Teacher Development


Learning to be a teacher of yoga starts with a practice.

Training to become a teacher is conducted over time. It takes dedication and perseverance. Developing a depth of understanding and learning to communicate from direct experience is a lifelong journey.

At Yoga Mandir our program to train teachers is grounded in a commitment to practice and is an expression of, and contribution to community. Working alongside colleagues, under the guidance of experienced teachers, day by day and week by week.

Trainees based in Canberra assist teachers in weekly classes, whilst those who live remotely access material online to support their own practice inquiry. The group as a whole meet to work together over a 7-day period developing skills, identifying strengths and weaknesses and supporting one another to evolve as individuals and as teachers.

Bookings for each term close 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the term

An example week schedule is provided here: Timetable-7 Day Template 

Access to all our Teacher Development programs is made via an email to our Training Coordinator: training[at]yogamandir.com.au

Teacher development dates for 2024

Cost and enrolment Cost per term is $890 and enrolment is made 2 weeks prior to the commence of the term 

Note: 2024 Term 3 Teacher Development consists of a modified program and cost (see table below). Bookings close on 5 July 2024

Term Term Dates Teacher Development Weeks
Term 1, 2024 29 Jan-14 April 8 to 14 April 2024. 7 day attendance (Monday to Sunday). Enrolments close 24 Jan
Term 2, 2024 29 April-7 July 27 May to 2 June. 7 day attendance (Monday to Sunday). Enrolments close 24 April
Term 3, 2024 22 July-29 September Enrolment for Term 3 Teacher Development includes 3 Yoga Vidya subjects (T-Ph05. Progression in Understanding, T-Ph25. Considering Samyama and T-T07 Handling diversity) an assisting allocation and interview with Alan. Cost $450. Note: There will be no formal TD attendance week for Term 3. The week-long morning intensive will run 29 July - 2 August, 6.30-9.00 am and requires a separate booking. Enrolments close 5 July
Term 4, 2024 14 October-21 December 11 to 17 November. 7 day attendance (Monday to Sunday). Enrolments close 27 Sept


Intake of trainee teachers into the Teacher Development (TD) Program is twice yearly- 29 January and 1 July, with acceptance into the program to be finalised before those dates. Attendance in Alans classes is essential prior to application and commencement in the TD program. Alan will arrange to meet with you directly to discuss your participation.

Application is via expression of Interest (EOI) emailed to the Training Coordinator at:  training[at]yogamandir.com.au . EOIs can be lodged 4-6 weeks prior to the finalised date.

The EOI should include details of your yoga history including when you started, your teachers, home practice (frequency, duration), injuries or other issues you are working with, as well as any other circumstances such as work or family conditions that may affect your practice. An outline of why you are interested in teacher training should be included. 

Information for Prospective Applicants can be found here: Prospective-Applicant-Information-2024

Teacher/ Teacher-Mentor SUPERVISION

Supervision involves guidance and feedback from Alan regarding specific issues of practice, teaching or student development. Supervision may be of two types:

Teacher Supervision involves a sixty minute booked
session with Alan where a teacher submits material in the form of recordings, questions or reflections one week prior to the session.

Examples of supervision:
– a case study of a student presentation or issue
– a review of a recording of teaching or practice concerns
– reflections on a specific area of philosophy

-questions on running a school

Cost: $100 per session
When: Thursday 2.30-3.30pm


Teacher-Mentor Supervision involves a review of their role or
to discuss their observations of their Trainee. 
A Teacher-Mentor submits material in the form of recordings, questions or reflections one week prior to the session.

Cost. $100 per session.

When: Thursday 2.30-3.30pm.

Online study & reflective practice

Yoga Vidya is our online study platform for teachers, trainee teachers and students who wish to delve deeply into the world of yoga as an experiential subject. Yoga Vidya subjects include categories for philosophy, pranayama, teaching theory, Yogasana, asana, along with our class archives and independent practice programs.

Most subjects apply the Learn/ Study/ Practise framework where students Learn: review key definitions in the subject area through articles and readings, Study: listen to lectures by teachers in our lineage as well as expose ourselves to other voices and opinions through articles, and Practise: to recorded classes on a weekly basis over the 10 week term.


Term focus

Although all our subjects can be enrolled at any time within the TD program we focus on one Core and one Elective subject each term. These term focus subjects are aligned with Reflective Practice- Sessions (RP-S) scheduled in weeks 2 and 8. The RP-S sessions are classes booked on the Yoga Mandir timetable and can be attended via a monthly pass, class card or paid as an individual class.

To increase the level of interaction and exchange within each subject RP-S sessions we encourage participants to lodge reflective practice statements to the forums in each subject.  within the subject.  
The current term Enrolment in these subjects is done through Yoga Vidya.

Details; Yoga Vidya


Yoga Mandir offers internships for student/ teachers to participate in the life of the Institute and to gain valuable experience in the running of a school.
Internships operate at three levels:

1. Trainee Internship

For trainee teachers who wish to undertake further experiential learning. Interns assist in classes and have responsibilities for maintaining the Institute through volunteer duties

2. Teacher Internship

2.a. Certified teachers who reside outside the Canberra can enroll in an internship from as little as 1 week up to a period of 2-3 months at a time. 2b. International Teacher Scholarships for certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers from outside of Australia to participate in our Teacher Development via virtual attendance or in person.

3. Student Internship

For experienced students living in Canberra region to and support the work of the institute and further their development through volunteer duties

Application process

Application for an internship is via an email Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Training Coordinator at: training[at]yogamandir.com.au stating your yoga background, which level of internship and reason for applying