Teacher Training with Peggy Kelley

Learn to teach the basics of proper alignment and how to use props in the Iyengar Method of Hatha Yoga. World renowned for its precision, the Iyengar Method conveys the heart, soul, and essence of yoga through the medium of the yoga asanas. B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga Master, has been honored by universities and governments for his healing genius. Although he died in 2014, he continued to practice pranayama and asana daily into his 90’s

Peggy Kelley and staff offer a series of 16-weekend intensives over two years, with each weekend focused on different aspects of teacher training. Successful completion of all 16 weekends (including homework) meets the Yoga Alliance 200 hour Registration Requirement, with 150 hours extra toward the 500 Hour Registration Requirement. Graduates intending to undertake assessment for National Iyengar Certification will find the program good preparation for that three-part exam. Graduates who complete all 16 weekends and all homework satisfactorily, as well as any other requirements of the National Iyengar Association, will be eligible for a recommendation from Peggy Kelley to enter the assessment process (for more information on assessment, see http://www.iynaus.org)

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Austin Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training 16 weekend Syllabus-Two year Duration

(Prerequisite: One year weekly studies in Iyengar method at Austin Iyengar Yoga or with a certified Iyengar teacher)

Weekends 1 and 2

Yoga: Philosophical Foundations
• Preview of Iyengar’s extended metaphor in Tree of Yoga
• The Eight-fold Path
Yoga Asana: Physical Foundations
• Basic standing poses
• Sitting and supine poses which facilitate standing poses
Supine Pranayama: Physiological Foundations
• Breath Awareness
• Cultivating the Diaphragm
Basic Anatomy of the Feet, Legs and Hips
Long term Projects: Beginners Series and Community Service


Weekends 3 and 4

Yoga: Philosophical Foundations
• Preview of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
• Yoga and Meditation, Yoga Sutra Chapter One
Yoga Asana: Review with emphasis on Arms and Shoulders
Continuing work on Asana and Pranayama
Basic Anatomy of Hands, Arms and Shoulders
Daily Yoga Practice Log


Weekends 5 and 6

Yoga: Philosophical Foundations
• Kleshas (obstacles) and Koshas (layers, components)
• Yoga Sutra, Chapter Two
Yoga Asana: Review with emphasis on the spine and the core
Continuing work on Asana and Pranayama
Basic Anatomy of the Spine and Trunk


Weekends 7 and 8

Yoga: Philosophical Foundations
Kriya Yoga, definition and practice
• Yoga Sutra, Chapter Three in part
Introduction to Physiology
• Cell & Tissue, Digestive System
Continuing work on Asana and Pranayama


Weekends 9 and 10

Yoga: Philosophical Foundations
Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita
Continuing work in Physiology
• Circulatory and Respiratory systems
Light on Pranayama
Continuing work on Asana and Pranayama
Beginning Practice Teaching
Midterm, Demonstrated Practice (Assessment Sequence), written test, one hour


Weekends 11 and 12

Yoga: Philosophical Foundations
• Completing the Gita
Continuing work on Physiology: Endocrine and Reproductive System
Continuing study of Introductory I asanas and pranayama
Continuing work on Asana and Pranayama
Practice teaching


Weekends 13 and 14

Philosophical Foundations: Subtle Anatomy, the Chakras
Continuing work on Physiology: Nervous System
Continuing work on Asana and Pranayama
Practice Teaching


Weekends 15 and 16

Philosophical Foundations: Yoga as Philosophy in Action
• Approaches to Introducing Philosophy in Asana Classes
• Seasonal; Monthly Meditation/Pranayama
Ethical Foundations, Codes of Ethics
Final Exam, Repeat Demonstrated Practice (Assessment Sequence)
Written Test, Ninety minutes



  • Peggy Kelley

  • Devon Dederich

  • Anne Schultz

  • Cost $200 per weekend

2016 - 2017 Dates



Available for a nominal fee in the homes of local yoga students. Names and phone numbers of convenient motels, hotels or bed & breakfasts provided upon request.


Required Reading

Yoga, A Path to Holistic Health by B.K.S. Iyengar
Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
The Tree of Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by B.K.S. Iyengar
Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga in Action–Preliminary Course by Geeta Iyengar
Yoga, A Gem for Women by Geeta Iyengar
Yoga, The Iyengar Way by Silva Mehta
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by David Coulter

Recommended Reading

Structural Yoga Therapy by Tom Stiles
Light on Ashtanga Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain

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