“Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit the broken pieces together. Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life. Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed. To a yogi, freedom implies not being battered by the dualities of life, its ups and downs, its pleasures and its suffering. It implies equanimity and ultimately that there is an inner serene core of one’s being that is never out of touch with the unchanging, eternal infinite.”
The certification process varies significantly between different styles of yoga, some requiring as little as one month of study. The Iyengar Yoga certification process is a lengthy, rigorous process whereby applicants must have a minimum of three years of study with certified Iyengar Yoga teachers while maintaining a continuous personal practice. In addition, teachers in this method do not mix with other styles or disciplines, demonstrating a purity of method that is unparalleled. Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYT) are held to ethical guidelines set forth by both the United States National Association and the Yoga Institute in Pune, India.
If you choose another method of yoga, it is worth the extra effort to investigate your teacher’s qualifications by asking them the length and depth of their program and the number of years they studied with teachers senior to their current level. A difference between being a Registered Yoga Teacher (RTA) versus Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) is that certified teachers undergo thorough, rigorous, and extensive training, and are required to meet very specific standards set forth by the certifying body.