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Teacher Trainee

$95.00 now, and $95.00 on December 31st each year

Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers are extremely well trained. Teacher training is rigorous and spans a three to five year period 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 training, 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.

Prior to entering a teacher training program, a student must be a competent Iyengar yoga student who maintains a daily yoga practice.

Teacher Training Contacts

Victoria, BC: Shirley Daventry French, Ann Kilbertus, Leslie Hogya, Marlene Miller, Linda Benn, Lauren Cox, Ty Chandler
Courtenay, BC: Vicky Catchpole
Vancouver, BC: Louie Ettling
Fernie, BC: Samantha Lloyd
Kelowna, BC: Krisna Zawaduk
Calgary, AB: Margot Kitchen, Cynthia Palahniuk
Edmonton, AB: Judith Mirus, Teddy Hyndman
Saskatoon, SK: Jo-Ann Sutherland
Dauphin, MB: Lisa Towson
Winnipeg, MB: Val Paape
London, ON: Karen Major
Toronto, ON: Marlene Mawhinney, Mahyar Raz-Khorzad, Nadia Horodynsky
Ottawa, ON/Gatineau, QC: Donna Fornelli, Barbara Young
Quebec City, QC: Marie-Andree Morin
Newfoundland & Labrador: Bev Winsor
Nova Scotia: Deborah Lomond
Prince Edward Island: Pamela Stewart
Bahamas: Sally Ker


Prospective Iyengar yoga teachers go through a comprehensive assessment process. A qualified teacher recommends each candidate for assessment, confirming that all teacher-training requirements outlined in the Teacher Training Handbook have been completed.

A panel of qualified teachers conducts each assessment. They evaluate the candidates’ asana practice and observe their teaching skills in action. Some certification levels include a written take-home exam as well.

Assessments are held several times a year in various cities across Canada.

Assessment dates and locations for the upcoming year are announced at the Association’s annual general meeting, or soon afterwards. Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications soon after the AGM. The Professional Development Committee then adjusts the dates and levels of assessments based on candidate numbers and assessor availability.

If you are applying for an assessment for certification please note the following:

To register for assessment at Introductory II levels and up, contact the Administrative Assistant, Ewa Rewkowska. Please pay the assessment fee, $450.00 plus GST/HST, online in the Shop and complete the required forms available in the Members’ Documents section of the website.

If you need further information, contact your Regional Representative or download a copy of “Assessment Handbook for Candidates” from the Members’ Documents.

Certified IYAC/ACYI Teachers

There are over 275 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.

First payment: December 31, 2019

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