–> GOLD STANDARD: ONLY IYENGAR YOGA CERTIFIED TEACHERS CAN USE THIS MARK.
At Seattle Iyengar Yoga Studio, our teachers take our vocation seriously because we believe that yoga is not just a workout regime, but a transformative tool to improve our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Iyengar Yoga Certification is considered the gold standard because of it is the most rigorous teacher certification program in the world and it generally takes 4-6 years to be certified at the lowest level.
It is different from most teacher training certification programs offered in the United States. For each of the thirteen levels of Iyengar certification, in addition to a minimum 500-hour training requirement under two other certified Iyengar Yoga teachers, a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher must also have had passed at least two levels of intense testing and evaluation before receiving the Iyengar Yoga Certification mark.
Moreover, Iyengar Yoga Certification is more than a registry service. Unlike Yoga Alliance, the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States safeguards the quality of Iyengar Yoga teachers by publishing the official certification manual every year. This manual outlines in details the materials regarding poses, teaching and philosophy for teacher-candidates. It also includes ethical guidelines that govern all Iyengar Yoga teachers in the United States.
To become a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher requires years of dedicated practice, ongoing study, and the undertaking of a rigorous examination of skills before earning our certification. Over a two-day period, teacher-candidates are evaluated in-person by a panel of three senior Iyengar Yoga assessors on more than 45 different criteria, including their clarity of instruction and ability to observe, correct students based on students’ physical limitations. The Iyengar Yoga Certification clearly demonstrates a commitment to maintaining the purity, excellence and high standards of the Iyengar method. Students at Seattle Iyengar Yoga will be provided with knowledgable and individualized yoga instructions that are beneficial for both body and mind.
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