John Thurman, is a Washington, DC based yoga instructor who teaches vinyasa flow power yoga classes. He teaches in a style that focuses on providing a challenging and fun environment for all levels of students to learn and practice their yoga asana. John believes in encouraging students to find their boundaries and mindfully push their limits. Focusing on breath, posture and gaze, John helps guide students through their practice in a thoughtful manner that helps them grow on their own path. The best students on the mats are those that put forth their best effort each practice and John tries to bring that out in every student.
He has been personally practicing yoga since 2001, and his training includes exposure to Rocket, Iyengar, restorative, and vinyasa style asanas, as well as pranayama and mediation. His physical background includes football, triathlons, weight lifting, high-intensity training, and running. John has completed Mimi Rieger’s 200-hour Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Washington, DC, as well as a 50-hour Rocket Yoga training at Asta Yoga Studio, San Francisco, CA. Additionally, he has taken his 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training from Flow Yoga Center in Washington, DC. He has studied with Mimi Rieger, Bryan Kest, David Kyle, Dharma Mittra, Aaron Star, Kristen Krash, HawaH Kasat, Sharron Gannon, David Swenson, Rene´ Henley, and Steven Pyka. John is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) with Yoga Alliance. John is also Reiki Level 1 trained.
John is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He received his master’s degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. John completed a 20-year career as Military Policeman and Operations Research Analyst with the U.S. Army serving in worldwide deployments. He also worked as a cost analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (OSD CAPE) at the Pentagon.
John’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Army Commendation Medal (3), Joint Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award (2), Korean Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with the campaign stars, Humanitarian Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award.
John teaches with Yogi Aaron in the 14-Day Immersion.