Testimonials & FAQ


“Words cannot really describe the experience I had as a student of Marianne Wells. When I did my training in August of 2008 I had no idea how profoundly my life would change. Marianne’s knowledge, compassion, understanding of the complexities of relationships and the human experience is unparalleled. She teaches from her heart while allowing the student to find and follow his/her own path.


Marianne’s own in-depth studies of the multi-layered subject of Yoga creates a curriculum that flows seamlessly from one day to the next, one subject to the next and one experience to the next. Her approach to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali takes an ancient text and applies it without effort to the modern world. Her vast knowledge of the asanas with great attention paid to proper posture alignment and safety provide the student with a plethora of knowledge to begin teaching once the program is finished, creating an environment where the student can form his/her own style.


Beyond the teacher is an amazing and compassionate mentor and friend. In the years since I graduated, Marianne has continued to help me on my path. With the knowledge I gained I have opened two Yoga studios since 2008. This dream was made possible through Marianne’s training. She taught me to trust myself and find the strength to live the life I was meant to live. I can always count on her to guide me in her own loving way. There are never any masks with Marianne. She is a true person in every sense of the word. She practices what she teaches and lives life with an open heart that allows her unique light to shine. I thank God everyday for guiding my path in life to Marianne.” ~ Colleen Verton E-RYT 200, Studio Owner – Woodstown & Swedesboro, NJ



“Words will never do justice for the experience I had learning from this Master of Yoga. Marianne Wells will forever be my teacher, my master and guide on my journey in yoga and beyond. Attending her school changed my life on levels beyond ones eyes. Marianne taught me what it was to be Yoga, to teach yoga, to live yoga and to guide others on their yoga journey. The key is that the lessons are beyond ‘how to do poses’ and they are a microcosm of life. I can say with confidence and through personal experience that what you learn during your time with Marianne will forever live in your heart, practice and actions. I am beyond gratitude and every time I practice or teach I reflect what I learned and continue to learn from my time spent with Marianne and our training group. You will do yourself a favor, personally, professionally, spiritually or whatever it is you seek to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to practice with a living Master who is what she practices and teaches.” ~ Joe Sarti RYT 200, Acupuncturist, Exercise Physiologist



“Marianne Wells helped me uncover the teacher within. I never thought I would be able to teach but found the courage during her training. She provided me with the tools and knowledge needed to teach a yoga class without losing that deeper level of what Yoga has always been for me, a spiritual practice. Marianne teaches this and it is beautiful. We not only learn to teach Yoga, we learn how to live it both on and off the mat. I was confident enough after the training and a few years teaching here and there to leave a corporate job and I now teach Yoga full time. Many blessings to Marianne for all she has awakened in me. If you want to be challenged, to awaken to your full potential as a teacher, or even just to awaken that inner Yogi within a little more, Marianne Wells is a teacher for you.” ~ Jeff Boardley RYT 200, Studio Owner – Canton, OH



“For anyone considering another training program, please research carefully. Marianne is, without question, one of the brightest lights in today’s yoga teaching community. Her teaching is inspiring and challenging, providing her students with unmatched training. We leave her program forever changed with the confidence and knowledge to make a genuine impact in people’s lives. In a time when there are countless fly-by-night certification mills pushing out poorly skilled “teachers,” but Marianne’s graduates play a critical role in maintaining the integrity and dignity of our rich yogic heritage. Thank you so much Marianne for your love, wisdom, honesty, and passion!” ~ Chris Lane RYT 200, Studio Owner – Kingswood, TX

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a yoga teacher?

Many yoga studios and instructors around the world offer some type of teacher certification process. Many of these options vary in length and intensity; some occur on weekends, others daily for partial or full days for a number of weeks. All should require you to complete the curriculum in full and demonstrate a capacity to teach others. Please look at the Yoga Alliance website for curriculum requirements mandated in order to become a Registered Yoga School (us) and a Registered Yoga Teacher (you).

Is your yoga teacher training appropriate for me? Am I ready?

When a person heads off to college, they generally have an interest in their field of study but rarely the experience. They take a series of courses, each building upon the next, within their discipline that expands their overall knowledge and skill. That’s pretty much the same purpose behind any type of yoga training. You needn’t have a decade of yoga experience under your belt to decide you’d like to teach the practice- it simply starts with a desire. If you feel you want to teach, yoga teacher training will give you a practical understanding of the yogic path, as well as exposing you to a wide range of yoga practices to help direct you on your path. Read more on the requirements of Marianne’s 200 hour teacher training.

I want to come to teacher training to deepen my personal practice more than I want to teach. Is MWYS right for me?

It is not uncommon in today’s world to want to deepen your own personal yoga practice but to not know where to begin. Many students are turning to yoga teacher trainings after they realize they want to grow in their practice, but practicing yoga is either too expensive, they haven’t found a teacher they “clicked” with, finding a studio class is difficult with their packed schedule, or for any combination of reasons. If you are turning to a yoga teacher training to simply deepen your own practice, you are not alone.

