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Program Description and Information 

We are pleased to offer a two-year Introductory Teacher Training Program in the Lineage of BKS Iyengar beginning September 2016 and ending June 2018. Yogānuśāsanam refers to the reverential practice of yoga as a sacred art — the art of integrating body, mind, and breath and uniting the individual soul with the universal spirit. This teacher training program is an opportunity for dedicated students of the Iyengar method to deepen their practice, to establish themselves on the noble path of teaching, and to study directly with Patricia Walden, one of the senior-most teachers of the Iyengar method in the United States. The program will provide a comprehensive foundation for students who wish to prepare for the Introductory assessment in the Iyengar system.

We will meet for two weekends per semester in the fall, winter, and spring, with summers off. In addition to our regular meetings, we will also host guest teachers who will offer workshops on yoga philosophy and special topics. These will be part of our program and are mandatory for all Teacher Training students.  Students will also be responsible for homework assignments and projects to be completed at home. These will include on-going study, practice, and written assignments. 

Once the program begins, students will be expected to (a) take a weekly class with Patricia Walden; (b) maintain a daily home practice of asana and pranayama; and (c) attend all Teacher Training program classes.

Program Requirements

  1. 1.You must have a clear commitment to the Iyengar method. 

  2. 2. You must have two years of study in the Iyengar method and have been taking a weekly class with an Iyengar teacher these two years (exceptions to the weekly class requirement will be made for those who don’t have regular access to an Iyengar teacher).

In addition to these two key requirements, we recommend that you have a daily practice that includes inversions (sirsasana, sarvangasana, halasana, setu bandha sarvangasana). We also recommend that you study and learn the complete names of all basic poses in both Sanskrit and English.


While you are in the Teacher Training Program and for this year preceding it, you are strongly encouraged to immerse yourself in the Iyengar method and to study only with Iyengar teachers (exceptions include meditation retreats and anatomy classes).

We recommend that you buy and study these following references:

1. Yoga in Action:  Preliminary Course, by Geeta Iyengar

  1. 2. Light on Yoga, by BKS Iyengar

  2. 3. Yoga:  A Gem for Women, by Geeta Iyengar

4. Light on the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, by BKS Iyengar

All four may be purchased from the IYNAUS store at http://iynaus.org/store

How to Apply

If you feel you meet the prerequisites and wish to pursue the program, you may download an application here.  Please print out two copies, complete the application, and mail a copy to:

BKS Iyengar Yogamala Teacher Training Program

c/o Jarvis Chen

27 Montclair Ave #1

West Roxbury, MA 02132

Please mail a second copy of your application to:

BKS Iyengar Yogamala Teacher Training Program

74 Freshpond Parkway

Cambridge, MA 02138

* PLEASE NOTE: The 2016-2018 teacher training class is full. Waitlist only.

The goals of this Teacher Training Program are to give you a thorough immersion in the Iyengar method through an in depth study of the required knowledge and foundational poses of the Introductory syllabi and to develop and refine your teaching skills. However, please note that completion of this Teacher Training Program is only the first step in preparation for certification in Iyengar system: students will typically apprentice with a mentoring Iyengar yoga teacher for at least one year following completion of teacher training before applying for assessment.

The Teacher Training Program is a comprehensive one, and the better prepared you are, the more rewarding the experience and outcome will be. Becoming an Iyengar yoga teacher takes hard work and tremendous commitment, but is ultimately transformative and rewarding.


Introductory Teacher Training Program

in the Lineage of Sri BKS Iyengar

with Patricia Walden