Sivana Yogi Spotlight: Brian Hyman
Brian Hyman is recognized for teaching yoga and meditation at addiction treatment centers in Southern California.
Brian blends 12-Step recovery philosophy with moral codes and self-disciplines of yoga to heal areas of the body where alcoholics and addicts store emotions and feelings.
Brian has been interviewed for his innovative work by Origin, Alignyo, Yoga Start, Yoga Earth, Life By Me, Heroes in Recovery, and Malibu Times.
Brian writes for Mantra Yoga + Health, manduka.com, role/reboot, Best Ever You, and other online and print publications. Brian is writing a book about his path to wellness, which includes overcoming grief, addiction, and chronic pain.
What are some of your personal or professional goals:
Personal goals: To raise my daughter Lilia Jewel to be the best person she can be; to teach herabout love, compassion, understanding, and Oneness; to teach her how to listen, see, and speak from the heart. I wish to continue to share my experience, strength, and hope with others in recovery.
I also wish to serve others where I am needed most, spend quality time with my family and friends, and remain open to opportunities to deepen my relationship with God.
Professional goals: To publish my book about wellness, recovery, love, and yoga. To publish a children’s book my beloved fiancé Sandra and I have written together.
To bring yoga to more men and women in need of its healing benefits. To film and distribute a yoga DVD for yoga and recovery.
To publish more articles and essays about mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. To raise funds and awareness for brain cancer research by producing a yoga and music festival.
Why did you become an instructor:
Years ago, yoga quieted my mind and relaxed my body. Yoga allowed me to comprehend the word serenity. Yoga allowed me to establish conscious contact with a Higher Power of my own understanding.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of my yoga practice, I felt called to share with others what I had found on my mat – healing, recovery, Oneness, and transformation.
Where do you Teach:
I teach yoga and meditation at private rehabilitation centers and sober living homes in Malibu and surrounding areas. I teach public Vinyasa Flow/Power yoga classes at Four Seasons Westlake Village, Agoura Power of Yoga, and Equinox Westlake Village.
I also teach yoga, meditation, and mindfulness to corporate and private clients.
What do you teach:
Primarily, I teach Atma Yoga. These classes blend Bhakti, Ayurveda, and Tantra to open the heart, quiet the mind, and heal the body. (Saul David Raye is the teacher who guided me toward this beautiful style.)
I teach all levels Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga, and Restorative Yoga.
I created and teach 12-Step Yoga, which pairs specific yoga poses with the 12 Steps. These classes are taught privately at treatment centers, and occasionally, at community centers for the public.
I bring Yoga Therapy to private clients with Degenerative Disc Disease, bipolar disorder, Scoliosis, depression, and hip replacement surgery.
Lastly, I teach meditation based on various yoga traditions and mindfulness techniques.
Who/What Inspires You:
In no particular order: my daughter Lilia Jewel, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Mary Oliver, Rumi, Hafiz, kirtan music, Jesus, Buddha, Bede Griffiths, the Bhagavad Gita, the Dhammapada, the Bible, Emmet Fox, Mother Teresa, men and women in 12-Step recovery, A Course in Miracles, Marianne Williamson, Eckhart Tolle, the Dalai Lama.
I am proud to support A Place Called Home, Yoga Aid, Unlikely Heroes, and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. I am a yoga ambassador for lululemon and Manduka.
What is your favorite Quote:
“Let go and let God.”
Goals for the near future: To record audio meditations and yoga classes, publish a book of photographs in honor of my mother (proceeds to benefit a non-profit), lead a yoga retreat and teacher training, and open a yoga studio/wellness center. And to marry my beautiful fiance, Sandra.
Website URL: www.brianhymanyoga.com
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