Episode 176: Making Yoga More Accessible with Jivana Heyman

Today’s guest is Jivana Heyman. Jivana is the founder of Accessible Yoga, an organization that focuses on “sharing the benefits of yoga with anyone who currently does not have access to these practices, and with communities that have been excluded or underserved.” Jivana seamlessly weaves together his background in social activism with his passion for yoga in his latest book, Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body.” He has a unique ability to honor and respect the yoga tradition while making it so beautifully clear and simple. One of my favorite parts of the book is how he describes yoga as, “calm mind, open heart.”

We also talk about why he feels that yoga, at its core, is naturally inclusive and accessible to all, what it means to do “advanced yoga,” and his vision for a truly accessible yoga classroom.


Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body by Jivana Heyman



If you like the podcast, please leave a review or rating on iTunes! It makes it easier for others to find the podcast. If you don’t know how to leave a review, here are some step by step instructions. Woohoo! So easy!


Acuity is a scheduling assistant that works 24/7 behind the scenes to fill your calendar and takes hours of work off your plate — so you can keep your zen, and focus on all the other important aspects of your yoga business or side hustle. For a limited time only, you can get 45 days of Acuity Scheduling absolutely free – no credit card required – by going to acuityscheduling.com/yogaland.

With Joybird, your personal one-of-a-kind style should match your furniture. Bring your moodboards to life with hundreds of customizable pieces and over 50 fabric options. Go to joybird.com/​YOGALAND ​and receive an exclusive offer for 25% off your first order by using the code YOGALAND​.

If you want to wow your Valentine this year, send them bite-sized cupcakes from Baked by Melissa! Choose from White Chocolate Cookies & Cream, Red Velvet, Milk Chocolate, Dulce de Leche, and more. Plus, there are vegan and gluten free options. Go to Bakedbymelissa.com/yogaland and use promo code yogaland to get 15-percent off your order.

Women shouldn’t have to compromise when it comes to feminine products. And, with Lola, there are no compromises. Lola products are 100 percent natural, made of 100 percent organic cotton with no added chemicals, fragrances, synthetics, or dyes. Plus, they now offer new hypoallergenic cleansing wipes. Their online subscription service is fully customizable, so it’s one less thing to worry about. For 30 percent off all subscriptions, visit Mylola.com and enter code YOGALAND30 when you subscribe.

Bonus Episode: Teaching Yoga + Mom Life = Possible!

Today, I have an inspiring story to share with you that I think many of you will relate to. Erin Landsee is a yoga teacher and mom of three who had finally found a work-life balance that worked for her family--teaching yoga at a local college. Like so many, she found...

read more

Bonus Episode: How Farm Yoga Was Born

After podcasting for 4 years, I want to feature YOUR voices. Today, I'm sharing a story from listener Elisabeth Brower, a yoga teacher from Oregon. I love how creative she has been with her teaching during this challenging time. I hope you are inspired by her story,...

read more

Episode 218: Getting Serious About Joy with Bradshaw Wish

We can all use a little more joy and creativity in our lives right now -- especially after months of teaching and taking online yoga classes. Chicago-based yoga teacher Bradshaw Wish is just the breath of fresh air we all need. It matters not that much of the world is...

read more


  1. Greetings and thank you both so much for your work and willingness to share your experience!

  2. Yoga Land is literally the BEST Yoga lifestyle community anywhere, it is a must read, and I’m also so grateful I found http://bit.ly/re-center , it helped me not only experience the wonderful benefits of Yoga but also get into great shape at the same time, hope it helps some others!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This