5 Myths About Yoga Teacher Training Programs (Or At Least Mine!)

As I talk to individuals who are considering participating in a yoga teacher training program, I uncovered some common myths and assumptions that frankly, quite surprised me.

Maybe I’ve been teaching for too long (13 years – yay!), so I sometimes forget to step into the student’s mind. Plus, the downside of yoga being so ubiquitous is that the media has portrayed yoga students and teachers as white, skinny, affluent, young Americans with chiseled bodies (Not so, read below!).

So for those of you who are longing to organize your life in a healthy, natural way and want to experience the deeper benefits of yoga, don’t let these 5 common misconceptions keep you from this life-changing experience:


Here are the 5 Myths:

  1. “To become a ‘real’ yoga teacher, I need to be a white, skinny, young, affluent, female American.” This is absolutely false. True yoga is available to everyone. In my program, I honor all ethnicities, body shapes and ages. This yoga intensive is available to all. You should however have been in a yoga class or have practiced yoga long enough to know that there is more to yoga than the physical poses. If you want to teach, there is actually a lot more work available for those who have the calling to work with others like themselves. Niche markets such as teaching retirees, children, the elderly, corporate yoga, yoga for chronic pain or special conditions abound. What I teach you is to use your “weaknesses” as your strengths.
  2. “I have to be flexible to be good at yoga.” Absolutely, wrong, wrong, wrong. If you are inflexible, you will be able to experience the physical yoga poses in a way that both protects your body and also teaches you how to teach others who are inflexible (the majority of the population). Whoever said being a good yoga student or yoga teacher requires flexibility isn’t practicing or teaching true yoga.
  3. “My yoga poses aren’t good enough for me to start this type of program.” No, no, no, my friends. First off, my Yoga Awakenings Teacher Training Program is about 10% focused on learning and improving your yoga poses. Yes, you will learn alignment and have lots of one-on-one time with me to learn yoga poses. In addition, you’ll learn the true depth of yoga learning key skills on health, managing anxiety and fear, living the loving principles of yoga and how to be of service in the world (on or off the mat).
  4. “I can’t start a yoga intensive or teacher training program because I don’t have a solid yoga and meditation home practice.” I can assure you that most people entering a teacher training program do not already have a consistent and fulfilling home practice. One of the keys that you will learn is how to integrate yoga more deeply into your life – at home and out in the world.
  5. “The Yoga Awakening Teacher Training Program is only for people who want to become yoga teachers.” Nope, not true. While some participants of my program will be eager to become professional yoga teachers, I’d estimate that 50-75% of those who take a teacher training program have no plans to teach yoga. (This is true for not just my program, but almost all teacher training programs.) My program is a life program. You will learn how to rest with the big questions of life (who am I? why am I here? how can I live in a space of integrity and peace?). You’ll learn how to nourish your body. You’ll learn the fascinating and rich traditions of yoga that address taming the mind, healing the body and tapping into the spirit.


Are you interested in deepening your yoga and meditation practice and becoming healthier in your body, mind and spirit so that you can help others no matter what your life path? Consider my very special program. Take these five steps:

  1. Download the 26 page PDF here. This will answer many of your questions.
  2. Call me or email me with ANY questions. I’m here for you. I can help you make an informed decision. You can reach me at SuzanneMorganYoga@yahoo.com or 703-626-8349.
  3. Fill out the application. (Once accepted in, please send your deposit of $300)
  4. Be ready to start Friday, February 19 at 6 pm.
  5. Rejoice! You are on the road to a healthier more abundant life!


I offer monthly payment plans as a payment option. Please ask questions.

BUT HURRY! We start on February 19th!

Namaste + love,


Help Me Celebrate! My Yoga Awakenings 200-Hour Teacher Training & Yoga Intensive Sails Through Yoga Alliance’s Rigorous Standards



Hi, my yoga friends!

I am so thrilled and honored that my upcoming Teacher Training & Yoga Intensive sailed through Yoga Alliance’s standards. I now have a Registered Yoga School (RYS) that meets and exceeds the rigorous standards set by yoga’s leading association and registry, Yoga Alliance. Help me celebrate by doing one or more of the following:

  • Get crazy – do a headstand, handstand or your favorite yoga pose!
  • Reflect on how yoga has changed your life.
  • Share the love. Know anyone who would like to deepen their knowledge and practice of yoga. Send them to the Yoga Awakenings Program Overview and Detailed Course Descriptions. Our program starts August 22, 2014.

And a huge heart-felt THANK YOU to my students, yoga friends and followers. You inspire me!

Big love + Namaste,




Yoga Awakenings Teacher Training and Yoga Intensive is a 200-hr Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. At completion of the program, graduates are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). Yoga Awakenings Teacher Training Program and Yoga Intensive will help you more deeply connect with your body, tame your mind and let your spirit soar. This program offers practical solutions both for those seeking to teach yoga and for others who simply want to deepen their yoga practice. Learn tangible therapeutic, energetic, yoga skills to help yourself or others who suffer from illness and pain, stress or a mind that won’t seem to quiet.

This 200 hour program is firmly grounded in yoga philosophy. It offers very practical applications for how to teach yoga and therapeutics for healing the body. It will help you build confidence that you can apply to all areas of your life. Living and teaching from a place of authenticity and love is the heart of this program. It’s a passionate playground where awareness, inspired action and wellness skip hand-in-hand. Come and join me on the playground. You’ll laugh – I promise.

Overall Learning Objectives

At completion of this program, you will (1) have practical knowledge to enable you to start teaching beginner and all-level yoga; (2) have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of yoga therapy; (3) have learned the history and basic philosophy of yoga. You’ll learn how to begin to teach these fundamental principles in a yoga class and/or how to apply it to your life; (4) learn specific skills on how to become an effective and ethical yoga teacher; (5) become a more adept yoga practitioner having learned different tools, styles and energetic practices to open the body and calm the mind.

If you have benefited from yoga and would like to share the gift, consider joining me on this spectacular journey. I welcome all inquiries and will not discriminate based on your age, weight or current profession.

This is a foundational course that is meant to help you deepen your own practice so that you can share the love (in a classroom of your own someday or in the supermarket) with others. If you are interested, please sign up today! Program starts August 22, 2014.

Suzanne Morgan