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Finding Balance:
Making Alternate Nostril Breathing Accessible

mini-workshop with Jivana Heyman

Replay of the virtual event held live on Friday April 21, 2023

Join Accessible Yoga founder, Jivana Heyman, for an exploration of Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Suddhi / Nadi Shodhana / Sukha Purvaka / Anuloma Viloma), one of the most potent and accessible pranayama practices in Yoga.

Long favored by yoga practitioners, Alternate Nostril Breathing works to balance the energetic body and helps to cultivate a peaceful mind.

In this 45-minute virtual mini-workshop, Jivana explored the energetic nervous system including nadis, chakras, and granthis, so we can understand the underlying process that makes this practice so effective. He also shared a number of accessible forms of Alternate Nostril Breathing, as well as how to incorporate Ujjayi breathing to deepen the experience of the practice.

Research resources to accompany this session: 

(Resources listed below are clickable links to research articles)

About the Accessible Yoga Association

Accessible Yoga is a nonprofit organization that believes that all people—regardless of ability, race, age, level, or background—deserve equal access to yoga. Through education and advocacy, we share the teachings and benefits of yoga with those who have been marginalized. 

We envision a world where everyone has access to the yoga teachings that offer individual empowerment and spiritual awakening. We identify and remove barriers to access, build strong networks, and advocate for an accessible, equitable, and dynamic yoga culture.

Jivana Heyman (he/him), C-IAYT, E-RYT500, is the founder and director of the Accessible Yoga Association, an international non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to the yoga teachings. He’s the author of two books, Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body, and Yoga Revolution: Building a Practice of Courage & Compassion (Shambhala Publications).

Jivana coined the phrase, “Accessible Yoga,” over ten 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. Jivana is also the creator of the Accessible Yoga Training and the co-founder of the online Accessible Yoga Training School with Amber Karnes, which is a platform for continued education for yoga teachers in the field of equity and accessibility. They also created the Accessible Yoga Podcast in 2020 (now The Love Of Yoga Podcast, hosted by the Accessible Yoga Association and Anjali Rao).

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.