How to become an IYENGAR® certified teacher ?

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

Certification Levels in Teacher training is

  1. Introductory I, II, III
  2. Junior Intermediate I,II and III
  3. Senior Intermediate I, II and III
  4. Junior Advanced I and II
  5. Senior Advanced I and II

Eligibility Criteria

The minimum qualification required to start teacher training is :

  1. One needs to be a student of Iyengar Yoga for a minimum of 3 years.
  2. One is expected to attend at least 3 classes a week and should practice daily on their own.
  3. The teachers will judge the student’s practice further to start teacher training. Training Process
  1. The teacher training is for a minimum of 3 years
  2. 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
  3. After 1 year of training, the trainee can appear for the Introductory Level I examination
  4. After completing Introductory Level I, the trainee can appear for Introductory Level II and Level III after a minimum of 1 year.
  5. The trainee is qualified to teach only after the completion of Introductory Level III
  6. 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

Syllabus and examination

  1. Each level has its own syllabus for practice and teaching
  2. 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.

Teacher training is done by a competent Iyengar teacher member of the Association, through private classes only (eg. training is not organised/done by the Association). The names of these competent teachers may be obtained from the Association.

The certificate, however, depends on the Association, through its Technical committee. From the end of the first year of training, the pupil may go through an examination to obtain certificate Base I. Six months to two years of practice are then required before the pupil may pass an examination to obtain certificate Base II. It is only after having obtained certificate Base II that the pupil is allowed to teach using the name of Iyengar and to be recognised as such throughout the world.

Examinations must be done in the pupil’s country of residence (except when there is no Technical committee in the pupil’s country of residence).

Certificates are recognised and valid internationally...

Candidates may present themselves to an examination without having undergone formal training. However, a recommendation letter from a certified teacher of Junior II level at the minimum will be required, as for any other candidate, prior to the examination.

For more details, the interested students are advised to contact their respective Iyengar Yoga teachers and associations.

" Do yoga from the soul and not from the mind."

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List of certified teachers in France, qualified to train teachers

BERTAULD Monica
Centre de Yoga IYENGAR de Chatou

81, Avenue GambettaTél. : 33 (0)1 30 53 11 22
78400 ChatouEmail : monica.bertauld@free.fr
Website : Centre de yoga IYENGAR de Chatou

DE BUSSY Christine
Cours de yoga IYENGAR

58, rue du portTél. : 33 (0)4 73 36 69 45
63000 Clermont FerrandTél. : 33 (0)6 74 53 94 57
Email : christine.debussy@wanadoo.fr

BIRIA Corine
Centre de Yoga IYENGAR de Paris

35, avenue Victor HugoTél. : 33 (0)1 45 00 28 48
75116 ParisEmail : iyengaryoga@sfbiria.fr
Website : Centre de yoga IYENGAR Paris

BIRIA Faèq
Centre de Yoga IYENGAR de Paris

35, avenue Victor HugoTél. : 33 (0)1 45 00 28 48
75116 ParisEmail : iyengaryoga@sfbiria.com
Website : Centre de yoga IYENGAR Paris

DRIVIERE-LUCAS Lydie
Centre de Yoga IYENGAR de Tours

31, rue Girard VassonTél. : 33 (0)2 47 41 07 00
37100 ToursEmail : lydie.yogatours@libertysurf.fr

LALO Stéphane
Centre de Yoga Iyengar de Marseille

19, place SébastopolTél. : 33 (0)4 91 34 15 25
13004 MarseilleEmail : yogaiyengarmarseille@free.fr
Website : http://www.yogaiyengar.net

MULLIE Isabelle
Les Contamines - Montmartel

St Antoine l’AbbayeTél. : 33 (0)4 76 36 47 12
38160 GrenobleEmail : isabelle.mullie@wanadoo.fr

PISANO Christian
Institut de Yoga Iyengar de Nice

79, Bd DelfinoTél. : 33 (0)4 93 89 53 91
06300 NiceEmail : shivashakti@wanadoo.fr
Website : http://www.anuttara.com

SECHET Dominique
Association Yoga Huit de Toulouse

23, rue des LouisTél. : 33 (0)5 61 23 98 39
31000 ToulouseEmail : yogahuit@free.fr

VALETTE Bernard
Institut de Yoga Iyengar de Nice

Tél. : 33 (0)6 28 80 13 89
MontpellierEmail : valette34@wanadoo.fr

WHITTAKER June
Institut de Yoga Iyengar de Nice

79, Bd DelfinoTél. : 33 (0)4 93 89 53 91
06300 NiceEmail : shivashakti@wanadoo.fr
Website : http://www.anuttara.com

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