Introductory Level Teacher Training Course


If you are interested in joining the teacher training course, then please contact one of our teacher trainers/course tutors for further information:

Tricia Booth Tel: 01663 732927

Julie Brown Tel: 01625 260486

Marion Kilburn Tel: 0161 442 9003

The course tutors have taught yoga for many years; Tricia, our most experienced trainer, for over 30 years and Marion and Julie for over 25 years. They have all attended classes at Mr Iyengar’s Institute in India many times and they attend and/or teach the weekly classes for teachers at the MDIIY. As well as teaching their own local classes they have taught throughout the UK, Ireland and continental Europe.

Please note: As a trainee teacher at MDIIY you will be required to be a member of the Manchester and District Institute of Iyengar Yoga (MDIIY), which will automatically give you membership of the Iyengar Association of the UK, IY (UK). Membership of IY(UK) is a requirement for training as an Iyengar yoga teacher.

IY (UK) is the national governing body for Iyengar Yoga in the United Kingdom and teacher training is formally reviewed regularly by them. Any changes they may approve may alter our course.

Please click here to download an Introductory Teacher Training Application Form.
(information on completing the application available here).

Please download and read “Training to Teach Iyengar Yoga at Introductory Level” which includes all of the main information regarding pre-requisites, requirements, recommendations and assessments.

Course details

Length of Course: The course is of two years and five months duration, part-time. It begins in the spring term after Christmas. There are three, 10 to 12 week terms per year giving a total of 140 hours of tuition. Trainees must satisfy all attendance requirements.

Deadline for receiving applications: end of October. Classes are held on Thursday evenings from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

The emphasis of the course is on practical and teaching skills. In addition, a number of written assignments will be given during the course. These will cover topics such as anatomy, lesson planning and yoga philosophy.

There will be a formal, practical assessment, at the end of the course.

Entry requirements: 

Attendance at a weekly class with a recognised Teacher Member of the IY (UK) for a minimum of three years

Written recommendation from your regular teacher to confirm the above

A knowledge of and practical familiarity with the Introductory syllabus (a copy of which is available from your Iyengar Yoga teacher)

Regular practice at home. You will need to dedicate at least one hour a day to your own practice throughout the length of the course.

Qualification gained: Introductory Teaching Certificate of the Iyengar Yoga Association of the UK, IY (UK).

Objectives of the course

The objectives of the Introductory Level Teacher Training Course are to:

Improve one’s own practice by:

Showing a good understanding of the postures

Showing good presentation and alignment

Demonstrating precision and steadiness

Learn to teach by:

Developing clarity and simplicity of instruction

Showing good performance in demonstrating

Showing sharpness and awareness in observation

Achieving control and safety of a class

Learning to teach Sirsasana and Sarvangasana and to be able to lift students into these asanas

Recommended literature:

Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar

Light on Pranayama by BKS Iyenegar

Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by BKS Iyengar

Further levels

After obtaining the Introductory Teaching Certificate, teachers may wish, in due course, to prepare for higher level qualifications at the various Intermediate Junior and Intermediate Senior levels. Introductory Level teachers must wait at least eighteen months before presenting themselves for IJ Level 1 assessment and it is recommended that this period be extended to three or four years in all but exceptional cases. The MDIIY currently offers weekend training events for those wishing to prepare for Intermediate Junior and Intermediate Senior assessments.

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