All Iyengar Yoga Teachers in our organisation are fully qualified Iyengar Yoga Teachers and committed Iyengar Yoga practitioners. They are all entitled to use the Certification Mark which is an International Registered Trade Mark for Iyengar Yoga Teachers. This means they are fully insured, complete regular Professional Development and conform to regulatory requirements of Iyengar Yoga (UK).
All Iyengar Yoga teachers undergo rigorous training and assessment. Each teacher will have practiced Iyengar Yoga for a minimum of 6 years, usually more, before becoming a Level 1 Teacher. Level 1 Teachers introduce new students to Iyengar Yoga and teach beginners and general level classes. After gaining experience in teaching the Level 1 Syllabus and studying the Level 2 Syllabus teachers may present for assessment at Level 2. Level 2 teachers teach beginners and general classes. There will be more depth and sensitivity in the understanding and teaching at Level 2. There are two further levels, Levels 3 and 4 and the depth of understanding and senitivity continues to develop throughout the levels. Teachers at these levels may also teach therapy classes as well as general classes.
Most of the teachers in Essex were assessed under the previous training and assessment model. The equivalent certificates are: Level 1, the previous Introductory Certifcate; Level 2, the previous Intermediate Junior 1 and 2 Certificates; Level 3, the previous Intermediate Junior 3 and Intermediate Senior 1, 2 and 3; Level 4, the previous Advanced Junior 1, 2 and 3, and Advanced Senior 1 and 2. Advanced level qualifications are only awarded at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute, Pune, India.
The term Yoga Instructor is not used in Iyengar yoga. It is used by fitness and other yoga organisations that do not have such rigorous and structured training as Iyengar Yoga.