Iyengar Yoga instructors are held to an unusually rigorous standard. Only after years of training and evaluation do they become certified to teach. There are a total of 13 certification levels in the Iyengar certification system. Each level of certification requires ever increasing depth of knowledge in asana, pranayama, anatomy and yoga philosophy.
Candidates for each certification level must have recommendations from two more senior teachers who have observed the candidatesʼ teaching and practice. After earning these recommendations, candidates must pass a weekend-long assessment consisting of a written exam, demonstration of poses and a teaching session observed by senior teachers specially trained to assess each level of certification. This process was developed and refined by BKS Iyengar, and in more recent years, his daughter, Geeta Iyengar.
Only Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers in good standing are permitted to use “Iyengar Yoga” to describe their yoga programs or classes. The term “in good standing” as employed by BKS Iyengar means that the certified teacher:
1. Pays annual dues to their association and pays the annual certification mark fees;
2. Teaches in the method set forth by BKS Iyengar without mixing methods;
3. Receives continuing education from RIMYI or from an Intermediate or Advanced Iyengar teacher or teachers;
4. Is mindful of the Ethical Guidelines laid out by B.K.S. Iyengar and has signed the annual certification mark/ethics agreement.
Look for the mark!