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OCTOBER 2022 – JUNE 2023

Applications due Summer 2022

Register here to get updates about the program and notified of the early bird discounts


The Adeline Yoga Sadhana Studies program is for those who seek to deepen their connection to all the elements of the yoga practice. The program provides students with an in-depth immersion into the Iyengar method of yoga.  It gives practical tools to support your physical, mental and spiritual health. This program focuses on the art, science and practice of Iyengar yoga which includes asana, pranayama, anatomy, Ayurveda, ethics and practical yoga philosophy.  Together, we will look at the ways that yoga can help us move through our lives skillfully, including development of character, examination of habit patterns and creating support systems to help us with our mind-set.  Over the 9-months, Sadhana Studies aims to give you resources that you can draw upon with skill and confidence in your own journey through life. This program has the potential to transform you on all levels – physically, emotionally, energetically and even spiritually.

The Sadhana Studies program aims to be an inclusive and welcoming space for all people and bodies to experience healing, growth and transformation through deepening your personal connection to yourself and your community.  This program will expand your understanding of asana, pranayama, Ayurveda, and yogic philosophy so that you can have a stronger connection to all that is inside of you including your breath and body, thoughts and actions. Our discussions around personal growth and transformation will consider the issues of most relevance to our time including systemic racism, injustice, connection to lineage and cultural appropriation.


  • ten weekend gatherings focused on the art, science and practice of Iyengar yoga.  We will gather via zoom for the duration of this program, unless circumstances change significantly.
  • weekly group classes every Wednesday night 5:45 – 7:15 pm via zoom
  • two 5-morning immersions to help you establish your personal practice of asana and pranayama
  • daily home practice sequences to guide you throughout the year
  • readings and writing reflections assigned monthly to receive support from faculty and deepen your understanding of the Iyengar lineage

All participants will have the opportunity to solidify their learning through an optional independent service-learning or creative project at the end of the term.  Alumni of this program tell us that this unique opportunity is a super fun way to finish the program and see how far they have come.

Some participants utilize Sadhana Studies as training to become Iyengar Yoga teachers.  Sadhana Studies offers additional teacher training curriculum to support these aspirations.  See below for complete details.

The Sadhana Studies program makes full use of technology, including a website for participants to privately share ideas and questions, downloadable class audios and of course Zoom. Homework assignments include readings, videos, podcasts and more.

“The Sadhana Studies program helped me look into myself in a deeper way, helping me blossom into a better person, practitioner and yoga teacher.”
– Michelle Grady, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher


  • You want a structured process to help you build your own knowledge and experience of yoga
  • You are looking for a supportive community environment in which to deepen your yoga practice
  • You seek a personalized experience and a close relationship with mentors
  • You are interested in exploring self transformation through yoga
  • You want to share the gifts of yoga with others

Heather Haxo Phillips, Senior Intermediate 1, is the lead instructor and program director. The Faculty includes Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers Anneke Faas, Diedra Demens, Michael Lucey, Jessie Holland (Ayurveda), Victoria Austin (Ethics) and Shari Ser (Anatomy).


If you think you may want to become a teacher of Iyengar Yoga, you can choose to participate in the Apprenticeship Track.  This is an additional preparatory program that focuses on the art of teaching yoga the Iyengar way.

Preparing to become an Iyengar Yoga teacher requires that you have an existing knowledge base as a Iyengar Yoga student, plus make an additional 2 – 3 year minimum commitment to study the specifics related to teaching.  Through Sadhana Studies, this first year of education focuses on building your personal practice and deepening your understanding of the Iyengar Yoga approach.

For those who participate in the apprenticeship track, the first year includes all the general Sadhana Studies program elements plus:

  • Apprentice meetings once a month that give you the skills to teach with confidence
  • Participating in beginner classes
  • Apprentice manual + special homework each month
  • Practice teaching sessions
  • Engagement with a community of apprentices and Sadhana Studies alumni including CIYT
  • One-on-one time with Heather including feedback on your teaching

You are making an important commitment. The first year of the program deepens your knowledge as a practitioner and exposes you to what teaching yoga is all about.  For those who want to teach Iyengar Yoga, Sadhana Studies continues into years two and three. The second year will steep participants in the art of teaching Iyengar Yoga.

