Getting certified in Iyengar Yoga

This weekend we hosted the national Iyengar Yoga assessments in Utrecht. It was intense in many ways! Nowadays it seems like more and more people choose to teach yoga, and there are many options to quickly get certified as a teacher. But not in Iyengar yoga… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Getting certified in this style requires one to be a student for at least 3 years. Then, the student has to find a mentoring teacher and a recommending teacher that are at least Junior Intermediate level. One then has to apprentice with those teachers for at least three additional years. The actual practice and self-study is by far the most important element in this journey, because yoga is an experiential subject. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Then at the assessment, the candidates have to demonstrate their own abilities in the asanas from their Introductory syllabus: 64 poses that initially look deceptively simple compared to some of the Instagram favorites like handstands and dropbacks, but try to perform them under the watchful eyes of 3 assessors and a moderator! Candidates are not only expected to be able to ‘make the shapes’ but they also have to show maturity and insight in the mechanics of the poses and their own abilities. A pretty daunting task! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Following the practice demonstration, candidates have to teach 3 randomly chosen asanas plus Sirsasana and Sarvangasana to a small group of volunteer students. And prior to the assessment day, they wrote a theory paper with questions about anatomy, philosophy and teaching theory. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

This year, after a long and hot day we were very happy to see 4 of the participants in our In-Depth course and mentoring program pass the assessment! Congratulations to Leen, Anne, Carla and Sabrina!