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The B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute offers a three year teachers training program for yoga teachers according to the system of Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar. It is a certified program, which means competence will be judged by an examination committee before being issued a certificate. The training program consists of the practice of and attaining insight into asana and pranayama, the study of yoga philosophy and general anatomy and to learn how to practice on your own and some remedial aspects of yoga.

About B.K.S. Iyengar
B.K.S. Iyengar has done pioneering work in the yoga domain. His masterpiece “Light on Yoga” made him the undisputed authority in yoga. He has dismantled the classical yoga poses of their Indian mystique and made them accessible to the western world. B.K.S. Iyengar received world-wide recognition with ten-folds of awards for his excellence and innovations in the field of yoga. His books have been translated into more that 20 languages.
During a period of over 75 years, Iyengar has radically renewed the classical hatha yoga through his self-practice and teaching throughout the world. By returning to the roots of yoga, he has succeeded in revitalizing the ancient art of yoga for the 20th century and new millennium. A personal approach and attention for individual needs is characteristic of this approach, which develops the body’s consciousness and intelligence.

The B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute Amsterdam Teacher Training Program
The Teacher Training program was founded in 1987 by Cle Souren and was inaugurated in September of that year by Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar in Amsterdam where Iyengar taught four master classes.
2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the Teacher Training program being among the oldest Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training programs in the world.
Over the years, more than 300 students from more that 20 different countries have been graduated from the program.

The teacher training program mentors students who are keen on deepening their practice and teaching skills. Apprentices have the opportunity to teach a class under the supervision of their trainers. Dependent upon the students understanding, experience and skill, the trainee is provided feedback unique to their situation. The BKSIYA aims to develop skilled teachers based on their unique personal and professional strengths and not rigid methods of understanding.

Delilah King, and Rembert Petrus
Delilah and Rembert are Certified Senior Iyengar Yoga teachers since 2010. Both have trained under Clé Souren in Amsterdam and B.K.S Iyengar in India. They served their apprenticeship under the strict and demanding mentorship of Clé Souren, and since 2000 assisted Clé in running the teacher training programs and medical classes given at the IYIA. They continue to teach in the spirit of Cle Souren and his teacher, BKS Iyengar, taking students to higher levels of practice and standards, with the love, honour and respect they have learned from their mentors. With their extensive experience and knowledge, in the spirit of “old school” mentors, they are easy to approach, and accessible to guide students to reach their potential.

Entrance Qualifications
Previous yoga experience in the Iyengar method is required. The training demands a great dedication from the student. In an introductory conversation and a yoga lesson, it will be assessed if the student is “ripe” to participate in the training. In
some instances, candidates will be asked to follow one or several preliminary classes from an appointed teacher for adjudication. All candidates will be interviewed. Neither age nor any training other than yoga is relevant. Participants in the training program sign a year contract with the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute Amsterdam, which is to be renewed for the second and third year.
Appointments for an introductory conversation can be made with Delilah King,

The Program
The 28-day teacher training consists of 10 weekends (20 study-days) and workshop attendance of 4 weekends (8-study days).

The part-time program: It is also possible to indicate before the start of the study year if you want to participate in the part-time program. This means one study–year will be done in two years, 8 weekends (16-study days).

Non-credit students: If you are interested in deepening your understanding of yoga and/or want to enrich your teaching it is possible to enroll as a non-credit student. In this case, you are not eligible for a teaching certification. Admission requirements are the same as for credit students.

The weekends:
Philosophy – introduction to Indian philosophy, Yoga Sutras, Bhagava Gita
Anatomy – basic anatomy and physiology
Self-Practice – this lays the foundation for developing a self-practice at home.

The workshops:
In order to fulfill the 28-day course, the student is required to attend a total of 8 days, in any combination, the following workshops. The dates will be posted on the website

Christmas Workshop – 4 days
Easter Workshop – 4 days
Summer Intensive – 9 days

2nd and 3rd year: Compulsory Class attendance with Senior TT teachers
A compulsory part of the Teacher Training for 2nd and 3rd years is regular participation in classes given by Delilah King and Rembert Petrus.

We strongly believe, that to become a good Iyengar teacher, the teacher training weekends forms only half of the training: regular attendance of classes given by the two senior trainers, Delilah and Rembert is an essential component of the Teacher Training. Regular practice under the guidance of the senior teachers is necessary to evolve the body and mind, absorb the specific language, and learn through personal experience how to observe and assist in the Iyengar way.

2nd and 3rd year students must attend a minimum of one class given by Delilah and one given by Rembert once a month.

3rd years have the opportunity, upon invitation, to assist at scheduled classes given by Delilah and Rembert.

Special rates are available for TT students at the Iyengar Yoga Institute.
At Rembert’s school: Old School Yoga, the rate for a 10 class card, is €120. Consult the class schedules for both schools on their websites.

Required reading:

By BKS Iyengar
Light on Yoga
Light on Pranayama
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
The Tree of Yoga

By Geeta Iyengar
Yoga, a Gem for Women
Yoga in Action, Preliminary Course

*Books are not included in the tuition.

Costs and subscription
The costs for the teachers-training are € 1650,00 per study-year, or three equal terms of € 577,50; one at subscription, one before January and one before April.
The costs for the ‘part-time-program’ are € 1100,00 per study-year, or two equal terms of € 575,00 each; one at subscription and one in February. Barring the syllabus about ‘theory pose and movement’ other study materials are not included in the costs.
The final exam costs are € 150,00.
Subscription takes place by sending in the subscription-forms. Participants enter into a written agreement with the Iyengar Yoga Institute Amsterdam for one year. After this year the agreement is dissolved and no rights can be founded for further continuation or testimonials. This way, also the student can decide every new study-year not to continue and therefore has no further financial obligations to the Iyengar Yoga Institute Amsterdam.
*After subscription, a refund is no longer possible. Cancellation with the training, for whatever reason, does not relieve the participant of the obligation of complete payment for the study-year.

By paying the balance into account number NL80INGB0006431523 in the name of the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute Amsterdam or online via

The training will be conducted primarily in English; this due to the attendance of foreign students. Dutch will be spoken as well, and translated where necessary.