Year two includes:

  • Studying the entire syllabi of asana and pranayama required of Iyengar Yoga teachers at the first level.
  • Monthly immersions to practice classroom management skills and study therapeutic approaches, modifications and adjustments in more depth.
  • Supervised teaching with your mentor providing regular feedback
  • Assisting faculty members in their beginner classes once a week
  • Deeper study into important topics for Iyengar Yoga teachers including physiology and developing your career as an Iyengar Yoga instructor

Some people seek a third year of teacher training at Adeline Yoga through one-on-one support of their mentor and group coursework.  The third year may include:

  • Getting more experience through assisting the faculty in beginner classes
  • Developing proficiency in the required asana and pranayama
  • Practicing skills required in the assessment process and getting feedback from your mentor
  • Additional education on the knowledge and skills required of an Iyengar Yoga teacher




Tuition:  $2295 early bird – Register early and save

$2495 regular rate

Register here to get updates about the 2022 program and access to the early bird discounts


This includes:

  • All program components: 10 weekends, two 5-morning intensives plus Wednesday night public classes through the duration of the program held via zoom
  • Led practice / Open studio time for group practice
  • Sadhana Studies program reader
  • Program website and class recordings



2022 Tuition: $2995 early bird – Register early and save

$3195 regular rate

Register here to get updates about the 2022 program and access to the early bird discounts

This includes:

  • All general program components for the first year: 10 weekends, two 5-morning intensives plus Wednesday night public classes through the duration of the program held via zoom
  • Program website and class recordings
  • Sadhana Studies program reader plus an Apprentice Manual
  • Additional programming including meeting one Sunday afternoon each month and participating in a fundamentals series
  • Additional homework each month
  • Practice teaching opportunities
  • Feedback on your teaching
  • Engagement with a community of apprentices
  • Mentorship throughout the program including additional time with Heather

Time: The Sadhana Studies program is a 200-hour time commitment plus a daily home practice and monthly homework assignments.  Your home-study assignments will take approximately 10 or more hours to complete each month – they include readings from the Iyengar family and writing assignments which are turned in for feedback.  Apprentices should expect an additional 100-hour time commitment in their first year.

The foundation of Sadhan Studies is our live programming.  To graduate you will need to actively participate in at least 80% of the classes with your camera on.  Please make sure to coordinate the program calendar with the time zone where you live.  Recordings will be available if you want to review material or need to miss a class.

Financial support: Adeline Yoga is committed to supporting diversity in our community.  One full scholarship, two partial scholarships and several work-study opportunities are available.  These offerings are an invitation to participate and are not necessarily needs-based.  Students of color, those living with disabilities or who identify as LGBTQIA+ are especially encouraged to inquire about this opportunity. If you would like to apply for any of the scholarship or workstudy opportunities, please do so here.

Supplies: Participants will receive a list of required books and props for this program.  Be prepared to source what you need.  Past participants have made use of the library, borrowing and/or purchasing items.  Adeline Yoga does have some basic props available through the Yoga Blessings community gift program.  And, participants will have the option to purchase specific books and props through Adeline Yoga.

Application & Payment: Your application must be submitted no later than September 15th at 5 pm PST. Once accepted, your first payment via cash or check is due within two weeks and holds your space in the program. This deposit goes towards your tuition. Payment plans are available.



A supple body is not a requirement for this program or for the practice of yoga. All students who seek the challenge presented by this program should consider application.

  • For the general program, a minimum of 2 years consistent study with a CIYT (Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher).
  • For the teacher education program, a minimum of 3 years consistent study with a CIYT (Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher). Written recommendation required if you do not currently study with an Adeline Yoga faculty member.
  • Commitment to yoga as practiced in the lineage of B.K.S. Iyengar
  • For Apprentices: Commitment to teach Iyengar yoga exclusively once the decision to pursue Iyengar Yoga Certification has been made

Applications will open in 2022



Register here to get updates about the next open house

Held via zoom

This event is an important way to find out more about the Sadhana Studies program.  You can meet the core faculty and graduates of the program.  There will be plenty of time to ask your questions.

