To become a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, you need to pass a “Weekend Certification Assessment”, which are offered at various Yoga Studios across the country and Hawaii from August until December each year. Locations are announced each Spring. To participate in an Assessment you will need to apply by May first for the following Fall Sessions.
These Assessments are like a “Yoga -Bar Exam”, where people are tested on the stability and ease in the practice of the yoga postures and Pranayama, the depth of knowledge of anatomy, the understandings of therapeutics ( back, neck, knee and shoulder problems including pregnancy and menstrual precautions) and the proficiency and skill in the Art of Teaching Yoga, which is the most important part of the assessment.
The people going up for a weekend Iyengar Yoga Assessment are not guaranteed to pass. It is a case by case process, but if you have prepared thoroughly with a strong and supportive guidance and a personal in depth practice, you will most likely pass.