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 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.

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


Teachers Professional Development Retreat

For Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers only

A five-day retreat to re-connect you with your deepest intentions as a yoga practitioner and teacher.
Work in a small group of your peers led by one of Australia's most respected Senior Iyengar Teachers, Frank Jesse, to reinvigorate and deepen your
yoga practice and improve your teaching style.
Share practice challenges and business development ideas that will help you start new classes and fill existing ones. Treat yourself to five days of
yoga and nourishing food in the beautiful setting of the Grampian Mountains.

What's included

Yummy vegetarian home cooked food, fantastic yoga and scenery

8:00 am to 11:00 am Feedback on your practice and teaching

11:00 am to 1.30 pm Brunch/Lunch Break
1:30 pm to 3:00pm Observations and teaching discussion
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm Tea/Coffee break
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Restorative practice (teaching rotated)
6:30 pm to 8.30 pm Dinner and discussion
9:00 pm Quiet activities

Retreat packages

Own room. Ensuite. All meals and yoga
Shared room. Ensuite. All meals and yoga
$1970.00 per person
Stay offsite, but still enjoy our delicious vegetarian home-cooked food. $1,450

Advice from Mr Iyengar

“The teacher should be clear, clever, confident, challenging, cautious, constructive, courageous, comprehending, creative, completely
devoted and dedicated to knowing the subject, considerate, conscientious, critical, committed, cheerful, chaste and calm.’

B.K.S. Iyengar
Founder, Iyengar Yoga

Dates 2019

Proposed dates for 2019 

Wednesday, March 27 - Sunday 31st 2019

Wednesday September 25th - Sunday 29th 2019


Expression of interest for Griffins Hill Professional Teacher Development