Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers are extremely well trained. Teacher training is rigorous and spans a three to five year period in which teachers follow a program based on an international syllabus and standards set by Sri B.K.S. Iyengar. Throughout the course of their training, teachers:
- Develop maturity in their personal practice of asana and pranayama;
- Develop a thorough understanding of the asanas and pranayamas for teaching purposes;
- Gain proficiency in teaching skills;
- Gain a basic education in anatomy;
- Develop a working understanding of the philosophical basis of Astanga Yoga in the Iyengar Method;
- Learn the various precautions that need to be followed for students with common problems;
- Practice their teaching skills under the guidance of a qualified training teacher.
Prior to entering a teacher training program, a student must be a competent Iyengar yoga student who maintains a daily yoga practice.
Teacher Training Contacts
|Victoria, BC||Shirley Daventry French, Ann Kilbertus, Leslie Hogya, Marlene Miller, Linda Benn, Lauren Cox, Ty Chandler|
|Courtenay, BC||Vicky Catchpole|
|Vancouver, BC||Louie Ettling|
|Fernie, BC||Samantha Lloyd|
|Kelowna, BC||Krisna Zawaduk|
|Calgary, AB||Margot Kitchen, Cynthia Palahniuk|
|Edmonton, AB||Judith Mirus, Teddy Hyndman|
|Saskatoon, SK||Jo-Ann Sutherland|
|Dauphin, MB||Lisa Towson|
|Winnipeg, MB||Val Paape|
|London, ON||Karen Major|
|Toronto, ON||Marlene Mawhinney, Mahyar Raz-Khorzad, Nadia Horodynsky|
|Ottawa, ON/Gatineau, QC||Donna Fornelli, Barbara Young|
|Quebec City, QC||Marie-Andree Morin|
|Newfoundland & Labrador||Bev Winsor|
|Nova Scotia||Deborah Lomond|
|Prince Edward Island||Pamela Stewart|
Prospective Iyengar yoga teachers go through a comprehensive assessment process. A qualified teacher recommends each candidate for assessment, confirming that all teacher-training requirements outlined in the Teacher Training Handbook have been completed.
A panel of qualified teachers conducts each assessment. They evaluate the candidates’ asana practice and observe their teaching skills in action. Some certification levels include a written take-home exam as well.
Assessments are held several times a year in various cities across Canada. Check the right-hand column for a listing of currently scheduled assessments.
Assessment dates and locations for the upcoming year are announced at the Association’s annual general meeting, or soon afterwards. Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications the Monday after the AGM. The Professional Development Committee then adjusts the dates and levels of assessments based on candidate numbers and assessor availability.
If you are applying for an assessment for certification please note the following:
To register for assessment at Introductory II levels and up, contact the Administrative Assistant, Ewa Rewkowska. Please pay the assessment fee, $450.00 plus GST/HST, online in the Shop (click here to go directly to the Shop) and send your completed forms to:
If you need further information, contact your Regional Representative or download a copy of "Assessment Handbook for Candidates" from the Members Only Documents webpage.
Certified IYAC/ACYI Teachers
There are over 130 certified Iyengar yoga teachers in Canada, as well as many apprenticing teachers All certified teachers must have a certification mark in order to be listed on the IYAC/ACYI website and in the IYAC/ACYI Teachers' Directory. For additional information about certified teachers in your area, contact your Regional Representitive.
To view official levels of certification, go to IYAC/ACYI Certification Levels.
This trademark has been legally registered in Canada to protect the high standards of Iyengar yoga. All Iyengar yoga teachers certified from Introductory II onward must hold a Certification Mark license in order to teach Iyengar yoga in Canada and maintain good standing as a Teaching Member of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada/Association canadienne de yoga Iyengar. The Certification Mark indicates that a teacher is properly trained and certified in Iyengar yoga, has committed to teach only Iyengar yoga, and will not mix other methods of yoga. After applying for and paying the annual fee for the Certified Mark license, teachers receive a copy of the Certification Mark and are allowed to use it as a display logo for promotional and identification purposes.
To apply for the Certification Mark, contact the Certification Registrar.
To view a listing of Canadian Certified teachers holding the Certification Mark, go to the current Listing of Teachers.