I’m really grateful to bring you this interview with Jivana Heyman, the founder, and director of Accessible Yoga because his voice and leadership is SO needed right now. Jivana has specialized in teaching yoga to people with disabilities with an emphasis on community building and social engagement. Out of this work, the Accessible Yoga organization was created to support education, training, and advocacy with the mission of shifting the public perception of yoga.
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.
In this episode we cover:
- how Jivana’s early experience as an AIDS activist informs his teaching today
- the relationship between Accessible yoga and human rights
- what practice looks like when it expands beyond the physical
- creative ways to adapt postures so they work for many different bodies
- accessible versions of sun salutations
- positive changes happening in the yoga world
Learn More From Jivana:
- On his website
- About his Accessible Yoga Training
- On Instagram
- About his book: Accessible Yoga: Poses & Practices for Every Body
Also Jivana will be hosting his very first online Accessible Yoga Training soon and registration just opened. Find out more right here!