Preliminary Teacher Training-Mentorship

Overview of the Preliminary Teacher Training-Mentorship Program

The program contains:

  • practice subjects in Asana and Pranayama
  • theory subjects pertaining to Yoga (Theory-Philosophy)
  • theory subjects pertaining to the teaching process (Theory-Teaching)
  • Yogasana subjects examine how the subject of Yoga exists within our practice.


The subject descriptions follow:


Asana subjects contain the study of the Asanas through technique, precision in performance and the use of props. The Asana syllabus is repeated yearly throughout the three years of the course so that learning is consolidated as the student’s practice and understanding deepen. A number of Asanas are included from outside the IYA Introductory syllabus. These Asanas are sequenced to clarify the learning experience and understanding of the syllabus.


Pranayama subjects offer a foundation for Pranayama practice in theory, while giving specific practices and measures for progress.


Theory has two aspects: Theory-teaching and Theory-philosophy.

Theory-teaching subjects deliver the foundation for communicating practice and the ‘state’ of Asana, while Theory-philosophy explores the subject of Yoga through the principles contained within the Yoga Sutras. A number of sessions are delivered both in the mid week theory sessions for the training group and to a general audience at Yoga Mandir lecture series.


Yogasana involves an examination of our practice through the distinguishing features of Iyengar yoga, namely the use of technique, timings, sequence and repetition. 


The Preliminary Teacher Training-Mentorship Program is structured over 12 terms. There are 4 terms a year each with an attendance requirement of 7 days at Yoga Mandir in Canberra. Each term trainees have an assignment and reading schedule pertaining to Yoga philosophy, science and practice. The schedule provides guidance about the study load per term with the average workload being 5 hours per week across a 10-week term. An extensive range of digital media is provided to trainees to support their practice and course work.

Training can be undertaken as either full time or part time:

  • Full time status flags the trainee has set the intention of enrolment: 4 terms per year x 3 years
  • Part time status flags the trainee intention of enrolment term by term for however many years it takes to complete the course work

Trainees can also designate either internal or external status:

  • Internal status means that assisting and observation of classes is allocated within the Yoga Mandir courses in during weeks 1 – 4 or 7 – 10
  • External status means that assisting and observation of classes is allocated during the 7 day attendance period

Prerequisites and Practice Requirements

Iyengar Yoga Australia (IYA) requires that a student wishing to train as a teacher must have been practicing Iyengar yoga regularly for a minimum of three (3) years and have an established personal practice before undertaking training with a teacher accredited by the IYA to train teachers. Yoga Mandir offers a 12 month program called the Sadhaka Program for students wishing to develop a personal practice.  Please see the Sadhaka Program page for further details. 

Trainees are required to develop a home practice of 1½ - 2hrs x 6 days per week and to keep a log of their practice. During the training period, a trainee must refrain from attending classes with other teachers.

Intensives for Prospective Applicants

Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend an intensive conducted by Alan. This is particularly relevant for prospective applicants from outside of Canberra. 

There are four intensives throughout the year.

For more information and bookings, please visit the Intensives for Prospective Applicants page.

Information Evenings for Prospective Applicants to the Preliminary Teacher Training-Mentorship Program

Each year there is an information evening for those wanting additional information prior to applying for a place on the program.  The information evening will not be held in 2019, however those interested in discussing the program are welcome to email the office and we will put you in touch with Caroline Plunkett our Training Coordinator.

Important steps and dates for Prospective Applicants

After having attended the Prospective Applicant Intensive, if you are interested in enrolling in the Teacher Training Program, please complete the following steps:

Step 1. Expression of Interest

Application to the Preliminary Teacher Training-Mentorship Program is made via an expression of interest. This must be made in writing to Alan Goode no later than 1 November. Include details of your yoga background, including teachers and practice and a brief note about age, health, family situations that may either support of create obstacles within your study. On receipt of an expression of interest Alan  will either provide an application form for enrolment into the program or make a recommendation for your ongoing development towards teacher training.

Step 2. Submission of Application form

Application for enrolment does not confirm a place in the program.  Completed application forms must be received by November 15 each year.  From applications received, places in the program are offered by 1 December each year. 

Step 3. Acceptance of place

Applicants must formally accept the place in the program by 10 December so that places are confirmed by the end of December in time for the new term to begin in February the following year.

Please send Expressions of Interest and other correspondence to:
Email: office (at)
PO Box 5025 Braddon, Canberra 2612 ACT

Program enrolments

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

Title: Preliminary Teacher Training.
Commencement date: Monday, 2 March 2020 - 8:00am to Sunday, 8 March 2020 - 8:00pm
Duration: 7 day
Studio 1
Price: $790.00
Teacher: Alan Goode