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

T. Krishnamacharya

Teacher Education Programs

“Thinking knowledge of the head combined with the experienced understanding of the heart should be the dharma of a teacher.”
– B.K.S. Iyengar

The question “How do I become a yoga instructor?” begins with a spark of curiosity, an eagerness to learn, and years of dedicated practice. Our Teacher Education Programs help you establish and evolve the skillful means to communicate the art, science, and philosophy of yoga in the Iyengar tradition. The programs offer a deeply rewarding experience.


Maturing attention, awareness, consciousness, and expression from a firm, resilient foundation

There is a difference between a beginner learning the subject of yoga, and a dedicated practitioner studying the basics to thoroughly embody them. As practitioners, we can use the treasure of community:

  • To deepen the practice
  • To understand better, individually and together
  • To share and grow learning space, resources, intention, harmonious speech, insights, and respect for all; and
  • For teachers, to further mature your skills to become the teacher one wants to, and has the potential to be.

In 2021, IYANC-IYISF will offer a series of training weekends for dedicated practitioners of one year and beyond. If you are curious and ready to deepen your practice and understanding, these programs are for you. Sessions will include in-depth study of basics, and focus work for teaching skills. These sessions will be designed to support and enhance your regular study with your own primary teacher and mentor. Please save the dates:

WORK Program 1: ACT includes dedicated studentship skills for home practice of Level 1 asana, pranayama, anatomy, and philosophy. More information here.

  • April 24-25
  • May 29-30
  • June 18-19
  • July 24-25

WORK Program 2: REFLECT includes dedicated studentship skills for home practice of Level 2 asana, pranayama, anatomy, and philosophy. More information here.

  • August 27-29
  • September 24-26  
  • October 22-24
  • November 5-7

TEACH Program overlaps with Work Program 2: Reflect. It includes teaching skills. Description forthcoming.

  • September 24-26
  • October 22-24
  • November 5-7
  • November 19-21

OFFER Program overlaps with Work and Teach Programs. It includes teacher development skills for certified teachers (CIYTs). Description forthcoming. 

  • November 19-21


Contact us for more information at TeacherEducation@iyisf.org

Ways to Participate:

In our survey, many students asked that IYISF offer a variety of ways to participate. Here they are:

  • Whole 4-Month Module (TEACH, OFFER) $795 includes all workshops and discussion groups, written assignments, guided self-practice of asana and pranayama
  • Individual Weekend $199 includes all events on an individual weekend; cost of weekend may be applied to registration for a whole module
  • Workshop includes workshop only


How to obtain teaching certification

The Art of Teaching program is an IYNAUS (Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States) approved teacher education program. Students completing the Art of Teaching program are not awarded a certificate or degree, nor are they able to identify themselves as Iyengar Yoga teachers. IYNAUS is the organization that carries out all aspects of Iyengar Yoga teacher certification in the U.S.; students interested in pursuing certification can find detailed information at www.IYNAUS.org/prerequisites.


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