Accessible Yoga Training

The Accessible Yoga Training in Hong Kong

focuses on how to make the yoga teaching available to everyone, regardless of their level of physical ability. We’ll focus on creating integrated Accessible Yoga classes where all students can practice together. We’ll explore the many ways that yoga practice can be modified to suit students with disabilities, physical challenges, chronic illness, seniors, and anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable in a regular class.



We’ll consider how to make our classes welcoming to everyone, and to approach students in a trauma-informed way. You’ll learn sample Accessible Yoga classes, chair yoga classes and even bed yoga classes. We’ll also look at ways of bringing the yoga teachings and meditation into your classes, and how all of yoga can be used to support health and healing for every body. We’ll also review common medical conditions so that you have a basic understanding of these issues, and review essential concepts of yoga philosophy to build your understanding of the teachings.

Graduates of the program become Accessible Yoga Ambassadors and connect with a network of Accessible Yoga teachers and students around the world. Participants who have completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training will become Certified Accessible Yoga Teachers.



Adapted Asana

  • Variations of the most popular asanas
  • Techniques for creating integrated Accessible Yoga classes
  • Sample Accessible Yoga classes, either on the floor, in a chair, or in a bed

Yoga Anatomy and Physiology

  • Overview of common medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, respiratory diseases, cancer, H.I.V/AIDS, heart disease and more
  • A review of some of the major impacts of aging on all the systems of the body

Yoga Psychology

  • How to empower people with disabilities by giving them a deep understanding of the Yoga teachings. Includes study of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and The Bhagavad Gita

Pranayama and Meditation

  • How to make the subtle practices available for all students, regardless of ability


  • How to build a strong community among Yoga students to support the transformational process of Yoga

About the Founder

Jivana Heyman, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, IYM, is the founder of Accessible Yoga, co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Centre and an Integral Yoga Minister. With over 25 years of training and teaching in a traditional yoga lineage, Jivana has specialised in teaching the subtle practices of yoga: pranayama, meditation, as well as sharing yoga philosophy. His passion is making Yoga accessible to everyone. He has led over 50 teacher trainings worldwide, and was invited to teach Accessible Yoga at the U.N. in Geneva for the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, December 2015.

About the Trainer

Hersha Chellaram, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, IYM, is an authorised trainer of Accessible Yoga, and director of Hersha Yoga's School of Teacher Training. Hersha has been teaching yoga since 2002 and training teachers since 2009. She specialises in making yoga accessible to children and adults with special needs, disabilities and chronic illness, following the Integral Yoga system. She has co-founded and leads YAMA Foundation, which is a unique non-profit in Hong Kong that makes yoga, arts and meditation accessible to Hong Kong's underserved communities.