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 2020 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.
- 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.
It is a very thorough process which 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.
Please attend a class with me, before contacting about training.
This program is conducted by Amanda Hood, in association with Yoga Mandir.
Lineage in Iyengar Yoga
‘Lineage’ in yoga refers to the historical succession of knowledge passed from teacher to teacher. A yoga teacher who is held in lineage does not just represent their own individual knowledge, but that of all the teachers who lived before. Lineage passes along understanding that is enriched and shaped by many perspectives, based on authentic foundations that have been tried, tested and developed over thousands of years by many generations.
One of the great riches of Iyengar Yoga is the wealth of knowledge and experience our most senior teachers have to share. These are serious practitioners who inspire us with their lifelong dedication, and who uphold the values and meaning of their art.
At Hamilton Yoga we feel connected by lineage to two such Australian teachers, and through them to the great teachings of BKS Iyengar from Pune, India. Pixie Lillas of Balmain Yoga (Sydney) & Alan Goode of Yoga Mandir (Canberra) run programs for teachers of all levels. We appreciate their great gift of love and commitment to the art and science of yoga.
This weekend I was grateful to be attending a professional development weekend with Pixie Lillas and a group of senior teachers who had travelled from around Australia to be there. Guided by Pixie, we practiced together, and learnt from one another. It is uplifting to be a part of such a philosophically curious and active culture.