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Teacher Training

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. Up until his death at 95, he practiced yoga daily at his Institute in Pune, India, after teaching thousands worldwide.

Peggy Kelley and staff offer a series of 18 weekend intensives over two years, with each weekend focused on different aspects of teacher training. Successful completion of all 18 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.

Iyengar Teacher Training in Austin, TX

with Peggy Kelley and Staff
Graduates who complete all 18 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)

Teacher Training Registration Form

Austin Yoga Institute Teacher Training

18 weekend Syllabus-Two year Duration

(Prerequisite: One year weekly studies in Iyengar method at Austin Yoga Institute 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)

Weekends 17 and 18

Philosophical foundations: Yoga and Ayurveda, Sister Arts & Sciences,

Introduction Asana and Pranayama: Design a Practice to maintain Doshic Balance (Dosha means “Ayurvedic Type”)

The Business of Yoga: An Introduction to Choice of Business Entities, use of Social Media, Tax Consequences of Independent Contractor status, and more 

Written Test, 60 minutes


Peggy Kelley

Devon Dederich

Anne Schultz

Cost $250 per weekend

Required Reading

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

Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swatmarama, B.K.S. Iyengar introduction 

Yoga in Action Preliminary and Intermediate Courses by Geeta Iyengar 

Bhagavad Gita, Sergeant or Stoler-Miller translation

Physical Poetry, Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda by Peggy Kelley

Recommended Reading

Yoga, A Path to Holistic Health by B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga, The Iyengar Way by Silva Mehta

Structural Yoga Therapy by Tom Stiles

Light on Ashtanga Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain

Yoga Teacher Training 2017-2018

September 23-24

October 21-22

November 18-29

December 2-3

January 27-28

February 24-25

March 24-25

April 21-22

June 2-3