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Friends of the IYAC/ACYI

Support IYAC/ACYI as a Friend!

This annual subscription is available to private organizations or studios (profit/non profit, corporate or non-corporate) that meet the following criteria:

  1. Promotes Iyengar Yoga
  2. Offers IYAC/ACYI approved Iyengar Yoga workshops, teacher training or classes taught by a current Certified Teacher Member
  3. Does not allow activities which conflict with the written ethical standards and teaching policies of IYAC/ACYI
  4. Allows IYAC/ACYI promotional materials to be distributed freely to its members and clientele.

As a Friend, your organization or studio name and contact details will be displayed on the “Find a Studio” listing on the website.

Please note, a Friend of IYAC/ACYI is not a Member of the Association and has no voting privileges. Name of studio/business will be displayed on “Find a Studio” only if the Friend of IYAC/ACYI adheres to the criteria stated above. Expires one year from date of purchase. Non-refundable.

Certified Teacher




  • This product can be purchased by an Iyengar Yoga teacher who:
    • is certified at a Level I or higher
    • holds Sri B.K.S. Iyengar’s Certification Mark and
    • meets Revalidation Eligibility Criteria
  • A certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, certified in Canada, living in another country with no national Iyengar Yoga association;
  • An Iyengar Yoga teacher trained and certified in another country, holding proof of current certification, who now resides and teaches in Canada; **
  • A certified teacher is eligible to apply for insurance coverage under the auspices of the Association. All insurance coverage criteria must be met. 
  • Certified teacher has voting privileges. 
  • The Certification Mark is included in the Certified Teacher Membership.  Payment of this fee along with the Certified Teacher Membership permits the use of this Mark as a display logo for promotional and identification purposes. 
    This trademark has been legally registered in Canada to protect the high standards of Iyengar yoga. All Iyengar yoga teachers certified from Level I onward must hold a Certification Mark license in order to teach Iyengar yoga in Canada and maintain good standing as a Teaching Member of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada/Association Canadienne de yoga Iyengar. The Certification Mark indicates that a teacher is properly trained and certified in Iyengar yoga, has committed to teach only Iyengar yoga, and will not mix other methods of yoga.

Has your Membership expired? Revalidating your membership? Upon membership expiry you will receive an email from IYAC with a link to renew.

** Are you a certified teacher from another country? Click here to contact the Membership Chair.

Teacher Apprentice

Becoming a Teacher of Iyengar Yoga

Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers are extremely well trained. Becoming a teacher is rigorous process in which teachers follow a program based on an international syllabus and standards set by Sri B.K.S. Iyengar.

Throughout the course of their apprenticeship, teachers:

  1. Develop maturity in their personal practice of asana and pranayama.
  2. Develop a thorough understanding of the asanas and pranayamas for teaching purposes.
  3. Gain proficiency in teaching skills.
  4. Gain a basic education in anatomy.
  5. Develop a working understanding of the philosophical basis of Astanga Yoga in the Iyengar Method.
  6. Learn the various precautions that need to be followed for students with common problems.
  7. Practice their teaching skills under the guidance of a qualified training teacher.
  8. Prior to entering a teacher education/mentorship program, a student must be a competent Iyengar Yoga student who maintains a daily yoga practice.

List of Teacher Education Programs and Mentors (updated Nov 2022)


Following a period of apprenticeship, prospective Iyengar yoga teachers go through a comprehensive assessment process to acquire their Iyengar Yoga Teaching Certification.

A panel of qualified assessors conducts each assessment where they evaluate the candidate’s asana practice and teaching skills in action. Some certification levels include a written take-home exam.

Assessments are held several times a year in various cities across Canada. You can refer to the RIMYI Certification and Assessment Guidelines July, 2020 booklet on the Iyengar Yoga Canada website in the Members Documents area for details on the assessment process.

To register for an assessment, the candidate and mentor/trainer will submit the required information and letter of recommendation via the online form found on the website under My Account, Assessment Forms. Also, pay the assessment fee (under review), which can be found at the Iyengar Yoga Canada website in the “Shop” section.

If you need further information, contact your mentor or your Regional Representative.

Certified IYAC/ACYI Teachers

There are over 330 certified Iyengar yoga teachers in Canada, as well as many apprenticing teachers. Our teachers must meet minimum teaching and professional development hours annually in order to be a teaching member in good standing and be included on the Find a Teacher listing on this site. For additional information about certified teachers in your area, contact your Regional Representative.

The Iyengar Mark is included with Teacher Apprentice Membership. Payment of this fee along with the Teacher Apprentice Membership permits the use of this Word with an R as a display logo for promotional and identification purposes.  

Each Iyengar Yoga Teacher Apprentice (‘IYTA’) member of IYAC/ACYI is required to be a Licensee of the Licensed Mark, but use of the Licensed Mark is optional. The license conferred by this Agreement does not include the right of an apprentice to use the Iyengar Mark as part of the name of the teacher’s place of business or domain name. For further clarification, the Application to use the Iyengar name in a business is available in the Members’ Documents section of the IYAC/ACYI website.   

General Member

Are you a student or supporter of Iyengar Yoga?

YOU can become a Member of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada/Association canadienne de yoga Iyengar.
As a Member you will have the following privileges:

  • Access to the Members Only section of the IYAC/ACYI website.
  • Receive the IYAC Newsletter/ Les nouvelles de l’ACYI with articles about what is happening in Iyengar Yoga in Canada and around the world.
  • Have the opportunity to subscribe to the Yoga Rahasya, a publication from the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute ( RIMYI) in Pune, India.
  • Have borrowing privileges from the IYAC/ACYI library for books and videos to support your yoga practice.
  • Attend the IYAC/ACYI Annual General Meeting.
  • Apply for financial support to attend the Annual General Meeting.
  • Vote during the Annual General Meeting.
  • Run for the IYAC/ACYI Board of Directors.

Expires one year from date of purchase. Non-refundable.

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