Introductory Program Design

Thank you for your interest in our Iyengar Yoga teacher mentoring program!  This course of study is designed to do the following:

  • Refine your understanding of your own asana practice with an eye towards teaching from your experience of practice

  • Learn the art of demonstration and practical teaching skills to make you a clear, confident and effective teacher

  • Expand your understanding of yoga philosophy through the study of classical yoga texts and Mr. Iyengar’s writings so it becomes an organic part of your life and teaching

  • Introduce basic anatomy and cover primary modifications of postures for common injuries for the Introductory I, II syllabus

Education and Mentorship

This course is designed as a continuing education and mentoring program for students interested in teaching or deepening their studies.  Students that are preparing for assessment are highly encouraged to take the course for two to three full years and assist a certified Iyengar teacher as preparation for assessment at the Introductory Level.    


Taught by Intermediate Senior I certified teacher Aretha Blevins, the Iyengar Yoga teacher mentoring program of study is a wonderful opportunity to improve your skills as a practitioner and cultivate teaching skills that will make you a clear confident and effective teacher.  The course will cover all of the required knowledge for Introductory Level Certification for those teachers wanting to pursue their certification.  

Aretha is thrilled to serve the Tennessee and broader Southeast region offering this Introductory teacher training for Iyengar Community! Aretha has assisted Jan Campbell's teacher training for many years and assisted Patricia Walden's two year teacher training program in Cambridge, MA. Aretha has been practicing Iyengar yoga for over two decades and has been teaching yoga since 2003. 


If you are interested in attending this program, please fill out the form below and inquire with Aretha before signing up. If you do not study regularly at the studio, we request that you contact Aretha directly to seek permission to attend this mentoring program. We request that all out of town students have the support of their regular teacher and submit a referral letter from your regular teacher.

For any questions, please contact: aretha@12Southyoga.com

Teacher Training Details and Requirements

  • Cost for 2019: $1,200 for all 6 weekends or $240 for an individual weekend

  • Each weekend will meet Saturday 10- 5 and Sunday 12-5

  • Tentative Dates for 2020: Feb. 1-2, March 7-8, May 2-3, June 6-7, Aug. 8-9, Sept. 12-13

  • Required: Students must have three continuous, current years of study with an Iyengar yoga teacher to enter our mentoring program

  • Requirements: Students must currently be studying* with an Iyengar yoga teacher.

*If you are a regular student of yoga and have attended Iyengar yoga workshops, but do not have a certified teacher in your area to study with on a regular basis and are interested in pursuing teacher mentoring in the Iyengar method to please contact Aretha.

Interested? Please complete the form below

For students accepted program, we will follow-up with relevant details about the curriculum, commitment details, and a payment page.  

In addition to your application below, all interested students are requested to send a letter from your current Iyengar Yoga teacher recommending you for the program. Please email that letter of recommendation within 24-hours of filling out your form to aretha@12Southyoga.com

Name *
Mailing Address
Mailing Address
I have practiced Iyengar Yoga for at least two consecutive years *
It is a requirement of this teacher training for students to have at least two continuous years of study with an Iyengar yoga teacher.
I currently practice Iyengar Yoga *
It is a requirement of this teacher training for students to currently be studying with an Iyengar yoga teacher
I will send my teacher recommendation for this training to Aretha@12SouthYoga.com *
In addition to this application, all interested students must include a letter from your current Iyengar Yoga teacher recommending you for the program. Please send the recommendation via email to aretha@12Southyoga.com.