129: Do THIS To Make Your Teaching Even Better with Jivana Heyman

I know you listen to this podcast because you’re interested in growing, evolving and becoming an even better teacher and Jivana Heyman (he/him) is one of the most inspiring teacher friends that I have. His wisdom runs deep and wide: He pushes me to think more critically about my teaching and his insights about teaching are shared in a profoundly tender way.

In case you don’t know, Jivana is the founder and director of Accessible Yoga, an organization dedicated to increasing access to the yoga teachings and supporting yoga teachers. He’s the author of the books: Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body; Yoga Revolution: Building a Practice of Courage & Compassion; and a new book, The Teacher’s Guide to Accessible Yoga: Best Practices for Sharing Yoga with Every Body. His books, classes, and trainings offer support to yoga teachers and yoga therapists in finding ways to bring creativity and collaboration into their teaching while still respecting the ancient yoga tradition.

Check out the other two episodes with Jivana:

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • how Jivana recommends we balance  tradition and innovation in asana
  • how teachers can innovate in a way that honors the roots of yoga
  • some thoughts on the abuse present in so many lineages and why ethics creates accessibility
  • the specific skills that yoga teachers can learn to make their offerings accessible to everyone
  • the inherent power imbalance between student and teacher
  • how we can use language to make the practice invitational AND clear
  • the kinds of support Jivana recommend yoga teachers find
  • the recurring teaching nightmare that both Jivana and I have!!

Learn More From Jivana:

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