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Yoga Lessons from the Disability Community

I’ve been thinking a lot about 2020 and what a tumultuous year it has been. I’m not of the mindset that once we reach 2021 things will magically change, but I am hopeful for a brighter future for all of us. 2020 offered the opportunity to explore accessibility in so...

Adaptive Yoga in Hong Kong

South China Morning Post, one of Hong Kong's leading news agencies featured Integral Yoga teacher and therapist, Hersha Chellaram on their "Listen to Her" series. A longtime Hong Kong resident, Hersha's  YAMA foundation has been working to make Yoga accessible to some...

The Early Years of Adaptive Yoga with Swami Satchidananda

In the early 1990s, in an effort to meet anyone who wished to practice exactly where they are, Swami Satchidananda brought together two of his monastic students to serve those who could not access the traditional Integral Yoga class. Swami Suddhananda (a Yoga teacher...

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The Satchidananda Effect: Post-Woodstock and Beyond

The Satchidananda Effect: Post-Woodstock and Beyond

In the more than fifty years since Swami Satchidananda brought peace into the chaos of 450,000 young people at a massive rock concert, his Integral Yoga teachings continue to be shared around the world. Heart surgeons, construction workers, people with HIV/AIDS,...

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Healing PTSD: A Yoga Teacher’s Story

Healing PTSD: A Yoga Teacher’s Story

When deadly floods and mudslides devastated communities across southwestern Japan in 2018, many survivors were afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They had lived through complete devastation and the loss of home, family, friends, and all sense of...

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What is Restorative Yoga?

What is Restorative Yoga?

“That was joyful; I haven’t felt this good in a long time.” “This is the first time I’ve been pain free in a month.” “My breath feels so full and easy.” “I feel so relaxed, clearheaded and energized.” This may not be the typical feedback physical and occupational...

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Big Yoga for Bigger Bodies

Big Yoga for Bigger Bodies

Have you ever wanted to try Yoga, but didn't want to go to a regular class because of your size? Your age? A physical challenge? Well, you don't have to be thin, young, or flexible to enjoy the benefits of Yoga! Over 25 years experience of teaching Integral Yoga, has...

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Accessible Yoga: An Interview with the Founder

Accessible Yoga: An Interview with the Founder

We’re honored to introduce readers to Integral Yoga Teacher and Minister, Rev. Jivana Heyman, the founder of Accessible Yoga – a community that offers teacher trainings, conferences and networking. Accessible Yoga’s vision is to bring Yoga to excluded and underserved...

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Yoga for Veterans

Yoga for Veterans

According to Newsweek (April 27, 2009), “Some 8 million Americans have the disorder [PTSD] in a given year and the military is at even greater risk.” Now, Integral Yoga teacher Anuradha Bhagwati, a former Marine Captain, is teaching Yoga to veterans. In this...

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Chair Yoga is Accessible for All

Chair Yoga is Accessible for All

Lakshmi Voelker-Binder has dedicated her life to creating accessible paths to wellness. By creating Chair Yoga, she was able bring adaptive fitness and exercise programs to those who could not benefit from traditional methods of physical activity due to age or...

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Prison Yoga

Prison Yoga

With the popularity of the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, viewers are given a rare look at what it might be like inside a women’s prison. Recently, I found myself getting a real life look inside a women’s prison. Though I wouldn’t be wearing orange, I knew...

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Integral Yoga for Pregnancy

Integral Yoga for Pregnancy

Rev. Lakshmi Bertram is the mother of six beautiful children, and during her fifth pregnancy she filmed the Integral Yoga® for Pregnancy class on DVD.  Integral Yoga Magazine (IYM): Did you practice Yoga through all your pregnancies? Lakshmi Bertram (LB):  I had...

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Widening the Tent: Accessible Yoga

Widening the Tent: Accessible Yoga

Trying to hide the fact that I was switching hats during the 2nd Annual Accessible Yoga Conference in Santa Barbara, I secretly changed between three distinctly different caps from Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 18, 2016. Accessible Yoga, founded by...

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