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 3-day period developing skills, identifying strengths and weaknesses and supporting one another to evolve as individuals and as teachers.

Bookings for each TD weekend close 3 weeks prior to each 3-day program

An example weekend schedule is provided here: TD 2021 example Timetable

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 2022 are:

Term Term Dates Teacher Development Weekends
Term 1, 2022 31 Jan-10 April 11-13 February, 3-day weekend commencing Friday. 25-27 March, 3-day weekend commencing Friday
Term 2, 2022 25 April-3 July 6-8 May, 3-day weekend commencing Friday. 17-19 June, 3-day weekend commencing Friday
Term 3, 2022 18 July-25 Sept 29-31 July, 3-day weekend commencing Friday. 9-11 September, 3-day weekend commencing Friday.
Term 4, 2022 10 Oct-18 Dec 21-23 October, 3-day weekend commencing Friday. 2-4 December, 3-day weekend commencing Friday

Cost and enrolmenT Cost per weekend is $360 and enrollment is made for each 3-day weekend separately.

Bookings for 2022 Term 3, Weekend 2 close on Sunday 21 August 2022.


Intake of trainee teachers into the Teacher Development (TD) Program is twice yearly- 1 February and 1 July, with acceptance into the program to be finalised before those dates. Attendance at a prospective applicant intensive for interstate students or regular participation in Alans weekly 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 6-8 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 2022


Certified Teachers who participate in our Teacher Development Program may apply to participate in the Reflective Practice-Teacher Program. Reflective practice focuses on human behaviour and considers how individuals learn and evolve. The program recognises that

‘the perception of objects changes dependent on the position of the viewer’

We understand that what we see in others often reflects our own preferences and biases and that the views of others may challenge our own views or broaden our understanding of how individual teachers evolve.

Reflective Practice-Teacher meetings are scheduled 6-weekly via a zoom group meeting with Alan, equating to two, 2-hour meetings each term. Reflective Practice-Teachers can be local or distance. Once enrolled individuals may be organised into smaller discussion groups with a maximum of 10 participants per group.

Participation in the Reflective Practice-Teachers program is a commitment to engage in a group process over the course of at least one term, but usually longer.

Prerequisites: Enrolment in Teacher Development Program

Cost. $100 per term (2 sessions)

When: Fridays at 11.45-1.45pm, twice each term

Bookings close: Friday of week 11 for the following term.

To express interest in this program please email the training coordinator at training@yogamandir.com.au

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


Tutors are appointed by Alan to oversee an individual Trainee for a period of 6-12 months. Tutors should meet regularly with their allocated Trainee either in person or via Zoom.

Meetings may include:

  • Practice together following a sequence
  • A review of individual asanas
  • Assisting and adjusting asanas

Tutoring is a community service that participants in the Reflective Practice-Teacher program may undertake. Tutors meet with Alan via supervision for discussion on their role or their observations and development of the allocated Trainee.


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

Cost: $100 per session
When: Thursday 8.30-9.30am

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

Cost. No payment.

When: Tutor supervision is arranged directly with
Alan Goode.


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