Elements of Flow: 20-hour Teacher Training with Joan Hyman
Enrich Your Practice, Deepen Your Knowledge
About This Training:
In this twenty-hour online course you will have access to amazing practices, which will take you on a journey from the outside, in. Classes range from vinyasa flow practices to therapeutics that help to heal injuries. Restoratives and pranayama practices are included to help replenish and rejuvenate. Three podcasts are included, which will inspire you to lead a life that is authentic and help you to embody yoga through self-care, Ayurveda, and yogic philosophy. We’ll include outlines to help you understand the topics that are presented in this online course. This course is for anyone looking to deepen their practice and a desire to gain an understanding of yoga and how to embody the practice. Get inspired to begin a self-practice today!
Elements of Flow Training Series
13 Video Workshops
4 Audio Lectures
5 Practice Sessions
Teaching beginners is the best way to help you learn to teach. It is a special time when someone is first is introduced to yoga. Most people remember their first yoga class and the teacher. A good teacher will create a safe environment for the new student to relax and learn in. This is the best time to teach the student the foundation of yoga, so that the student can create healthy habits early on and enjoy a sustainable yoga practice!
This one hour practice caters to everyone, especially those who are new to yoga. Notice my teaching language in this video compared to the other practices, the way I use the props and modify the postures. Enjoy a long relaxation at the end!
Duration: 1 hr 6 min
Surya means: the sun.
Chandra means: the moon.
Namaskara means: I salute the light in you from my divine place within.
We use these practices to open the day and awake with the sun. Chandra Namaskra is softer, which includes stepping, low cobra, and high lunges. It is a great way to build up strength and stamina for Surya Namaskra A and B, which include jumping, and stronger poses like chatarunga and upward dog. Learn variations and how to break these sequences down in this short video.
Duration: 16 min
Forward bends are extremely nourishing for the internal organs and aid in stimulating digestion. They stretch the hamstrings and release the whole back body. They can increase blood flow around the pelvis and massage the abdominal organs. They are introspective by nature, and even in their rigor they have a calming effect on the brain and nervous system. Forward bending is a good addition to the end of a sequence as a way to counter the standing postures and backbends. They can also prepare the body and mind for deep relaxation. Learn how to forward bend safely and effectively with the use of props and modifications. We will explore all the forward bends in this video. This a slow and deep practice!
Duration: 1 hr 30 min
The psoas muscle is the deepest muscle in our bodies. It’s sometimes referred to as the muscle of our soul. This core-stabilizing muscle that runs from our trunk to the hipbone affects mobility, structural balance, joint function, flexibility, and much more. In addition to its function to help keep the body upright and moving, it affects two of our most vital systems: digestion and breath. In this workshop, you will learn where your psoas is and how to unlock this deep muscle creating numerous benefits throughout your body. There will be a brief anatomy lesson learning the psychological benefits of releasing this muscle before a deep two-hour practice opening the abdomen region and releasing the lower back and hips. This workshop is open to all levels.
For those of you working with injuries, the tools gained in this workshop will help!
Duration: 1 hr 27 min
The story of the lotus flower is that it is a beautiful flower that grows in the dark and emerges from the mud. This posture is ideal for meditation and performing pranayama because of the rooting of the sit bones and they way it engages the outer hips, which helps to connect you to your pelvic floor, or mula bandha. Be patient with this posture, especially if your hips are tight. In this video, I will introduce hip openers that can help grow your lotus. Practice them regularly and enjoy the wind down effect they have on the body and mind.
Duration: 47 min
Adjust your students with confidence and optimize their experience in the poses by refining your touching skills. Learn how to better read and assess body language using the basic techniques of applying safe and practical hands-on adjustments as well as verbal and energetic adjustments. By focusing on how the poses work on an anatomical and energetic level, we will explore several asanas during this workshop and learn how to adjust by understanding how the body should be aligned in the pose. Learning how to assist and support others improves your own practice in the process.
Duration: 1 hr 9 min
This challenging 90-minute practice leading to asymmetrical backbends will help to access use your core muscles and pelvic floor. You will use these muscles to move through backbends that require you to work asymmetrically and strengthen your balancing skills. Advanced asana helps to challenge us physically and mentally cultivating your edge. This helps us break through any blocks while we strengthen and open up the deeper levels of our being. Backbends have many benefits and can be very therapeutic for the spine when moving slowly. Use these challenging postures to deepen your own awareness of how your inner and outer body work together.
