Yoga On Centre teachers are either certified Iyengar teachers or are continuously advancing their teaching methods through the Iyengar assessment program. Once certified, our teachers do not stop studying, practicing and advancing their teaching skills. We practice together regularly and develop our teaching skills through periodic observation by peers and by senior Iyengar instructors.
Hallmarks of Iyengar Teachers and their Teaching Method
Unusually rigorous teaching standards. To become a Certified Iyengar yoga teacher one must prepare for at least four years and have passed multiple teaching reviews by senior teachers and two written exams covering required knowledge on nearly 70 postures and pranayamas, yoga philosophy, anatomy, and modifications for injuries.
Modification of the classic asanas (yoga postures.) Teachers develop their eye to help every student achieve the proper shape and direction of each pose using props such as blocks, blankets, belts, etc. if necessary, to maximize results.
Structured, proven teaching methods. Iyengar teaching follows a format including demonstration, observation, instruction, correction and progression to develop the students understanding and capabilities.
Demonstration of the postures. Teachers first show the posture for the students to see, then observe the students performing the postures and give clear corrections to insure the students’ continued progress. In an Iyengar class you will never see a teacher practicing in front of the students without watching, correcting and guiding them.
Progressive Instruction. Teachers use specific teaching points and thoughtfully constructed sequences that build skill and understanding from posture to posture, and from class to class.
Yoga philosophy is incorporated into the teaching of asana (postures) classes.
For More Information
The Iyengar Yoga National Association of the U.S. website has the inclusive list of all Iyengar certified teachers in the country at www.IYNAUS.org. Check out the site for many wonderful tidbits about yoga or to join the national organization.