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 teachers of Iyengar Yoga (CIYT) are required to complete twenty-five (25) hours of continuing education each year.

What Counts as Continuing Education?

Teachers must study with a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) for a minimum of 25 hours in the following areas of study:

  • Asana and pranayama classes with a CIYT
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ)
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Teacher/studio support, business classes, CPR classes (a maximum of 3 hours in these categories may be used toward the 25 hours of required annual continuing education)

For the class or workshop to count toward the required continuing education hours, a CIYT must observe the following criteria regarding class or workshop level:

  • Continuing Education general-level classes must be taught by a CIYT
  • Workshops must be taken with CIYT Level 2 or above
  • Therapy workshops must be taken with CIYT Level 3 and above

Students may attend classes, workshops, and events either in person or virtually. 

Some examples of virtual attendance categories include:

  • Workshops
  • Conferences and Special Events
  • General Classes
  • IYNAUS Special Topics Courses
  • Ethics Courses
  • Required Courses
  • Other

Examples of classes that would fall under the "other" category include:

  • Prashant Iyengar's YouTube and podcast lectures
  • Non-IYNAUS sponsored workshops with Prashant Iyengar or Abhijata Iyengar
  • Classes with IYNAUS or international CIYTs

Teachers should attend classes at RIMYI insofar as possible. One month of study at RIMYI fulfills three years of continuing education requirements; 25 hours asana and pranayama per year, for the year attending at RIMYI, and the following two years. 

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