You must pre-register for the open houses so we can send you your zoom link



Practice of asana from the Iyengar Yoga Introductory I & II Syllabus. You will receive detailed presentation of the foundational asanas and practice them intensively, emphasizing standing poses, beginning seated poses, forward extensions, back extensions, shoulderstand, and headstand. You will learn how to enter and exit poses safely and how to setup and sequence a daily practice, developing a consistent daily personal practice with all the poses.


Our Saturday immersions will include the theory of asana – pulling back the curtain to give you a deeper understanding of BKS Iyengar’s genius approach to asana and pranayama. Together we will dissect poses and learn how BKS Iyengar artfully sequenced them into beautiful practices. You will learn more about the benefits and effects of key poses.


Theory and practice of asana for everyday needs. This is a core aspect of the program and will these topics will be woven in throughout the program:

  • Yoga for Healing to treat and prevent common aches and pains: low back, neck and shoulders, and knees
  • Yoga for Women’s Health: required poses and approaches throughout the month and all stages of a woman’s life, such as menstruation and perimenopause
  • Restorative Yoga: poses that should be practiced regularly, and how to practice them


Take a comprehensive look at the props in an Iyengar class, including ropes, blocks, bolsters, blankets and much more. You will learn about the history of their development and experience how the thoughtful use of props can empower your practice.


Learn this beautiful practice! Start with alignment and balance in Savasana, along with full relaxation and withdrawal of the senses. Ujjayi and Viloma pranayamas are introduced, including cautions and contraindications, in a variety of supported reclining positions.


Get practical advice on developing a nourishing home practice and lifelong study habits. This introductory class addresses more personal questions such as the role of devotion in one’s practice and how to establish effective relationships with teacher; also provides a primer on chanting the Invocation to the Sage Patanjali and other common mantras of yoga practice.


What is the history of yoga? Learn about B.K.S. Iyengar, the Iyengar family, the evolution of Iyengar Yoga and its relevance in our world today.  Consider parampara—the importance of passing down knowledge from teacher to student.  Discuss appreciation of yoga – and what appropriation of yoga looks like in America.


An open discussion on diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion in the Iyengar Yoga community, and the Yoga community as a whole. We will specifically explore how we can help, and what we can do to be even more welcoming and inviting.


The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are a gateway to integrating yoga into all aspects of daily life. This course is theme-based, covering the required philosophical knowledge on the Iyengar Yoga teaching syllabus, including abhyasavairagya and the eight limbs of yoga.  We will explore the terms in Sanskrit and English and apply them to our own lives.  We will also cover basic themes from the Bhagavad-Gita.


Sanskrit is considered to be a sacred language – chanting in Sanskrit can automatically calm the mind and make you feel happy. In our monthly modules, you will learn key chants that are integral to the Iyengar Yoga practice including the Invocations to Patanjali, key Sutras from the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, chants for auspiciousness and chants to support the student-teacher relationship.  With every session you will gain confidence with yogic chanting and tap into your own learning style. Chanting helps us feel good!


An opportunity to reflect on the ethical values we take as yogis in America today. How do we use yoga to guide our daily interactions? How do we think about race, body image, and trauma as a part of our daily interactions at the yoga studio? How can we create an inclusive community that supports all who need us – at the yoga studio in in the world?


Learn how the time-honored Indian “Science of Life” can integrate with and support your yogic path. Diet, self-care techniques, daily routines and self-healing practices are introduced. What are the five elements, doshas, and gunas, and how do they affect us? How can an asana practice affect our constitution?


Anatomical terminology and planes of movement; the skeletal, muscular and soft tissue structures of the body; includes discussion on common soft tissue injuries and their prevention, especially as they relate to asana practice.


In the second year of the program we will focus on physiology which includes the function of our body systems, with consideration of specific physiological mechanisms activated or affected by yoga practice. Systems covered include cellular, neuromuscular, nervous, cardiovascular, circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, immune, digestive, urinary, and male and female reproductive.


