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The Teacher’s Guide to Accessible Yoga Podcast

This is a limited podcast companion series to the book, The Teacher’s Guide to Accessible Yoga: Best Practices for Sharing Yoga with Every Body, by Jivana Heyman. In researching the book, Jivana spoke with fourteen expert yoga teachers about their area of expertise. This podcast is an opportunity to listen in on those conversations, where Jivana interviews these teachers about a specific topic related to how to make yoga teaching accessible and equitable for all students.They share gems of wisdom and practical tools that every yoga teacher and yoga therapist can benefit from.

In Season 1, Jivana Heyman hosted a series of conversations on the topics of yoga, social justice, service, equity, and how we can live the teachings right now. In his book, Yoga Revolution, Jivana has included 16 diverse contributors who are working in the field of yoga and social justice. Season 1 is an opportunity to take a deeper dive with this incredible group of yoga change-makers as we get inspired by their work and their practice.

To learn more about Jivana visit: JivanaHeyman.com. Connect with him on Instagram @JivanaHeyman

The Teacher’s Guide to Accessible Yoga Jivana Heyman

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The Teacher’s Guide to Accessible Yoga Podcast

This is a limited podcast companion series to the book, The Teacher’s Guide to Accessible Yoga: Best Practices for Sharing Yoga with Every Body, by Jivana Heyman. In researching the book, Jivana spoke with fourteen expert yoga teachers about their area of expertise. This podcast is an opportunity to listen in on those conversations, where Jivana interviews these teachers about a specific topic related to how to make yoga teaching accessible and equitable for all students.They share gems of wisdom and practical tools that every yoga teacher and yoga therapist can benefit from.

In Season 1, Jivana Heyman hosted a series of conversations on the topics of yoga, social justice, service, equity, and how we can live the teachings right now. In his book, Yoga Revolution, Jivana has included 16 diverse contributors who are working in the field of yoga and social justice. Season 1 is an opportunity to take a deeper dive with this incredible group of yoga change-makers as we get inspired by their work and their practice.

To learn more about Jivana visit: JivanaHeyman.com. Connect with him on Instagram @JivanaHeyman

    Teaching Meditation with Tracee Stanley

    Teaching Meditation with Tracee Stanley

    “All we're doing is preparing for that moment, where grace just drops in." - Tracee Stanley

    The subtle practices of yoga, like yoga nidra and meditation, are among the most accessible forms of yoga. When we release the burden of expectation around these practices and realize there is no perfect form or outcome, we can discover their gifts.

    Join Jivana Heyman and guest, Tracee Stanley, as they explore the transformative subtle practices of yoga. Discover how these practices can be both accessible and profound, offering insights into our true selves and the true state of yoga. 

    Topics include:


    Pratyahara and inner awareness
    Redefining what makes a yoga practice "advanced"
    Deconstructing ideas about meditation
    Surrender and dedication
    Cultural appropriation in Western yoga 
    Embracing a beginner’s mind
    Tracee’s new book, The Luminous Self

     

    Check out Jivana’s new book, The Teacher’s Guide to Accessible Yoga, and get more information about the book on his website.

    Connect with Jivana:

    www.jivanaheyman.com |  @jivanaheyman   |  facebook.com/jivanaheyman

     

    Tracee Stanley (she/her) is the author of the bestselling book Radiant Rest: Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation and Awakened Clarity and The Luminous Self: Sacred Yogic Practices & Rituals to Remember Who You Are. Tracee is the founder of Empowered Life Circle, a sacred community and portal of practices, rituals, and Tantric teachings inspired by more than 25 years of studentship in Sri Vidya Tantra and the teachings of the Himalayan Masters. Tracee is devoted to sharing the wisdom of yoga nidra, rest, meditation, self-inquiry, nature as a teacher, and ancestor reverence. 

    Connect with Tracee:

    www.traceestanley.com |  @tracee_stanley

    Plus, Tracee is a guest presenter in our 19-hour online training, Making Meditation Accessible. Learn more here.

    • 33 min
    Teaching Pranayama with Melissa Shah

    Teaching Pranayama with Melissa Shah

    According to the yoga teachings, pranayama is among the most powerful practice we have. Yet, many of the common breathing practices are taught in ways that are not accessible or trauma-informed. How can teachers make pranayama more accessible to their students?

