Iyengar Yoga Teacher training is a rigorous process. One is required to practice in the Iyengar tradition and take Iyengar Yoga classes regularly for at least 3 years before beginning to study to become a teacher.
Iyengar Yoga Teacher training is primarily completed under a mentorship model, in which one studies with a certified teacher over the course of 2 or more – sometimes many more – years. When the mentoring teacher agrees that the candidate is ready for assessment, then the candidate may appear before other senior Iyengar teachers to take assessment. Assessment consists of a written exam, demonstrated practice, and demonstrated teaching.
The authority to teach under the Iyengar name is granted only by the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India. Some assessments are conducted here in the United States. Some teaching certification levels are granted only by RIMYI. Once one becomes certified in the Iyengar tradition, one agrees to teach Iyengar Yoga exclusively.
As of 2020, the assessment system is under revision and no assessments were offered in 2020. The new system is expected to be in place in time for assessments to resume in 2021.
For those interested in the scope of knowledge required under the old Iyengar Yoga teacher training system, or simply in enhancing their understanding of yoga, I am continuing to post study guides related to the old system. Click the links below to read the old study guides.