SEPTEMBER 12 ➸ 12 - 2pm
The yoga class everyone should take before they take a yoga class.
Have you struggled through a yoga class trying to figure out what you should be doing? Have you injured yourself, or felt pain doing yoga? Do you wish there was a class to teach you the basics first? This is it! Designed for anyone wanting to learn more about yoga.
The intention of this class is to learn proper alignment in yoga poses, and build a yoga practice based on your body.
your experience includes
Understanding how to create a solid foundation and better alignment in the postures.Tuning into your body structure, strengths, limitations, and weaknesses.Connecting deeply with your breath to release muscle tension and create more space in the body. Understand how to work with props to help support the postures.Q+A
Learn More about Joan
Joan Hyman’s grounded teaching style seamlessly supports her students as they emerge from their practice with the rich and bright energy that yoga has to offer. Joan’s teachings come from an organic and intuitive place, as she draws upon the combined studies of Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga as well as Ayurveda and meditation. An authentic modern-day yogi, Joan’s love and devotion show up in her practice and throughout her teaching, you will leave her class feeling transformed and deeply aligned.
Originally from Philadelphia, Joan earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Temple University. Shortly after finishing college, she moved to New York City to pursue a professional dance career, and it was there that she discovered yoga. Soon after, she relocated to Santa Monica, California, where she completed the YogaWorks Teacher Training with the renowned Maty Ezraty and Lisa Walford in 2002, followed by further study with Annie Carpenter, who is known for her SmartFlow® system of highly intelligent sequencing. Joan received her YogaWorks Certification in 2006 then took her first trip to Mysore, India to study with the beloved Sri K. Pattihbi Jois and his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy. Since then, she has traveled extensively throughout India and has been blessed to study with world-renowned teachers in far-off places where she has enjoyed unplugging from the Western way of living, fully embracing the yogic lifestyle and immersing herself in her practices.
Joan spent fifteen years as a distinguished YogaWorks Senior Teacher before bringing her expertise to Wanderlust as the Director of Teacher Trainings in 2016. Now, with over twenty years’ experience leading retreats, trainings, and international workshops, Joan continues to travel the globe leading her own signature trainings. In addition, Joan partners with yoga schools in various corners of the world on their teacher training programs. A leader in the Los Angeles yoga community, Joan’s open-hearted approach to teaching yoga keeps both her inner spirit and her students continuously evolving.
Joan has contributed to popular blogs such as The Daily Love, Elephant Journal, and Wanderlust. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, ORIGIN Magazine and Women’s Health for her advice and expertise on health and wellness. Joan’s openhearted approach to teaching yoga keeps both her inner spirit and her students continuously evolving.
Practicing with Joan is an experience; her instruction is intelligent and light, infused with a strong sense of insight that stems from years of focused study. She has the rare combination of a calm, sweet and loyal demeanor mixed with her wild adventurous spirit. Studying with Joan is both fun and freeing, while remaining safe and focused. With Joan, you’re not only exploring your yoga practice, but you might also explore the globe on one of her international retreats or teacher trainings.
As a citizen of the world, she takes her students on adventures to India, Nepal, Bali and other places dear to her heart.
On her international retreats, Joan playfully guides her students on a focused journey to experience the depth that an unfamiliar place has to offer. Her guidance is meant to help them unravel yet another layer within themselves and bring them to a place where they are more connected with their hearts. Joan started taking people to India because she feels it reveals the deeper layer of yoga and the spiritual practice that is not found in the Western world. Joan believes that being in a place unfamiliar to us, breaks down walls and deepens internal exploration. This, she feels, is what a yoga journey is about… Finding your true self.
Joan is a dedicated yoga practitioner, maintaining a high level daily practice. She has practiced Ashtanga yoga for almost two decades completing Tim Miller’s third series Teacher Training in Encinitas, California and studying regularly with Noah Williams and Jorgen Chrisiansson in Los Angeles. She has a weekly Iyengar practice, which influences her teachings, studying with Lisa Walford and Marla Apt in Los Angeles, and she continues her studies in meditation and pranayama with other world-renowned teachers. Always seeking inspiration, Joan considers herself a student of yoga first and her teachings a gift to be able to share the many healing benefits of yoga and meditation.
An authentic, modern day yogi, Joan also lives a yogic lifestyle. She embraces all of the eight limbs of yoga and Ayurveda – the science of life. Her love and devotion show up in her practice and throughout her teachings. She is fully committed to helping her students live from within their highest potential and align themselves with the true teachings of the yogic traditions.
Joan’s openhearted approach to teaching yoga keeps both her inner spirit and her students continuously evolving. On choosing this path of yoga… “I am so blessed to be able to do what I love and stay deeply connected to my yoga practice. This is truly an honor, which I hope I can pass on to others.” – Joan Hyman