Joan Hyman is a distinguished YogaWorks Senior Teacher, who weaves her personal yogic journey into popular teacher trainings, workshops and retreats around the world. Her teachings come from an organic, intuitive place as she draws upon the joyful study of ayurveda (the science of life), chakras and meditation. With over 20 years of experience, Joan is E-RYT 500-hour certified with Yoga Alliance and a dedicated, 10-year Ashtanga practitioner who is proficient in second series and recently has begun Advanced A (third series)—a high level of achievement among Western yogis. Her challenging and upbeat YogaWorks vinyasa flow classes are well liked among the Los Angeles yoga community. Practicing with Joan is an experience; her instruction is intelligent and light, infused with a strong level of intensity that stems from years of focused study.
As a leader in the Los Angeles yoga community, Joan also contributes to popular blogs such as The Daily Love and Mind Body & Green. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, ORIGIN Magazine and Women’s Health for her advice and experience on health and wellness. Recognized for her outgoing social energy and ability to connect with people on a deeper level, she was recently chosen as an ambassador for the Lululemon Athletica store in West Hollywood and represents other yoga brands such as Manduka and Solow.
Originally from Philadelphia, Joan earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Temple University and subsequently discovered yoga in New York City while pursuing a career as a professional dancer. 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. In 2010, she returned for her second trip to Mysore and traveled extensively throughout India from ashrams in Rishikesh to an ayurvedic retreat center in Kerala. In 2012, she returned again—this time, leading a group of her students to Goa and then adventuring north to continue her travels and studies. As a student-citizen of the world, Joan has been blessed to study with world-renowned teachers in far-off places such as Sri Lanka; Ubud, Bali; and Goa, India where she has enjoyed unplugging from the Western way of living, fully embracing the yogic lifestyle and immersing herself in her practices.
On choosing this journey of Yoga, Joan feels, “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’s openhearted approach to teaching yoga keeps both her inner spirit and her students continuously evolving.