    In this episode Jivana and guest, Melissa Shah, offer advice for creating a safe and nurturing environment for the practice of pranayama. They discuss the significance of understanding the "why" behind each breath practice, and how this knowledge can profoundly impact teaching methods to bring the transformative power of breath to all students. 

    Topics include:


    Understanding the energy and functionality of breathing practices
    Breath awareness and progressive techniques
    Exploring variations
    The importance of observing students and preparing them for practices
    Handling negative reactions and trauma sensitivity
    Learning how to move with breath

     

    Check out Jivana’s new book, The Teacher’s Guide to Accessible Yoga, and get more information about the book on his website.

    Connect with Jivana:

    www.jivanaheyman.com |  @jivanaheyman   |  facebook.com/jivanaheyman

    Melissa Shah (she/they) is an Indian-American yoga therapist who skillfully adapts yoga and Ayurveda to the individual. She grew up practicing yoga and believes that yoga doesn't need to be stripped of its culture and history in order for it to be palatable and beneficial to others. She is dedicated to the intersection of yoga and social justice and works to make feeling well accessible to all. With over 2000 hrs in training, they currently offer group and 1:1 yoga therapy and mentorships, retreats, and an online membership for those who want to practice anytime, anywhere. 

    Connect with Melissa:

    www.findyourbreath.net  |  @findyourbreath

    • 31 min
    Teaching Savasana with Shawn Moore

    Teaching Savasana with Shawn Moore

    Initially, Shavasana may seem like a simple posture. But, when we approach the practice with a little more depth, we can discover a powerful restorative practice with profound and multifaceted benefits.

    In this podcast episode, Jivana talks with guest, Shawn Moore, about ways to make Shavasana more inclusive and supportive for everyone. Shawn shares insights into the transformative nature of Shavasana from his experiences teaching yoga, both virtually to students in their homes and in public classes.

    Topics Include:



    Perspectives on Shavasana



    Making Shavasana accessible



    The importance of props



    Creating a safe space for practice



    Symbolism of Corpse Pose



    Addressing trauma and accessibility



    Demystifying meditation



     

    Check out Jivana’s new book, The Teacher’s Guide to Accessible Yoga, and get more information about the book on his website.

    Connect with Jivana:

    www.jivanaheyman.com |  @jivanaheyman   |  facebook.com/jivanaheyman

     

    Shawn Moore (he/him) resides at the intersection of leadership and mindfulness. Shawn creates sacred spaces for stillness and self-inquiry to help changemakers align their strengths, intention, and impact. Through his integrative approach—which includes meditation, sound healing, yoga nidra,  restorative yoga, and coaching—he holds transformative containers for self-renewal, personal discovery, and capacity-building that ease clients on their journey towards peace, clarity, and freedom.

    Connect with Shawn:

    www.shawnjmoore.com |  @shawnj_moore

     

    • 25 min
    Trauma-Sensitive Teaching with Nityda Gessel

    Trauma-Sensitive Teaching with Nityda Gessel

    “Yoga is about embodiment, which is freeing, but a lot of us have experienced a level of disembodiment in the aftermath of trauma.” - Nityda Gessel

    Trauma manifests in our body and affects how our nervous system responds to external situations. Yoga teachers should be aware that asking students to connect deeply with themselves can be challenging due to trauma. 

    Join Jivana and this episode’s guest, Nityda Gessel, to discuss trauma and its implications for yoga teachers. Together they explore what yoga teachers can do to create a safe and inclusive environment for a trauma conscious yoga practice.

    Topics Include:


    Understanding the broad spectrum of trauma
    Invitational and exploratory language
    Setting the stage for a choice-based yoga class
    Self-regulation and co-regulation
    Continuous self-work
    Intersectionality, unconscious bias, and microaggressions
    The healing journey

     

    Check out Jivana’s new book, The Teacher’s Guide to Accessible Yoga, and get more information about the book on his website.

