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Training to Teach and Introductory Level
The route to teaching is via mentorship by an experienced teacher – for more information please see the Training to Teach page. Candidates for Introductory teaching assessment must have practiced Iyengar Yoga regularly for a minimum of 6 years before presenting for assessment. Candidates should not only have achieved a high standard in their personal practice in the Introductory asanas, but also have a preliminary awareness of the subtlety of Iyengar yoga and its philosophy.
Introductory Assessments are held in June. After passing the assessment the teacher gains an Introductory teacher’s certificate and is then qualified to teach a specified range of Introductory asanas (postures). Once qualified, teachers must pay IY(UK) teacher membership and Certification Mark Sub-Licence fees each year in order to teach Iyengar yoga in the UK.
BOOKING YOUR INTRODUCTORY LEVEL ASSESSMENT
Introductory assessments can be booked 1 – 31 January. To access the form, you first need to log in to the website with your username and password. Please contact the main office, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have difficulty signing in.
You must remain a member of IY (UK) throughout your training.
Intermediate Junior Level top
Some members continue training beyond their Introductory teaching certificate and go on to Intermediate Junior, Intermediate Senior and ultimately, Advanced certificates. To progress to teach more advanced postures, it is up to the individual to attend classes with Senior or Advanced teachers. These more advanced certificates demand more of teachers, both in the number and difficulty of asanas practised, and in the subtlety of their understanding of the theory and practice of yoga.
The time between passing the Introductory certificate and taking the Intermediate Junior Level 1 Assessment should not be less than three years other than in exceptional circumstances. Teachers who wish to take the Intermediate Junior 1 in less than three years after passing Introductory may not do so until at least eighteen months have passed (the minimum set for exceptional students by Guruji). After this minimum period, they will be subject to a review of their teaching skills in one of their own classes by an experienced local teacher who is an Assessor or Moderator at the appropriate level, but not their regular teacher, before being authorised to proceed to assessment. They should produce a letter from the reviewing teacher when they apply to take the assessment to confirm that their teaching is of a satisfactory standard.
Intermediate Junior is a three-part certificate with a minimum of 6 months (normally 12 months) between each section. Applications for assessment at Intermediate Junior Level 1, 2 or 3 must be supported by a signed recommendation from the candidate’s regular, weekly teacher who should be certified at least one level higher than the candidate and whose classes they have attended for at least one year.
Intermediate Junior Level 1, 2 and 3 assessments take place in October. You can book your assessment online from 1-30 April. Late applications cannot be accepted. You will find a link to the application form on the Members’ Dashboard under Teachers’ Notifications from 1 April. NB – the total number of assessments across the 3 levels of Intermediate Junior will be capped at a maximum of 20 each year. Early applications are advised.
Teachers can sign in and go to the IY (UK) Members’ Dashboard, Documents page to download the Intermediate Junior Level Syllabus.
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The time between passing Intermediate Junior Level 3 and taking Intermediate Senior Assessment Level 1 should not be less than three years other than in exceptional circumstances. Teachers who wish to take the Intermediate Senior Level 1 in less than three years after passing Intermediate Junior Level 3 may not do so until at least eighteen months have passed (the minimum set for exceptional students by Guruji). After this minimum period, they will be subject to a review of their teaching skills in one of their own classes by an experienced local teacher who is an Assessor or Moderator at the appropriate level, but not their regular teacher, before being authorised to proceed to assessment. They should produce a letter from the reviewing teacher when they apply to take the assessment to confirm that their teaching is of a satisfactory standard.
Applications for assessment at Intermediate Senior Level 1 & 2 must be supported by a signed recommendation from a Senior Level 3 (or above) teacher. Applicants for Intermediate Senior Level 1 must have visited RIMYI at least once before applying for assessment.
Intermediate Senior Level 1 and 2 assessments take place in November. You can book your assessment online from 1–30 June. Late applications cannot be accepted. You will find a link to the application form on the Members’ Dashboard under Teachers’ Notifications from 1 June.
Teachers can sign in and go to the IY (UK) Members’ Dashboard, Documents page to download the Intermediate Senior Level Syllabus.
Overseas candidates, please contact the Assessment Administrator, email@example.com, for a link to the application form.
To express interest in Senior Level 3 Assessment, please also contact the Assessment Administrator.
Advanced Level top
This Certificate is only awarded on the recommendation of the RIMYI.
For more information about teacher training and assessments with IY(UK), please contact the Assessment Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
30th September C1 form must be with the Assessments Administrator (to be completed by Teacher Trainers)
1st – 31st January Introductory application available online
last day of February Introductory paperwork deadline (test paper and standard paperwork including First Aid Certificate)
1st to 30th April Intermediate Junior application available online
31st May Intermediate Junior test paper and standard paperwork deadline
1st – 30th June Intermediate Senior application available online
31st July Senior test paper and standard paperwork deadline
Overseas Candidates Applying for Assessment top
Candidates should apply for assessment in the country where they live. If their country doesn’t have an Association or their Association does not offer assessments at the level they are applying for, then they should apply to a neighbouring country. If the nearest country is the UK or if there is a language barrier in the neighbouring countries, they may apply to the UK. Overseas candidates applying for assessment in the UK must:
a) Apply online for membership as overseas non-teacher members of IY (UK).
b) For any level above Introductory, send a scanned copy of their most recent teaching certificate to the Main Office so that the administrator can add this to their record on the database.
c) For any level above Introductory, send proof of their current Certification Mark sub-licence (or a receipt for this) to the Main Office.
d) Apply online and meet the same application deadlines as UK applicants.
e) In addition to the assessment fee, pay an overseas applicant supplement of £15 to cover additional administration costs.
The Assessments Administrator will contact the Main Office to check that all candidates have current membership status before sitting their assessments.
Overseas candidates with a non-teacher membership of IY(UK) may not be able to access the application form and documentation online but should contact the Assessments Administrator, email@example.com.