We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Hyman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brian, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
I have worked as a yoga teacher in the field of addiction treatment and recovery since 2012. I have facilitated thousands of groups filled with men and women from around the world. These courageous men and women have all made the decision to do one very important thing: save their life. To seek treatment; to leave family and friends; to take time away from work and other obligations; to learn new behaviors; to let go of limiting beliefs and habit energies — all of these factors align for one purpose: to save a precious human life. I share these ideas to help remove shame and stigma from addiction. I share these ideas as a reminder that we can work together to help one another learn, heal, and grow. I share these ideas so that more lives can be saved. I know these things to be true because I not only teach yoga in a treatment center, but I have also been clean and sober since 2009. Yoga has been an integral part of my personal recovery from addiction. And now, teaching yoga within the field of addiction treatment has allowed me to share how yogic philosophy and recovery principles can save lives. For the opportunities I have had to work within this industry, I am truly grateful.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been teaching yoga and meditation in the Los Angeles area since 2011. I have been interviewed for my extensive work with yoga, spirituality, and recovery by Life by Me, Sivana, Origin, Mindful Yoga Health, Neon Tommy, and Malibu Times. I have been a podcast guest on Sober Gratitudes, Sobriety Corps, Yoga And Recovery, Yoga Digest Now, and Stories of Inspiring Joy. My writing about yoga, recovery, and wellness has been published by Mantra Wellness, Whole Life Times, Insight Timer, and Yoga Digest. I am also a contributing author for the upcoming book “Inside the Warrior,” which details practice methods of notable male yoga teachers around the world. I have been a guest teacher, group facilitator, and featured speaker in and around Los Angeles at Cast Recovery, Riviera Recovery, The Canyon, 180 Center, Chabad, Sol Sanctuary, Soba Recovery, and Tarzana Treatment Center. I created/published the 30-day audio course “Recovery: Principles for a Purposeful Life” on the #1 meditation app/site Insight Timer. My 10-day audio courses on the app/site include “Cultivating a Heart of Gratitude,” “Yogic Principles for Transformation,” and “Yogic Wisdom for Modern Times.” Total plays for my content on Insight Timer are more than 94,000 (as of Oct 2020). My video course “Meditation for Everyone: Calm, Balance, and Peace” is available on Udemy.com; and my yoga, breath work, and guided meditation videos are available on Yoga30.com. I have been clean and sober and living life in recovery since 2009. I am an accomplished, certified yoga therapist with over a decade of personal recovery from addiction and more than eight years of professional experience facilitating thousands of process groups, yoga classes, and meditation sessions at a prominent treatment center for addiction recovery in Malibu. I am a proud father, writer, and I am very excited to create more audio courses and additional content within the next few years to help people in the areas of recovery, yoga, and wellness.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Within the Los Angeles area, I would visit any of the beaches. I would also recommend all of our hiking spots within the Santa Monica Mountains. For people-watching, perhaps Venice Beach or Abbot Kinney. For shopping, I personally enjoy spending time in local thrift stores. To eat, I would recommend anything local that is organic/non-GMO and plant-based (vegan).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
People: Yoga teacher Chelsey Charbeneau guided me to become a teacher. She inspired me with her words and approach to the practice. Saul David Raye was the yoga teacher who trained me to teach yoga from my heart. I have had many other great teachers and mentors over the years, but without these two people, I would not be teaching today. Books: Anything by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. Also, the teachings of Emmet Fox, James Allen, Eckhart Tolle, and Eknath Easwaran. And I am inspired by the poetry of Mary Oliver and Rumi.