Professional Development/Teachers days 2013
Professional development, or teachers days, are held approximately every two months. They are for teachers in training and Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers.
Teacher PD Days Dates 2013
February 2 & 3
April 13 & 14
May 5 (one full day only)
September 21 & 22
November 9 & 10
The teachers days start on a Saturday. There is usually an intensive the week before – except for the May 5 teacher day.
There are 2 options, you can choose either:
Option 1: Saturday 11.00 AM – 5.30 PM. The day starts with a practice at your level followed by teaching and understanding asana.
Option 2: Saturday 1.30 – 5.30 PM then Sunday 8 – 10 AM, practice at your level.
May 5 Teachers PD (8:00am – 6:00pm) Cost: $220
May 5 Teacher Training (8:00am – 4:00pm) Cost: $165
Additional Friday PM, April 12. Teachers coming to PD days are also welcome to come, in addition to the PD, to the Friday 6 – 8 PM restorative / pranayama class which is the final class of the intensive with Caroline. This is not applicable for the May 5 teacher day.
Teacher training 2013 with Caroline Coggins
There is a new intake into the training each January. Please submit your written application by November 30th
Please include details of your yoga history, any physical problems or disabilities, age, your work and home situation. Include also why you would like to do this training.
It is necessary to have completed three years of Iyengar yoga classes/practice. If you are not a regular student of Caroline’s it is recommended that you attend a intensive week before you submit your application.
What are you doing now?
This is a question BKS Iyengar asked a student as he left the Institute one day after class. This was a student who regularly attended class, but in his own words: “Iwas going nowhere.” Why did he ask him? He was inviting him to look and see where he was going, asking him if he knew where he was going. The question was not framed in the future, but was an immediate, jarring question bringing the ‘now’ into the student’s mind. Now is not tomorrow. Now, what are you doing? Interestingly enough it is also the first word in the yoga sutras. Now. This gives the idea of what a yoga training is. It is an internal stepping up, a
responding to the now. It is not a future tense, becoming something, but a present tense being. It is learning how to practice. It is the beginning of the formation of a commitment. It is taking on a learning that will shape and direct your life, and the learning will start NOW. To be a teacher means that you have learnt how to practice. Not everyone who does this course will want to be a
teacher, that is up to the individual, but the process will be the same. So, firstly some fire in you wants to learn how to practice, wants to get more involved, no longer content to be on the side lines waiting to be taught. There is a desire for more
understanding, to feel confident to work with the difficulties that may assail you, on any level. Some part of you wants to take on the journey yourself.
Once this decision is made, then comes the need to learn how to practice, which includes: what to do in your practice; how to sequence; how to balance; how to develop your understanding of the asanas; how to quieten and how to enliven; how to breathe; how to put a timer to your minds and a mat to your turbulent and wilful psyches. The mat is our foundation, our silence, and our prayer, it is what we come back to each day to harness and restrain and ultimately to free ourselves. As you become familiar with practice you come to see that the mind and your emotions are urging you, you are either aggressive or lethargic, and the freedom of mind that you want is elusive. To practice requires that you arrive each day, willing to observe and apply yourselves. Maybe you notice you are happy to wait until tomorrow, anything but now!
With practice we learn how to culture ourselves, to observe our thoughts and our disposition and, slowly, how to restrain ourselves. Then for moments we come to see that the point of this practice is not what we do, but our surrender to our God.
This training is based on experiential learning principles. It will be made up of modules, mostly comprising a weekend and a weekend. If you wish to be Certified as an Iyengar Teacher you will need to fulfil the requirements of the Course and have 100 hours of assisting in class. You will most importantly need a referral for assessment from Caroline Coggins that will be dependent on skill level achieved. Referral for assessment within the BKSIYAA certification system is subject to skill level achieved and therefore an individual may require more than the 330 hours of participation in the course to meet this requirement.
Jan 28-3rd February
June / July 2 week Bali Retreat 24-6 July
Keeping a log of your work, attendance at classes, reading and structure of classes attended, taught or lead. 100 hrs of assisting, minimum, until level 2 certification is achieved.
Covered in the course
- Familiarity with asanas and pranayama, and experience in teaching at this level (level 1 and 2)
- Sequencing of asanas for beginners and general classes.
- Consideration of some therapeutic conditions.
- Sequencing for menstrual and restorative practice.
- Pre and post-natal asana practice.
- Adjusting in the asanas, and knowing what needs to be adjusted, and feeling comfortable with doing this.
- Use of Props
- Observation of and correction of students.
- Demonstration of Asanas In teaching.
- Meeting class and individual requirements.
Not Covered in the course
- Anatomy and Physiology as per requirements of BKS Iyengar Association.
- First Aid
Schedule of fees
Fees need to be paid in full one month prior to each module.
The student has done a minimum of three years Iyengar Yoga.
Membership of the BKS Iyengar Association, and subsequent registering as a
teacher in training.
It is strongly recommended that students enrol to study at the Pune Institute once