Non-attachment, and the larger goal of Yoga practice:
An Accessible Chair Yoga Practice with Jivana Heyman
In this 60-minute practice, Jivana Heyman offers a complete Accessible Chair Yoga class, including movement, breathing, relaxation, meditation, and invitation for reflection on non-attachment - all done in a chair.
Closed captions are available on the video above.
Recommended props for this practice:
- kitchen chair or folding / yoga chair (ideally without arms)
- 1 block or stack of books (that you can rest a foot on)
- 1 yoga strap (or bathrobe strap / belt)
If your hips are lower than your knees while seated, you may like an additional folded blanket under your seat.
If your feet don't comfortably reach on the floor, you may like to place blocks or a folded blanket under your feet.
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.