Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Path

Friday, 27 July 2018 14:24

Learn to become an Iyengar Yoga Teacher

  • Do you love yoga?
  • Would you like the opportunity to express and communicate with others that love of yoga?
  • Do you want the unique opportunity to learn through one-on-one teacher/student apprenticeship?
  • Want to join a vibrant community of teachers whose knowledge is formed by their own Sadhana (practice experience)?


BKS Iyengar writes in The Tree of Yoga:

“You can only give what you yourself have experienced.  If you wish to help others through the healing power of yoga you have to put yourself at the service of the art and then through experience gain understanding.”  

Nicole Schroeter, at Yoga Path, is offering training to become an Iyengar Yoga Teacher through mentorship.  The mentorship program is designed to promote the teaching of the Iyengar method of Yoga and follows the guidelines set by Yogacharya BKS Iyengar and the Iyengar family, in Pune, India, with certification in Australia by the Association, Iyengar Yoga Australia.  During a meeting, in Pune, in December 2017 Geeta Iyengar directed that the integrity of the Iyengar name should be upheld by providing higher quality training in the form of mentorships, rather than on-masse teacher training courses.

Nicole Schroeter, has been teaching, practicing and studying yoga for approx. 20 years.  Nicole currently holds a Junior Intermediate 3 certificate.  This certification level requires the success at 5 assessment levels, 4 trips to India to study with the Iyengar family, 2 years mentorship with senior teacher, Mark Gibson, and on-going professional development with Australian senior teachers.  Her passion for the subject ignites her classes and inspires her students.  In 2006, Yoga Path was established by Nicole, in Newport, Victoria.  She has a particular interest in developing the skills to communicate yoga, both verbally and through body language.  Complementing her knowledge of yogic Philosophy, Nicole majored in Philosophy at LaTrobe University, Bachelor of Arts.

Iyengar Yoga is a practice-based system.  Learning to become a teacher involves serious commitment to the art, science and philosophy of yoga.  This includes having a daily practice of asana and pranayama, based on the study of texts and teachings as passed down by BKS Iyengar.  This mentorship program is created to meet the training requirements of Iyengar Yoga Australia in The Teaching Certification Handbook.

BKS Iyengar is considered one of the most acknowledged and influential teachers of yoga in the last century.  He is considered the father of modern yoga.  His approach is based on experimentation in the postural practice, that is really the cornerstone of much of the yoga taught today.  It is through this path of practice that we gain knowledge and truly learn about ourselves.

Iyengar Yoga is different to other forms of Yoga by the vigorous internationally standardised assessments.  These assessments are generally held biannually in Melbourne and other Australian capital cities.  The process at assessment ensures only competent teachers are qualified.  This maintains the integrity, quality and vitality of the Iyengar Yoga community.

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Teaching Training Requirements:


A student must have been practicing Iyengar Yoga regularly for a minimum of 3 years and attended at least 300 hours of classes with a certified Iyengar teacher.


The Program:


This mentorship is designed to lead towards an in-depth understanding of asana and pranayama, through a personalised hands-on approach; observation and assisting in class, through discussion of issues around personal practice, discussion of the texts – theory and philosophy.  

This program has a unique focus that cultivates a deep understanding of Yoga practice and teaching through being apprenticed as a Teacher Trainee.  This gives the apprentice a unique opportunity to grow and develop at his/her own pace, and to train closely with a highly experienced Iyengar yoga teacher.  The commitment is a minimum of 3 years (2yrs active training + 1yr reflection/development) with contact being attendance at class at least 3 times per week.  These will take the form of:


First year of Mentorship:


  • Mondays 6am – 8am - Led practice with specialised focus on a set of asanas and pranayama.


  • Tuesdays 6.30pm – 7.45pm – Beginner’s Course – to observe the teaching and students over the 10 week course – written assignments will be set based on this experience.


  • Sundays 8.30am – 10am – Attendance at this class is required to develop a sound knowledge of accuracy and knowledge of asana, clarity of instruction, observation and correction of students, demonstration effectiveness, teaching presence and class control and pacing – written assignments will be given based on these classes.


  • And weekly attendance of one other class of your choice.


  • Monthly sessions – Sunday 10am – 12.30am – Personal tutorage


Second year of Mentorship:


  • Mondays 6am – 8am - Led practice with specialised focus on a set of asanas and pranayama – particular focus given to asanas and pranayama in the Introductory Syllabus as set out Iyengar Yoga Australia Teacher Certification Handbook.


  • Wednesdays 6.30pm - 8pm – Introduction to Level 1 Course – observation of class with the opportunity to assist in the class.


  • Sundays 8.30am – 10am – Attendance at this class is required to develop a sound knowledge of accuracy and knowledge of asana, clarity of instruction, observation and correction of students, demonstration effectiveness, teaching presence and class control and pacing – written assignments will be given based on these classes.  Also with the opportunity to assist Nicole in this class, to develop skills in appropriate adjusting, prop use, modifications and alternative asanas for injuries and conditions, management of specific situations.


  • Monthly sessions – Sunday 10am – 12.30am – Personal tutorage


  • The apprenticeship program will take place during the school terms only. During the term break the apprentice is free to attend the classes on the Holiday timetable.


Third year Mentorhsip


  • Continued access to the mentroship program coupled with reflection and teacher training development


Written Assigments


Reading and assignments will be set to cover the following key areas:

  • Effective methods of practice – practices must be logged.


  • Skills to teach – basic elements of the asanas and pranayama, linking, benefits and counterposes, prop use, language and communication, class psychology, adjusting/correcting/assisting, pacing, working with time, demonstrating, modifying for conditions, injuries and common complaints, safety in teaching, designing classes.


  • Yoga Philosophy – Study of the writings of BKS Iyengar and other relevant texts.


  • What it means to be a teacher – responsibilities and ethics, learning your art through reflection and analysis.    


Mentorship Program


This program is a minimum of 300 hours with an additional 100 hours assisting in class, over a minimum of a 2 year period.  It is understood that everyone develops at a different pace. Every student must demonstrate the fundamental skills for accreditation and success at assessment.  Additional time may be required by some students to refine practical teaching skills in preparation for assessment.  Each month after the 2 year mentorship period there will be a monthly charge until the student is ready for assessment.


Mentorship training fees:


On application.


External requirements:


  • Membership to the Iyengar Association of Australia (BKSIYAA) for a minimum of 12 months prior to assessment (General member).  You will also be required to register as a teacher trainee (Trainee Membership).


  • The Iyengar Yoga Australia Association requires a 36 hour Anatomy and Physiology course to be completed prior to the sitting at the Introductory Assessment. This can be done online.         


  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training/Anatomy and Physiology certificate


  • Costs of attendance and candidature at Iyengar Yoga Certification Assessment are the trainees responsibility 


Mentorships can commence at any time as the advantage of the program is that it is tailored uniquely to the individual within the framework of the study subjects.




Preliminary application for the apprenticeship program is via email. 

Please email Nicole to register your interest.  


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