Iyengar Yoga Therapy Ambassador Registry
The Iyengar Yoga Therapy Ambassador program is a stepwise educational program to teach healthcare professionals about the benefits of yoga therapy. This program was co-designed by health professionals and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs) to be flexible and amenable to the professional’s schedule. The program utilizes experiential learning and requires participation in 12 Iyengar yoga classes taught by a CIYT and 3 Iyengar yoga therapy classes or workshops that can be completed at the participant’s own pace. Participants then complete the Iyengar Yoga Therapy Ambassador Registry Application. If accepted, Ambassadors receive membership to the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States and get exclusive access to yoga pamphlets and sequences for specific ailments that can be distributed to your colleagues and patients. Ambassadors will be kept up to date on the latest research and yoga therapy applications. Iyengar yoga therapy has been scientifically shown to improve patients’ overall wellbeing and quality of life. Iyengar yoga is effective at improving musculoskeletal pain (including back, neck, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles), mobility, strength, depressive symptoms, mood, physical function, body image, balance, anxiety, dysmenorrhea, and gastrointestinal disorders. The program is a perfect introduction for professionals interested in educating their patients or coworkers about the benefits of Iyengar yoga therapy.
PRECISION - adjustment and instructions are extremely precise and personalized for each student to accommodate for any injuries or limitations a student may possess
SETTING - a person seeking Iyengar Yoga may find a general class, a minor ailments group class, a therapy class taught by a senior teacher for more advanced ailments, or private individual sessions
SEQUENCING - poses are sequenced with purposeful intent to directly target the student’s symptoms
PROPS - props used in Iyengar Yoga allow any student with any background to receive the full health benefits of the poses
TIMING - students are instructed to hold poses at intervals best suited for the student’s capacity; timings are outlined in a goal-oriented manner and vary between active and restorative poses
Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYT) undergo years of intensive training in the school of Iyengar Yoga. CIYTs are certified by a national board of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS). IYNAUS sets national standards that are assessed through an objective third party committee through written exams, a demonstrated practice, and a teaching skills assessment. Iyengar Yoga is recognized for excelling at modifying yoga practices for those with special needs. The structure of these modifications can occur in general classes, private instruction, minor ailment group classes, specialized classes for seniors, gentle classes, and therapy classes. While all of the above yoga classes can be thought of as therapy classes, the advanced therapy classes, based off of the Iyengar medical classes taught in Pune, are taught only by Senior CIYTs. These advanced therapy or medical classes are for individuals with more complicated conditions and usually multiple comorbidities that require more attention. Iyengar Yoga provides students with the tools needed to develop a safe and beneficial home practice to improve and maintain personal health.
Iyengar Yoga Therapy Ambassador Application
Download a PDF HERE and send to IYTAmbassador@gmail.com .
*Please note payment is through PayPal. Log into your account and send money to IYTAmbassador@gmail.com*
The Healing Neck and Shoulder Class
Where Iyengar Yoga and therapy intersect to bring healing.
Can an Iyengar Yoga Therapy Ambassador teach yoga?
No, this is a registry and does not certify you to teach yoga classes. It gives you the experience, online tools and resources to be able to refer your patients or coworkers to safe and highly qualified Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs). You will also receive access to online pamphlets, and sequences for specific conditions that you may handout to your patients.
How long does it take to become a Iyengar Yoga Therapy Ambassador?
This is a stepwise program that is designed to be completed at your own pace. It is possible to complete the program in 3 months, while others spread out their class requirements over 1.5 years. There is no time limit or restraint with this program.
Do the classes have to be taught by a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher?
Does the teacher of the yoga classes/workshops need to be a certain certification level?
All classes and workshops must be taught by a CIYT (Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher) to qualify. We highly encourage you to take from more senior and advanced CIYTs if you have the opportunity, but classes/workshops from any current CIYT is acceptable.
Where do I submit my PDF application?
If you chose to download the pdf application, please email your completed application to: IYTAmbassador@gmail.com
Once received, you will receive an email with a link to submit your application fee and finalize your application.
Do I need to become an IYNAUS member when I send in my application?
You receive free membership when you pay your application fee. Membership will give you online access to downloadable pdfs for you and your patients. You will also have access to continuing education lecture material.
Which Iyengar Yoga workshops/classes qualify for the ambassador program?
Any minor ailments or specialized courses/workshop or class taught by a CIYT (Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher) meets the qualification standards of the ambassador program. For example, an Iyengar Yoga workshop or class focusing on menstruation or low back pain would qualify, while an Iyengar Yoga workshop on Inversions or Arm Balances would not qualify. Please email us with any clarifications at: IYTAmbassador@gmail.com
What are the benefits to becoming an Iyengar Yoga Therapy Ambassador?
Participants in our program often express the desire to bring more whole-person caring to their patients. They cite a desire to learn about yoga therapy applications and so they can pass on this information to their patients. This program provides a flexible and affordable option for those who don’t have the time to pursue a full time yoga teaching career. Once accepted, Ambassadors will have access to exclusive member only benefits that include photos, demonstration videos, educational lectures, yoga sequences for specific ailments, scholarships, research updates, and pamphlets for patients and colleagues.
How much does it cost to become an Iyengar Yoga Therapy Ambassador?
The application fee is $98. This fee includes membership in IYNAUS and the cost of your certificate.
Is there an annual fee to maintain status as a registered Iyengar Yoga Therapy Ambassador?
Our dues are $50 for 1 year or $90 for 2 years. We also offer a sliding scale membership rate for those who don't identify as fully employed. This begins at $30 for 1 year and can go up to any level the member is comfortable with. Dues (in US funds) can be paid by check or online via PayPal.