Online Study - Trainee Teacher

Online Study - Trainee Teacher


The Online Study-Trainee Teacher program is a resource for Teacher Trainers, those Senior Iyengar Yoga Teachers who are currently in the process of training teachers to prepare for assessment with BKSIYAA at the Introductory Level.

Teacher Trainers who are interested in providing selected audio files and video clips of the Iyengars' teaching, and written resources to their trainees to supplement and deepen their face-to-face and on-the-mat learning may do so via this program.

The Teacher Trainer negotiates directly with Yoga Mandir for his/her Teacher trainees to have access to the content of this Online Study program.

Details of how the program is run, its intent, and focus are included in the Teacher Trainer Handbook for Online Study-Trainee Teacher

The booklet above also includes the Timetable of Subject delivery 


Philosophical basis

The term swadhyaya means self study. Historically Swadhyaya contains 2 aspects:

  • Study of scripture and text
  • Study of onself through a practice.


Throughout his practice life BKS Iyengar has developed a practice that cultivates knowledge from experience. He also teaches us of the need for a balance between objective knowledge and subjective experience in order to verify our own experience.

In the article 'With Yogic Eyes' Iyengar writes:

Though I am rational, I am also a man of sentiment and tradition-bound. I trust the statements of others, follow their lines of explanation, and experiment with them to gain experience. If my experience tallies with their expressions, I accept their statements. Otherwise I discard them, live by my own experiments and experiences, and make my pupils feel the same as I felt in my experiments. If many agree, then I take it as a proven fact and impart it to others'

The sadhana or practice of BKS Iyengar has delivered us with a way to conduct a practice of yoga that has been tested over time. For us, as students in the Iyengar lineage, this objective knowledge can be used to guide our own enquiry and to clarify the subjective experience within our practice.

As part of Yoga Mandir’s commitment to swadhyaya we offer the following online study programs to deliver education on Yogic philosophy and examples of Iyengar methodology, through a the lens of a number of subjects. This allows students a range of samples of audio, video and written material to focus and direct their enquiries and practice.



The Online study-Trainee teacher program is not available to individual teacher trainees but for teacher trainers who wish to provide a range of additional study material to their trainee teachers to support the hands on skills of a more apprentice style of training. Access to this program is by negotiation with the Institute by the Trainer. 

Training teachers should contact the office by email at in order to seek access to a sample of the study material and the guidelines for use.


For further information about Yoga Mandir's Online Study programs see our FAQs


Program enrolments

To enrol in a program, press the associated "Book now" button. Your registration will be submitted during the checkout process.

Title: Online Study - Trainee Teacher.
Commencement date: Monday, 3 February 2020 - 8:00am
Duration: 10 Weeks
Price: $150.00
Teacher: Alan Goode