CIYT Levels

Certification Level - Introductory I & II

Applicants must have a minimum of four years' continuous study with a CIYT, which may be concurrent with four years' continuous practice of Iyengar Yoga. Applicants must have two teachers submit online recommendation forms stating that the applicant is ready for assessment: one form from the applicant's mentor and the other using the recommending teacher's form. Both the mentor and the recommending teacher must be CIYTs, Intermediate Junior I or above (unless an Introductory I & II CIYT has been granted a waiver to be able to recommend candidates).

The candidate must also meet one of the following three options as of May 1 of the year of application:

    Option 1
  • 90 hours of teacher education with a qualified CIYT Educator (see Appendix 6 and Appendix 7 of the Certification Manual). These hours may be from participation in an IYNAUS-approved Teacher Education Program. Alternatively, they can be with programs taught by CIYTs at the Intermediate Junior III level or higher who have held that certificate for a minimum of 2 years. Candidates are also required to have two teacher recommendations, one of them from their mentor
    AND
    90 hours of Mentorship with a qualified CIYT
    Option 2
  • 180 hours of Mentorship.(see 1.5c and Appendix 4 of the Certification Manual)
    Option 3
  • Graduation from a two or three year IYNAUS-approved Teacher Education program listed in Appendix 7 of the Certification Manual. Candidates are also required to have two teacher recommendations, one of them from their mentor.

The above hours of mentorship may be shared between both your recommending teacher and mentor.

Period since certification at previous level
See section I.6b of the Certification Manual for pre-requisites for application
Required study at RIMYI
Highly Recommended

Certification Level - Intermediate Junior I
Teachers who pass this level may be mentors or recommending teachers.
Period since certification at previous level
Minimum of two years
Required study at RIMYI
Highly Recommended

Certification Level - Intermediate Junior II
Period since certification at previous level
Minimum of one year, no maximum
Required study at RIMYI
Highly Recommended

Certification Level - Intermediate Junior III

After two years at this level, may teach in a teacher education program if other requirements are fulfilled (see Appendix 6 of the Certification Manual). May be an IYNAUS assessor upon completion of the AIT program (see Appendices 9 and 10 of the Certification Manual).

Period since certification at previous level
Minimum of one year
Required study at RIMYI
Highly Recommended; required for teacher educators and assessors

Certification Level - Intermediate Senior I
Teachers who pass this level may teach therapeutic yoga in accordance with the Pune Constitution, Appendix C.
Period since certification at previous level
Minimum of two years.
Required study at RIMYI
Highly Recommended; required to teach therapeutic yoga

Certification Level - Intermediate Senior II
Period since certification at previous level
Minimum of two years
Required study at RIMYI
One month of general classes every three years.

Certification Level - Intermediate Senior III
Period since certification at previous level
Must apply directly to RIMYI
Required study at RIMYI
One month of general classes every three years.

Certification Level - Advanced Junior I, II, III and Advanced Senior I, II, III
Period since certification at previous level
Must apply directly to RIMYI
Required study at RIMYI
One month of general classes every three years.