Accessible Yoga is an international grassroots organization dedicated to sharing yoga with everyone. Our non-profit organization is made up of volunteer teammates on seven teams. These teams plan and orchestrate the Accessible Yoga Conferences, and advocate world-wide as Accessible Yoga Ambassadors.
Board of Directors
Founder and Director of Accessible Yoga
Jivana is the founder of Accessible Yoga, co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center and an Integral Yoga Minister. With over twenty years of training and teaching in a traditional yoga lineage, Jivana has specialized in teaching the subtle practices of yoga: pranayama, meditation, as well as sharing yoga philosophy. His passion is making Yoga accessible to everyone.
Accessible Yoga has grown into an international advocacy and education organization, and now offers two Conferences per year, trainings around the world, an ambassador program and online Network.
Jivana has taught wth the Dean Ornish Heart Disease Reversal Program through UCSF, California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute of Health and Healing, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He has led over 40 Yoga teacher training programs over the past 16 years, and created the Accessible Yoga Training program in 2007. On December 3rd, 2015, Jivana taught Accessible Yoga at the United Nations in Geneva for their International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Jivana’s strengths are sharing esoteric and complex teaching in a readily accessible way, and applying the ancient teachings of Yoga to our day-to-day lives.
Rev. Rudra Swartz
Rev. Rudra is an ordained interfaith minister and certified in Integral Yoga as a Hatha Yoga, Meditation, and Raja Yoga Teacher. He runs meditation workshops and intensives at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York as well as classes in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a unique class called Judaism and Yoga: Comparative Paths, and classes in Interfaith Studies. He has performed wedding ceremonies in several states and has also led Jewish services in many different synagogues in many cities. He also leads trainings for Kidding Around Yoga, a training in teaching yoga for children.
Sarani, C-IAYT, teaches yoga at the San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute and specializes in teaching prenatal yoga and yoga for youth with disabilities. In particular, she has worked with teens with autism spectrum disorders. She retired 10 years ago as a classroom teacher from Burgundy Farms Country Day School in Virginia.
President of the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco
Swami Ramananda has been a monk for over thirty years. He also serves on the Education Committee of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. He leads beginner, intermediate and advanced level yoga teacher training programs in San Francisco, and offers a variety of programs in many locations in the US, Europe and South America. Ramananda trains yoga teachers to bring yoga into corporate, hospital and medical settings and has taught mind/body wellness programs in many locations. He is a founding Board member of the Yoga Alliance, a national registry that supports and promotes yoga teachers as professionals.
Founder and Director of the Therapeutic Yoga Training Program
Cheri Clampett, C-IAYT, ERYT-500, is a certified yoga therapist with over 20 years of teaching experience. She has presented Therapeutic Yoga at Beth Israel Medical Center and Rusk Institute at NYU Medical Center, and currently teaches yoga at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Yoga Center. She is the co-author of the Therapeutic Yoga Kit, published in January 2009 by Inner Traditions.
Founder of Yoga for All and Yogasteya
Dianne Bondy, E-RYT 500, has a degree in the social sciences and uses this background in her work and activism in the yoga industry, and has led to her having a worldwide following of dedicated and socially conscious students. She is a regular columnist for Elephant Journal and Do You Yoga, and has been featured in Yoga Journal magazine. She also guest authored the books Yoga and Body Image, and Yes Yoga Has Curves, and is the founder and Managing Director of Yogasteya.com – a virtual online yoga studio that supports yoga for all shapes, sizes and abilities. She developed and continues to teach the Abundant Bodied Yoga and Yoga For All teacher training programs at the 200- and 500-hour level, as well as teaching the Yoga Studies program at St. Clair College of Arts and Technology.
Founder of Yoga for Arthritis
Steffany Moonaz, PhD, C-IAYT, is a yoga therapist and researcher in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Moonaz spent 8 years at Johns Hopkins University, creating and evaluating a yoga program for individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. She is now working to bring yoga to people with arthritis in communities nationwide, as well as educating yoga teachers about the unique needs of this population. She also serves as a mentor for several emerging researchers who are studying the effects of yoga on various health conditions. She is on the faculty for the Masters in Yoga Therapy at the Maryland University of Integrative Health.
Chairperson of our Fundraising Committee
Patrice RYT 500, C-IAYT, has taught yoga to people with disabilities since 2008 and currently offers a class specifically for people with Multiple Sclerosis in Oakland, California. She is trained in Accessible Yoga (AY), Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga, iRest Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Gentle Yoga, and Raja Yoga.
Megan Zander – Director of Operations
Brina Lord – Manager of Operations
Sarah Helt – Director of Communications
Accessible Yoga Teams
The Accessible Yoga teams came out of our 1st conference in 2015 when so many people came forward to get involved in this movement. We now have 7 teams of Yogis working on all aspects of Accessible Yoga- we couldn’t do it without them! The teams are working on organizing the Conference, as well as our other activities- such as our social media awareness campaigns and Accessible Yoga celebrations around the world. Each team wrote a mission statement to describe the work that they are doing. If you want to be involved, please contact us!
Team Mission Statements
The Logistics Team’s mission is to support the planning and organization of the annual Accessible Yoga Conference (AYC) by locating venues, coordinating transportation, scheduling lodging for presenters and staff, and all other ‘behind the scenes’ details. We communicate with other teams to create a supportive, collaborative, and collective community. By meeting monthly and designating volunteer assignments, we strive to create a structure of systematic support that enables all teammates and attendees to thrive in their experience at AYC.
The Inreach Team establishes and maintains communications with the participants that attended the inaugural Accessible Yoga Conference – the first Accessible Yoga Ambassadors! We are also connecting with and welcoming new Ambassadors who are registering for this year’s conference. Inreach is organizing all data to create a single system to carry Accessible Yoga forward as it grows.
The Outreach Team supports Accessible Yoga by identifying and reaching out to individuals and organizations that share Yoga with communities that have been excluded or under-served. To support those individuals and organizations, we created and maintain a database of contact information. Outreach shares conference, scholarship, sponsorship and International information with this database, which continues to expand.
Working together in an effort to provide financial accessibility to yoga teachers and Accessible Yoga students combined, the Scholarship Team’s goals encompass inclusive communication with new and returning Accessible Yoga Ambassadors. We strive to offer a welcoming environment for new Ambassadors through open communication. We encourage all Ambassadors to get involved by sharing the goals of Accessible Yoga with their personal networks and beyond.
Through collaborative efforts the Communications Team uses all forms of social media to reach the public on behalf of the Accessible Yoga Movement. We, as a team, post to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and our Accessible Yoga Blog in an effort to keep all our yoga connections up to date on what we’re doing, where, and how. In this digital age, the Communications Team plays a vital role in connecting students to teachers, teachers to institutions, and bringing Accessible Yoga to the world.
The Accessible Yoga International Team is dedicated to building a worldwide network of Accessible Yoga teachers and students. We engage yogis from all over the world to be aware of the great possibilities that yoga offers to people with disabilities or people that have been excluded from these teachings. By creating a strong network we learn from all the different circumstances in each and every country and support each other in spreading Accessible Yoga around the globe.
Advocacy, our newest team, came out of our last Conference, where we were inspired to work with disability rights advocates to speak up for inclusion within the yoga community. We are currently working on a campaign to expand the requirements of yoga teacher training programs to include training in Accessibility to make sure that yoga teachers are receiving proper training in this area.