Embody Yoga

Advanced in your Practice • 25 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Advanced in your Practice

To practice yoga is about embodying the practice through our lifestyle, our daily routine, and relationships. To live yoga can take you on a journey into the unknown and ultimately deep into yourself.

In this intensive, we will dive deep starting with daily asana practices each morning to cleanse and purify our bodies, preparing for quieter practices such as pranayama and meditation in the afternoons.

These subtler practices are key for creating clarity in our minds and openness in our hearts. How we direct this energy is up to us and we will discuss how we can integrate these ancient teachings into our daily lives and build more vitality in everything we do. Learn how to raise your vibration and feel elevated as we move into a new year.

The first part of the year can be a potent time to get grounded in your body and align with your soul’s journey as we embark into new energies that await us. Start the year inspired and deepen understanding of these ancient practices and how we can use these powerful tools to shape our lives.

See below for the schedule of this training.

Schedule 2021

JANUARY 11 - 16

“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!”

Monday | 8-10AM


Standing Postures – getting grounded

  • Standing poses help us find our root and ground us. They are a fundamental part of our practice and without a deep understanding of them, I find it is hard to advance safely in your practice.

  • Standing postures prepare us for more advanced postures such as inversions and backbends which we will explore as the week progresses.

  • We will work with props and a wall space helping to strengthen your legs and create space in your low back.

  • We will end with hip openers to soothe the legs and prepare for deep relaxation.

Monday | 4-6PM


Philosophy – Knowing your root

  • This will be a philosophy discussion on the first few sutras of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and other key ones that support these theories.

  • We will look at what he describes as the “goal of yoga” and then what creates our suffering.

  • If we understand what the root cause of suffering is, we can learn to discern if your thoughts are serving you or if you should let them go.

  • Yoga gives us the tools to observe more and react less, helping to release all that is not serving us.

  • We will look at the ways the mind fluctuates and how we can train our mind to help us abide in our own true nature and see things as they truly are.

Tuesday | 8-10AM



  • Twisting postures help us to let go and open our nadis, known as little flowing rivers or nerve channels.

  • Through the use of breathwork and certain twisting postures, we will purify your system, leaving you feeling energized and refreshed.

  • It will take some digging, cleaning is never easy, but this is where transformation is found.

Tuesday | 4-6PM


Restoratives – Work with the Nervous System and Trauma

  • We will discuss the importance of healing our nervous system through restoratives and other practices that help us to elicit the relaxation response.

  • In these current times, many of us are experiencing more stress than ever, which can make it hard to slow down and relax.

  • When we relax and get still we allow healing to occur. Sometimes the system is so triggered it is hard to get still and this can leave us feeling restless, anxious, and can lead to many imbalances.

  • Dis-ease happens when we are out of harmony. In this workshop we will learn how to harmonize with ourselves through the practice of being.

Wednesday | 8-10AM


Strengthen your Spine
simple backbends

  • Strengthening the muscles that support your spine is important for longevity.

  • As we move through our day, we normally don’t pay attention to our posture or the way we breath. This can lead to fatigue in our muscles that support our spine and can create back pain and sluggishness.

  • Backbends can have an energetic and rejuvenating effect on the mind and body if performed correctly with awareness.

  • When performed slowly and with awareness, backbends can be extremely therapeutic for our spine and can create a heightened feel in our state of being.

  • This practice will also prepare us for pranayama later in the day.

Wednesday | 4-6PM


discussion on Sushumna Nadi

  • The practice of pranayama helps us to access our pranic body and support the energy that runs along the spine known as The Sushumna Nadi.

  • We will discuss what the Sushumna Nadi is along with the Ida and Pingala, the main energy centers in our bodies that transport prana.

  • Prana is known as our vital energy and the practice of yoga helps us to balance our energetic body through our breath.

  • We will discuss certain pranayama techniques that can help to balance these energy channels before moving into a deep pranayama practice ending with relaxation.

Thursday | 8-10AM


Advancing Backbends
Travel into the unknown

  • We will continue our exploration of backbends and advanced into Urdhva Dhanurasana and dropping back.

  • Fear can be triggered because we are literally going into the unknown.