Introduction to teaching yoga the Iyengar way. Students learn and practice foundational teaching techniques, including how to give clear instructions, read bodies and give verbal and physical adjustments while using props and maintaining an effective teaching presence with class control.  Also, get an introduction to how to teach with compassion, plus learn the ins and out of good pacing and sequencing of instructions, poses and learning.


Students fully immerse themselves in learning to teach, deepening and refining their knowledge through observation and one-on-one time with the mentor teacher. This is done with a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, Junior 1 level or above, in public classes.


The finer points of sequencing a home practice and a class practice, and how they are different. Participants receive home practice sequences to use each month.


Gain the ability to read bodies and to select viewing angles.


Sequence and teach a minimum of five students, with direct guidance from your mentor.


Learn the process of Iyengar Yoga certification.  Year two will focus on important skills and techniques so you feel confident and knowledgeable about becoming a CIYT.


The basics of establishing a career as a community leader will come in year two. This short course covers the following:

  • Setting Yourself Up For Success: Where, when, how much, who?
  • Maintaining yoga as a spiritual path while managing the “hustle.”
  • Building a yoga community to support your personal vision: partnerships, collaborations and colleagues; creating opportunities to remove barriers to yoga and connect with the students you seek.
  • Creating a Sustainable Income: The realities of the marketplace, teacher pay scales, and cultivating multiple revenue streams.
  • Cultivating and retaining students: What is important and what is not?


The 2020-2021 schedule looks like this:

  • An opening weekend October 9 – 11 to introduce you to the program, participants and lineage of Iyengar Yoga
  • Every week you will attend a public class on Wednesday 5:45 – 7:15 PST pm zia zoom.
  • Two early morning intensives which run Monday – Friday from approximately 7:15–8:30 am PST – aimed to kick-start your asana and pranayama practices.
  • Ten weekend immersions covering yoga philosophy discussions, asana, pranayama, anatomy and Ayurveda.  They will be Friday 5 – 7 pm PST, Saturday 11 am – 1 pm and 3 – 5 pm and some Sundays 11 am – 1 pm.
  • Peer-lead activities including study sessions and led practice on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Apprentices will have additional meetings on Sunday afternoons plus additional coursework.

Please note that all class times are on Pacific Standard time

The program calendar includes:

5:45 pm PST class every Wednesday with Heather – October 14 2020 thru June 9, 2021.  This class specifically develops your knowledge of the asana and pranayama that is covered in your home practice sequences.

Peer Lead Study Sessions.  This optional programming will help you connect with your colleagues and keep your momentum even when your teachers around around! We recommend you join the led-practice sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7 am PST at least twice per month.

September 14 you will receive your program details and initial homework assignments.  All local students are invited to an open house in Heathers Garden (Oakland) from 3 – 4:30 pm Saturday Sept 19th.  You will need to pick up your program materials at that time.  Students outside of the Bay Area will get their program materials sent via the mail.

October 9 – 11, 2020  – Program Kick Off
Friday 5 – 7 pm: Defining your Yogic Path – Orientation, Introductions and Setting Intentions
Saturday 11 – 1 pm: Art, Science and Practice of Iyengar Yoga – Focus on Standing poses
Saturday 3 – 5 pm: Yoga Philosophy: Starting on Your Path – What is Yoga?
Sunday 11 – 1 pm : Introduction to Ayurveda – Part 1 with Jessie Holland
Sunday 3 – 5 pm: Basic Teaching Methodologies (for apprentices)

October 26 – 30, 2020
Monday–Friday 7:15–8:30 am: Home Practice Immersion

November 13 – 15, 2020
Friday 5 – 7 pm: Yoga Philosophy: Svadhaya Essentials, Inner Alignment and Connections to Patanjali 
Saturday 11 – 1 pm: Art, Science and Practice of Iyengar Yoga – Focus on sitting poses
Saturday 3 – 5 pm: The Lineage of Yoga – What is Iyengar Yoga?  What does parampara mean in a modern context? with Michael Lucey
Sunday 3 – 5 pm: Art of Demonstration (for apprentices)

