Accessible Yoga

Des Moines, IA US
February 21, 2020 to February 23, 2020



  • $595: Early Bird Pricing is available until January 21, 2020 - Use code "DesMoines20"
  • $650: After January 21, 2020

Click here to register. 

Target Audience

Yoga therapists, yoga teachers, and healthcare providers looking to add yoga into their repertoire.


The Accessible Yoga Training focuses on how to make the yoga teachings available to everyone, regardless of their shape, size, ability or background and is intended for yoga therapists, yoga teachers and those in teacher training, physical therapists & healthcare providers.

Benefits of an accessible yoga practice include enhancing muscular strength, balance, flexibility, improving physiological function, reducing stress, anxiety, chronic pain and promotes overall health and well-being.

Explore the many ways that yoga practice can be modified to suit students with disabilities, physical challenges, chronic illness, seniors, and anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable in a regular class. Learn how yoga can enhance healing whether it is in a class, or as an individual student, patient or friend.

Learn how to make classes welcoming to all and about approaching students in a trauma-informed way. Experience sample classes, chair yoga classes and even bed yoga classes. Discover how all of yoga can be used to support health and healing for every body.


  • Understand the benefits of an accessible yoga practice including: enhancing muscular strength, balance, flexibility, improving physiological functions, reducing stress, anxiety, chronic pain and promoting overall health and well-being
  • Determine safe and appropriate variations of common asanas for a range of physical ability (chair, mat/bed, standing)
  • Learn specific asanas for flexibility, strengthening and balance training to maintain or improve health and independence
  • Understand the purpose and implementation of various props to make yoga accessible to all abilities
  • Learn how to create integrated (mixed level) classes making yoga accessible to all
  • Acquire knowledge of common medical conditions and the benefits and concerns for implementation of a yoga practice
  • Learn the physical and psychosocial benefits of pranayama and meditation and how to make these practices available for all students, regardless of ability
  • Learn how to apply the teachings of yoga philosophy in day to day life to reduce stress, create more balance and develop authentic connections with self and others
  • Learn how to build a strong community among Yoga students to support the transformational process of yoga


View a sample daily schedule. An additional nine hours of pre-course work will be provided upon registration.

Adapted Asana

  • Variations of the most popular asanas
  • Techniques for creating integrated Accessible Yoga classes
  • Sample Accessible Yoga classes, either on the floor, in a chair, or in a bed

Yoga Anatomy and Physiology

  • Overview of common medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, respiratory diseases, cancer, H.I.V/AIDS, heart disease and more
  • A review of some of the major impacts of aging on all the systems of the body

Yoga Psychology

  • How to empower people with disabilities by giving them a deep understanding of the Yoga teachings. Includes study of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and The Bhagavad Gita

Pranayama and Meditation

  • How to make the subtle practices available for all students, regardless of ability


  • How to build a strong community among Yoga students to support the transformational process of Yoga


Sarah Elizabeth Helt is a 500+ hr Registered Yoga Teacher. She began working with Accessible Yoga directly following the first Accessible Yoga Conference in 2015. Sarah currently lives in South Pasadena, California where she teaches individualized sessions for people of all ability levels; specializing in spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and persons with neurological difficulties; she also teaches group lead classes at various locations in East LA, and is currently lead teacher at Hot 8 Yoga (Pasadena). She is deeply involved in this, and other, teacher training programs. Sarah is inspired by her past in the performing arts to help all teacher find their voice, and by her in-depth study of anatomy to make complicated subjects easier to digest. Sarah is light-hearted and compassionate teacher trainer with a fresh perspective on adaptive asana.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 30.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/21/2020 - 9:00am CST
Event ends: 
02/23/2020 - 5:00pm CST
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Olsen Center
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines' most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.



Hotel Accommodations

There are numerous hotels available in the Des Moines area. Below are a few options located downtown (close to campus), and more can be found on the DMU accommodations website. Some hotels offer shuttle service to DMU, but you must inquire with the hotel directly. Some hotels may offer a discount (based on availability). Mention DMU to your hotel to see if a discount may be available.

Des Moines Marriott – Downtown
700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

  • May offer discounted rates
  • Airport shuttle service
  • Restaurant and lounge
  • Health club and indoor pool

Hyatt Place Des Moines
418 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-282-5555 or 888-591-1234

  • Airport shuttle service
  • Complimentary shuttle service to Des Moines University
  • Complimentary Hot American & Continental Breakfast
  • Fitness Center & Indoor Pool
  • DMU Discounted Rate (mention Des Moines University Corporate Rate)

Renaissance Savery Hotel – Downtown
401 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

  • Airport shuttle service
  • Restaurant and lounge
  • DMU discount on standard rooms (based on availability)

Available Credit

  • 30.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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  • $595: Early Bird Pricing is available until January 21, 2020 - Use code "DesMoines20"
  • $650: After January 21, 2020

Click here to register. 

Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refunds on registrations cancelled before January 21, 2020
  • 50% refunds on registrations cancelled after February 2, 2020
  • No refunds will be issued after the start of the in-person training
  • Once you have accessed the online materials, you will only be eligible for a 50% refund upon cancellation, regardless of the date.