Iyengar Yoga Certification...
...requires the most rigorous degree of testing and training in the country. Beginning 2013, all teachers at PYS are either Iyengar Certified or on track for certification! The system of certification ensures students of a knowledgeable and dedicated teacher who can observe their practice with a long range view for safety, health, and overall wellbeing.
Certification also ensures that the teacher is connected to the broader community of Iyengar Yoga teachers regionally, nationally, and internationally which offers an unparrallelled wealth of experience, knowledge, expertise, and support to it's teachers and thereby the students participating with them. Iyengar Yoga is as much a community as a method for teaching and study.
To be certified means that our teachers must have:
Studied for three or more years with a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher while maintaining a continuous regular practice
Completed a two to three year teacher training program or 150 hours of apprenticeship
Passed a rigorous initial assessment by three senior teachers
That assessment includes:
A written exam on aspects of anatomy, philosophy and teaching
A demonstration of mastery of various asanas and pranayama techniques
A teaching demonstration to evaluate teaching technique
If the teacher in training passes that first assessment, they must continue to study with a mentor for at least another year, and then take a second assessment with more difficult asanas and a more challenging written exam. Only after that is he or she awarded an Introductory teaching certificate.
The process of teacher training and evaluation is repeated with higher standards and different material at six additional levels of certification, from Introductory to Intermediate Senior 1, preparing teachers to teach at increasing levels of competency. Still higher levels of certification are granted directly by B.K.S. Iyengar.