The Teacher programs of the Institute cover all aspects of a teacher's development from training through to professional support and supervision. The Remote study programs recognise the unique geographical challenges Australia presents to a teacher or trainer wishing to study and evolve their own practice. The programs are designed and conducted in accordance with Yoga epistemology and require commitment to reflective practice which Geeta Iyengar describes in The Involvement of Consciousness In Yogasanas. Geeta notes that the judgement of the mind is partial unlike that of the intellect which is ruthless. Geeta explains that intelligence works through the mind on the body to discipline both body and mind.
Reflective practice is the Parichyayavastha stage of practice whereby a scientific, meaningful and purposeful practice establishes the mental and emotional conditions within an individual such that Vyatikeka (keeping away from desires) and Ekendriya (stilling the mind) become possible. (see Table 1 in BKS Iyengars Light on the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali)
The programs are formed around the Practitioner programs of Yoga Mandir such that teachers experience a teaching environment which addresses Yoga as a heuristic subject; that is a school that focuses student development around practice based learning. Prashant Iyengar in Alpha and Omega of Trikonasana notes;
“Yoga being a heuristic subject, one needs to learn from oneself and one has to teach oneself. One needs to teach the pose to the body, mind and breath, by the body, mind and breath.”
There are three Teacher Programs along with programs for teachers working alongside colleagues and those in more isolated situations gaining access to online resources and study material.