Introductory Teacher Training with Caroline Coggins





Introductory Teacher Training with Caroline Coggins

The Yoga Centre provides teacher training for experienced and dedicated 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 2017 – December 2018.

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 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.

In each of the two years 2017 and 2018, there will be four Sydney-based training modules. These form the core of the Program. In total, these modules provide 94 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.

Trainees also have the option of attending classes and workshops taught by Caroline, at the Yoga Centre or other locations around Australia.

The emphasis is on each trainee’s own willingness to learn, and the training is designed to encourage this.

Module dates in 2017

In 2017 there are four Sydney-based modules:

  • Module 1: Sydney: Friday 3 – Tuesday 7 February
  • Module 2: Sydney: Friday 31 March – Tuesday 4 April
  • Module 3: Friday 15 – Tuesday 19 September
  • Module 4: Friday 10 – Tuesday 14 November

The Bali Module in 2017 is on the following dates:

  • Retreat: Sunday 23 July – Sunday 30 July
  • Teacher Development Days: Tuesday 1 – Friday 4 August.

Detailed dates for 2018 will be provided by end October 2017.

Structure of Modules

Sydney Modules

Day Time Content Hours
Friday 5.00 – 7.00pm Pranayama class* 2.0
Saturday 9.30 – 11.30am Asana class* 2.0
1.30 – 3.30pm Asana class* 2.0
Sunday 8.00 – 10.00am Asana class* 2.0
12.00 – 3.00pm Teacher development 3.0
Monday 9.00 – 4.00pm Teacher development 6.0
Tuesday 8.00 – 4.00pm Teacher development 7.0
Total Hours 24

*The pranayama and asana classes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning are part of a weekend intensive open to all Yoga Centre students.

Bali Retreat and Teacher Development Days

Week One:

Sun 23 July – Sun 30 July


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

Tue 1 Aug – Fri 4 Aug

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 Teacher Development days see:
Bali Retreat 2017

Course pre-requisites

In order to join this Program you must have done a minimum of three years Iyengar Yoga – either attendance at classes or practice. 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 $2,880 per year. Up-front payment at the start of the year attracts a discount of 5% so the amount due is $2,736.

The due date is Friday 20 January 2017

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

  Amount due Due date
Payment 1: 50% of yearly fee $1440 Friday 20 January 2017
Payment 2: 25% of yearly fee $720 Friday 18 August 2017
Payment 3: 25% of yearly fee $720 Friday 6 October 2017

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.

*Please Note: Credit Card payments attract a 2.5% fee.

Bali Retreat 

$1,742 (includes tuition, food and transfers but not airline costs or accommodation).
Early Bird payment of $1,640 is possible before April 23, 2017.

Bali Teacher Development Days

$900 (includes tuition and transfers but not airline costs, food or accommodation)

  • Deposit of $200 to register – due by February 1, 2017.
  • Full cost is $900 – due by July 1, 2017.

Note: This 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, 2017. The deposit is refundable if the event does not proceed.

Please see the 2017 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 2017 Teacher Training Program

Applications for 2017 are now open.

If you are interested in applying please download the 2017 Teacher Training Info pack and Teacher Training Application Form.

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

Phone enquiries: 02 96987960