Yoga Myths: Reclaim the Inherent Wisdom of your Yoga Practice

Do you teach or practise these ideas? Join us to learn safer alignment in these areas - and more.

Myth: tucking your tailbone in standing poses strengthens the abs and the lower back.

Myth: always anchor your pelvis to the floor in seated and standing twists.

Myth: draw your shoulder blades down when lifting your arms high above your head to stabilize your shoulders.

Myth: during menstruation and pregnancy, women should keep strong by continuing their normal asana practice.

Judith & Lizzie Lasater

Course Description

What do we mean by a "yoga myth"?

Do you teach or practise these ideas? Join us to learn safer alignment.

  • Myth: tucking your tailbone in standing poses strengthens the abs and the lower back.
  • Myth: the neck can flex to a full 90 degrees, so you don’t need blankets for Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand).
  • Myth: tucking your tailbone in backbends protects your lower back.
  • Myth: always anchor your pelvis to the floor in seated and standing twists.
  • Myth: draw your shoulder blades down when lifting your arms high above your head to stabilize your shoulders.
  • Myth: the kneecaps should face straight ahead in Tadasana (Mountain) and in (Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog).
  • Myth: arch your back to lift and open your chest in Navasana (Boat).
  • Myth: inversions bring more blood and oxygen to the brain.
  • Myth: during menstruation and pregnancy, women should keep strong by continuing their normal asana practice.
  • Myth: in yoga breathing always bulge the belly out order to breathe more air in, and thus increase oxygen in the blood.

Meet the Teachers

Judith Hanson Lasater has been teaching Yoga since 1971, and helping to train teachers since 1974. Her credentials include: author of ten book son yoga, Co Founder of the Yoga Journal magazine, received a Senior Teaching Certificate personally from BKS Iyengar, Co-Founder of the California Yoga Teachers Association, early board member of YogaAlliance, Ph.D in East West Psychology, and is a Physical Therapist.

Lizzie Lasater is A Columbia University alumna, Lizzie Lasater translates her training in Art History and Architecture into carefully curated digital workshops and global Restorative Yoga Teacher Trainings. Raised in San Francisco, Lizzie lives in the Alps with her Austrian husband and twin baby boys.

Steph Kerr is an E-RYT 500, YACEP and is currently completing a double major at the university of Western Ontaria in Kinesiology and Psychology. Fun fact: Steph was once pulled out of a security line at the airport because she had a sacrum model in her carry-on, and the border control wanted to question her about it! Thankfully soon everyone was laughing.

Judith and Lizzie Lasater

Course Curriculum (Pre Recorded Content, in addition to 3 Live Sessions)

Please click here to download PDF of the full Course Curriculum of Pre Recorded Content

Course Structure

This course is huge. It contains 11 chapters of rich pre-recorded material that will transform the way you practise and teach, and to which you have lifetime access. It is comparable to a week-long workshop – except you have everything recorded to watch over and over.

It also includes three live webinars with Judith and Lizzie, on Tuesdays 20 October, 3 November, and 17 November. Come with questions about your home practice. Stay for a lively discussion. Leave with helpful answers to deepen your experience of the course and your practice. All the sessions will be recorded and available with written notes on the learning platform.

You can move through the material at your own pace: but should expect to devote about 50 hours to the course material.

At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of completion for 50 non contact hours that you can submit to Yoga Alliance for continuing education credits

You will need a copy of Judith's book 'Yoga Myths: What You Need to Learn and Unlearn for a Safe and Healthy Yoga Practice'. You will also need a yoga mat, bolster, eye cover, 2 blocks, and 5 firm blankets.

What Will I Learn?

How to de-bunk some of the common yoga teaching myths and learn safer alignment for yourself and your students.

You can find out more about the course on Judith and Lizzie's website here.

Who is the Course for?

Open to all dedicated yoga practitioners.


See below for Judith and Lizzie debunking some Yoga Myths together on Lizzie Lasater's Youtube Channel: