Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar developed what has come to be called Iyengar yoga from a firm spiritual, philosophical and practical base. Iyengar yoga is a way of life, rather than a physical activity. Students have to take the necessary time to learn the asanas and pranayama purely for the joy of learning.
Students who have attended Iyengar yoga classes regularly for a minimum of 3 years and have a good standard of practice in the Level 1 asanas may be interested in becoming teachers.
The route to teaching is via mentorship by an experienced teacher who has been approved as a mentor by Iyengar Yoga (UK). Students who are interested in training to teach should, in the first instance, discuss this with their own regular class teacher who, if not eligible, and willing, to mentor themselves, will be able to put them in touch with a qualified mentor.
As a trainee, you will be expected to attend regular classes with your mentor and will progress to demonstrate and assist during class as well as undertaking various written assignments and attending peer-group sessions. The mentorship period will last a minimum of three years but may take longer. During the mentorship period, trainees will be expected to learn not only the Level 1 syllabus but that of Level 2 also. Before teaching the basics, one must be at an advanced level of learning. Candidates for teaching assessment, therefore, will have practised Iyengar yoga regularly for a minimum of 6 years before presenting for Level 1 assessment. Candidates should not only have achieved a high standard in their personal practice in the asanas, but also have a preliminary awareness of the subtlety of Iyengar yoga and its philosophy.
Members of IY(UK) will find a list of current mentors via the Members’ Dashboard, Documents page, Training to Teach section.
About our teachers
Iyengar yoga is taught in over 70 countries worldwide, and in the UK alone we have over 1200 currently certificated teachers.
All teachers are trained to rigorously high standards. Once qualified, teachers must continue training regularly and complete professional development training each year in order to maintain their membership of the Association. In this way the care and precision that characterises Iyengar yoga is maintained.
These high teaching standards are part of the reason Iyengar yoga is the most widely practised method of yoga worldwide. Our Certification Mark is the guarantee of this quality.
Certification levels 1-5 came into effect from 1 July 2020. All teachers have been designated at their equivalent new level. All previous certificates remain valid and are listed on the teacher’s profile.