IYT began its second comprehensive three-year therapeutic teacher-training course in 2015, with classes led by Manouso Manos and IYT faculty. Manouso will teach three sessions in 2017: March 10-12, July 7-9, and Sept. 22-24.

IYT's previous three-year teacher training in the theory and application of Iyengar Yoga therapeutics was built upon the foundation of the 2010 national convention on therapeutics with Geeta Iyengar, guidance from the Iyengar family and the three-year semi-annual courses with Stephanie Quirk. This program, which concluded in April 2014, gave teachers practical experience in the techniques developed by the Iyengars in medical classes in Pune, India.

Comprehension and maturity in Iyengar Yoga teaching and practice is assessed through a comprehensive national certification program. Certified teachers have passed through a rigorous process involving recommendations and evaluations from more advanced teachers. All teachers certified through the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States or a similar international institution may help students who have common conditions that can be addressed in a general classroom setting.

Until recently, however, few Iyengar Yoga teachers have received specific training in the therapeutic applications for diseases, injuries and complaints that cannot effectively be handled in a general class.

Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics’ programs will reinforce the methodology involved in the assessment process, the practical application, and the evaluation necessary to work effectively with students with special needs. 

Classes will be at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles.

For more information about the certification process and finding certified Iyengar teachers, please see www.iynaus.org.