"The hardness of a diamond is part of its usefulness, but its true value is in the light that shines through it."

To promote and maintain the high standard of teaching required by Mr BKS Iyengar and his family, all Iyengar teachers are trained for at least three years before being awarded an Iyengar teaching certificate. A prospective student teacher may only enter the teacher-training or programme or mentoring system after an initial three years of study with an accredited teacher.

There are five levels of certification issued by Mr. Iyengar through the Institute in Pune:
  • Introductory
  • Intermediate Junior
  • Intermediate Senior
  • Junior Advanced
  • Senior Advanced
The certification process fosters the development of the qualities that create responsible and professional teachers and students who recognise the importance of on-going study. Further study among certificated teachers takes place at the Institute in India or with other certificated Iyengar yoga teachers from South Africa and abroad.
The process also emphasises the need for regular personal practice and the importance of teaching the methods of BKS Iyengar without mixing them with other styles of yoga.
An Assessment Committee co-ordinates training and mentoring, and organises the    assessment of teachers at the Introductory and the Junior Intermediate levels in Southern Africa. Please contact our Central Committee (Carla Rech, Chairperson at jacobsrech@gmail.com) or the Assessment Committee (Riva Hirschowitz, Registrar at riva.horschowitz@gmail.com), or your Regional Chairperson for more details. You can also enquire via your own teacher, who will need to support your application.

Qualifying Requirements : Intermediate Junior Level
The candidate must:
  • Hold current, paid-up membership of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute  of Southern Africa
  • Have held an Introductory Certificate and been teaching Iyengar yoga continuously for at least 18 months after certification prior to the application for this course.
  • Have studied at the R.I.M.Y.I in Pune, India or plan to attend in the near future.
  • Submit a completed registration form.
Qualifying Requirements : Introductory Level
The candidate must:
  • Hold current, paid-up membership of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute  of Southern Africa
  • Have practised yoga in the Iyengar method for at least three years prior to the application for this course, regularly attending classes with a qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher. (If you live in a centre where there is no qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher, please write to us for further information.)
  • Submit a completed Registration form with the approval of your teacher and supply any supplementary   information requested.
  • Simultaneously, the teacher intending to assist the student teacher must apply to the Committee for approval.

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