The Iyengar System

Levels of Certification

The system of teaching Iyengar Yoga is methodical and progressive emphasizing detailed correctness, alignment and precision in the asana. The process of certification is based on a process consisting of five levels with several sub levels.

A teacher is given permission to use the Iyengar Certification Mark at Introductory Level 2 as a testament to their accreditation and certification level. Introductory Level 1 is the first assessment towards certification. The teacher is considered to be a “teacher in training” and is still under the mentorship and training of the teacher trainer.

The five levels are:

Each of these levels has a specific syllabus of asanas and pranayamas. To progress a teacher must, at an assessment, meet the standard of practice and teaching appropriate for the level. It is important to note that teachers may teacher train, assess, teach remedial and pregnancy classes only when specific levels of certification are attained. Levels above Intermediate Junior Level III are assessed by Mr Iyengar or his designate and teachers above this level are considered senior teachers.

Teacher training and assessment procedures have been established over the years to worldwide standards under the guidance of BKS Iyengar. The IYANZ conducts assessments throughout the year.

A teacher’s certificate is considered current only if they renew their Certification Mark licence each year. The licence may only be used by teachers certified by the Association or by Mr Iyengar himself.


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– B.K.S. Iyengar

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