Accessible Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Students with Disabilities

November 7 - 15, 2014

Jivana Heyman


This comprehensive training course focuses on how to make yoga teachings available to anyone who is interested in using yoga for healing. Yoga is for every body — young or old, overweight or thin, able-bodied or not— and the practice of yoga can benefit and be adapted to anyone. Come learn the many ways that yoga practice can be modified for students with disabilities and physical challenges, as well as for senior adults. This can range from teaching gentle yoga classes to teaching entire classes for students using chairs or to someone who is bed-ridden. A large part of this training is dedicated to the study and teaching of yoga philosophy. It also includes how to prepare and present a public talk. Come gain confidence and skills that prepare you to teach in almost any setting as you deepen your own practice of asanas, pranayama, and meditation.


  • Yoga Anatomy and Physiology
    • Overview of common medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, respiratory diseases, cancer, HIV/AIDS, and heart disease
    • A review of some of the major impacts of aging on the physical body
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Yoga Psychology: How to empower people with disabilities by giving them a deep understanding of the yoga teachings
  • Essential elements of a modified yoga class, either on the floor, in a chair or in bed
  • Using additional tools such as a chair, a blanket, a strap and a cushion
  • How to create a strong community amongst yoga students to support the individual transformational process of yoga
  • Deepen your personal practice of asanas, pranayama, and meditation



See our Presenter Spotlight Q&A: Jivana Heyman: Making Yoga Accessible to Everyone.


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I learned so much and retained more that I expected. I learned the value of people's disabilities, including my own. Thank you!

I now feel confidant to teach to any community of people and comfortable being able to adjust or adapt the poses to accommodate the needs of those in the class. I am currently teaching a gentle chair based class to a women's cancer recovery group and have also been able to share the gentle yoga teachings in hospital settings as well. Thanks for being such a great teacher!