Iyengar Yoga Australia is dedicated to honouring and sharing the teachings of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar in Australia. We are a vibrant and welcoming community of teachers and students devoted to the art, science and philosophy of Iyengar Yoga. Through our network both nationally and internationally, we promote Iyengar Yoga as a healthy way of life.

Recognised as the most widely adopted yoga method in the world, Iyengar Yoga is renowned for its focus on precision, alignment, sequencing, timing and the use of props.

What is Iyengar Yoga?

Iyengar Yoga is for everybody. Recognised as the most widely adopted yoga method in the world, Iyengar is renowned for its focus on precision, alignment, sequencing, timing and the use of props. Regardless of your age or level of fitness, you can enjoy the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of Iyengar Yoga.

About Iyengar Yoga Australia (IYA)

Since our humble beginnings in 1985, IYA now brings together over 800 members. We are a vital, dynamic and robust organisation, and the official liaison of the Iyengar family at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune.

Join us and our community.

Become a member of IYA and enjoy the benefits of joining our community of dedicated Iyengar Yoga students and teachers. An annual membership allows you to keep up-to-date with the latest news and events from our community in Australia and around the world as well as first hand access to IYA organised events.

Teacher training

Teacher Training is a rewarding and challenging experience. The knowledge and skills you will gain will deepen your yoga practice and allow you to work towards full certification as an Iyengar Yoga teacher. You’ll also become an invaluable member of our teaching community, and will be able to take part in workshops, retreats and conventions in Australia and overseas.

Recent Articles

New Ethics Committee Member Craig Mackie

Meet Craig Mackie. Craig recently joined the Ethics & Certification Committee as a legal counsel. He is a barrister specialising in commercial litigation and also a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, based in Hobart.

Meet Craig Mackie. Craig recently joined the Ethics & Certification Committee as a legal counsel. He is a barrister specialising in commercial litigation and also a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, based in Hobart.

How long have you been practising Iyengar Yoga?

I started practising yoga around 2004 and first attended classes to help with workplace stress and a long term shoulder injury which I have from playing cricket.

When did you start teaching yoga?

In 2016 I received an introductory level teaching certificate and now teach at the Hobart School of Iyengar Yoga.

What do you do outside yoga?

I am a barrister. Next year I will have been admitted to practice as a lawyer for 30 years, specialising in commercial litigation. I have a large Anti-Discrimination law practice and also work with people like doctors, nurses, architects, vets and real estate agents who are being investigated by their regulatory bodies. I am also a member of Tasmania’s Disciplinary Tribunal, which presides over allegations of misconduct against lawyers. Besides yoga and law, I keep bees; I’m an accredited cricket coach, and, like all good Tasmanians, I enjoy bushwalking.

What do you hope to bring to the Ethics and Certification Mark Committee?

For some time now, I have been helping the Ethics & Certification Committee review and redraft IYA’s Ethical Guidelines. Like most policy documents, which have been written some time ago, I realised they needed updating to consider an approach that was thorough, transparent and reflected current community standards.

These documents are on the IYA website, and I encourage everyone to take time to look at them. The review and implementation of these guidelines is an ongoing process.

By coming onto the ECMC, I join the other committee members in attempting to ensure the practice of Iyengar Yoga is safe and rewarding for all.

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Mid Year 2019 Teacher Assessment — Results

Big congratulations to all the teachers who were successful at the Iyengar Yoga Australia Mid Year 2019 Assessments conducted in May.

Big congratulations to all the teachers who were successful at the Mid Year 2019 Assessments conducted in May.

Intermediate Junior Level III

Ross Parris & Tim Oddie

Intermediate Junior Level II

Vanessa Shribman & Kirsten Shteinman

Intermediate Junior Level I

Petra Winkler-Hirter & Bernie Hillard

Introductory Level

Patricia Farnsworth, Marie Morrison, Gillian Braddock, Debbie Hookway, Kylie Elliott, Keith Russell, Patricia Lloyd, Anat Cossen, Kate Bywaters, Melanie Robinson, Kate Mugavin, Alexander Monin, Renae Moore, Christine Plate, Cathy Taylor & Molly Ross.

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Yoga Sequence - Backbends (Sophie Johnston)

We all know that we should practice our yoga not just in class but also at home. But sometimes you just don’t know where to start or what to practice. Thank you to Sophie Johnston from Coogee Yoga for putting this sequence together for us.

We all know that we should practice our yoga not just in class but also at home. But sometimes you just don’t know where to start or what to practice.

Perhaps not if you are a yoga teacher, but for those of us who are not, here’s a backbend practice sequence for you.

Yoga Sequence - Backbend - Sophie Johnston, Coogee Yoga

Thank you to Sophie Johnston from Coogee Yoga for putting this sequence together for us.

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