What does it mean to make yoga accessible? Jivana Heyman first used the term when he started to train disabled teachers. But its significance is broader, pointing students towards something subtler – their own true nature beyond mind and body.
As Jivana explains in his latest book, The Teacher’s Guide to Accessible Yoga, that’s a goal more aligned with traditional texts than performing contortions. But does it set the bar high to reveal the true self? And if it’s found in all beings, does it also teach us universal values? Along the way, our conversation explores (among other topics):
The importance of ethics and peer support networks
If “yoga has always been political”, as a headline once said
Potential limits to arguing “if it’s not accessible, it’s not yoga”
Whether “cultural appropriation” is a helpful framework
The pros and cons of self-publishing for yoga authors
I’m working on a new book myself, so that last point gave me lots of food for thought – as did the rest of our dialogue.
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