Introductory Teacher Training with Caroline Coggins





Introductory Teacher Training with Caroline Coggins

The Yoga Centre provides teacher training for experienced and dedicated Iyengar Yoga students who wish to deepen their practice and share their experience and knowledge with others.

The Teacher Training Program is taught by Caroline Coggins. Caroline is a senior Iyengar Yoga teacher with 35 years’ experience. Caroline has been a student of the Iyengar family since the 1980s and is qualified to train teachers in the Iyengar method.

The Program prepares students for Introductory Level assessment, in accordance with the requirements and minimum standards set by the BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia (the Association). Certification at Introductory Level is determined by an external assessment committee set up by the Association. Certification to Introductory Level with the BKSIYAA enables the recipient to call themselves an Iyengar teacher and use the Iyengar trademark.

A referral for assessment from Caroline Coggins is needed to sit for assessment. This referral is subject to skill level achieved and an individual may require more than the minimum specified time on the Program to be ready for assessment.

Program structure and time frames

The Yoga Centre is offering a two year Introductory Teacher Training Program for the period January 2018 – December 2019.

The intention of the Program is that within the two year period trainees can do the minimum number of hours required for certification. The Program is compact, so that trainees’ learning and commitment is enabled, and there is support from the solidity of the group. Trainees make a clear commitment with themselves and with Caroline, understanding what is necessary to embark on the training to become a stronger practitioner and then a teacher. It is not envisaged that trainees will necessarily be ready to do an assessment at the end of the two year period, but from the basis of these two years they can proceed at their own pace. The emphasis is on each trainee’s own willingness to learn, and the training is designed to encourage this.

In each of the two years 2018 and 2019, there will be four Sydney-based training modules. These form the core of the Program. In total, these modules will provide 108 hours of teacher training per year. Attendance at these modules is necessary for all trainees.

A second key element of the Program is the annual Bali retreat. Trainees are strongly encouraged to attend Bali at least once during the two year period.

In 2018 there will also be two Teacher Development modules offered in Byron Bay and trainees are encouraged to consider these as they develop their yearly learning plan.

Trainees also have the option of attending classes and workshops taught by Caroline, at the Yoga Centre or other locations around Australia. These typically include Sunshine Coast, Perth, Coffs Harbour etc. Go to for further information on these events in 2018.

Module dates in 2018

In 2018 there are four Sydney-based modules:

  • Module 1: Friday 2 – Tuesday 6 February
  • Module 2: Friday 16 – Tuesday 20 March
  • Module 3: Friday 21 – Tuesday 25 September
  • Module 4: Friday 2  – Tuesday 6 November

The Bali Module in 2018 is on the following dates:

  • Retreat: Saturday 23 June (from 6pm evening meal) to Sunday 1 July
  • Teacher Development: Tuesday 3 July to Friday 6 July

Byron Teacher Development Days in 2018 are on the following dates:

  • Friday 13 to Sunday 15 April
  • Friday 12 to Sunday 14 October

Structure of Modules

Sydney Modules

Each Sydney module runs from Friday afternoon to Tuesday afternoon.

The first part of each module includes an intensive commencing on the Friday evening. The intensive continues with a morning and afternoon session on Saturday and a morning session on Sunday. This intensive is attended by trainees, certified teachers and regular Yoga Centre students.

Sunday afternoon, Monday and Tuesday are allocated to teacher development.

In total, each Sydney module provides 27 hours of training. Specific start and finish times for each day will be provided prior to each module.

Friday 2.30 to 4.30pm: Teacher development

Friday: 5.00 to 7.00pm: Intensive

Saturday: 9.30am to12.00 then 1.30 to 3.30pm: Intensive

Sunday  10.00am to 1.00pm:  Intensive

Sunday:  2.00 to 3.30pm: Teacher development

Monday:  8.30am to 12 then 1.00 to 4.30pm: Teacher development 

Tuesday: 8.30am to 12 then 1.00 to 4.30pm: Teacher development


Bali Retreat and Teacher Development Days

Week One:

Sat 23 July – Sun 1 July

8 day Yoga Centre retreat attended by general students as well as teacher trainees and certified teachers 36.0
Week Two

Tue 3 July – Fri 6 July

4 day teacher development module attended by certified teachers, teacher trainees and advanced practitioners. 20.0
Total hours 56.0

For full details of the 8 day Bali Retreat and 4 day Teacher Development module that follows it see: Bali Retreat 2018

If you plan to attend BOTH the Retreat & Teacher’s Days a 5% discount applies as follows:

  • The Earlybird, due by February 24, cost for BOTH events is: $2,508.
    The Full fee, due by May 11 as per the retreat’s final payment date, cost for BOTH events is: $2,605. 

Course pre-requisites

In order to join this Program you must have been attending Iyengar yoga classes regularly for a minimum of three years, or have attended a minimum of 300 hours of classes with a certified Iyengar teacher. Prospective trainees will have established a personal practice before commencing training.

If you are not a regular student of Caroline’s it is recommended that you attend an intensive before you submit your application. These intensives coincide with the 4 module dates shown above (the ‘intensive’ runs from 5pm Friday until Sunday lunchtime of each module).

You must be a member of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia.


Course fees and payment

Sydney modules

The cost (inclusive of GST) of the four Sydney-based modules is $3,240 per year. Up-front payment at the start of the year attracts a discount of 5% so the amount due is $3,078. The due date is Friday 19 January 2018.

Alternatively, payment can be made in three instalments as follows:

  Amount due Due date
Payment 1: 50% of yearly fee $1620 Friday 19 January 2018
Payment 2: 25% of yearly fee $810 Friday 17 August 2018
Payment 3: 25% of yearly fee $810 Friday 5 October 2018

Trainees are requested to pay for Teacher Training via direct bank transfer. Contact for the correct account details. Once you have made your transfer, remember to email a copy of the receipt to us along with the details of what you have paid for.

Cash or credit card payments may be made at the studio at the start of the year or by specified due dates if paying in instalments. If you wish to do this, please make sure you email to advise of your payment intentions. Payments via credit card attract a 2.3% fee.

Bali Retreat 2018

$1792 (includes tuition, food and transfers but not airline costs or accommodation).
Full payment is due by May 11, 2018.
Early Bird payment of $1,690 is possible before February 24 2018.

Bali Teacher Development Days 2018

$950 (includes tuition and transfers but not airline costs, food or accommodation).

A deposit of $300 is required to register. This is due by February 1, 2018.

Bali Teacher Development Days will not proceed unless there are at least 8 participants who have expressed interest and paid the deposit by the due date of February 1, 2018. The deposit is refundable if the event does not proceed.

Please see the 2018 Bali retreat page here for more information including how to enrol in and pay for both the Bali Retreat and the Teacher Development Days.

Terms and Conditions

It is required that all Trainees read The Yoga Centre’s Teacher Training Program’s Attendance, Payment and Credit Policy: Read the Policy here.


Applying for the 2018 Teacher Training Program


If you are interested in applying please download the 2018 Teacher Training Info pack and Teacher Training Application Form.

Applications close on 15 December 2017.
Applicants will be advised of the outcome by Friday 22 December 2017.

Email completed applications to: attention Caroline Coggins with a copy to

Phone enquiries: 02 96987960