Kofi Busia “Yoga of Union, Yoga of Diversity” from Omega Institute on Vimeo.

Living most of his life in Oxford, England Kofi Busia has been teaching for almost 40 years spent his time studying with B.K.S. Iyengar in the 1970’s to mid-1980’s. He is now based in Santa Cruz, California. We are excited to have such a world renowned teacher here at IYISF as he will be teaching a 3-Day workshop this coming weekend!

This 3-Day workshop will be a combination of philosophy and asana with time to have your questions answered.  Kofi will weave in a theme of experience and importance of working with a Guru whether that is a person or the infinite being inside that we all embody.

After the workshop on Saturday we would love you to join us for Guruji’s Birthday Celebration where Kofi will be a guest speaker.

We want you to be part of our weekend commemoration of Guruji: The class is open to all levels of students! Full weekend and single day pricing avaliable. 

Use the promo code KOFIYOGA to get $10 off any single day session.

Friday, December 12th 6:00-8:30pm

Saturday, December 13th 2:00-5:00pm

Sunday, December 14th 2:00-5:00pm



The Iyengar Yoga Institute recently celebrated 40 years of excellence in yoga education with that said we are excited to welcome the 2014 applicants. The last day to submit your application is Friday, November 14th! As we are recognized by Yoga Alliance, 2014 IYISF Teacher Training applicants are still eligible to apply for the Yoga Alliance scholarship program until November 7th!

We wanted to take the time showcase some more personal views from a faculty and alumni perspective on our Teacher Training program.

Victoria Austin: IYISF Faculty

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Victoria Austin is apart of the Faculty of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. She has studied yoga for over 30 years.

We asked Victoria: What do you enjoy most about Teaching in IYISF’s Teacher Training Program? 

“Guruji wanted us all to help each other to properly represent his teaching in our communities. In my training teachers, I can see his practice and hear his voice; in the trainees I can support the seed of intention to take root and grow.

Teaching in the program gives me the opportunity to study and refine how I follow the teachings. Truly, Guruji’s example opens Patanjala Yoga — healing for the layers of the body, language for expression, and yoga for the direct experience of life. It makes me happy to give back even a fraction of the priceless gifts that Guruji has given me, both directly through his actions, and indirectly, through the expression of my own training teachers.” 

Tessa Manning: IYISF Alumni


We also asked Tessa Manning, a graduate of IYISF’s Teacher Training program and now a certified Iyengar teacher:
How did the Teacher Training program helped you prepare for passing assessment and what the process of passing assessment was like? 
“When signing up for the teacher training program I knew I wanted to be a certified Iyengar teacher but had no idea how I was going to get there. The first year of the program gave me the tools to feel confident enough to start to teach free classes at my home. The program really stressed the need, to just start teaching!! So that is what I did. With the guidance of the wonderful teachers there my first year in the program I was already an ok yoga teacher.
The 2nd year is when it really came together. This is the year we got to teach in class a lot. The constructive feedback and criticism from our teachers pushed us to grow and learn as teachers SO FAST! Not only are the teachers in the program unbelievable yoga teachers; they are amazing teachers on how to teach! By the beginning of the 2nd year with the help of my mentor I applied to go up for Intro 1 at the end of the year (I was the only one in my class).

Studying for Intro 1 while being in the training went hand and hand, and I can say the program along with my apprenticeship prepared me 100% for Intro 1. And I passed! 

After graduation I knew I would go for Intro 2 the following year. A lot of this material was covered in teacher training and the material that was not, I learned on my own and with the help of my mentor and study group. Intro 2 was much more demanding, but with the confidence the teacher training instilled in me I passed! I certainly owe my passing of assessments to IYISF and my mentors, Heather Haxo Phillips and Kathy Alef. “