December 11 – 13, 2020
Friday 5 – 7 pm: Yoga Philosophy:  Harnessing the powers of the mind
Saturday 11 – 1 and 3 – 5 pm: Art, Science and Practice of Iyengar Yoga – Focus on Inversions and preparing for pranayama
Sunday 11 – 1 : Introduction to Anatomy – Part 1 with Shari Ser
Sunday 3 – 5 pm: Art of Instruction (for apprentices)

January 8 – 10, 2021
Friday 5 – 7 pm: Yoga Philosophy and Ethics with Victoria Austin
Saturday 11 – 1 and 3 – 5 pm: Art, Science and Practice of Iyengar Yoga – Focus on back extensions
Sunday 11 – 1: Social Justice with Deidra Demens
Sunday 3–5 pm: Art of Observation (for apprentices)

January 18 – 22, 2021
Monday–Friday 7:15–8:15 am: Pranayama Immersion

February 12 – 14, 2021
Friday 5 – 7 pm: Yoga Philosophy
Saturday 11 – 1 and 3 – 5 pm: Art, Science and Practice of Iyengar Yoga – Focus on forward extensions
Sunday 11 – 1: Introduction to Anatomy – Part 2 with Shari Ser
Sunday 12:45–3:15 pm: Art of Correction (for apprentices)

March 12 – 14, 2021
Friday 5 – 7 pm: Yoga Philosophy 
Saturday 11 – 1:  Cultivating an Aptitude for Sensitivity with Michael Lucey
Saturday 3 – 5 pm: Art, Science and Practice of Iyengar Yoga 
Sunday 11 – 1 : Introduction to Ayurveda – Part 2 with Jessie Holland
Sunday 3 – 5 pm: Working with Beginners – Part 1 with Anneke (for apprentices)

April 9 – 11 2021
Friday 5 – 7 pm: Yoga Philosophy 
Saturday 11 – 1 and 3 – 5 pm: Art, Science and Practice of Iyengar Yoga – Focus on twists
Sunday 11 – 1 : Introduction to Anatomy – Part 3 with Shari Ser
Sunday 3 – 5 pm: Working with Beginners – Part 2 with Deidra (for apprentices)

May 14-16 2021
Friday 5 – 7 pm: Yoga Philosophy 
Saturday 11 – 1 and 3 – 5 pm: Yoga for Women’s Health
Sunday 11 – 1 : Introduction to Ayurveda – Part 3 with Jessie Holland
Sunday 3 – 5 pm: Ethics as a teacher + Panel Discussion (for apprentices)

June 11 – 13, 2021 – Final Weekend
Friday 5 – 7 pm: Personal Projects / Group Discussion / Q & A
Saturday 11 – 1 and 3 – 5 pm: Demonstrated Practice of Asana and Pranayama
Sunday 3 – 5 pm: Final Gather for All

All Sadhana Program Apprentices can expect to:

  • Attend one class per week with their CIYT.  The Wednesday 5:45 pm class is included as part of your tuition for the duration of the program. This class will specifically develop your knowledge of asana using the sequences to enhance your home practice.
  • Apprentices will  attend an additional class to observe. During the first year, apprentices will participate in a 4-session fundamentals course sessions with Anneke on Thursdays 7:30 – 8:45 pm.
  • As soon as we are allowed to have in-person classes you will observe a fundamentals series. Then, in year 2 and 3 you will assist your mentor throughout the entire 2-year program
  • Apprentices will have their own programming,  See the calendar above.
  • During the second year, apprentices will be required to teach 4 classes to a minimum of 6 students, with supervision from their mentor.

“Sadhana Studies and apprenticeship at Adeline has been a structured way to commit to my personal practice, more deeply explore the student-teacher relationship and be part of an amazing community of yogis. I am incredibly grateful to Heather and all of the faculty for their generosity in knowledge and experience as dedicated Iyengar Yoga practitioners and instructors. Their care and attention to my development as a student and aspiring certified teacher is priceless.”

– Francesca N.


It is a big time commitment.  You definitely need to have room for this in your life as it will take focus and time.  It is a 9-month commitment from October 2022 –June 2023.

Participants in the general Sadhana Studies program can expect a 200-hour time commitment plus a daily home practice. For the program itself, there are approximately 150 contact hours in the program, plus homework for all modules that will take approximately 5-10 hours per month, and a weekly class attendance requirement.  This is an intensive program.

