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. They offer an immersive experience in yoga study and practice that inspires students to develop, enhance and deepen their practice and understanding of the art, science, and philosophy of Iyengar Yoga. IYISF’s Advanced Studies programs open the doorway to lifelong learning and discovery.
This program is for you if you:
- Want to establish or deepen a regular personal practice of yoga
- Have a curiosity to learn about and experience the larger picture of yoga
- Are ready to explore yoga as a way of life through self-study and philosophy
- Want to build your self-confidence and awareness
- Seek self-discipline and confidence
- Want to build strong relationships and community with like-minded people
Two Advanced Studies programs are being offered. Foundation of Practice – I, designed to develop and deepen practice experience and understanding, and Foundation of Practice – II, with its focus on evolving practice, refinements, and expanded study.
Foundation of Practice – I
Foundation of Practice – I 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.
Foundation of Practice – II
A steady, healthy approach to practice can enliven and rejuvenate the body. Foundation of Practice – II offers a deeper and expanded study of yoga to further develop practice as a means to understand one’s own body, mind, and breath. By observing and studying the breath, the movements of the body, breath, and mind, can become integrated and rhythmic. The transition from a foundational Introductory experience to Intermediate is not based on the asana’s difficulty — a beginner aims at the asana and an intermediate practitioner learns how to stay in the asana, going beyond the periphery.
“This contemplation of the asanas means you are no longer a beginner.” – Geeta S. Iyengar
This 4-month immersion in yoga practice is designed to consolidate a foundational experience and understanding, guiding the student’s transition to intermediate practice. It helps establish yoga as a way of life through the path of dedicated, focused practice and self-study. A sound yoga practice can help us live our lives more fully, deepen healthy, nourish relationships, and to give back to the world.
It is recommended that students in this program:
- have 2-years continuous Iyengar Yoga study with a CIYT
- attend Intermediate level classes regularly
- be stable in Salamba Sirsasana I
- have attended Foundation of Practice 1 (ideally)
- have a curiosity to learn and share in community
Foundation of Practice – II is a practical means 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 & physiology. Asana is a process. By searching and tracing the effects of each action within the body, the inner yoga journey begins and provides a practical means to look at oneself. Teachers will provide reading assignments and home practice materials to assist students with their personal practice throughout the program and beyond!
Peer Teaching Group
The IYISF Teaching Group is a community of Iyengar yoga teachers and practitioners of all levels who are working collaboratively to practice the principles of teaching as given by B.K.S. Iyengar. The group is guided by the IYNAUS criteria for teacher certification. Participants are expected to attend regularly and maintain a commitment to be in the group, not only to achieve a particular certification level, but because of an interest in an ongoing collaboration with like-minded practitioners in honing teaching skills.
During each session, a few members of the group teach poses to the rest of the group. The teacher role is rotated so that all group members have regular opportunities to teach in the group. New members will observe during their first session, and will be in line to teach at the following session. After each teacher’s segment, the group offers feedback based on the principles described in Basic Guidelines for Teachers of Yoga and the IYNAUS certification manual. The feedback process consists of moving around the group, with each member giving one succinct point.
Please contact CIYT Theresa Marks at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on our mailing list to receive regular reminders about upcoming sessions and how to sign up to either teach and/or participate. While we are on-line, there is no need to sign up on IYISF website. Everyone who is on the list will receive a zoom link the day of the session.
PREREQUISITES FOR PARTICIPATION ARE:
(1) a daily personal Iyengar yoga practice
(2) IYNAUS membership
(3) a commitment to teach as demonstrated by: (a) teaching a regular Iyengar yoga class; (b) planning to take an IYNAUS assessment and having a mentor for that; OR (c) completion of or concurrent enrollment in an Iyengar yoga teacher training program.
Peer teaching group meets on Saturdays from 1-3pm on the following dates in 2021:
- January 16
- February 20
- March 20
- April 24
- May 15
- June 19
CONTACT THERESA MARKS TO REGISTER