John Thurman Yoga

Power Yoga for the Modern Lifestyle


Come join me in Costa Rica in 2019!!!!!



LIMITED SPACE REMAINING!!!!!!!  Come to Costa Rica with me and my friend, Mimi Rieger, from Saturday, February 2 to Saturday, February 9, 2019.  We will be staying at Blue Osa for eight days and seven nights.   Come take yoga classes, enjoy the beach, surfing lessons, take adventure tours such as kayaking, zip lining and jungle hikes, and have spa treatments!!!   Plan your warm winter vacation now to relax and enjoy all that Costa Rica has to offer.   Each day will begin with a light breakfast followed by a yoga asana practice.  You will then have the balance of the day until 4:30pm to either take spa treatments, read and swim by the pool, walk along the private beach, or take adventure tours. Before dinner, we will take a lighter practice that will stretch both our bodies and our minds. Total cost is $1,900 for double occupancy rooms.   $200 early bird discount is available until September 1, 2017 for double occupancy only.   Other pricing is available for triple occupancy or a penthouse suite.

More details about the resort can be found at www.blueosa.com, and internal flights and additional travel can be arrange with Wellness Costa Rica here.

Email me at John@JohnThurmanYoga.com for more details or to reserve!!!!!!

Join me at Shensara Yoga Festival, July 12 - 15, 2018, in Luray, Virginia.  Yoga, music, and community!!!!  Come and enjoy a fun weekend!!!!

Buy your tickets at http://www.shensara.com using discount code john for 5% off.

At Shensara you camp for four days on the banks of the Shenandoah River. You are free to roam around the natural beauty of The Farm, swim in the river, relax and attend any of the activities we have planned. Some of the activities include:

  • Yoga classes and workshops on several different styles of yoga.
  • Guided meditations that allow the participants to discover and try different methods of meditation.
  • Workshops that bridge the gap between science and our spiritual practice.
  • Workshops from community leaders, business owners and individuals that have built business or projects that respect the environment, their costumers and their employees.
  • Join the Kirtan chanting and drum circle at the nightly bonfire.
  • Listen to soothing music at the main stage, then end the night dancing with your friends and the community to world beats.
  • Learn how to build an organic garden in your backyard or your apartment.
  • Sit quietly in the Meditation grove, a space surrounded by nature dedicated for quiet meditation or reflection.


John L. 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.



Power Yoga

Primarily based on Ashtanga Yoga, this challenging practice incorporates Sun Salutations, standing postures, arm balances, core work, a seated series and inversions with a keen focus on the breath. Students will build heat in the body while cultivating stamina, endurance and emphasizing personal growth in their practice. Be prepared for a vigorous and fun class.

Open to all students, expect a mixed levels class.

Rocket Yoga

An intense, vigorous, set sequence based on Ashtanga Yoga, The Rocket was created by It’s Yoga, Larry Schultz, to get your desired results faster. Postures taken from the Ashtanga Primary Series in Rocket 1 are then incorporated with more advanced asana from the Second and Third Ashtanga Series in Rocket 2 and 3. Expect a strong standing series, incorporating arm balances and inversions followed by a seated postures followed by backbends, handstands and the Ashtanga finishing series. More intermediate to advanced postures will be offered.  John received his Rocket training from Asta Yoga Studio in San Francisco, CA.

Open to all levels, a fundamental knowledge of yoga strongly encouraged.

Vinyasa Yoga

This practice links asana and breath together in a seamless and continuous movement integrating creativity and fluid transitions. A fluid flow joining standing balances, hip opening and core work are the foundational postures in this practice. Classes are accessible to all levels and offer variations with alignment-based cues incorporating powerful yet graceful movements.

Open to all levels.

Chiseled Yoga

This interdisciplinary practice incorporates both Power Yoga and light free-weights to produce a vigorous, sweat-inducing workout.  The practice begins with sun salutations, followed by a heat-inducing standing balance sequence utilizing free weights, core mat exercises, and finally a cooling and relaxing closing sequence, to produce a full body and mind experience. 


Men’s Yoga Workshop:  Shoulders, Hamstrings & Hips

The goal of this men’s yoga workshop is to teach active men the many benefits of a cooling, supplemental yoga practice to their otherwise active lifestyles.  This practice seeks to supplement, rather than replace your workout routine. It is thoughtfully designed and sequenced to promote an opening of the major joints and tight hamstring muscles, which will both increase mobility and flexibility and improve awareness of one’s posture, radically increasing the efficacy of your physical training regimen.


Project Management

John's 20-year background in the US Army and as an Office of the Secretary of Defense civilian has given him a rich and deep background in project management.  Combined with John's yoga training, you can request assistance with managing retreats, workshops, teach trainings, Yoga Alliance school compliance, and teacher training manual design and production.  Additional services available include newsletter design and management, social media assistance, and music playlists.


Private Sessions

Reiki Sessions

John is trained to give Reiki, 霊気, and is available for private sessions.  Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.  Contact John on the form below to schedule a session.


John is available for private yoga sessions one-on-one or in very small groups.  He is also available to teach at non-public events such as for business seminars, corporate yoga, pre-wedding sessions, or weekend retreats. 


Weekly Class Schedule

These are my regularly offered classes.   Any substitute coverage will be noted on the calendar below or on my Facebook page.


 5:30PM - CHISELED YOGA | Equinox DC

 7:15PM - ROCKET Series 1 | YMCA Anthony Bowen


12 noon - VINYASA | VIDA Metropole

5:30PM - ROCKET Series 1 |  VIDA U Street

 7:00PM - ROCKET Series 2 | VIDA Metropole


  12:00PM - POWER | VIDA Verizon Center

  6:15PM - POWER | YMCA Anthony Bowen


  12 noon - POWER | Pentagon Gym

  5:30PM - POWER | VIDA U Street

  6:45PM - YOGA FOR ATHLETES | VIDA Metropole



Here is the link to my playlists available on Apple Music!   Click through the Apple Music Profile link, and then find the playlist you are looking for. The months are when I created the playlist. Feel free to ask in class which list I played if you are looking to enjoy it during your self practice or just to jam to.

Apple Music Profile

Below is a recording of a Yoga Nidra session that is available for free for your personal use. Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation that is a powerful way  to learn to relax. Its benefits include physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Additionally, some practitioners find it is worth 4-5 hours worth of sleep. Some also use the breathing techniques to learn to help them relax and fall asleep. In a raja yoga practice, one of the limbs is pratyahara also known as inner withdrawal of the senses. Yoga Nidra is one way to practice this which becomes a transformative way to increase concentration and helps lead to samadhi. I hope you find this recording helpful. You can listen directly from the block below, or you can use the SoundCloud link to listen offline or download to your own device.  Please feel free to share this recording, this gift of Yoga Nidra.

Washington Post Article from April 10, 2015:  Warrior Pose — One way to help veterans with PTSD? Lots of yoga.


CNN "Vital Signs", Interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and video of my Pentagon class.

Click for link to CNN:  PART 1     PART 2


Walter Reed Medical Center, Human Performance Research Center's video on "Challenge Yoga with Weights"

 From the March 11, 2015 Northwest Current Newspaper, Washington, DC

From the March 11, 2015 Northwest Current Newspaper, Washington, DC

Contact John

Whether you're a seasoned yogi, or just starting out, people of all athletic abilities can benefit from yoga training. 

If you'd like more info about upcoming classes, if you'd like a personalized training, or need help with administration of your yoga program, drop me a line today!

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