The Iyengar Yoga National Association of the US is the governing body that administers certification. This process is singular to Iyengar Yoga, and is often referred to as the gold standard of yoga teaching credentials. It is highly rigorous. Prospective teachers confirm their dedication through years of studying yoga. Additional teacher education includes the study of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, philosophy, practical teaching methods, and how to help those with common conditions/ailments. Candidates for certification apply to an assessment process that includes recommendations by both a mentoring and recommending teacher, a review of study history and, at higher levels, a review of teaching experience. The process culminates in a comprehensive, three-part examination.
One of the hallmarks of IYNAUS examination is the candidate teacher is evaluated by a panel of three assessors who is not their teacher. Once the candidate is qualified they are a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) and must complete continuing education requirements in order to maintain their professional status and membership of IYNAUS. The process of teacher education and evaluation is repeated with higher standards at additional levels of certification.
Teacher Education Gathers
Offered at IYCU for CIYTs. Currently, Lois is not offering teacher education gathers for Introductory 1/2. She will mentor or recommend students who she discovers are not only ardent practitioners but display physical, social, and mental characteristics that determine fitness as a teacher.
Teacher Education Gathers for Intermediate levels and above are scheduled. “Gather” dates are determined by both the CIYTs and Lois. The Gathers meet Tuesday through Thursday in order to partake in Lois’ regular classes. The general schedule/syllabus/fees are listed below:
Pre-requisite: for CIYTs of any level
Fee: $150 due two weeks prior to meet date, $175 after
20 hours CE
Schedule (subject to change):
Tues 3:00 – 3:30pm Introductions and overview of course
3:30 – 4:30 pm Pranayama
5:15 – 8:00 pm Studentship in Advanced Class
Wed 7:00 – 9:00 am Asana practice/adjusting from syllabus
9:15 – 10:45 am Studentship in Women’s Class
11:00 – 12:00 Subject TBA
4:00-5:00 Mock Assessment
5:30 – 7:00 pm Observe Therapy Class
Thu 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Asana practice/adjusting from syllabus
3:00 – 5:00 pm Subject TBA
5:15 – 7:15 pm Studentship in Intermediate 3 Class
Assignments TBA due one week before meet date.