What Does It Mean to be an Iyengar Yoga Teacher and Why Should You Care?

By Coach Jennie Williford

To become teachers of the Iyengar method, it takes years of deep and committed practice. We must be mentored, tutored, and assessed by those teachers who came before us. Only after a minimum of three years of student-ship in Iyengar Yoga classes can we begin the process of becoming a teacher.

This assessment journey is amazing, daunting, and ultimately rewarding. To embark on this life-long path means to tread in the footsteps of a lineage made up of wonderfully inspiring teachers – including the world-renowned guru BKS Iyengar and his son and daughter, Prahsant and Geeta Iyengar. I have found that it nurtures and supports some of the most avid and intense Yoga practitioners and teachers I have ever met. That intensity is coupled with the ability to inspire and create change in their students.

After that initial interest, teacher training may take another couple years, and following that, each level of certification requires a weekend exam including demonstrated practice: written knowledge of philosophy, anatomy, and sequencing; and demonstration of teaching skills in a mock class of volunteer students.

This is the rigor and dedication it takes to teach new students the practice that we love most.

As students, we come to yoga to see results in some aspect or another. We want to be stronger, find flexibility, gain energy, discover the ability to relax, or increase our balance. We also want to trust and have faith that we are in a safe environment with knowledgeable teachers, especially if we have any injury or issue.

When you walk into a room with a CIYT, you know you are in good hands.

Iyengar Yoga is not just another thing we do, but it can be a practice to transform us into the best version of yourself.

An Iyengar Yoga teacher is equipped with a treasure-trove of knowledge and experience to guide you through these changes and healing.

We are waiting to see you in class!