Look for the mark. Only the world's most knowledgeable, rigorously-trained teachers earn Iyengar Yoga Certification.
Iyengar Certification - A sign of excellence, clarity and depth of understanding
Students can expect safe, methodical, insightful instruction in the hands of the most skilled teachers in Champaign-Urbana. YICU instructors have a mature knowledge and regular practice of Iyengar yoga. Our teachers are passionate about the subject, dedicated to sharing it, and are tested regularly to move forward along the articulated certification process set out by the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS).
This certification process is singular to Iyengar yoga, and often referred to as the gold standard of yoga teaching credentials. It is highly rigorous, assuring you of an instructor who is well trained in the art, science, and philosophy of yoga. Prospective teachers confirm their dedication through years of studying yoga. Additional teacher education includes the study of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, philosophy, and practical teaching methods. Candidates for certification apply to an assessment process that includes recommendations by mentoring teachers, a review of study and teaching experience, and a comprehensive, three-part examination. .
Prospective teachers must show proficiency in performance of the asanas, or postures, and take a written exam on philosophy, anatomy, and practical knowledge of teaching. In the third and most important part of the test, the candidate is observed and assessed by a panel of senior teachers while teaching a class.
This process is repeated a year or two later, with additional postures and more comprehensive evaluation. Teachers are granted full certification at the Introductory Level only after satisfactorily completing all components of this 2 part examination process.
The process of teacher training and evaluation is repeated with higher standards and different material at six additional levels of certification, from Introductory to Intermediate Senior 1, preparing teachers to teach at increasing levels of competency. Still higher levels of certification are granted directly by B.K.S. Iyengar.