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2015 Teacher Training at Iyengar Yoga South Bay

Teacher Training

Iyengar Yoga South Bay offers a comprehensive teacher training program that is recognized by the Iyengar National Association of the US (IYNAUS). This means that our program meets the training prerequisites necessary to fulfill before taking the assessment to become an Introductory II Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.

Classes taught by Linda and Jito also complete the requirements to be registered with Yoga Alliance at either the 200 or 500 hour level.

Friday classes are conducted by Senior teacher, Marla Apt from Los Angeles. These classes are appropriate for all teachers as well as teachers in training. More information about Marla is included below.

Saturday and Sunday classes cover anatomy, yoga philosophy, teaching skills, and pranayama. These classes are taught by Linda Bostrom, Jito Yumibe as well as visiting certified Iyengar teachers qualified to teach Teacher Training in the Iyengar method.

Students and teachers are welcome to take parts of our program for their continuing education and to develop and refine their teaching skills. Marla's classes and the Teaching skills classes on Saturday and Sunday are appropriate for teachers who are preparing for assessment to further their certification.

Ongoing Advanced Studies/Teacher Training
with Marla Apt
Friday afternoons

Picture of Marla Apt

Marla Apt is the core teacher in our Teacher Training Program. She is a Senior Iyengar certified teacher from Los Angeles. She comes to Iyengar Yoga South Bay one Friday evening each month to conduct advanced classes on the teaching of Iyengar yoga.

These classes are open to everyone seeking a thorough background in Iyengar yoga — not just teachers, but interested students, too. Those currently teaching will learn ways to make their teaching more effective and everyone can gain insight in how to progress in their practice. The skills taught and understanding gained will build a solid foundation for those pursuing Iyengar certification, but it is not necessary that you are currently teaching or even thinking about becoming a certified teacher. Just bring your serious interest and desire to learn.

These classes can be applied as CEU for Yoga Alliance Registration as well as hours for our Yoga Alliance Teacher training program.

In 2015-6, Marla will teach on these dates:

February 27
March 20
March 21-22 Asana workshop with Marla
May 8
June 19
August 14
September 11
October 2
November 20
January 8, 2016
February 26, 2016


To register for a single class, select the desired date, then click the Add to Cart link.

Marla 2015 Teacher Training single 3-hour session $85
Marla 2016 Teacher Training single 3-hour session $85

Below are comments that students have shared from their experiences in Marla's classes:

I am taking Marla's classes at Iyengar Yoga South Bay because I think they are a unique opportunity for me to study yoga in depth on an ongoing basis with an inspiring senior Iyengar yoga teacher. I think Marla has a gift for clearly and systematically teaching yoga in a way that is supportive and accessible to all. She is dedicated to sharing her teaching methods and helping others reach their potential as students and teachers. These classes have changed the way I practice and think about yoga. They have made me realize how little I knew before and how much more there is to learn.

    Kim, June 2012

I feel so privileged to have an opportunity to deepen my knowledge and understanding of Iyengar yoga with Marla. Marla allows for such growth not only for improving my physical posture, but also being able to learn the Sanskrit name and meaning, how to get in and out of a posture, and what ways to modify a posture. Marla not only thoroughly describes the posture, but we also are able to demonstrate the important points of each posture. I have developed my home practice because of my experience with Marla, and it is something I have come to truly love!

    Stacy Muccino, June 2012

It was a privilege to have Marla as a teacher during the Yoga Teacher Training program at Iyengar Yoga South Bay. Her deep insights into the poses, her ability to challenge us as students to consider what we were doing in a pose and why we were doing it, and more importantly how we could be doing it better, all led to significant improvements for all those who took her classes in both our own poses and in our ability to teach others.

I highly recommend Marla's classes to both teachers and continuing students alike.

    Eric MacDonald, 2012

I love the teacher training classes with Marla. I have learned so much, the classes have helped my practice as much as my teaching! I would recommend them to anyone, even if you don't want to teach and want to deepen your own practice.

    Liz M. 2012

About Marla

Marla, a Senior Intermediate level Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, is based in Los Angeles where she is on the faculty of the three-year Teacher Training Program of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Southern California. She leads workshops and trainings throughout the US and abroad.

Marla visited India for the first time while doing research for a degree in Buddhist Philosophy and has since returned numerous times for yoga studies including a year of study in Pune, India with B.K.S. Iyengar, his daughter, Geeta Iyengar and his son, Prashant Iyengar. She continues to study annually with the Iyengars.

Marla was highlighted by Yoga Journal as one of the 21 in the next generation of yoga teachers helping to “shape the future of yoga.” She has been involved with medical research studies at UCLA on yoga for depression, anxiety, and IBS and created the first yoga therapy content to be incorporated into the curriculum of the David Geffin School of Medicine at UCLA. Marla is a writer contributor for Yoga Journal Magazine and was the 2009/2010 author of the Basics column. She served as the President of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United Stated and is currently a member of the national certification committee.

Teacher Training Skills Practice with Jito

Jito will be conducting Teacher Training on the following Sunday afternoons. These classes will cover all the Intro I and II poses, focusing on effective demonstration skills, clarity of instruction in teaching, and observation and correction. These sessions will complement Marla's classes and help to prepare for Iyengar certification. Class hours meet the training requirement for Iyengar certification and can be applied to Yoga Alliance Registration.

All classes meet from 1-4 PM on Sundays.
January 25
March 1
March 29
April 26
May 24
July 12
August 16
September 13
October 18
November 22

10 sessions for $425
$50 Drop-in
Please make payments to Jito in class.

For questions please contact: jitoyumibe@sbcglobal.net

Yoga Philosophy with Linda

Linda will be teaching a Yoga philosophy class beginning August 15th, 2015. In this philosophy class, we will read and discuss the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. We will cover the information on the syllabus for the Iyengar Yoga Intro level 1 and Intro level 2 certification assessment.

Please don't hesitate to join; all levels of familiarity to the subject are welcome! The class may be taken as individual sessions (though the discussions will be cumulative) or you may sign up for the whole series at a reduced price. If you are unsure about your interest, come to the first weekend and check it out!

Questions? You may contact Linda at Lbon@iyoga.com, or as always, look on our website at www.iyoga.com.

2015 Philosophy Schedule

Classes meet Saturdays, 12:30-3:30pm
August 15
September 12
October 17
November 21
January 9, 2016


Philosophy single classes are $40 each. The entire Philosophy series may be purchased for $160 for all five classes.

When ordering individual classes, please include the desired date(s) in the Comments section of the Paypal payment form, and make the payment amount equal to the total cost of all classes you're ordering.

Paypal for Philosophy series and individual classes

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