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Accessible Yoga Training
Bristol 12-14 November 2021

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This is a training course for Yoga Teachers and Body Workers who want to make their classes accessible to everyone regardless of physical skills or conditions

A few words about this training from the founder,

Jivana Heyman

Specific Goals of this Training
  • Understand the benefits of an accessible Yoga practice, especially focused on improving muscle strength, balance, flexibility and physiological functions - and aimed at reducing stress, anxiety, chronic pain, for health and well-being.

  • Explore appropriate and safe variations of the most common asanas practiced in different settings (chair, mat or bed, standing).

  • Understand the purpose and application of props,  allowing accessibility for various abilities.

  • Acquire knowledge on the most common medical conditions and associated benefits and precautions in the yoga practice.

  • Train to create integrated Accessible Yoga mixed-level classes where practitioners of different abilities can practice together.

  • Explore the many ways Yoga can be adapted to suit practitioners with disabilities, physical or psychological challenges, seniority, specific conditions.

  • Learn how to make classes truly open to everyone, in full respect of possible traumatic conditions.

  • Reflect on making classes welcoming and inclusive, capable of restoring the practitioners’ empowerment and agency over themselves.

  • Review the benefits of Pranayama and Meditation, and reflect on the most appropriate way to make these practices available to all, regardless of skill level.

  • Reflect on the possibility of cultivating social justice and equity through Yoga.

  • Learn how to apply the teachings of Yoga philosophy in daily life to reduce stress, create greater balance and develop authentic connections with oneself and others.
  • Build a strong sense of community and a network capable of supporting members along the transformative process of Yoga

Schedule - Day 1 (Friday 12 November)

09:00 - 10:00 Introductions & Orientation

10:00 - 11:00 Introduction to Accessible Yoga

11:15 - 12:30 How to make Yoga accessible

12:30 - 13:30 Bed Yoga

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch break

14:30 - 15:30 Trauma, Equity and Consent

​15:30 - 16:45 Hatha Theory

17:00 - 18:00 Mixed Level Teaching Group Practice

What you get & what it counts for

As well as the training you get over the 3 days you will be given:

  • A printed copy of the Accessible Yoga Training Manual

  • A link to 16 pre-recorded videos for a total of 6 hours.

  • The training is worth 33 hours of continued education (24 hours live contact sessions , 6 hours pre-recorded videos and 3 hours reading).

  • Yoga teachers who complete training hours are authorised to lead Accessible Yoga classes and courses. They will receive an 'Accessible Yoga Certified' certificate upon completion.

  • There may be cases that allow participation to those who are not Yoga teachers. They are not authorised to lead courses or classes of Accessible Yoga. They will receive an 'Accessible Yoga Ambassador' certificate.

  • The Course is recognised as continuing education by Yoga Alliance International.


Course Trainers - Alessandra Uma Cocchi
(official Accessible Yoga trainer and C-IAYT Yogatherapist)


Uma is the lead trainer for this course.


She is an Accessible Yoga teacher trainer, certified yogatherapist, and teacher from the Integral Yoga tradition of Swami Satchidananda. She trained in Italy, Portugal, USA and Austria through the different stages of Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Teacher Trainings, Accessible Yoga, Yoga of the Heart (for cardiovascular and oncological pathologies), Therapeutic Applications of Integral Yoga, Prenatal and Labour Yoga, Integral Yoga for Children trainings. 

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