YogaBuds Teacher Training Program

Our three-year Teacher Training Program, launched in 2011, supports your personal and professional growth through deeper immersion in the Iyengar methodology and in YogaBuds’ unique approach. What makes our program different?

  • First, it is the only program where you’ll learn the correct techniques for teaching yoga to children, teenagers and families, as well as to adults.
  • Second, you are mentored by Temmi Ungerman Sears. This is a unique opportunity to draw on Temmi’s thirty years of yoga expertise and her related experience in various therapeutic modalities. The apprentice/mentor relationship is of critical importance in the training model, as it builds hands-on experience, trust and maturity.

Becoming an Iyengar yoga teacher requires great commitment, as well as continuous Svadyaya, or self-reflection and self-critique. Teaching tools include video/photography, which develop the teacher’s eye and yoga practitioner’s understanding.

Program Overview

Requirements include weekly one-hour supervision sessions; three-hour monthly workshops; assisting in YogaBuds classes and workshops; and teaching a weekly outreach class. Students are responsible for homework, ongoing study and daily practice of asana and pranayama.

To apply, you must have a minimum of three years of committed practice in Iyengar yoga and regular practice of asana and pranayama. Graduates are encouraged to apply for their National Assessment. If successful, the student will receive Iyengar Certification, which enables them to teach worldwide at any accredited Iyengar yoga centre.

The YogaBuds Teacher Training Program has five components

  1. Asana and Pranayama
  2. Anatomy and Physiology
  3. Philosophy and Ethics
  4. Teaching Skills and Methodologies
  5. Living a Yogic Life

Specific topics

  • In-depth self-exploration through journaling and self-reflection
  • Regular essay assignments
  • Understanding and teaching asanas
  • Basic skills in teaching the structure and form of the poses
  • Safely modifying poses for different body types, injuries and levels of flexibility, strength, age and understanding
  • Basic arts of sequencing and linking
  • Clarity of instruction and effective verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Principles of observation
  • Making safe corrections and adjustments, including appropriate touch
  • Proper use of props
  • Yoga philosophy/Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  • Restorative yoga
  • Women’s issues and yoga
  • Essential skills for teaching children, teens and families
  • Maintaining control of the teaching environment
  • Studio presence, including how to teach from your experience
  • Building trust and inspiring students to move deeper into their practice


Students are required to sign a written agreement and pay an annual registration fee of $300 (+HST), as well as an annual tuition fee of $3,000 (+HST), payable in three installments.

Please contact Temmi Ungerman Sears to book an interview.