“If we are focused, inspired, dedicated, unafraid of setbacks, and always seeking to grow and learn, we will make progress quickly. Practitioners who place the highest value on activities that promote their spiritual progress realize Samadhi more quickly.” – Inside the Yoga Sutras
Restorative yoga is an excellent opportunity to disconnect from the frenetic activity of daily life and hit the reset button bringing you back to calm. It helps to prepare the mind and body for the inward stroke of meditation and deepened awareness. Moving slowly through the poses allows you to explore your mind and body at a steady and natural tempo.
The slower pace and deep breathing that you get in a restorative yoga class triggers the parasympathetic nervous system from the very first pose. This activation helps to mitigate the effects of the regular fight-or-flight stress response that can be damaging to your physiology and well-being. The overall calming effect on the nervous system sets a deeply relaxing tone for the class that comforts your mind and body down to the cellular level.
Learn these set-ups and then practice them for 5 to 10 minutes at a time.
Duration: 28 min
Learn how to heal your low back through yoga postures that build strength in your legs and core to support your sacrum. The sacrum is the key to stability in the lower back. It is the fulcrum point in our bodies from which all movement happens. If the surrounding muscles are not stable, the ligaments and joints in the lower back will be stressed. In this workshop, you will learn about the muscles and bones surrounding the low back area and evaluate the standing poses and core exercises needed to build strength here. Hip openers and breath awareness adds to the healing by pacifying the low back so your students leave feeling free of low back pain and gain the tools to help them stay there!
Duration: 1 hr 30 min
Healthy shoulders make for better inversions and add more longevity to our practice. With the multiple downward dogs and chatarungas of a daily vinyasa practice, your shoulders can be vulnerable to injury over time. Learn how to use props and alignment cues to better understand how to stabilize your shoulders, helping you to access other postures and prevent impingement. This workshop will start with a lecture pointing out the bones and muscles that make up the shoulder girdle and teach you how to move safely from your shoulder blades to protect the vulnerable muscles of your rotator cuffs. We’ll then move into a shoulder-focused asana practice, which will include inversions. You’ll learn ways to work with a strap that will help you understand external rotation, which creates shoulder stability, reducing injury. See how specific alignment cues can help you access other postures like backbends and inversions safely by looking at bodies and seeing the movement of the shoulder blades. Practice and learn at the same time while creating a sustainable safe yoga practice!
Duration: 1 hr 1 min
Backbends offer many benefits such as opening the upper back and entire front body. They can be very therapeutic for the spine, and extremely energizing and heart opening if practiced slowly with awareness. Explore the techniques to help different body types access these heart opening poses and variations to help you breathe with ease and experience contentment in these deep poses. Learn the foundation of a solid backbend practice through understanding the shoulder girdle alignment, stabilizing the pelvis, and breathing techniques. We will explore inversions and variations of backbends in a safe and grounded way making them accessible to every practitioner!
Duration: 1 hr 53 min
Arm balances can be fun and playful. They can also teach us how to lift our bodies off the floor and help us build confidence. They strengthen the core muscles, shoulders, and the wrists and can assist us in learning how to engage the bandhas. They are focusing and centering and a good way to teach effort and ease.
We learn to position the body in a way that provides awareness of the plumb line to avoid overcompensating in the arms. It’s about learning to use the body in an integrated way to execute these challenging postures. Use the dristhi to help stay balanced and try to approach these postures in a light hearted way. In this workshop, you will learn the tips and tricks to lift your body off the ground and stay in the air!
Duration: 1 hr 3 min
Yoga can be an athletic sport and injuries can also be part of our learning process. You can expect to encounter injuries such as strains, muscle pulls, tendonitis, sprains and bursitis. You’ll also likely see injuries to the nervous system such as disc bulges and sciatica. Some are caused by specific accidents, but others show up with our students as a result of a lifetime of wear-and-tear. The joints and bones of athletically active people can sometimes degenerate even sooner than those of a sedentary person. Often, these injuries have bothered our students for a long time before we encounter their problem. Knowledge, however, is power – and a more than passing familiarity with the most common injuries will give you the ability to emphasize poses that work in with your student’s healing and protect them from further injury.
The more we educate ourselves on how our bodies work and slow down in our practice, the more we can prevent injury and heal existing injuries. An injury is usually asking us to recognize a pattern that shows up as a habit. Most injury is asking us to observe our patterns and learn to rework them in a way that helps us to find better alignment within. Ultimately, this helps us stay open to observing our patterns and shift what may be blocking us.
