The body cannot be separated from the mind, nor can the mind be separated from the soul. No-one can define the boundaries between them.
B.K.S. Iyengar

Forest Row and Ardingly Yoga


Iyengar Yoga Teachers


Iyengar yoga teachers undergo a rigorous training over at least 2 years and two assessments before they receive the basic introductory level certificate allowing them to teach the introductory level poses.  Prior to this they must have attended regular classes for at least 6 years with a senior Iyengar yoga teacher.  The assessments consider not only their ability to perform asanas but also their understanding of the asanas, their ability to teach them effectively and whether they can help students who are finding an asana difficult to attempt it safely.  


After some years they may progress to higher levels of teaching qualifications.  The next level is called Intermediate Junior and involves 3 more years of regular teacher training and 3 assessments.  A similar commitment is required to achieve Intermediate Senior level.  The result is a community of Iyengar teachers who keep their practice and teaching alive and up to date.  More senior teachers tend to be older with years of experience and teaching behind them, a valuable resource for junior teachers who have people to refer to if they have questions about their teaching or about how to help a particular student.


Fully qualified Iyengar yoga teachers in the UK are registered with the Iyengar Yoga Association of the UK and are entitled to display the Iyengar Yoga certification mark (below).  To maintain their qualification they must fulfil a number of hours training per year and attend regular Professional Development days with senior Iyengar teachers.  Iyengar teachers from India visit the UK regularly to keep teachers in close contact with the work of BKS Iyengar in Pune and UK Iyengar teachers may also visit the Ramamani Institute in Pune to study with the Iyengars.


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