In a world that encourages following the paths laid before us, these women decided to pave new roads.
We chose 20 women who are changing the world one decision, one class, one word, one person at a time. And their effects are epic: Because of one woman on our list, underserved children now have access to yoga and mindfulness resources. One woman said goodbye to the life that had been laid before her and carved a new path, full of service and meditation, without knowing where it would take her. And yet another is standing up to long-held beliefs about bodies and beauty and redefining how we perceive ourselves as women, athletes, and yogis. Separately, these “yogapreneurs” are changing their corners of the world through business, yoga, health, and art. Together, they are changing the way we participate in all of these things, and they are paving new roads for women everywhere. –
JOAN HYMAN: YOGA INSTRUCTOR (DIRECTOR OF TEACHER TRAININGS AT WANDERLUST)
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 combination studies of Ashtanga and Iyengar yog a as well as Ayurveda, and meditation. An authentic modern day yogi, Joan’s love and devotion show up in her practice and through her teachings.
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 the Director of Teacher Trainings. A leader in the Los Angeles yoga community, Joan’s openhearted approach to teaching yoga keeps both her inner spirit and her students continuously evolving.
What do you do best?
Hm….That’s a loaded question, I think the safest way to answer this questions is to share what I spend a lot of time doing, and that is yoga. Yoga has transformed me and I am passionate about teaching people how to use these practices to find more fulfillment in their lives. I like to call myself a truth seeker, I live my life as an explorer and seek out authenticity. I have an honest and direct approach to life and try to live courageously by connecting to my deepest truth. For me, this is where the fun begins, and I encourage others to do the same!
What makes you the best?
I have a very strong work ethic and have always had a good sense of discipline. When I love something my heart is in it a 100%. In my early years as a dancer, I trained every day, while living in NYC and was very dedicated to living my dreams. I am still the same twenty years later but only in LA pursuing my yoga career. Success happens when we are focused, dedicated, and put our heart behind what we are doing. These are some good qualities with in myself I hope I can inspire in others.
What are your aspirations?
My career aspirations are to work for myself and continue to create a life with vision that fulfills my heart. I love leading retreats and taking people to far off exotic places and teaching them how to embody yoga. Watching people transform into a better version of themselves is so rewarding, , When this happens, I feel like I am contributing to a better world and this fills me up! My dream is to have a retreat center in an exotic lush place where people can come and re-connect to that peaceful place with in and come back to source . My personal aspirations, are to continue to surround myself with love and invite more intimate connections into my life.
I am rich with travel. I have been an avid traveler for over twenty years and have been drawn to intriquing places like India, Peru, Bhutan, and many more! I am facinated with different cultures and the way people live their day to day lives. I have seen amazing luxury in some of the richest parts of the world and have spent time in some of the poorest places where people are barely surviving. The education you receive from word travel, I believe is the highest of all because it opens up our minds and expands our awareness to all living beings. It has taught me to flow and be ok with not – knowing, and to trust there is always a higher plan.
Most Challenging Moment?
My younger years were hard and losing my mom at the ripe age of 21. I loved her dearly and nothing can replace a mother’s love.
Let it go and let it flow! This too shall pass….
My two little nieces who are five and seven. There is so much truth and light in their being. I love being around them because they light up my heart and reminds me what life is about.
So many, the world is a beautiful place! The mediterranean sea and the white sand beaches of Spain, the vibrancy of Bali and their sweet culture. And of course India, however after five trips and spending almost a total of a year there, I love the northern beaches of Goa, where I feel totally free and am still surrounded by this incrediable deep and intriguing culture.
One of my favorite places in LA to get facials is called the Face Place and I will splurge on there skin products. I have dry skin and their skin products are the best taking all the dryness and redness away!
Aside from yoga and travel? I am passionate about great healthy vegan cuisine, music, learning about other cultures, and lately astrology has been fascinating! More importantly, about living in a better world, where everyone knows true peace and happiness.
A shoulder injury and stage including if the body is often experienced activists, including yoga, especially when doing the bridge pose (setu bandha Sarvangasana) or khayang (urdva Dhanurasana or chakrasana). But with yoga also is this injury can be cured.
This was conveyed by Joan Hyman session in Asana Shoulder Girdle at Namaste Festival at Hotel Sultan, Jakarta, Sunday (22/11). After doing breathing exercises, core exercises then Joan opened this time with an explanation of the anatomy of the body.
“Upper body injury is common due to the lack of knowledge about anatomy and not push beyond the capabilities of muscle movement,” said Joan who immediately explained at length about the anatomy of the upper body as well as the work patterns of muscle and bone.
While showing his own shoulder joints and muscles, Joan also asked participants to feel the shoulder joints and muscles respectively. He asked the participants not any movement, but also feel it in order to understand the limits.
Actually there are many postures or movements that are practiced in sessions guided yogi who also studied ayurveda, chakras and meditation. Even just focusing on variations in mountain pose or downward-facing dog (Adho mukha svanasana), but the energy drain.
Within an hour, sweating profusely. Shoulder and arm joints began to feel tight, especially when doing the pose of peacock feathers or Pincha mayurasana. With painstaking, Joan approached one by one participant, are guided step by step so that no injuries.
“What we need strong muscles and stable, not just hard,” Joan explained the correct muscle movements. Often without realizing it, the movement of which one actually directed towards muscle injury. To that end, participants must observe the direction of yogi, and feel the movement of the body.
Exercises for the upper body is also good to improve your posture. The body can stoop when the position while working or driving constantly leaning forward. For that, they need exercise to restore posture remains robust and healthy of course.
“Exercise is like teaching a puppy, it must be done repeatedly,” Joan said, laughing. According to the woman who has been teaching yoga for the past two decades, the practice can create a comfort zone of the body, so as to avoid injury.
Experience teaching yoga for three days at this year’s Festival is recognized Joan Namaste is very pleasant. The practice of yoga creations, such as the Shoulder Girdle in Asana also make the participants happy to be able to understand the details that aid in healing injured muscles shoulders and back.
Recognized as one of the participants, Jocelyne Halim, who feel the strength in the shoulder and chest, after training with Joan. Young women from Jakarta practicing yoga because it did not want a sickly like family members.
Joan is the featured Meet the Trainer for Yoga Journal, March 2012
Q: What special training do you bring to the Yoga Works teacher training?
A: I have always had great interest in traveling the world and learning about other cultures so I incorporate that into my teaching and encourage students to stay open on their journey.