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:
- Develop maturity in their personal practice of asana and pranayama.
- Develop a thorough understanding of the asanas and pranayamas for teaching purposes.
- Gain proficiency in teaching skills.
- Gain a basic education in anatomy.
- Develop a working understanding of the philosophical basis of Astanga Yoga in the Iyengar Method.
- Learn the various precautions that need to be followed for students with common problems.
- Practice their teaching skills under the guidance of a qualified training teacher.
- Prior to entering a teacher education/mentorship program, a student must be a competent Iyengar Yoga student who maintains a daily yoga practice.
2020 Teacher Education Programs and Mentors July, 2020 for new Level 1 only (based on RIMY 2020 guidelines)
Antigonish County Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland: Deborah Lomond. Lisa Lelliott assists in NS and Karin Rensfelt assists in NL (long distance).
Calgary, Alberta: Margot Kitchen & Cynthia Palahniuk with Sharoni Fixler & Skjei Sharma
Collingwood, Ontario: Lori Berenz
Dauphin, Manitoba: Lisa Towson
Edmonton, Alberta: Frema Bram with Judi Mirus & Teddy Hyndman
Kelowna, BC: Krisna Zawaduk
London, Ontario: Karen Major (Sue Brimner assists)
Ottawa, Ontario: Barbara Young
Montréal, Québec: Ginette Dion, Tim Ruddy
Québec City, Québec: Marie- Andrée Morin
Sint Maarten, Netherlands, Antilles: Sylvia Guenther
Toronto, Ontario: Marlene Mawhinney, Nadia Horodynsky, Jocelyn Hollman, Sarah Bertucci, Stephanie Tencer & Suzanne Takemura. Michelle McClean & Brenda Ledsham assist.
Vancouver, BC: Louie Ettling & Patricia Fernandes
Victoria, BC: Shirley Daventry French, Marlene Linda Miller, Leslie Hogya, Ann Kilbertus & Ty Chandler.
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.