Iyengar Yoga Teacher


What is a CIYT?

Excerpted from IYNAUS

Yoga is for everyone. No one is too old or too stiff, too fat or thin or tired.

A Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, or CIYT, can guide students of all ages and physical conditions to an experience of yoga, which is safe, accessible and rewarding.


Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers are held to an unusually rigorous standard. Only after years of training and evaluation do they become certified.


Iyengar Yoga teachers modify the classic asanas (yoga postures) for individual students with the use of props -- such as blocks, blankets and belts. Props allow for a deeper penetration into the posture, as well as a longer stay.

Iyengar Yoga teachers use their deep-seated knowledge of the asanas to individualize corrections for each student. Students know they are observed and, if necessary, adjusted. Clear demonstrations of the posture.


The marks of a well developed Iyengar Yoga teacher include a well-developed eye and specific teaching points which awaken the body’s intelligence.

Teachers devise sequences of poses which build skill and understanding, from posture to posture, and from class to class. Students are encouraged to develop their own home practice; without one, the study of yoga is incomplete.

Become a CIYT

Becoming a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher requires years of practice, study and a rigorous examination of skills.


For teachers, the Certification Mark demonstrates a commitment to maintaining the purity, excellence and high standards of Iyengar Yoga.


Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers teach the method set forth by B.K.S. Iyengar without mixing in other styles or disciplines. They maintain a regular personal practice, continue their training with senior teachers or by traveling to RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute) in Pune, India and hold to ethical guidelines.

  • A minimum of three years of continuous study and practice with a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) is required of anyone applying for assessment. Education programs for prospective teachers are offered by many qualified teachers and centers throughout the country.

  • Candidates ready to apply should find a CIYT who will agree to serve as Mentor through the Introductory I & II certification process and a 2nd CIYT who will serve as a Recommending Teacher.

  • Candidates must be current members of IYNAUS in order to apply for assessment.