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.


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,, if you have difficulty signing in.

1st – 31st January Introductory application available online
last day of February Introductory paperwork deadline (test paper and standard paperwork including First Aid Certificate)

You must remain a member of IY (UK) throughout your training.