Becoming a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher requires years of practice, study and a rigorous examination of skills. For teachers, the Certification Mark demonstrates a commitment to maintaining the purity, excellence and high standards of Iyengar Yoga.

Certified Iyengar Yoga instructors teach the method set forth by B.K.S. Iyengar without mixing in other styles or disciplines. They maintain a regular personal practice, continue their training with senior teachers or by traveling to the Iyengar institute in India, and hold to ethical guidelines.

"Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers are known for their depth of knowledge and clear, effective teaching skills. It is our privilege to bring up candidates who are not only dedicated to Iyengar Yoga, but who are also safe and engaging teachers. People know that when they are taking classes from a CIYT they are studying with an experienced practitioner and dedicated teacher."

— Leslie Bradley, Certification Coordinator

Every Certified Iyengar Teacher has passed at least one standardized assessment. Some have passed many more.

Becoming a CIYT, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, begins with long term thorough and dedicated practice. One is a student of Iyengar Yoga before becoming a teacher. In the assessment process itself, candidates are carefully observed and evaluated as they demonstrate asanas and Pranayamas and as they teach a class of students.