About IYTA

President: Astrid Pickup


The International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) is an international non-profit organisation founded in Australia in 1967 by Roma Blair. In additional to teachers and students in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Hobart and Perth, it has international representatives and members in Austria, France, Canada, Fiji, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Oman, Switzerland, Singapore, South Africa and the United Kingdom. There are also independent affiliates in New Zealand, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Spain.

The IYTA aims to promote the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga for everybody, regardless of age, sex, ability or disability, ethnicity or religion.

The IYTA’s primary activity is to conduct yoga teacher training and an Association for yoga trained teachers in Australia and internationally. The well-established, highly regarded and extensive IYTA Diploma of Yoga Teacher Training course has been running for over forty years with thousands of students graduating with the IYTA International Diploma of Yoga Teacher Training. The IYTA provides excellent Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes for further studies in yoga teacher training. IYTA offers Post Graduate Certificate of Pre and Post Natal Yoga, Post Graduate Yin Yoga Workshops, Post Graduate Studies in Seniors Yoga and online or face-to-face Meditation and Pranayama courses (open to everyone).

The IYTA promotes yoga’s many benefits – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It aims to increase understanding and application of the principles and philosophy of Yoga.

The Association upholds the highest ethics of Yoga teacher training and professional conduct for its members. The IYTA is a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliance (USA) and Yoga Australia.

Yoga teachers as well as friends of yoga are invited to join our community - for more information please see our membership page.

What our students say

The quality of the teachers at IYTA for the Diploma of Yoga Teaching in 2016 were outstanding. Each study weekend, I built confidence and developed my skills.

After I graduated, from my very first class as a teacher, I was able to observe students as I moved around the class ; offering them modifications or aligning their posture. Since then, each class has helped me to fine-tune my individual way of teaching and today I teach up to 7 to 10 classes each week.

Being inspired by my mentor (Astrid Pickup) helped me with my personal goals and motivation to continue and improve. I have found after a year of teaching that I now have my own individual style and I am able to read correctly my student’s posture and assist them in perfecting it. The best reward I have at the end of a class is a big smile with a heart-felt thank you. Students are returning on a regular basis to my classes and the sizes of my classes are also increasing. THANK YOU IYTA for your guidance in my Yoga path!

Marie Ecosse

International Diploma Yoga Teacher Training

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