    Connect with Jivana:

    www.jivanaheyman.com |  @jivanaheyman   |  facebook.com/jivanaheyman

     

    Nityda Gessel (she/her) is a somatic psychotherapist, trauma specialist, yoga teacher and educator, mom and heart-centered activist. Nityda is the founder of the Trauma-Conscious Yoga Institute, creator of The Trauma-Conscious Yoga Method℠,  and author of Embodied Self Awakening: Somatic Practices for Trauma Healing and Spiritual Evolution (W. W. Norton & Company, 2023). Nityda has devoted her life to supporting the upliftment of others, working at the intersection of Eastern spirituality, holistic mental health, and embodied activism. Nityda founded the Trauma-Conscious Equity Foundation to narrow the health disparity gap by providing funding for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ mental health professionals to receive yoga and somatic training. 

    Connect with Nityda:

    traumaconsciousyoga.com |  @trauma_conscious_yoga_method

     

    • 28 min
    Teaching Asana with Avery Kalapa

    Teaching Asana with Avery Kalapa

    Asana serves as a gateway to inner transformation, offering not just physical benefits but also profound connections to the mind, emotions, and spirit. When explored through the lens of accessibility, a deeper understanding of asana can unfold. 

    What do yoga teachers need to know to make asana more accessible for their students? Join Jivana and this episode’s guest, Avery Kalapa, as they describe an accessible asana practice that is rooted in awareness, compassion, and inner exploration. Together they offer advice to yoga teachers to explore the intention of asana and approach an asana practice with courage and curiosity. 

    Topics include:


    Topics include:
    Asana in Iyengar Yoga
    Asana as the organization of energy
    Using asana to support the design of the body
    The function of asana in liberating the breath
    Embracing structural organization over alignment
    Subtle awareness and the inward journey
    Understanding functional anatomy to empower asana 

     

    Check out Jivana’s new book, The Teacher’s Guide to Accessible Yoga, and get more information about the book on his website.

    Connect with Jivana:

    www.jivanaheyman.com |  @jivanaheyman   |  facebook.com/jivanaheyman

    Avery Janeczek Kalapa (they, them) is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, community weaver at Sadhana Support Collective, and queer + trans wellness organizer; they are also an eRYT500, YACEP, BFA, with over 2 decades of yoga experience. Celebrated for their enthusiasm, devotion, and depth of somatic technique, Avery specializes in functional asana grounded in applied yoga philosophy. They support queers and other counter-culture yoga lovers to break the burn-out cycle and be nourished, and spiritually powerful without bypassing the wisdom of their body and lived experience. Avery’s a parent, gardener, artist, creator; a white, queer, trans, nonbinary settler based in unceded Tiwa land, Albuquerque NM. 

    Connect with Avery:

    yogawithavery.com |  @yoga_with_avery

    • 28 min
    Making Yoga Accessible with Jason Crandell

    Making Yoga Accessible with Jason Crandell

    “There's almost never a singular way in a pose that we're going deep into, that I'm trying to get everyone to do…there's this range, you have to play within this range and figure out which one doesn't work and which one does work best.” – Jason Crandell

    Each student is an expert in their own body and lived experience. By collaborating with students with a focus on outcomes over strict techniques, we can empower students to find what works best for their bodies.

    In this podcast episode, Jivana talks with guest, Jason Crandell, about the complexity of the human experience and the universal essence of yoga practice. Together they offer advice for yoga teachers working with diverse populations and delve into the depths of yoga philosophy, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and community.

    Topics include:


    Technique as a tool, not an end goal
    The equanimous experience of yoga
    Instructional language vs. invitational language
    Inclusive teaching practices and methodology
    Patience and compassion as a yoga teacher
    Acknowledging individual differences and challenges, both physical and emotional
    Challenging the notion of a "normative" experience

    Check out Jivana’s new book, The Teacher’s Guide to Accessible Yoga, and get more information about the book on his website.

    Connect with Jivana:

    www.jivanaheyman.com |  @jivanaheyman   |  facebook.com/jivanaheyman

     

    Jason Crandell (he/him) is a teacher by nature and author with more than 20 years of experience. Named “one of the teachers shaping the future of yoga,” by Yoga Journal, Jason has been an in-demand teacher at conferences around the world for more than a decade. Considered a teacher’s teacher, Jason has served as faculty in countless  teacher trainings,  faculties, leads trainings globally, and regularly presents teacher-training content at esteemed conferences.

    Connect with Jason:

    jasonyoga.com |  @jason_crandell

     

    • 38 min

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