Teacher Training

Octavia and Tamarie, the Directors of Yoga Shala, offer in-depth personal mentoring for those aspiring to become Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers. We work directly with mentees to help them develop as practitioners and teachers, and to pass the Iyengar Teacher Certification test. Mentoring includes one-on-one meetings, apprenticing in classes, and small group teacher training workshops.

More About Teacher Training

Becoming a Certified teacher involves a sustained commitment which includes:

  • attending class regularly with your mentoring teachers
  • sustaining a home practice, and
  • undertaking a rigorous course of study on asanas, pranayamas, philosophy, anatomy, and more subjects.

Iyengar Teachers Workshops
Octavia and Tamarie offer periodic workshops for teachers-in-training and certified teachers in the Iyengar Method. Participants receive personalized feedback on their teaching and learn a wide variety of teaching skills. We also present material on sequencing, modifying poses for various problems, therapeutics, and many more subjects.

Once teachers-in-training have some experience, they can be assistants in a regular class. This apprenticeship model offers the opportunity for observation, hands-on training, and eventually, the chance to teach poses and assist students in a supervised setting. In our experience assisting is one of the most important ways to learn the art of teaching.

For more information, email us or speak to us in person at the studio.


Sequences and Handouts

Handout of Basic Yoga Poses This printable handout will get you started on learning the names of poses. You can also use it to help you remember the basic categories of poses you should cover in your home practice.

Sequences for Home Practice on the website of the Iyengar National Association of the United States. These sequences, which include drawings of the poses and suggested timings, can help to guide and inspire your home practice.

Links to Iyengar Yoga Sites

BKS Iyengar‘s official website.

IYNAUS,  Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States
For information about teachers in your area, conventions, teaching, research and more.

Classic Iyengar Texts

  • Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar
  • Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, BKS Iyengar
  • Gem for Women, Geeta Iyengar
Chant To Patanjali

At the beginning of many Iyengar classes, we chant this invocation to Patanjali to honor the ancient tradition of yoga and the lineage of yoga that we practice.

Download Text Version
Audio Version

Listen to Geeta Iyengar leading the chant in Pune, India.