Celebrating Certification


Dear LTY Community,

I feel a little uncomfortable doing this, but I feel I must share this with you. On August 26, I successfully completed the assessment process administered by the national Iyengar Yoga association (or IYNAUS) and received my “Intermediate, Junior III” Iyengar Yoga Teacher certification. Those of you who have been in class (both recently and over the last decade or so) were already aware that I have been engaged in this endeavor. In many ways, this certification represents more the beginning than the end of something (which I expect to occupy the rest of my lifetime), especially seeing that there are nine higher levels of certification! 

So, why am I telling you this? Of course I am very happy to have passed. I’m probably bragging a little bit (hence the discomfort). This has also been a big deal in my life! To be completely honest though, I feel lucky to have this certification. It wasn’t my best teaching. I was very nervous (much as I have been the previous four assessments), and I made several mistakes (much like I did in the previous four assessments). In truth, I think the assessors went pretty easy on me, but then again, I can be pretty hard on myself. At any rate, here I am and they said I passed, and I believe them and I know certifications aren’t granted willy-nilly . . . so I am grateful.

I guess I’m telling you this because I hope in some way it will compel you to come to class and learn this incredible practice of Iyengar Yoga with me. I’m telling you this because the process of studying, preparing for “IYNAUS Assessment,” and going through the certification process has, I feel, impacted (and humbled!) me deeply, especially as a yoga student. I want to tell you all about the process and the numerous tests and the time (and money) I have invested in my studies. I guess I just did. My hope is that telling you this will foster your belief that I might have something to offer you, your practice of yoga. My hope is that you might be compelled to seek–not me necessarily, not my teaching, but rather what has been wrought in me by this process. My hope is that you might see the possibility that what you are seeking for yourself might abide in the teachings and knowledge I have been fortunate to imbibe via this immersion in the study of the teachings of one of the greatest yoga practitioners and teachers (in my opinion) of our modern age, B.K.S. Iyengar. Ultimately, I guess I just want you to know I have done my homework (believe me). I may not be the most apt pupil, but I feel I have been persistent and devoted. I have done my homework and I think it will work for you. I am excited for it, in fact.

Finally, some thank you’s are in order. To my regular students, and especially to my wife and son who have spent a fair amount of time without me: I thank you for being there. Without your support and patience, I would not have had a chance to learn and grow, and this never would have happened. Thank you to Tracy, Lucas, Stacey, Nancy, Kim, Jan, Michelle, Jim, Chris, Alessandra, Marla, Tresa, Andrea, Heather, Issy, Kate, Hillary, Michael, Andi, Felicia, Anne and the many others who volunteered for the mocks, loaned a video camera, showed up at the last minute for impromptu lessons, filmings, meetings, tech support, etc. Thank you!

To the students that have yet to come to class, or that I haven’t seen in a while: I’ve been thinking about you. I’ve been getting ready. I’ve been setting the table. I know for certain Iyengar Yoga is a feast. I invite you to it and assure that if you should find any shortcomings in the offering, those are mine alone and, God willing, will be addressed in good time.

Oh, and if you are interested in what it actually means to be a C.I.Y.T. (Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher), Intermediate Junior III, here are some details: First from the IYNAUS 2017 Teacher Certification and Education Manual, “Teachers certified by IYNAUS are educated and experienced in the method of yoga set forth by B.K.S. Iyengar. They have passed a thorough standardized assessment and maintain ongoing education, practice, and commitment to the Iyengar method. In order to be granted a certification credential, teachers must pass an assessment of standards in three categories: a demonstrated practice of asanas and pranayamas, a written exam, and demonstrated teaching skills [for each level of certification they are assessed for.]”

For further information about Iyengar Yoga teacher assessment, please follow this link: IYNAUS assessment

For further information about the various certification levels and their requirements, please follow this link: Certification Levels

For information about the ethical guidelines I and other Iyengar Yoga teachers agree to follow, please follow this link: Ethical Guidelines.

Yours, Truly,