Here is some advice from Michelle Grady, a recent graduate: “If want to get the most out of the Sadhana Studies program, figure out your schedule now. Start weeding out the things that might distract you. This is a beautiful program. To get the most nectar from the Sadhana Studies program, make a conscious decision now that this is a commitment to yourself and your practice. Its a moment in time that will go by faster than you think, so commit yourself to it.”

Apprentices should expect at least a 300-hour time commitment plus a daily home practice. This track is a more intense program in all ways. There are approximately 180 contact hours in the first year general + apprenticeship program, plus homework for all general and apprentice modules, a weekly class participation requirement and a weekly assisting requirement.

The second year of the program gets you ready to teach the Iyengar method safely and confidently in a class setting. It is specifically directed to helping you start and develop a career as a yoga teacher – whether you want to teach full-time or part-time. Registration and payment will be due when the second year starts approximately September 2021.

Specific elements in the second year include:

  • Monthly weekend-long intensives with Heather and other faculty members
  • Continuing your knowledge of asana through the Wednesday night public classes.
  • Deepening your relationship with your mentor by assisting weekly in class
  • Modules on working with beginners and working with different body types
  • Basic yoga therapy techniques.  You will participate in at least three “Yoga for Healing Classes” focused on healing the low back, knees, neck and shoulders.
  • Further teachings on yoga for Women’s Health, Physiology and Anatomy.
  • Supervised teaching and guidance in preparation for CIYT certification.

The second year is critical in helping participants get ready to apply for assessment to become Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers.  The second year program will start September 2021.  Payment for the second year will be due at that time.

I live far away, can I still take this program?

Yes!  Even if you live far away, you can definitely still take this program. You can zoom into classes.  Those who are in the apprentice program can work with their local CIYT or make other arrangements while in town for the weekend programs. Where there is a will, there is a way!

What makes this program special?

Every yoga training program has its own unique traits, whether it is focused on general studies or teacher education. All Iyengar programs will give you an important foundation in asana and pranayama and help you to practice at home. We are unique in three key ways:

Our specific programmatic emphasis:

  • Yoga in Every Day Life:  Our personal practice starts with asana – but our disciplined practice must extend beyond the physical body to include our actions and words. Every month we will go deep into exploring our own potential using the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita as our guide.  And, the program includes many hours on pranayama and an emphasis on mantra sadhana, social justice and building community.  You will learn how to chant in Sanskrit and use specific chants to support your personal growth.
  • Yoga for the Whole Person:  Our program starts with the nuts-and-bolts of the foundational Iyengar practice. Then we tap into BKS Iyengar’s revolutionary genius – helping you understand how to practice for your specific needs – including your stage of life, your physical body and emotional health.
  • Use of technology to support out-of-town practitioners:  Yoga is best learned in-person. What to do when you have few Iyengar practitioners in your community?  Join us for this program!  We are creative in helping out-of-town students build their community both at Adeline at at home.

Our faculty
Our six core faculty members brings an important diversity of professional experience.  Each of our faculty members is both a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and a specialist with specific training in their field.  For example, you will be learning anatomy from a certified Physical Therapist, and Ayurveda from a full-time Ayurvedic therapist.  Our large faculty offers students an opportunity to experience the wide breadth of possibilities available in Iyengar Yoga.

What is the best way to prepare for this program?

Consistent study of Iyengar Yoga practice is required before entering the program.  If you do not yet consistently attend class a minimum of once a week with a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, you must start there and prepare to join us for Yoga for Life in January 2020.  Sadhana Studies would be the next step after that.  Let your teachers know you would like to participate in deeper study, and they will provide further guidance. If there is no CIYT in your area, please email our Sadhana Studies program coordinator Tiffany Goss.  Email and we will help.

Can I take some of the classes, but not all of them?

Program Participants should commit to taking full advantage of the program by participating in all the modules. Several of the core modules will be restricted to program participants only, including the opening weekend. However, many of the modules will be open for general enrollment as workshops—a good choice for those who are interested in certain topics only or cannot commit to the whole program. There are pros and cons to taking parts of the program, workshop by workshop. By not participating in the whole program, you miss out on its richness—especially your connection to your teachers and cohorts.

