Teaching yoga should be accessible to anyone called to do it. That's the idea behind a unique teacher training starting on November 16th in Northern California.
Accessible Teacher Training (ATT) is a 400-hour Integral Yoga teacher training certification program that is specifically designed to train people with disabilities who want to become yoga teachers.
The innovative program--available to people who have paralysis, a disability, chronic illness, or physical limitation--is the only one of it's kind that meets national standards.
Integral Yoga instructor Jivana Heyman started Accessible Yoga in 2007 after a student with MS dropped out of his regular training because he fell behind. "It began with the idea that anyone who loves yoga can share it, and that a physical limitation does not limit spiritual growth," he says.
We want to know:
Do you expect perfection from your teachers--or inspiration?
Does a yoga teacher have to be able to do all the poses they teach?
If a yoga teacher gets disabled, or has an injury that limits their practice, should
they hide if from their students or should they share it?
For more information visit accessibleyoga.org.
Nora Isaacs is a Bay Area-based health writer and editor.