Joan Hyman’s grounded teaching style creates space for students to deepen their personal journey while aligning with teachings of true yogic traditions. Her students emerge from their practice with the rich, bright energy that yoga has to offer. Joan’s teachings come from an organic and intuitive place, as she draws upon the joyful study of Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga,Ayurveda (the science of life), and meditation.
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. She received her YogaWorks Certification in 2006 and 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.
With over twenty years of experience leading retreats, trainings, and workshops worldwide – fifteen of which as a distinguished YogaWorks senior teacher – Joan recently brought her expertise to Wanderlust. As Director of Teacher Trainings, Joan collaborates with teachers who are experts in their field of study with the goal to create an eclectic training program for students at any level. As a leader in the Los Angeles yoga community, Joan also contributes 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, Bali, and other places dear to her. 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 also a dedicated yoga practitioner, maintaining a high level daily practice. She has practiced Ashtanga yoga for almost fifteen years, most recently completing Tim Miller’s third series Teacher Training in Encinitas, California. 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, making trips up to Spirit Rock in Nothern California for vipassana retreats.
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
“Joan is a legend. She drives you right into your goals, all you have to do is SHOW UP. She has a wonderful way of easing you into things you never thought you could do, without forcing you there – making you believe you can do them, and haven’t you heard the yoga is mostly mental? Flexibility helps, but it’s how you approach the poses and your attitude towards them that makes the difference. She is a fairly famous yogi, but has not succumbed to the celebrity attitude. Her teaching is pure and loving, and she will take care of you! It only took one class with her for me to get hooked – I try to make her classes whenever I possibly can because they are a treat!”
–Testimonial by yogi929 on RateYourBurn.com