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Yoga for Healing Teacher Training

The Yoga for Healing Teacher Training is graduate-level training for yoga teachers with disabilities that focuses on making the practices of yoga accessible to all students, regardless of ability. It adapts the basic Integral Hatha Yoga class to the needs of students with physical challenges or disabilities, the elderly, and people with injuries.

This program continues the work of the Accessible Teacher Training program which offers professional-level yoga teacher training to people with disabilities. Both programs are led by Rev. Jivana Heyman, eRYT500, Director of Teacher Training at the San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute.

The Yoga for Healing Teacher Training is a seven month program which draws upon its 14 participants' personal experience with challenges such as Multiple Sclerosis, neurological conditions, and hearing-impairment to inform both how yoga is learned and taught.

The group meets twice a week at the fully accessible Piedmont Yoga Studio to explore the ways that yoga study and practice can be used for healing. Topics inlclude how to modify the practices of asana, pranayama, and meditation, study of yoga philosophy, and skills for sharing those teachings. 

Many students are already teaching in venues such as Providence House for homeless, abused and recovering addicts; at Walden House - a drug and alcohol treatment center; a community class for transgender people; a hospital yoga class for people with HIV/AIDS; at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco for extremely disabled residents, and at Girls, Inc, a support program for young girls.

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The Accessible Teacher Training Program has been a grant recipent of Yoga Dana Foundation since 2007.