Our next 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Begins in 2020

9 Weekends:

Jan 25-27, Feb 22-24, March 21-23, April 18-20, May 16-18,

June 13-15, July 11-13, Aug 8-10, Sept 12-14

  • Saturday and Sunday: 8:30a-5:30p (1hr working lunch)

  • Monday: 6p-8p

WE have been offering Yoga Teacher Training’s since 2013! ALL of our trainers are seasoned and are leaders in the fields of yoga and other mind/body professions. Madia is a lead trainer in both 200 & 300-hr training’s and has been a leader and teacher in Yoga for over 20 years.

Our programs are well-rounded, in-depth studies of yoga with an emphasis on personal development as the platform for becoming an excellent teacher and change agent in our community.

Our programs assist you to:

  • Increase self-knowledge, acceptance and love through self-reflective embodiment in asana, pranayama, meditation, and philosophical study.

  • Gain deep knowledge of alignment from the inside out.

  • Discover the balance of effort (sthira) and ease (sukha) in your asana practice.

  • Learn to weave postures, breath, and movement into progressive depths of your embodied experience. 

  • Develop a depth and beauty in your yoga practice that remains constant when you step off the mat into your community and relationships.

  • Learn to share this experience with others through teaching and modeling.

  • Each programs maintains a maximum of 20 students so that we can provide intimate and direct relationships with each student throughout the journey

  • Presence-based Coaching and Mentorship is threaded into our unique program

Sample of our curriculum:

  • The Presence of Yoga

  • Fall In-love with Yoga Philosophy

  • Embodied Anatomy & Physiology

  • The Beauty of Meditation

  • Foundations of Teaching Methodology

  • Intuitive Asana

  • Integrative and Deep Flow Sequencing

  • The Power of the Subtle Body

  • The Nature of Yoga

  • Yoga as Medicine

  • A Taste of Kundalini

  • Yoga Psychology ~ The Mental Posture

  • The Art of Pranayama

  • Business of Yoga

  • Specialty Certification in Deep Flow ~ based on the Chakra System

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  • Cost: $2950

  • $350 Non-Refundable Deposit Required

  • $150 student discount with proper ID

  • Tuition includes 2 ~ 1-hour Mentor/coaching Sessions (value $190)

  • Convenient, Free Parking

  • Tuition does NOT include required materials

  • There are NO refunds once training has started

Pre-requiste: 6 months of a regular yoga practice before training begins

What our graduates think of our program:

“Thank you Madia and Jess for such an inspiring experience with teacher training. I am so proud and grateful to be a part of your inaugural class. I consider myself a life-long student of yoga, and your extensive and compelling curriculum and insightful training, kindness and wisdom has only deepened my desire to learn more and more and more! I am so appreciative of this opportunity and am not ready for it to end! I feel like this is only the beginning! Namaste y’all!! — Nancy

“Just wanted to give a big thank you to Jessica, Madia and Maggie for their time and dedication to helping us evolve into strong, mindful teachers. Each of you brought something so different to the table each weekend, and I truly feel changed in more ways that I expected. From the intense emotions, the disciplined practice, and the playful time, I feel so grounded and ready to take on the world. Let’s do this! — Jimmy

"Madia gave me an awareness of my judgment, negative and positive thoughts that help me try and live the Yamas and Niyamas teachings. Overall I am not the same person that walked in February thanks to (all the teachers) your time, your dedication, and your passion." Gabby 2018

“I just want to express my deep gratitude for the wonderful teacher training. Jess and Madia did a fantastic job on all fronts - from the curriculum, to the outstanding guest faculty and experts, to the reading, to the structure, to the sharing of their own individual areas of expertise and experience, to the facilitation of group camaraderie, connection, support and love, and certainly for sharing so much of their own beautiful selves….” —Jon

Our curriculum is primarily designed to offer participants a broad education & platform that can lead to opportunities as a yoga instructor, private practitioner or mind/body professional.

We enthusiastically encourage any practicing yogis to attend this training to explore the depths of yoga.  If you do not plan to teach, this training will likely shift and transform your practice and life in ways that will challenge and delight you.

If your passion is to teach AND deepen your practice, we will offer a dimensional curriculum and help guide you on your personal yogic path of self-discovery.  

This is an Integrative Yoga Teacher Training with an emphasis on your personal growth. We provide a support system of mentorship within the programs that is essential for your understanding of Yoga. Your teachers and mentors will beseasoned teachers who have the tools to support you.

 Our goal is to offer an experience that exceeds our students’ expectations. We are proud to bring you an integrative curriculum that surpasses the standards for Yoga Alliance Registration.

Please feel free to email or call Madia

chattanoogayogaschool@gmail.com / 423-595-2364




Chattanooga Yoga School providing Yoga Teacher Training’s since 2013 and is proudly registered with Yoga Alliance.

Our First Graduating Class in 2013

Our First Graduating Class in 2013

Dear Prospective Student,

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Our 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training begins 2020!

Specific Details coming soon~ Please sign up for our newsletter for all the details

Some of Our 200hr YTT Graduates

Some of Our 200hr YTT Graduates

Chattanooga Yoga School’s lead trainers have decades of advanced specialty studies and teaching as well as continued lifelong personal practice and study that will add to the dimension of your experience.  

Madia, Director and Co-Founder of CYS has immersed herself in this study and especially into the intimate way that fully inhabiting our body-mind-system informs the depth and evolution of ones yoga practice. Please take a few classes from Madia and/or schedule a session to see if your research and intuition guide you on THIS path with Chattanooga Yoga School.

