What does it take to become an Iyengar Certified Instructor?

One has to first practice and study Iyengar Yoga for a minimum of three years before becoming eligible for starting the certification process. Testing cannot be done until the candidate has studied with a certified mentoring teacher and taught exclusively in the Iyengar method for two years. During the testing process, candidates are carefully observed and evaluated by junior or senior-level instructors as they demonstrate asanas and pranayamas and teach a class of students. Each certified Iyengar Yoga instructor has passed at least two rigorous, standardized assessments. Instructors must be committed to maintaining the high standards of Iyengar Yoga and the pure method of B.K.S. Iyengar as well as continuing their own personal practices and training with senior teachers.



Teach only what you know. Do not teach what you do not know, taking others as guinea pigs to make an experiment. Be a guinea-pig on your own self before you play with others.
You can only give what you yourself have experienced.
Do not imagine that you already understand and impose your imperfect understanding on those who come to you for help. Remember that experience and the knowledge born of experience are a million times superior to accumulated and acquired knowledge. Experience knowledge is subjective and it is factual, whereas acquired knowledge, being objective, may leave the stain of doubts. So learn, do, re-learn, experience, and you will be able to teach with confidence, courage and clarity.
— B.K.S. Iyengar, Tree of Yoga