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The Yoga Pro Podcast

Nov 4, 2020


In this episode, Jivana Heyman talks all things Accessible Yoga and shares a practice with us.   Jivana Heyman is a C-IAYT, E-RYT500, and is the founder and director of Accessible Yoga, an international non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to yoga teachings. Accessible Yoga offers Conferences, Trainings and a popular Ambassador program. He’s the author of the book, Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body (Shambhala Publications), co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, and an Integral Yoga Minister.


  • Jivana starts us off with a little practice [1:50]
  • Jivana talks about his yoga journey, activism, and trauma [4:38]
  • Yoga as a spiritual practice [8:13]

“Yoga is a spiritual tradition. It's a beautiful ancient lineage that we're lucky to be practicing.”

  • Commercialism and colonization of yoga [9:37]
  • Accessible yoga as deeper teachings [10:16]
  • Jivana’s thoughts on yoga therapy [10:54]
  • Respecting the tradition of yoga [12:42]
  • Going online with trainings [15:05]
  • His inspiration for writing the book Accessible Yoga [17:42]

“I'm really interested in kind of looking at how different poses can be adapted to different bodies. And I think the way I approach it is by looking at the why behind the post, like why do we do the pose, you know, what is the purpose of the practice and the benefits?”  

  • Individualizing practices and trauma informed teaching [21:25]
  • Accessible yoga as mutual support for yoga teachers all over the world [23:09]
  • Jivana’s biggest obstacles in making yoga accessible [26:40]

“A lot of people think the goal of yoga is simply to quiet the mind or be enlightened or something or do some acrobatic pose; really, the goal of yoga is to have clear thinking and clear vision.”

  • Experiencing trauma and fear in the time of covid [29:48]
  • The importance of listening as a yoga practice [33:13]
  • Mindfulness during covid [34:43]
  • Yoga and anxiety [36:32]

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Music:  The State of Things (The Bouncy Song) by Rena Wren is used with permission.