serving all. We’ll reflect on concrete steps we can take to serve our community, and how yoga teachers can share power with their students as a form of service.
Week 5: Yoga in Practice
May 11, 2pm-3pm PT // 5pm-6pm ET
In our final session, we’ll consider the role of personal transformation in outer change. This begins with a personal practice that is supportive of our healing journey, leading us closer and closer to ourselves. This is an exploration of the final section of the book, Yoga in Practice. It includes a practical session of a chair/mat practice, and we’ll consider how to create equitable and accessible yoga spaces.
"Our job is not to clear our mind through yoga practice,
but rather to expand it so widely that it can embrace the entire universe."
- Jivana Heyman
Accessibility is important to us, including the financial accessibility of our offerings.
Please select the pricing tier that best reflects your access to financial resources, or apply for a full or partial scholarship.
*Captioned replays will be available for registrants
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Yoga Revolution: Building a Practice of Courage & Compassion
It is time to address the dissonance between the often superficial way yoga is currently being practiced and the depth of yoga’s ancient universal spiritual teachings. In this clarion call to action, Jivana Heyman offers a blueprint for cultivating a practice based in the ancient wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras in service of those experiencing exclusion and oppression.
Heyman illuminates the yogic mandate of seva—or acts of service that see, care for, and uplift those around us—as a way to serve the world without losing your way. Through pose sequences, practice prompts such as “Embracing Failure,” and stories from yoga teachers who are implementing seva in their classes, Heyman shows you what it means to serve, how to serve, and how to promote inclusivity through your service. Our job, says Heyman, is not to clear our mind through yoga practice, but rather to expand it so widely that it can embrace the entire universe.