Chair Yoga Training

Join Jivana Heyman, the founder and director of Accessible Yoga, for a four-day Live Online training that will explore how to practice asana safely in a chair.

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Training Description

This Chair Yoga continuing education event will give yoga teachers skills in adapting yoga practices to the chair using a benefit-based model. This model allows teachers to understand and explore the underlying purpose of the practices and create adaptive forms with that purpose in mind. This approach also allows teachers to more easily integrate chair-based and mat-based practice with the goal of integrating students practicing in a chair into a mat-based class.

We’ll also explore fully chair-based practices focused on specific areas such as strength, increased range of motion, relaxation, and meditation. We’ll consider what advanced yoga means, and how to create a complete chair yoga practice that is holistic, deep, and subtle. We’ll also discuss the limitations of a chair-based practice and how to keep students safe.

What will I learn?

Session 1: Keeping the Yoga in Chair Yoga

1. Welcome

2. Discussion: What is the Essence of Yoga & How Can We Find It in the Chair?

3. Workshop: Finding a Balanced Chair Yoga Practice

4. Asana Class: Chair Yoga Can Be Fun and Challenging

5. Homework: 5/5/5 Practice

Session 2: Integrating Chair-Based Practice in Mat Classes

1. Discussion: Benefits and Challenges of Teaching Integrated Classes

2. Workshop: Skills for Teaching Mixed Chair/Mat Classes

3. Asana Class: Mixed Chair & Mat Practice

4. Homework: Practice Teaching

Session 3: Chair Yoga for Flexibility & Strength

1. Discussion: Finding Strength and Increased Range of Motion

2. Workshop: Focus on Safely and Contraindications

3. Asana Class: Chair Yoga for Increased Range of Motion & Strength

4. Homework: Reflection on Personal Attachments and Where to Let Go

Session 4: Chair Yoga for Relaxation & Meditation

1. Discussion: Relaxation and the Nervous System/Using the Breath

2. Workshop: Practicing Relaxation, Breathing Practices, and Meditation in the Chair

3. Asana Class: Balancing Effort and Relaxation

4. Homework: Record Your Own Guided Relaxation

Watch the Vimeo clip below for Jivana Heyman demonstrating some exercises for building strength with Chair Yoga:

Who is this training for?

This is open to all yoga teachers and practitioners who wish to learn the skills necessary for adapting yoga practices to the chair using a benefit-based model, and how to integrate students practicing in a chair into a mat-based class.


This CPD training totals 10 contact hours.


The training will be recorded, and replay access for 21 days after the training is offered to all students.


Upon completion of this training, you will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Completion detailing online contact hours which are available through YACEP and Accessible Yoga.

Accessible Yoga

In Episode 20 Amber Karnes and Jivana Heyman sit to talk about chair yoga and how it can be used as a tool to democratize asana practice. We begin with a conversation about how lineage and “guru culture” are shifting as abuse is being revealed. Jivana and Amber also talk about the way dominant culture conflates health and wellness as a basis for a human being’s worth and value. They each share about the ways that this belief keeps folks from understanding the potential of chair yoga and creates more ableism in our yoga spaces. The conversation also talks in depth about how chair yoga can be used to serve folks in diverse bodies who have different needs from the physical practice.

CLICK HERE to listen to Episode 20 of the Accessible Yoga Podcast

Meet the Teacher

Jivana Heyman, 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 the book, Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body (Shambhala Publications 2019), as well as the forthcoming book, Yoga Revolution: Building a Practice of Courage & Compassion (Shambhala Publications, Nov. 2021).

Jivana has specialized in teaching yoga to people with disabilities with an emphasis on community building and social engagement. Out of this work, the nonprofit Accessible Yoga Association 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 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.

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

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