Marianne welcomes all students with open arms despite their reasons or intentions for wanting to (or not wanting to) become a yoga teacher. You do not need to have years of a personal practice or be able to hold the perfect handstand to complete a yoga teacher training. However, with that being said, students whose primary goal is to deepen their personal practice must focus on coming to their yoga teacher training with an open mind and heart. There is just as much time each day spent learning philosophy, the chakras, Ayurveda, and “off the mat” aspects of the yogic path as there are learning postures and anatomy. You will be expected to student teach regularly throughout training and are required to be present at each session, every day of training. Ultimately, Marianne Wells Yoga School runs teacher trainings as if each student wants to leave training and start teaching yoga classes; whether or not you personally want to teach is up to you, but we do want you to make the most informed decision possible.

Will I be ready to teach after the training? Can I be a registered yoga teacher?

With yoga teacher training, as with any endeavor in education, you get out what you put in. If you put the hours before your teacher training into practicing a variety of styles of yoga with a variety of teachers, if you come to training with a focused mind and an open heart, if you are present, truly present during each session in training, then you will likely be ready to teach after training. We will give you the tools, it is up to you to implement them.

The ability to successfully teach others yoga goes farther than a proper yoga foundation.  It requires faithful and honest examination of what yoga teaches you about yourself in your personal practice. Signing up to be a yoga teacher means signing up to be a yoga student for life. You must continuously learn, explore, and expand your knowledge of yoga and the yogic path. This is what I teach my students during each training, and this approach is proven with the success of my students teaching in over 60 countries around the world.  Light the fire in others and the gifts of yoga will spread.

Successful completion of all requirements of MWYS teacher training programs makes you eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance at the RYT200 level.

Why do different schools have different number of days in their training? Why does your school teach fewer days than some other schools?

Over the years of Marianne teaching, she tried many different program lengths or structures and found that this particular timeframe works the best for many people. Aside from the fact that most people don’t have a wealth of paid time off at their disposal, or are unable to get away for an entire month, it’s really best to learn in a focused environment, then to go put what you’ve learned into practice. It’s much like the people who’ve participated in The Biggest Loser. While on the show, their path to weight-loss and fitness is quite structured and straightforward. Temptations are kept at bay, time is managed by others, and focus driven by educators and trainers. Once they go back to their own world, the true test begins. Only then will they experience genuine success, as they are then able to put into practice all they’ve learned. A teacher only provides the history, theory, teachings, and practice, all of which are very important provisions, but it’s the student who takes those elements and translates them into something tangible for themselves and others.

How does the immersion experience differ from weekend training?

Weekend training sessions meet for up to 20 weekends at one or a few locations over the course of months or, at times, even years. Marianne originally facilitated her school in this format but found the distractions of life- work, school, family, children, etc.- impeded the progress of her students.

The immersion style or intensive is a very focused timeframe where the students live with other students, and usually the teacher(s), during their training. Some are conducted at ashrams or spiritual retreat centers, but many are held at resort-style retreat locations.

Typically, the immersion training sessions have a daily morning yoga practice, meditation, instruction of varying workshops/lectures/discussion groups, philosophy of yoga, and practicum, often accompanied by vegetarian or vegan meals.

Marianne Wells Yoga School resort partners are carefully selected based on safety, serenity, outstanding yoga facilities, comfortable lodging, gourmet vegetarian meals, housekeeping services, and proximity to the ocean and natural surroundings. It is an important part of the yoga tradition to be in nature as the ancient yogis were when they handed down the tradition to their students. In addition, it is important that the facilities and rooms are clean and well-maintained in order to support the students physical and emotional well-being while completing their intensive teacher training.

Immersion trainings of greater than 3 weeks typically have multiple afternoons or entire days off during the session to allow for independent or group activities, travel, excursions, self study, etc.  However, you probably know by now that Marianne Wells Yoga School only offers two-week intensives which means there is a lot (yes, 200 hours of study) packed into a short period of time. This does, indeed, limit your opportunities to go for runs, swimming in the ocean, or into town during your teacher training. This isn’t to say there is no independent time during these trainings, but rather, that we have a lot to do in order to accomplish your goals and to fulfill the standards set by Marianne and the Yoga Alliance to send well-educated yoga teachers out into the world.

What is your predominant style?

Marianne was raised in a yoga household, although as a child she did not realize that what she was doing was called “yoga”. Her mother made her and her siblings do headstands every night before bed, and would give them a few asanas to do if they had an upset stomach or headache.

It wasn’t until her mid-twenties that she found a true personal yoga practice, as well as the desire to deepen her study. Shortly after finding her yoga teacher, she had the opportunity to study under B.K.S. Iyengar and Gurmukh Khalsa. These Gurus influenced her style to be Iyengar-informed, but if you were to classify Marianne’s style, it would be along the lines of Hatha with a tendency towards Flow.

With that said, Marianne truly believes that every teacher has their own original style, taking from what they’ve learned- be it a combination of Kundalini and Ashtanga or Bikram and Vinyasa, and incorporating it into their practice. You see, there is only one Marianne Wells in this world as there is only one You. So you could be a second-rate someone else or a first-rate original. You define your own style and provide your gifts to yoga.

Do I need to be a vegetarian before doing my yoga teacher training?

Nope! In fact, most meat eaters agree that they don’t notice the lack of meat in their diet while in Costa Rica. The chefs at our resort partners work incredibly hard to provide nourishing, healthy, fresh, well-rounded options at each meal in order to satisfy each student’s needs. And some of the resorts offer seafood and chicken dishes as well. We promise you’ll be just fine.