Continuing Education

Why Continuing Education for Teachers of Iyengar Yoga?

Yoga is a lifetime of learning. To fully understand the art, science, and philosophy of teaching yoga, certified Iyengar Yoga (CIYT) teachers are required to complete thirty (30) hours of continuing education each year.

Policy on Continuing Education (CE) Hours.

The following CE  hours are to be met annually for the purpose of maintaining IYNAUS CIYT status. 

  • At least 30 hours of continuing education
  • Of these 30 hours, a minimum of  25 hours must be in the area of asana, pranayama, yoga philosophy, or therapeutics taught by a CIYT or RIMYI teacher
  • Minimum of one continuing education course in Yoga and Equity/DEIJ topics


Below is a list of required and optional classes which count as CE for IYNAUS CIYTs. 

  • All classes with Abhijata Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar, as well as other RIMYI instructors, are eligible for continuing education credit, this includes the free YouTube videos: Online Education in Yoga by Prashant S. Iyengar.
  • Classes with your regular CIYT mentor or teachers (all CIYT levels acceptable) DO count towards annual hours.
  • One month of in-person study at RIMYI counts for 30 hours/year for two years, including the year and following year of attendance. 
  • For CE purposes, workshops must be taken with CIYT Level 2 or above.
  • For CE purposes, therapy workshops must be taken with CIYT Level 3 and above.
  • Ethical Guidelines on Sexual Misconduct Awareness, Prevention, and Response training is a requirement for all IYNAUS CIYTs and must be completed every three years. These hours count for CE.
  • Anatomy/Physiology and CPR hours can be used for up to three hours of CE.
  • CIYTs are welcomed and encouraged to go beyond the minimum required annual hours.


How are Continuing Education Hours Logged?

Teachers are required to update their record of virtual or in-person attendance in classes, workshops, conventions, conferences, and at RIMYI, on their personal page on the IYNAUS website annually before they renew their CIYT Certification Mark/fee and pay their IYNAUS dues. Failure to do so may result in delaying renewal or suspension of their CIYT certification.

Lerner Continuing Education Class
Alex Clevelend teaches Sirsasana
Zoom Video Meeting for Abhijata