The Joy of Teaching

Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program


Julie Lawrence

“A real teacher is a pupil within.” — B.K.S. Iyengar


Beginning in January 2019, Jewel Yoga is again offering our popular Teacher Training Program with Julie Lawrence which explores the art and joy of teaching Iyengar Yoga. It addresses the fundamentals of the Iyengar method of yoga and encourages participants to approach their desire to teach as a creative journey. The Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) officially endorses this program.




The duration of the program is six months. Classes meet Saturday and Sunday afternoons, one weekend per month. Students must have a minimum of three years Iyengar Yoga experience or permission of the instructor. It is open to those currently teaching who want to refine their skills, those with a desire to teach, and those who want to deepen their commitment to their personal practice of yoga. This is a course in how to teach, not a course of advanced poses. Previous graduates of the JY/JLYC Teacher Training Programs may take the course again at a discounted rate.

We will be working with the Iyengar Yoga Introductory I & II syllabi from the IYNAUS Certification Manual.  Please know that this Teacher Training Program will help prepare you for the Iyengar Yoga certification assessment, but additional work is required prior to applying for certification as the process is a rigorous one!  More information about IYNAUS certification can be found at


  •  To enhance your understanding of the practice and philosophy of Iyengar Yoga
  •  To provide skills to effectively teach the Iyengar method of yoga
  •  To provide the sincere student with a forum for in-depth study and growth through experiential learning

Course Content

  • Theory and practice of asana
  • Theory and practice of pranayama
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Class curriculum design
  • Sequencing of postures
  • Use of props
  • Principles of Instruction
  • Principles of Demonstration
  • Principles of Observation
  • Principles of Correction
  • Sanskrit names
  • The student teacher relationship
  • Ethical guidelines
  • Teaching presence, class control
  • Practice teaching
  • Special focus classes


Your Required Commitment

  • Participate in the full program
  • Complete homework assignments between sessions
  • Build a sense of community: Learning from and with your peers is an important part of this program
  • Maintain a regular yoga practice throughout the duration of the training
  • Attend weekly class with a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor for the duration of the training



Julie Lawrence, Founder of the Julie Lawrence Yoga Center (now Jewel Yoga) and certified Intermediate senior Iyengar Yoga teacher, has studied directly with the Iyengar Family in India numerous times. Julie’s clarity and precision coupled with humor and encouragement create a rewarding class. She teaches yoga, her life-long love, as a transformative practice. Julie has served the community by fulfilling a four year term on the Board of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the US.  She chaired both the highly successful Iyengar Yoga national convention in May 2010 in Portland and the Teacher’s Exchange, in Boulder, Colorado in 1996. Both conventions, specifically for Iyengar Yoga certified teachers, welcomed Geeta Iyengar as the honored guest teacher. Julie has been an assessor for the IYNAUS certification assessment process since 1994.


The teacher training will be held one weekend each month from January through June 2019.  The classes will meet on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1 – 5 pm.

Dates 2019

January 12-13

February 9-10

March 9-10

April 6-7

May 4-5

June 8-9



Jewel Yoga

1020 SW Taylor Street, Suite 780

Portland, OR 97205


$995 / $795 For past graduates of the JY/JLYC Teacher Training Programs


Please view and complete your online application HERE.  The deadline to submit your application is October 15, 2018.  To pay your non-refundable $35 application fee, please call the Jewel Yoga office to use a credit card, or mail your check by October 10, 2018. (Application fee is in addition to tuition fee.) You will be notified of your acceptance by November 1, 2018.  Full tuition is due January 1, 2019.


For questions, please email or call 503.227.5524.

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