> How to become a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher (for those residing outside of India)?
Following is a
gist of how to become a certified teacher of Iyengar Yoga:
Levels in Teacher training :
* Introductory I and II
* Junior Intermediate I,II and III
* Senior Intermediate I, II and III
* Junior Advanced I,II and III
* Senior Advanced I and II
The minimum qualification required to start teacher training is
* One needs to be a student of Iyengar Yoga for a minimum of 3 years.
* One is expected to attend at least 3 classes a week and should practice
daily on their own.
* The teachers will judge the student’s practice further to start
The teacher training is for a minimum of 2 years
training primarily focuses on:
* Personal practice
* Acquiring clarity in giving instructions
* Learning to make subtle adjustments with the use of props
* Understanding problems faced by specific individuals
year of training, the trainee can appear for the Introductory Level
Introductory Level I, the trainee can appear for Introductory Level
II after a minimum of a further 1 year.
is qualified to teach only after the completion of Introductory
can then appear for the higher levels (Junior Intermediate,Senior
Intermediate, Junior and Senior Advanced) after a minimum gap of
one and a half year each between each level
and examination :
Each level has its own syllabus for
practice and teaching
Each exam has three components:
* Theory paper: Questions
about asanas, pranayama, anatomy, physiology and yoga
* Demonstration of asanas and pranayama
* Demonstration of teaching skills
It is not
just the “time” or “years” of practice that makes one eligible for
a particular level of certification but the “quality” of practice.
For more details, the interested students are advised to contact
their respective Iyengar Yoga teachers and associations.