IYENGAR YOGA TEACHER CERTIFICATION

Our certification mark is hard-earned!
There are around 400 certified Iyengar Yoga teachers in Australia
We have 4 at Hamilton Yoga.

Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers
Amanda Hood  David Morley 
Candace Schreiner  Harriet Ferguson

Iyengar Yoga is a practice-based method. Teachers are required to have a regular practice to maintain certification, and also to attend professional development regularly.

Iyengar yoga teachers must undergo a minimum of 3 years as practitioners within the Iyengar method before being allowed to commence a yoga Teacher Training program. Iyengar Yoga Teacher-training Programs typically run over two to three years allowing time for knowledge to evolve into experience. They are comprised of group-work, assisting in classes and mentorship. Teacher training courses must meet requirements as set out in the Iyengar Yoga Australia’s ‘Teacher Training Guidelines’.

Current requirements as of 2018 are 6 years of studentship before being allowed to even sit for assessment. Following teacher training and a referral from the training teacher, a rigorous assessment weekend is undertaken. These currently occur twice a year in Australia and so it is not uncommon for teacher trainees to travel from interstate to attend, as often do the assessors, who volunteer their time to perform this important role.

Assessment entails:

  • a 2-hour practice including all poses in the syllabus for Introductory level, with appropriate modifications as required for relevant injuries or medical conditions.
  • teaching a sequence with 15 minutes prior to prepare, of syllabus poses including headstand and shoulder-stand, to approximately 8 to 12 volunteer students.
  • Prior written assessment components submitted with the application
  • A committee of senior teachers observes, assesses and gives feedback. It may take a keen teacher-trainee two or even three attempts to become certified at the Introductory level. It is a challenging examination that requires skills in numerous areas of teaching as well as knowledge of poses and working with injuries and issues. 

Yes it is a gruelling process but it accords a high value to the subject we teach and to the accreditation when it is attained. Teachers often note that the preparation for assessment is challenging and improves their practice and teaching.

To conduct teacher training, one must become a senior teacher at Junior Intermediate level 3 or above. The Junior Intermediate Level 3 certification requires a minimum of four separate months of study at RIMYI in Pune India, three further levels of assessment and two years of mentorship with a more senior teacher.

Iyengar teachers must renew their certification yearly, and are not permitted to mix styles. Whilst this may sound strict, it does ensure the maintenance of a very high standard that can be found anywhere in the world. Go to a class in Berlin, Bali or Alice Springs, and expect to find the same high quality of teaching.

Since the popularisation of yoga in the west, numerous new styles have developed. Many of the currently popular styles only entail 40 to 50 hours of training,  conducted over a week or two. There are however many Iyengar yoga teachers who have started out with training in other styles, and then retrained and qualified as Iyengar teachers, once they encountered the substance and rigour of this method.

TEACHER TRAINING AT HAMILTON YOGA

Teacher Training with Amanda Hood at Hamilton Yoga 2020

This course is 300 hours plus 100 hours assisting and adjusting, over 3 years, and will take the form of small group mentoring/apprenticeship. We will meet regularly over 12 weekends each year. On top of this is a requirement to attend set classes and Intensives within the school, and to establish and maintain a personal practice

There is a prerequisite of 3 years minimum regular studentship in Iyengar classes. 

For more information and to lodge an Expression of Interest, please

contact Amanda  by the 30th of November 2019

amanda@hamiltonyoga.com.au

This program is conducted by Amanda Hood, in association with Yoga Mandir