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. “

Meet Rebecca Lerner

By October 19, 2014


We are excited to announce that Intermediate Senior III certified Iyengar Teacher Rebecca Lerner will be teaching a 3 day intensive next week, along with a special teaching module course.

10/24 Friday, 2-5p: An afternoon of teaching practicum where students will learn how to bring life and fire to the physical postures (asana) so that students of all levels can begin to experience the divine within through their body. This afternoon will include practice teaching with feedback from Rebecca.

10/24 Friday, 6-8p: Establishing the Field of Bliss: Padmasana (lotus) preparation & Pranayama

10/25 Saturday, 2-5p: Exploring the Field of Bliss: Standing poses, Forward Bends and Twists

10/26 Sunday, 2-5p: Igniting the Field of Bliss: Arm balances & Backbends

Her 3 day Intensive will explore the connection between the body, mind and spirit. According to the science of yoga, we are all body-mind-spirit beings. We experience the world through our physical body and senses. Our body represents the earth element and is the field of yoga practice. Our vital body, our physiological and pranic body represents the water element. It is from here that we begin to learn to care for and nourish ourselves just as the ocean provides life on the Earth. Our mind, fire element, is in the middle, and it must fire on the last two element (air and space) the intellectual and blissful bodies in order to create a vessel capable of experiencing the abode of the soul.

Sign up now for the 3 day intensive! 

Sign up for the 3 day intensive & Teaching Module here! 

A little more about Rebecca:

“Rebecca is the co-director of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Central Pennsylvania and has been practicing and teaching yoga since the 1970’s. She has been teaching yoga since the 1970s and  continues her studies in India with the Iyengars on a regular basis.  In addition to public classes at the Center, Rebecca conducts private yoga therapy sessions giving students individualized yoga programs to suit their personal needs.  Rebecca has been the resident yoga teacher at the State College Friends School (k-8) since 1992.  Rebecca is also a professionally trained in the Bradley Method as a Natural Childbirth educator.”

-Iyengar Yoga Institute of Central Pennsylvania