Teacher Training

Teacher Training

Introductory Level Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training

Important Notice

Introductory Teacher Training in its current form is ending in the UK and elsewhere at the request of RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute). The current two year courses will be phased out and replaced by a form of mentoring. Further details will appear here in due course.

Information for students who enrolled in 2016 and 2017 is set out below.


Schedule and duration
The purpose of the yoga teacher training course is to build a firm foundation in the teaching of B.K.S. Iyengar’s work. It lasts for two years consisting of 34 training days, held on Saturdays from 10.00am to 4.00pm. 

A supportive environment
As former student Julia Alderman explains, ‘both the first and second year students are taught together. This creates a very supportive environment, and the second year students readily advise and share their experiences with the first year students. It also allows students to see how the yoga teacher training course will progress over the two years and what will be expected at the different levels.’

It can be demanding work and, as Julia emphasises, ‘teaching your peers is scary for the first few months and not for the faint-hearted.’ Nevertheless, says fellow qualifier Toni Elliott, the two yoga trainers ‘guide us through from the very first steps at a consistent pace with regular input, homework and great doses of patience and encouragement.’

All assessments are conducted by the Iyengar Yoga Association (UK), which trainees are required to join. Successful completion of the second year assessment leads to qualification as an Iyengar yoga teacher.

Please also note that if you become pregnant during the yoga teacher training course, the IY(UK) requires you to suspend yoga teacher training but you can resume it later.

Yoga Teacher Trainers
Sallie Sullivan and Stephen Richardson.