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Following is a gist of how to become a certified teacher of Iyengar Yoga:

Certification 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

 
Eligibility Criteria :
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 teacher training.
 
Training Process :
  • The teacher training is for a minimum of 2 years
  • The teacher 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
  • After 1 year of training, the trainee can appear for the Introductory Level I examination
  • After completing Introductory Level I, the trainee can appear for Introductory Level II after a minimum of a further 1 year.
  • The trainee is qualified to teach only after the completion of Introductory Level II
  • The teacher 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
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    Syllabus 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.

     
     
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