I've practiced yoga in Joans' hot core flow class many times this year and have been challenged in different ways each class. Always encouraging, she teaches us to push our limit to the edge but also how to respect our boundaries. At times she is light and spiritual yet not airy, others she is tough and firm when we need to be shown what that is.
I came to Gyan Yoga for wisdom, a tough workout and so i could feel more in tune with my consciousness, what i learned from Joan in practice and theory is that, it's what i put into it, that i also get out it. Her postures are visually entrancing, her tactile approach is personable and friendly but her expression and voice remind us that no matter how difficult it may seem to stay in this posture, smiling makes it easier... Especially when falling out.
I consider receiving Joan's classes a blessing.
Her style is one that successfully combines form and flow, enabling her students to enjoy the class time, but learn a great deal about the appropriate way to practice. As she has offered corrections throughout our time, I have become better and have found more pleasure in my practice.
Her verbal instruction focusses on the poses and breathing of course, but is delivered in a calm, playful, yet matter of fact style, allowing your mind to focus and engage but remember the pleasure that is Yoga and gain insight into it's intimate reality.
Studying her Yoga teaching has ensured that I grow both as a student and as a person. I look forward to every class with Joan and am grateful for her...one of the few instructors that makes every class feel "as good as the first time".
Week 1: Very good yoga class by Joan. Very useful suggestions for form.
Week 2: Wonderful Yoga class by Joan.
Week 3: Joan's Yoga class was even better this week.
"Getting people out to an 8:30 am Saturday morning power yoga class takes an
inspirational teacher and Joan is one - she motivates me to be there !"
"Before you've practiced, the theory is useless. After you've practiced, the theory is obvious."
"The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind."
"Mountain pose teaches us, literally, how to stand on our own two feet.... teaching us to root ourselves into the earth.... Our bodies become a connection between heaven and earth."
"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny."
" In theory, practice and theory are the same.
In practice they are not. "