To become a certified Introductory Level 2 Iyengar Yoga teacher, a student must undergo teacher training and pass assessment. For higher levels teachers may prepare to upgrade their certificate at assessment usually with the assistance of a more senior teacher.
Teachers who are qualified and have been endorsed by the Assessment Committee may train teachers.
Teachers of Intermediate Junior Level III and above ie Intermediate Senior Levels I,II,III and Advanced Junior who are considered senior teachers. Senior teachers have the responsibility of training and assessing teachers and many conduct remedial/medical classes. This information is listed in the individual teacher’s biography on the Find a Teacher page.
Teacher Training towards Assessment and Certification
Geeta Iyengar says: “Teachers should practice the asana until they are very clear and secure about their understanding and demonstration. This will allow the teacher to teach from confidence and to focus awareness on the students”.
A student wishing to train as a teacher must have been practicing Iyengar Yoga regularly for a minimum of three (3) years before undertaking training with a teacher accredited by the BKSIYAA to train teachers. Programmes with individual teacher trainers are conducted under the Association’s guidelines either as an apprenticeship or organized as a course format. The Association does not conduct teacher training courses.
Prospective teachers should negotiate directly with an accredited teacher trainer. Accredited teachers can be found by going to Find a Teacher. (Senior Teachers)
The first level of certification – Introductory Level
To be successful at assessment the teacher trainee would be expected to have a basic understanding of teaching practices and a solid foundation in their own personal practice.
The total of training hours to apply to be assessed at Introductory Level must be at least 300 hours of teacher training and 100 hours of assisting, adjusting and teaching students within the course. If successful a teaching certificate is awarded. A training teacher is expected to maintain a home practice with regular attendance at their teacher trainers classes.
Higher Levels of Certification
As teachers become more experienced, they may apply to upgrade to higher levels of Intermediate Junior Level 1 to 3.
Certificates of higher levels, Intermediate Senior and above, applicants can apply through the Association’s Assessment Committee.
Iyengar Yoga teachers continue their education by studying with senior teachers and by attending classes at the RIMYI, Pune. This ongoing learning is part of a teacher’s commitment to the teaching of Iyengar Yoga and is necessary to renew their Certification Mark licence and maintain the currency of their certificate.
Certified teachers and registered trainee teachers can use their membership login to access the Teachers and Trainees area of this website. Detailed information on the assessment process, on certification, on insurance and other updates are viewable on these pages.