"No one is wise by birth, for wisdom results from one's own efforts."

T. Krishnamacharya

Advanced Studies Program

“By dedicated practice of the various aspects of yoga impurities are destroyed: the crown of wisdom radiates in glory.” – B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, II.28

Our Advanced Studies programs focus on establishing yoga as a way of life through the path of dedicated, uninterrupted practice and self-study.

Foundation of Practice

Foundation of Practice provides a firm foundation in the learning, practice, and study of yoga. It is a 4-month immersion in yoga practice that inspires students, especially those newer to  yoga, to develop their practice and understanding of the art, science, and philosophy of yoga in the Iyengar tradition. A sound yoga practice can help us live our lives more fully, deepen health, nourish, relationships and give back to the world.

Foundation of Practice teaches practical approaches to establish stability in your yoga practice. Sessions include instruction in asana and pranayama as well as talks and discussion of yoga philosophy, ethics, and basic anatomy. Students will receive reading assignments and home practice materials to assist them with their personal practice throughout the program and beyond!


It is recommended that students in this program:

  • complete an Introductory Course or Series and have studied with a CIYT in classes continuously for 6 months to 1 year.
  • have a basic understanding of standing poses and stability in Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) and basic variations.


Practice is the foundation of yoga in the Iyengar tradition. This course seeks to assist the student to develop their home practice. Asana and Pranayama instruction will be based on the Preliminary Course by Geeta S. Iyengar. Students will learn the categories of asana and their effects on the body and mind, the Sanskrit name and English translation, primary actions and salient points about each asana. Students will learn in a methodical, safe, and progressive manner; gain practical experience relating simple and complex asana; and build a firm understanding of how foundational asana provide a pathway to more challenging asana in both body and mind. Modifications and use of props will be taught as needed. Teachers will provide home practice sequences and philosophical reading assignments to guide students in between sessions.


Each of the four program modules will be scheduled Saturday 2-6pm and Sunday 1-5pm. 2020 module dates: January 4-5, February 8-9, March 21-22, April 11-12.


The 2020 January-April program will be taught by David Sirgany and Ana-Mari Hamada.