General Information
iyengar yoga teacher trainingProfound. Transformative. Respected. Inspiring. These are the words graduates use to describe the Teacher Training program at Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco.

The IYISF curriculum is inspired, reviewed, and approved by yogachara B.K.S. Iyengar and his family. It is an enriching immersion into the living philosophy and asana practice as indicated more than 2,000 years ago by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, and further informed by B.K.S. Iyengar and his classic yoga books The Light on Yoga and The Light on Pranayama. The curriculum at IYISF is both informative and transformative.

Our program offers intensive studies in philosophy, anatomy, pranayama, and asana fundamentals. The proven methodology of incremental teaching helps students develop and internalize the yoga fundamentals needed to professionally, safely, and authentically teach Iyengar Yoga.

Our 200 hour program can be completed in one year of continuous study. It offers the opportunity to study intensively with certified Iyengar teachers. The program richly informs personal practice as well as prepares students to teach in non-Iyengar environments. When finished with the 200 hour program students are eligible for Yoga Aliance 200 hour registration.

Our 500 hour program can be completed in 2 years of continuous study. The program offers additional supportive and intensive instruction with certified Iyengar teachers to prepare students for first-level assessment by the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS). When finished, students receive an IYISF diploma, are eligible for Yoga Aliance 500 hour registration.

Our faculty is one of the most diverse and experienced Iyengar faculty in the Western United States. Many of our teachers have been teaching and practicing for more than 30 years. Our program affords the most in-depth immersion into Asana, Pranayama, Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy, and teaching skills in the Bay Area. For this reason many serious students of yoga apply for our 200 and 500 hour program after completing other 200 hour teacher training programs with less comprehensive curricula and requirements.

Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco is the only teacher-training program in the United States to have earned all of the following:
-Approved by the State of California for postsecondary education
-Approved by the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) for assessment preparation
-Registered with Yoga Alliance at both 200-hour and 500-hour levels-
– Our alumni achieve A pass-rate of over 90% on entry-level assessment for Iyengar Certification
Our program is informed and approved by yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar from Pune, India. It is intelligent, intense, rewarding, and inspiring. We welcome students who wish to deepen their practice and understanding of the art and science of yoga, as well as those who want to learn to teach this profound and ancient tradition.

200- & 500-Hour Programs
With a course of study inspired and guided by B.K.S. Iyengar and more than 40 years of experience in training yoga teachers, IYISF offers expertise and a sound, classic, and world renowned education in Iyengar Yoga. IYISF offers a foundational 200 hour program, which leads to a deeper immersion into anatomy yoga philosophy, asana, and pranayama in our 500 hour program. Both courses are approved by Yoga Alliance, and are steps on the path to becoming an Iyengar Certified Teacher.


Our 200-hour Program offers a curriculum which provides a solid foundation in the 8 branches of yoga according to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. This is not just a program of Asanas, but a formal and experiential education in Yogic knowledge. It includes courses in anatomy, physiology, philosophy, pranayama, taught by very seasoned and respected teachers, and can be completed within one year. By design, all of the 200-hour courses are part of the 500-hour curriculum. This allows 200-hour students the option to continue on, or return at a later date to complete the 500 hour program.

IYISF offers a comprehensive 500-hour Teacher Training Program that dives deep into the wealth of yogic knowledge as defined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. It also provides guidance along the journey of self-knowledge through yoga by extremely experienced and dedicated teachers. It has been approved by the State of California for vocational education and approved by the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) for assessment preparation. The curriculum for the 500-hour program has been structured so that a student can graduate in two years by taking all the required courses as they are offered in sequence.
Weekend Class Schedule
To make our AS/TT programs accessible to students who lead busy city lives as well as to those who live outside the immediate area, IYISF offers an all weekend class schedule. Classes generally meet one weekend a month on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Students are required to take public classes throughout their program. Additional programming may include one Thursday and several Friday afternoons during the year.


The Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco is one of the most respected, rigorous, and inspiring teacher training programs in the world. Students are admitted into the program based on their experience in Iyengar Yoga and their proven ability to commit to their studies and practice in this demanding and rewarding course of study.
The following are required to apply to the program:
-Students must have at least two years of consistent weekly practice in the Iyengar Yoga method to be accepted into the program.
-A written recommendation from an Iyengar certified teacher is required to complete the application process. We will contact your teacher to assess your readiness for the program.
-The names of your Iyengar teachers and the dates that you studied with them.
-A completed application along with a non-refundable $25 application fee.

Tuition and fees for 2013 will be published in May 2013. For information prior, please contact