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Chair Yoga 101 with Jivana Heyman

Learn how to create an accessible yoga practice with a five-week, on-demand workshop guided by Jivana Heyman, founder and director of Accessible Yoga.

Register for Chair Yoga 101, a five-week, on-demand workshop guided by Jivana Heyman, founder and director of Accessible Yoga.

Keep reading for information on about the workshop, including curriculum, scholarship information, and more!

Jivana Heyman teaches Tree Pose variations in a chair

Learn how to create an accessible yoga practice

Many folks feel insecure about starting yoga because it can seem like a difficult and even dangerous activity. But there are safe, effective ways to practice yoga. Join Jivana Heyman, founder and director of Accessible Yoga, for a five-week workshop that will explore how to practice asana safely in a chair. You’ll learn how adapting the practice can offer the same physical—as well as emotional, mental, and spiritual—benefits.

What we’ll cover

This workshop, previously recorded on Zoom, covers all the fundamental elements of a holistic practice. You’ll discover: how to build strength and flexibility through a chair yoga asana practice; nervous system regulation and relaxation through skillful breathing exercises; and how to cultivate focus through meditation. Whether you are a teacher eager to share accessible sequences or a student seeking an adapted practice, Jivana’s workshop will teach you how to make yoga available to all.

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Free Preview: Introduction to Chair Yoga

  • Welcome
  • Discussion: Keeping the Yoga in Chair Yoga
  • Practice
  • Questions

Session 1: Chair Yoga for Strength & Stability

  • Welcome
  • Discussion: Preparing for Practice & How to Build Strength in Chair Yoga
  • Workshop: Strengthening in Asana
  • Asana Class: Chair Yoga for Strength (including some standing poses using the chair for support)
  • Homework: 5/5/5 Practice

Session 2: Chair Yoga for Flexibility & Freedom

  • Discussion: What are the Benefits of Flexibility/Releasing Expectations
  • Workshop: Focus on Safe Stretching
  • Asana Class: Chair Yoga for Flexibility
  • Homework: Reflection on Personal Attachments and Where to Let Go

Session 3: Chair Yoga for Relaxation & Non-attachment 

  • Discussion: Relaxation and the Nervous System/Using the Breath
  • Workshop: Bringing Ease into Chair Yoga Practice & Accessible Breathing Practices
  • Asana Class: Balancing Effort and Relaxation
  • Homework: Record Your Own Guided Relaxation

Session 4: Chair Yoga for Focus & Meditation 

  • Discussion: Making Meditation Accessible
  • Workshop: Bringing Meditation into Chair Yoga Practice
  • Asana Class: Chair Yoga for Focus and Meditation


Yoga Journal is committed to offering 10 full scholarships per online course launch to help make yoga more accessible to practitioners from marginalized communities.

Please complete this application to be considered for a financial scholarship for this workshop.

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, May 2 at 11:59 p.m. PT
  • NOTIFICATIONS: Applicants will be notified whether or not they received the scholarship by Wednesday, May 5, at 11:59 p.m. PT

Meet Jivana Heyman

Jivana HeymanJivana Heyman, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, is the founder and director of Accessible Yoga, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to the yoga teachings. He’s the author of the book, Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body (Shambhala Publications 2019), co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, and an Integral Yoga Minister. He lives with his husband and two children in Santa Barbara, California.

Jivana specializes 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. In addition to offering conferences and community conversations, Accessible Yoga offers a popular ambassador program. Jivana is also the creator of the Accessible Yoga Training.

Jivana coined the phrase, “Accessible Yoga,” over 10 years ago, and it has now become the standard appellation for a large cross-section of the immense yoga world. He brought the Accessible Yoga community together for the first time in 2015 for the Accessible Yoga Conference, which has gone on to become a focal point for this movement. There are now two conferences and over 35 Accessible Yoga Trainings per year, as well as a strong underground yoga community supporting them.

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. For more information head to

Want 50 percent off? Join Active Pass for $99, visit this page, and you’ll find a discount code and link to register.