  • When guided through these advanced postures, we can move into these challenging postures in a grounded and calm way and experience the bliss they can cultivate.

Thursday | 4-6PM


Philosophy – The Obstacles

  • We will look deeper into Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and look at what our obstacles are in our practice and how they can trigger us.

  • Our negative reactions are known as our kleshas and we will discuss what they are and how attachment can stick us and create a grip.

  • Pantanjali offers the practice of meditation to help unstick us from the grip of the ego and begin to see things clearly as they truly are.

  • We will discuss how to train our minds to focus and connect to a flow of energy that is always present and helping to guide us on our authentic path.

  • We will end this session with a restorative and meditation.



Forward Bends and Inversions

  • We will counter our backbend practice by opening the back body with forward bends and exploring long holds in headstand and shoulderstand.

  • These poses have profound effects on the nervous system and can be extremely beneficial in healing our nervous system.

  • We will integrate the philosophy by exploring the concepts of Dharana and Dhyana and end with a seated meditation.



integrate the science of Ayurveda
Embody the practice through lifestyle, diet, and relationships

  • Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga and known as the science of life.

  • It helps us integrate yoga into our daily routine, our relationships, and everything we take into our body.

  • We will discuss how to cultivate healthy routines in your daily life and create a practice that helps to meet your needs.

  • We will look at what it means to live in a sattvic way with the food you take into your system and how your practices can help you maintain balance in your life.

SATURDAY | 9-11:30AM


Flying free
inversions and arm balances

  • Inversions and arm balances teach us how to lift our feet up off the ground and remain steady and balanced.

  • When practiced correctly, they can help to build confidence and strength and can assist in overcoming fear. We will learn the tools needed to lift our bodies upwards and stay there.

  • This practice will also explore the use of Bandhas through inversions and different pranayama techniques.

  • We will look at picking up and jumping back and explore certain seated postures that help to teach the bandhas.

  • There will be a brief discussion before practice on how to engage the bandhas and the tools needed to move through fear in your asana practice.

SATURDAY | 12-2:30PM


Putting it all together

  • We will discuss our world today and how we can use these ancient practices to help us unstick from negative energies that can weigh us down and to use these practices to help us to remain positive and uplifted.

  • Abhyasa and Vairagya are great tools from The Yoga Sutras and teach us how practicing in a non-attached way can help us align with our dharma.

  • Dharma helps us to align with our most authentic self and we will discuss the law of dharma.

  • There will be some journaling before we review relaxation techniques like Yoga Nidra to help quiet our minds and connect us to our own true nature.

  • This will also be a time for questions and answers and we will end with some restoratives and a Yoga Nidra practice.


  • If you can't make it to class, don't worry, the sessions will be recorded so you can experience them on your own time.

  • Signing up is easy - when you get to the calendar, select one class at a time until all the classes you want to take are listed on the page.


  • Sign up for individual classes you want to take.


  • After you buy the package make sure you sign up on the calendar for all 12 classes

  • Please allow 24-48 hours processing time to receive class registration confirmation emails.


  • Hours will be applied toward your 300HR Teacher Training Program.

  • $25 discount applied

“I have had the pleasure of watching Joan grow for many years now. As student, young teacher, as a terrific assistant to my teacher training and as a wondrous mature teacher. She is a committed practitioner and a fun and caring teacher!”

~ Annie Carpenter



Director of The School of Yoga and Senior Teacher

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, drawing upon the combined studies of Ashtanga yoga, Iyengar yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation.

Originally from Philadelphia, Joan 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. Joan received her YogaWorks Certification in 2006 then 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 fully embracing the yogic lifestyle and immersing herself in her practices. Joan shares her practice and 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 spent fifteen years as a distinguished YogaWorks Senior Teacher before bringing her expertise to Wanderlust as the Director of Teacher Trainings in 2016. Now, with over twenty years’ experience leading retreats, trainings, and international workshops, Joan continues to travel the globe leading her own signature trainings. A leader in the Los Angeles yoga community, Joan’s open-hearted approach to teaching yoga keeps both her inner spirit and her students continuously evolving.

Joan’s love and devotion show up in her practice and throughout her teaching; you will leave her class feeling transformed and deeply aligned.

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