Will I get a certificate of completion?

Yes!  Students who complete the entire Sadhana Studies program will get a certificate of completion which demonstrates your commitment to Iyengar Yoga and knowledge of its practices. This is not a professional certificate recognized by Yoga Alliance or the Iyengar Yoga Associations.

I already took an Iyengar Yoga teacher training program. Do I need to take all of the Sadhana Studies program in order to apprentice?

This will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Heather directly to discuss.

Apprentices who successfully complete the entire first and second year of the program may apply to Yoga Alliance to become a registered yoga teacher.  And, they will have completed the very minimum requirements necessary for application to become a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher.  However, most apprentices may need two – three full years of apprenticeship before feeling ready to apply to become a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher.

The Sadhana Studies apprenticeship program is designed as a two-year program.  Apprentices should plan to take both years.  Year one focuses on developing your understanding of Iyengar yoga as a practitioner, and gives you the foundational knowledge to consider teaching.  You will take coursework with the general studies program, and coursework with the apprentices specifically.  Year 2 gets you ready to teach the Iyengar method safely and confidently in a class setting. It is specifically directed to helping you start and develop a career as a yoga teacher – whether you want to teach full-time or part-time. In year two you will do more supervised teaching and preparation for certification.  Both years includes extensive personal study and homework.  The path to CIYT certification usually takes 3 -5 years of continuous study.  Consult directly with your mentor to determine your specific situation.

The Sadhana Studies general program without apprenticeship is not eligible for RYT-200.

Are there scholarships or work-study opportunities?

Adeline Yoga is committed to supporting diversity in our community.  A full scholarship, partial scholarships and work-study opportunities are available. They are not based solely on need.  We are committed to broadening access to yoga by encouraging practitioners who come from backgrounds that are not well represented in most yoga studios, or who come from communities that might be less familiar with the benefits of a yoga practice.  These scholarships are an invitation to participate.  Students of color, those living with disabilities or who identify as LGBTQ are especially encouraged to inquire about this opportunity.  Please note in your application if you would like to apply for work-study or a partial scholarship.

Apprentices may be eligible to apply for the Yoga Alliance Scholarship Program when their program opens next.

How will I know if I have been accepted into the program?

We will contact you within one week.

Who do I contact to discuss this program further?

We are here to answer all your questions.  Contact the program coordinator Tiffany via email or call us at (510) 982-1783

Applications will open in 2022


Heather Haxo Phillips Iyengar Yoga Teaacher

Heather Haxo Phillips is Director of Adeline Yoga and a certified Iyengar yoga instructor at the Senior Intermediate level. Among the highest certified Iyengar teachers in the East Bay, her additional certifications include: Certified Yoga Therapist (c-IAYT), Relax and Renew restorative yoga teacher and Yoga Alliance E-500 level instructor. She has specialized yoga therapy training which includes scoliosis, musculoskeletal injuries and pain management.  One of her asana-related specialties is women’s health. Heather has a deep commitment to the ancient teachings which includes mantra sadhana (chanting) and Sanskrit, pranayama and yoga philosophy.  You can expect to find aspects of this in all of Heather’s classes. Heather deepens her own practice by studying regularly with senior Iyengar teachers, Sanskrit and Vedic scholars, and the Iyengar family in Pune. Heather is past President of the Board of Directors for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California and an active volunteer for the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States.  Heather is on the board of the Lorin Merchants Association (LBA).

Michael-Lucey-Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Michael Lucey is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher at the Senior 1 level. He stumbled into an Iyengar yoga class in 1982, while he was a student at Oxford University. Since then, he has been fascinated by how yoga can transform your relation to your body, mind, and breath and his classes aim to share that fascination with you. Michael is certified at the Senior Intermediate level; he has had the good fortune to study with many senior teachers from around the United States and Europe, and has also made 11 trips to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family. His most recent trip was in December 2018. Michael is a professor of Comparative Literature and French at the University of California, Berkeley, and served as President of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States from 2014-2017.

