For whom?

This trajectory is for you if you:

  • want to work towards taking the Iyengar Yoga Assessment
  • have minimum 3 year Iyengar Yoga experience and feel you are ready to share what you have learned
  • are prepared to work with your Mentor for an additional 3 years
  • want to work with your Mentor 1-on-1 or in small groups to observe, assist and start teaching yoga classes over time

1st year

take lots of classes and practice

Mainly focused on following classes and the In-Depth Course, deepening your own practice. Learn the names of the asanas and read relevant material. But you can start observing classes and assisting.

2nd year

start observing and assisting

Observe a minimum of 10 classes and assist in a minimum of 20 classes. Follow the In-Depth course. Start practice teaching your fellow trainees. Reflect on this by keeping a journal and writing reports.

3rd year

begin teaching

Assist another minimum of 15 classes and start teaching bits of the class. Your Mentor gives feedback – either by being present in the class or by watching video of classes. As Trainee you write reports to reflect.

Costs of Mentorship program

Apart from the In-Depth course and the Yoga Lab sessions, you follow regular classes and a minimum of 5 90-minute private classes per year (or 10 times 45 minutes, to be scheduled with your Mentor) in which we discuss your progress or questions. Otherwise there are no costs – but we do ask for your commitment.

Apprenticeship preparing qualified students to become a teacher.

This is not a teacher training course: it is a more fluid system based on one-on-one work with your teacher(s). Yoga is an experiential subject. You can only teach what you have experienced. Therefore practice is at the forefront of the learning experience. After having taken regular Iyengar classes for at least 3 years, you have to find a teacher who is a qualified Mentor to work with. This means you will enter a relationship for *at least* another 3 years, where you are guided by your mentor in general classes to follow, observe and assist in classes, and start to teach.

The best way to find out if this program is for you, is to come to a class or workshop with Nanda, Kristien, Kerry or Hiske, and speak to us before or afterwards.

If you decide to enter the Mentor program with any of us, we expect that you take classes with a certified Iyengar yoga teacher at least 2x/week, follow the In-Depth Yoga Course each year, work together in a small group with co-trainees and supplement with Modules on Sunday afternoons, e.g. ‘Anatomy and Yoga’, ‘Therapeutic Techniques for Common Health Issues’, ‘Teaching and Exam Preparation’ etc. (to be announced).

You cannot participate in the Mentor program while you are pregnant, or if you have health issues that may jeopardise your own safety.