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

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 2021 are:

Term Term Dates Teacher Development Weekends
Term 1, 2021​ 2 Feb-3 April 12-14 February, 3-day weekend commencing Friday. 26-28 March, 3-day weekend commencing Friday
Term 2, 2021 19 April-27 June 30 April-2 May, 3-day weekend commencing Friday. 11-13 June, 3-day weekend commencing Friday
Term 3, 2021 12 July-19 Sept 23-25 July, 3-day weekend commencing Friday. 3-5 September, 3-day weekend commencing Friday.
Term 4, 2021 5 Oct-19 Dec 15-17 October, 3-day weekend commencing Friday. 26-28 November, 3-day weekend commencing Friday

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

Bookings for Term 1 Weekend 2 will close on the 5th of March 2021



Intake of trainee teachers into the Teacher Development Program is on an individual basis and can happen at any point in time. Application is via expression of Interest (EOI) emailed to the Training Coordinator at:  training[at]yogamandir.com.au.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 here.
Alan will then meet with you directly to discuss your participation.


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 Teachers meetings are scheduled 6-weekly via a zoom group meeting with Alan where case studies are presented by individuals for discussion by the group. Reflective Practice-Teachers can be Canberra based or distance. Once enrolled individuals will be organised in smaller discussion groups.

Prerequisites: Enrolment in Teacher Development Program

Cost. $100 per term (2 sessions)

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

These sessions will be recorded for those unable to attend in the time zone.

Enrolments close: 1 week prior to commencement of each 10 week term

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


Trainees and Teachers involved in our Teacher Development program can enrol and access online study material for 10 weeks in alignment with the ACT school term. This material supports practice and understanding of the broader principles that underpin teaching.

Cost: cost per term is $150

Prerequisites: Enrolment in Teacher Development Program

Bookings close one week prior to the commencement of the 10-week term.

BOOKINGS FOR TERM 1 2021 Have now closed


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: Tuesday 10.30-11.30am

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