Becoming an Iyengar yoga teacher

Do you want to become a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher? At Griffins Hill, we provide an outstanding teacher-training programme.



The essential prerequisite for training as a yoga teacher is a commitment to a regular and sustained yoga practice. We are only ready to think of teaching after we first develop a deep understanding of asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing) through a home practice and attending classes. Specifically, this means regularly practising Iyengar yoga for a minimum of the three years.

The Iyengar Approach to Teacher Training

Mentorship and training

Iyengar yoga practitioners train to become teachers through a mentorship with an accredited Iyengar teacher in a teacher-training programme. Griffins Hill Yoga Teacher Training follows the prescribed teacher-training methodology approved by Mr Iyengar and Iyengar Yoga Australia.

Time commitment

Our training and development program is conducted over two and a half years. During this time, you will attend 300 hours of yoga teacher-training with Frank Jesse, a teacher accredited by Iyengar Yoga Australia.

These are in the form of eight five-day workshops that immerse you in your practice. You must also attend 100 hours as a class assistant or an observer with Frank or with an accredited teacher of your choice.

Register your interest now in our next teacher/yoga training commencing February 2021 including three five - day intensive training retreats each year in February, June, and October. (Actual dates to be confirmed.).

Content included in your training

Your training develops:

• your daily yoga practice

• teaching skills

• ability to sequence postures

• safe use of props

• managing medical conditions and injuries

• philosophy of yoga

Course location

Classes and workshops are conducted at Griffins Hill Yoga Retreat, Grampians Victoria


Having completed all the required hours, you will sit for the first level of Iyengar certification, awarded by Iyengar Yoga Australia.

Course Fees

Per workshop payment: $1100 per workshop

Upfront annual payment (10% discount): $4000

The 100 hours assisting and observing in weekly classes included in the course fees with Frank Jesse.

Food and Accommodation Options 

Enjoy Beautiful Accommodation and Yummy Food


Stay at Griffins Hill Retreat. Just for You in your own mountain view room with ensuite. Five nights (Wed-Sun) accommodation with daily brunch and dinner.  


Stay at Griffins Hill Retreat. Shared roomShare a  mountain view room with ensuite. Five nights (Wed-Sun ) accommodation with daily brunch and dinner. 


Southern Grampians Cottages Shared with another person.Five nights 2 bedroom Cottage with lounge and kitchen. Price is per person ($600 for 2 people) 31-39 Victoria Valley Rd, Dunkeld VIC 3294 Book on (03) 5577 2457


Southern Grampians Cottages Just for you single bedroom cottage Five nights  1 bedroom Cottage with lounge and kitchen   31-39 Victoria Valley Rd, Dunkeld VIC 3294 Book on  (03) 5577 2457


Eat at Griffins Hill Retreat and enjoy delicious vegetarian home cooked food Package includes Brunch Thursday-Sunday and Dinner Wednesday-Sunday


Assisting Teaching Hours and Terms and Conditions


The 100 assisting hours are separate from the five-day workshop. Assisting hours will be either in the regular classes or retreats classes other than teacher training retreats and can be done in collaboration with your own qualified Iyengar Yoga Teacher.  

Refunds and Cancellation Policy. Full payment of course fees is due 30 days before the course. No refunds are available once the course commences.