There is no specific course – provided it meets the requirements above, it is acceptable.  There is no requirement to receive a certificate.  An Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) qualification is acceptable, but is not required – a shorter course, covering basic lifesaving skills as above, would do.

What will happen at renewal?

At renewal, you will be asked:

  • Whether, in the last three years, you have attended First Aid course that covered CPR and use of a defibrillator
  • If yes, the name of the provider and date of the course.  If you have a certificate, you will be asked for the number (this is optional)

What will happen next year?

We don’t know!  We understand that there are no plans to change these requirements – the aim is for all Iyengar yoga teachers to have basic lifesaving skills, but to be able to get and maintain these skills as easily as possible.

What about teacher trainees?

Teacher trainees must still have a current EFAW certificate at the time they take their assessment – this has been the case for a number of years.

More information can be found in the email sent to all teachers by the Membership Office of IY(UK) on 24th October 2018.  If you have any further questions, please ask one of your IY(UK) Representatives, Lauren Currie or Charlotte Everitt.


We just had to share this fantastic photo just in case you missed it.  The students in the photo are from the Monday night Intermediate class with Debbie Bartholomew.  Debbie came up with the great idea to mark the Centenary Celebrations in December, and photographer (and yoga teacher) Sarah Franklin put together many shots to come up with this final result. Fantastic! 


If you, like Sarah, have a talent we would like to hear from you.  We are looking for those who are experienced with creating YouTube videos to help us with our pending channel.  Email Nicky to join in.

Uday Bhosale, February 22nd to 24th

We are delighted Uday is back with us in February.  This is a great chance to experience a teacher who has worked directly with BKS Iyengar at the RIMYI Institute in Pune, and we have made sure this weekend has something for everyone:
Click here to see the full range of workshops over the 3 days

Marios Argiros, March 22nd & 23rd

After recently travelling around India including visiting Pune, Marios is back with us for two days.  Marios is a popular teacher who trained at MDIY so we love having him back, especially as he is so busy with his popular yoga holidays, which many students go to each year. Marios is teaching 3 workshops, including a Pranayama workshop on Saturday afternoon.

Tricia Booth – April 13th

Since Tricia taught at the 2019 National Iyengar Yoga Convention, we have been inundated with queries from students wanting to experience Tricia’s teaching again.  Therefore we are delighted that booking is now open for Tricia’s workshop on 13th April from 10am – 1pm.  Book here

Dr Rajlaxmi – May 4th -6th 

We have now opened bookings for the May weekend with Rajlaxmi.  We have something for everyone, again including our beginners to experience a teacher from the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune.  We have a range of workshops over the weekend and you can see them all on our events listing page here.

Class bookings for the new block are open, just find your class from the week commencing the 11th February on the class listing page then click on your class (you will need to log in). You can pay online via Paypal or with debit/credit card.

We are sorry to tell you that a much loved member and former teacher, Carole Lawrence died on Monday 28th January.  Carole was one of the first generation of Iyengar Yoga teachers in Manchester, who taught a number of our existing teachers, and as such she played a key role in establishing and growing MDIY.  Our condolences go to her family and friends.  Contact Clare for details of the funeral arrangements.

Date change for the Margaret Austin weekend.
Margaret will be teaching at MDIY on the 7th & 8th September 2019 not the 13th and 14th September as previously advertised.  Booking opens soon!

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