Ayurveda is a science of self-healing at relieving the diseases of body and mind. Ayurveda’s philosophy recognizes that everything in the world is interconnected. Ayurveda teaches us to live in harmony with Mother Nature’s rhythms and cycles. We must look at nature for answers about how to live in harmony. Ayurveda offers a holistic guide for our healing potential. When we are in harmony with nature’s laws, we experience well being and our connection to source is unlimited. According to Ayurveda, health is not a state defined by lab tests or yearly check-ups, but a continuous process that embraces all aspects of life: physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, spiritual, social, and universal. Every individual is one of a kind with an equally unique blueprint for health. Restoring wholeness in the body, mind, and spirit is what we are all seeking, both individually and collectively.
In this podcast, I will explain Ayurveda and have also included a hand out helping you to understand the cycles, doshas, and qualities that make up this science of living.
What does it mean to be authentic? This is when our soul is aligns with our personality and who we were met to be. Life becomes more animated as we look forward to each day and we live from a sense of purpose and align with our passion. In this podcast, find out what it means to truly live from an authentic place where you are rooted in your truth. It is said that when you are living from truth, you are fearless because there is nothing to hide. I have included a hand-out on finding your authenticity and hope this helps you align with your deepest desires.
The goal of Yoga is to steady your mind and create equanimity in any experience that is being presented. Can we honor everything that life is presenting to us and stay present to each moment?
The spiritual path is asking us to undo everything we think we know and begin to question our thoughts. Then, we can begin listening to our inner voice that connects us to our inner being. Patanjali compiled 196 Sutras as a step-by-step guide to enlighten, which is the process of guiding us back to our soul’s purpose. In this podcast, I pull out key sutras and interpret them in a way that will help you integrate these spiritual ways of being to help you have more harmony and balance in your lives.
The aim of meditation is the essence of yoga—to merge with the object of our attention. There have been numerous studies on the benefits of meditation and the positive effect it has on the brain and neuroplasticity. Through meditation you learn to merge with your higher conscious where there is no more separation. You can meditate on your breath, a yantra, or mantra, light, and/or even sounds. It’s about focusing your mind on one point until you merge with the object and move into a blissful state of flow.
Meditation takes place in three states:
1. First, we build concentration and focus. This is called Dharana.
2. Then, we merge with the object. Time slips away and so does thought. We begin to be fully present and flow with the moment. This is called Dhyana.
3. Finally, we let all thought form and anything external go including our body. This is when we forget where we are and we lose material form. We can completely absorb with what we are experiencing. This is called Samadhi.
Join Joan for this class intended to support you in becoming grounded and centered. You will explore balancing poses while opening the hips and building a steadiness in the body and mind. After a standing sequence that works the feet and muscles of the legs, practice will end with hip opening postures to release tension and quiet the mind. You will need a block, a strap, and a blanket. Be prepared to work up a sweat before releasing into a sweet savasana.
Duration: 55 min
This forty-five minute class is focused on twisting and accessing the core muscles that allow the twist to happen from the inside out. This creates a deep cleansing effect leaving an energizing effect on the body and mind. Class starts with supine twists and core work, building towards a standing sequence with backbends and deep seated twists. This practice will help release tension in the back, neck , and shoulders and leave a cleansing effect on the whole system.
Duration: 46 min
This dynamic flow class is geared to waking up your center and preparing you for handstands that will help you feel awake all day long! This practice includes key postures that energize your system, and even if you can’t get all the way up into handstands you will learn the tools that will one day help you get up and stay up!
Duration: 32 min
Pranayama is a deeply healing practice, which can take years of practice to refine. The bandhas are a mystery to a lot of practitioners. They help to create a container which strengthen our vital energy during practice. In this class, you will explore even breathing and the pauses felt at the bottom of the exhales which help engage the pelvic floor muscles and demystify Mula Bandha. You will work between sitting up and lying down on props to help you access the use of your bandhas while working with breath retention to help refine your breath and re-shape your patterns.
Duration: 18 min
This class is designed to help you wind down at the end of the day and release tension in your hips. A mixture of restorative yoga and yin poses will help the body soften and relax the mind. You will need props for this practice and if you don’t have access to them, get creative and gather up towels and blankets for support. Feel free to take an extra long savasana after this practice and allow yourself to drift into a deep nights sleep.
Duration: 19 min
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