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Joan Hyman Yoga Sequencing Intensive

  • Abundance mind body studio 2 Walton Leigh Avenue Porirua, Wellington, 5022 New Zealand (map)
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Dates February 23rd- 25th 2018 Joan Hyman-Senior teacher trainer from Wanderlust Hollywood.

Hours 10:15-1:15 am 2:15-6:15 pm with regular breaks and one hour lunch

Certification: 20 Hour Continuing Education with Yoga Alliance

Venue: Porirua Abundance, 2 Walton Leigh Ave, Porirua

Deposit: $200

Investment: Full 3 days Early bird before December 23 $420 after $499  Single Day $170. 

Classes will be a combination of practice and lecture. Morning will be mainly Asana based and in the afternoon we will delve more deeply into theory, practice and application.


Friday 23rd February: Krama 1 Opposites-Attract

Am Practice: Advancing your practice with inversions. Meet the Royals. This practice is more about advancing your asana using effective sequencing for the royals of yoga, headstand and handstand and other inversions. Inversions are  great preparation for pranayama and meditation as they help access the vital body and shift the nervous system. This class examines the eight limbs as a means to a more advanced practice. Props are used to provide accessible alternatives on our journey.

Pm Practice/application:   Incorporating  beginners and the use of modifications

Both beginners and advanced are  special populations in your yoga class. How do we help them both especially if it is a mixed level class?  If you want beginners to form a life-long practice it’s important to empower them and give them tools to help them feel safe and confident in their bodies. If you want advanced students to feel challenged and have their needs met then we must also teach to their skill level. This krama examines the difficulties for beginners to advanced students and looks at creating safe yet challenging sequences for beginners plus adapting to multi-level classes to suit both beginners and advanced.

Evaluating students’ levels

  • Learn to Teach Beginners
  • Learn to Teach Advanced Asana and how to challenge advanced students
  • Ways to challenge all level classes Modifications for beginners
  • Sample sequences for beginners/advanced/multi-level
  • Helping beginners/advanced in the multi-level environment
  • Multi-level sequences that suit everyone


Saturday 24th February: Krama 2 From Injury to Health

Am Practice: Yoga for the lower back and shoulder girdle

Pm Practice/application: Examination of the two most prone spots for injury, the lower back and shoulder girdle

Understanding injuries is a crucial part of being a yoga teacher these days. Most people that come to yoga usually have some type of injury they are working with.This workshop is recommended to anyone working through an injury or teachers who would like to learn how to help students and create a safe healing place in your classroom This krama will look at the anatomy of  the lower back and shoulder girdle and how it relates to yoga. 

  • We will deconstruct postures to reinforce stability and create space in the joints helping to find more longevity in your practice.
  •  We will review common injuries and the anatomy involved with those injuries to create a healthy sequence that strengthens surrounding muscle groups.
  • Learn important questions and techniques to ask your students to help them approach their injuries with more awareness and mindfulness.

Sunday 25th February: Krama 3 Restore within and without

Am Practice: Therapeutic Workshop, Restorative Poses, Pranyama, Meditation. 3 Hour practice including a lecture.

Pm Practice: Continuation of Therapeutics plus finding your authentic voice as a teacher

In our society today most of us live in an adrenalized state finding it is very hard to slow down and relax. Because of this, stress accumulates and disease begins to form. Simple modalities such as restorative yoga, breath awareness, and meditation can help alleviate stress and create a more peaceful balanced environment keeping your health at an optimal level and preventing future disease. We will explore different types of chronic illness and traumatic situations and use restorative sequences to help restore the body and mind to more healing place.  Explore the benefits of restorative yoga and design a practice to help your own restoration!

Finding your Authentic Voice and Self Care (2 hours) As a healer we are giving energy out continually. We need to keep one eye on our clients and most importantly the other eye within, so we are practicing self- care all the time. In this workshop we will discuss what Self Care is and how to continually apply it to your life so you can build a sustainable career and live in abundance.

Understand what it is like to live authentically and without fear, aligning yourself with your purpose and living with fulfilment.


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 Northern 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.”

You can read more about Joan here: Joan Hyman Yoga