Deidra Demens Purvottanasana

Deidra Demens is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher based in New York City. She was first introduced to Yoga in 2004 and is now certified at the Junior Intermediate 1 level . While studying at The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago Illinois, Deidra explored various styles of Yoga, movement and breathing exercises as creative ways of expression. Upon graduating, Deidra moved to New York to follow her dream of becoming a theatre artist. Between shows Deidra continued studying Yoga and began teaching in 2011. After taking her first Iyengar class, Deidra was amazed at how much she learned in just one class. “I needed a foundation for my practice and teaching, I found it in Iyengar Yoga. The instructions were clear and precise. My interest in Yoga was elevated. My practice transformed, and so my journey began.” – Deidra Demens Deidra graduated from the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York and became a certified CIYT in 2017. She is on the teaching faculty at the New York Institute. Deidra’s approach to teaching is comprehensive and fun, her classes are dynamic and engaging. Through demonstration and detailed alignment Deidra seeks to both challenge and inspire her students.

Jessie Holland is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor, emphasizing precise alignment, and sustained reflection on the connection of the body, mind and breath. She has been teaching Iyengar Yoga for 15 years. She is also a Licensed Acupuncturist, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Pancha Karma Specialist. She teaches Iyengar yoga at studios throughout the East Bay. She has attended both a 200 and 500 hour Iyengar teacher training, studied with the Iyengars in India, and completed clinical Ayurvedic internships with Dr. Vasant Lad. Jessie offers Ayurvedic consultations to explore diet and lifestyle choices for optimum health, and a variety of Ayurvedic body therapies, including abhyanga and shirodhara. She also leads clients through PanchaKarma, the Ayurvedic cleansing procedure. Additionally, Jessie offers Acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatments, where she uses a variety of techniques including Acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and massage to balance body and mind. Jessie’s private practice is on Summit Street in Oakland. Visit her website at

Anneke Faas Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Anneke Faas is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor at the Intermediate Junior II level. She was inspired by the precision and genius of Mr. Iyengar’s teaching at the age of 14, and started her teacher training in 2002. Since then, Anneke has had two sons. She is especially drawn to working with mothers, helping to reduce the stress and tensions of everyday life. She has specialized training in pre-natal yoga.  Anneke recently relocated to the Bay Area from Santa Fe, New Mexico where she owned her own studio. Visit her website at

Shari Ser Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Shari Ser is a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, a physical therapist and certified yoga therapist. She has over 35 years of both physical therapy clinical practice and experience teaching yoga for a wide range of medical and health conditions. Shari works full time as a physical therapist and yoga teacher. She is also a faculty member of the Yoga Room’s 500 hour Advanced Studies Program. She is a graduate of the Professional Yoga Therapy training for health care professionals, and the Adeline Yoga Sadhana Studies Program. Her additional certifications include RYT 500, E-RYT, C-IAYT and PYT. Shari is an avid believer of the power of yoga throughout the years and of its immense value in maintaining mobility, independence and equanimity as we all age.

Victoria Austin

Victoria Austin has studied yoga for over 40 years. She holds an Intermediate Senior I teaching certificate and responsibility which includes teacher training and therapeutics. She is on the teacher training faculty of the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco.  Victoria offers public yoga classes at San Francisco Zen Center and the Abode of Iyengar Yoga and serves as an assessor of the next generation of Iyengar yoga teachers.

Victoria is also a Zen priest and an active Dharma teacher at the San Francisco Zen Center. She teaches in diverse settings, including groups for monastics, prisoners, people with disabilities, and physicians. Victoria also offers workshops in Pranayama throughout the year.


Tiffany Goss Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Tiffany Goss is the program administrator and a graduate of the Sadhana Studies program. Her first Iyengar yoga class in 2012 was held in a small living room by a friend. She knew then that Iyengar yoga was her path. She resonated with the precision in instructions and corrections. Also a bodyworker, Tiffany has a thorough understanding of the body and kinesiology. Tiffany’s goal is to make yoga accessible and safe for all body types.  Tiffany helps to manage our front desk and supports the Sadhana Studies program.  In her free time she likes to go hiking with Mani her Guatemalan rescue pup and plan her next travel destination.