 Our programs are a gateway to personal transformation designed to significantly deepen practice, understanding and experience in yoga. Join us for a profound inner journey — carefully sculpted through honesty and love in an atmosphere of community and support.

Have you built a strong Foundation in Your Yoga Practice and Your Teaching? Are you ready to dive into the next level of your understanding and experience with Yoga?  Welcome to Chattanooga Yoga School’s 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program. We are honored to support and mentor you on a somatic and embodied psychology based yoga journey that brings greater meaning, understanding and embodiment to not only your practice and your teaching, but also to your way of life. Our training is well-rounded with an emphasis on deepening personal embodiment as the basis for developing wisdom and power as a teacher. 


Embodied Philosophy
Somatic Movement Education
Trauma Informed Yoga
Working with Private Clients
Yin Yoga

The Depths of the Chakra System
Embodied Anatomy and Physiology

More details & Modules COMING SOON!

“Three mantras you should never say: (1) I don’t know. (2) I’m not ready. (3) I can’t do it.”
Yoga Bhajan

Dear Prospective Student,

Welcome to our school's Admission Center! Please use this form to apply for your admission to Chattanooga Yoga School. We need complete and detailed information about you, so make sure you fill out all fields. You will receive an email confirmation when we process your application.


Please complete the form below

Student's Name *
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Madia Swicord,  B.S., E-RYT 500, LMT
Chattanooga Yoga School Owner and Director

Owner, Lead Trainer ~ 200 & 300-Hour yoga teacher training

Madia loves exploring and encouraging the adventure of "the edge" of what awakens you.  Guiding you inward towards an intuitive, deep yoga flow that challenges your physical and mental stamina balanced with nurturing spacious openings of your body/mind is the essence of what can be felt in all her classes and her private body/mind sessions.

Madia Swicord is Licensed Massage Therapist and has an extensive background in helping people with physical and emotional pain relief. Her passion is to assist someone on their journey to self discovery and awakening to more energy and joy via a variety of ancient and modern mind/body techniques.  She has advanced training in Yoga Psychology and utilizes Hakomi Principles of “assisted self-study” that is threaded into her yoga classes and her private sessions.   She is dedicated to sharing timeless wisdom techniques for mind-body health, deeper life fulfillment and emotional healing.   

Working alongside Doctors in the fields of psychiatry and psychology for the past 7 years to support and assist with patients on their path to healing through trauma has been an incredible honor.

 Madia has over 20 years of professional experience in this holistic field of mind-body healing.  

"Her understanding of anatomy, physiology and movement in combination with her skills as a caring therapist and teacher of Eastern disciplines has been highly effective.  This has increased my sense of wellness and ability to know and respond to my body" Dr. John Gwin

 “Madia is an experienced and compassionate yoga teacher and body worker who is intensely focused on healing bodies and minds with her refined knowledge of anatomy coupled with yoga psychology.  Madia's dedication to her craft is evident to anyone who has ever met her.”  Private client  

She is a Graduate in the Professional Training of Hakomi Mindfulness Experiential Therapy in Asheville, NC. Hakomi is a body-centered psychotherapy that can be experienced as "assisted self-study".

Learn more about Madia at Madia's Healing Arts.

"I love to incorporate and support a diversity of teaching tools to deepen your understanding of the powerful benefits of yoga. I look to offer a strong, supportive container to explore your process of finding your unique expression"

Madia Swicord, CYS Director

Working by heart means using your feelings and emotions to lead you to your spiritual sense of existence”
Yogi Bhajan


Janka Livoncova, Co-Lead Trainer

Janka Livoncova is an Insight Meditation Teacher, Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) and a trained Somatic Movement Educator. She has been a dedicated student and practitioner of meditation and yoga since 1994 and started sharing her practice with others in 2004.

Janka has been practicing and studying the dharma for two decades. Initially in the Soto Zen tradition and, since 2007, under the guidance of her mentor, DaeJa Napier. She maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends Vipassana retreats with her dharma teachers. A graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leaders Program, Janka leads the Chattanooga Insight Group and co-facilitates Awakening Truth’s Interactive Dharma Calls on Sundays.

Janka completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli. She has been leading the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses and other mindfulness programs at the Center for Mindful Living since they opened in January 2013.


John Gwin, MD, guest faculty

John is a native Chattanoogan and is a graduate of the McCallie School.  He received his undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University and earned his M.D. at the Yale University School of Medicine.  He completed residency training in general surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and fellowship training in surgical oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.  He has held faculty positions at Temple University School of Medicine and the University of Tennessee and currently practices general surgery and surgical oncology in Chattanooga.  He also serves as the Medical Director of the Wound Healing Center at Memorial Hospital.
He began his yoga practice two years ago with Madia Swicord and has experienced its transformative effects from a physical, mental and spiritual standpoint. He has served as faculty at the Chattanooga Yoga School and has taught sessions on the Science of Yoga and Yoga as Medicine to yoga teacher trainees.  Long interested in the combination of therapies to treat disease, he seeks to explore the scientific basis of yoga practice and the holistic integration of yoga with traditional medicine to enhance wellness.


Maggie White, guest faculty

Maggie moves wholeheartedly towards Well-being. As a wild-at-heart spiritual explorer, she prioritizes self-discipline, curiosity, and radical honesty, as well as her truest love of immersing in nature.
Fueled by her lifetime of lessons and formal yoga studies beginning in 2002, she offers mentorship and continued training for yoga teachers, as well as creative personal practices, rituals, and ceremonies for grief, unions of love, and rites of passage.She comes alive most while curating space for transformational experiences and retreats for personal exploration. Think adventure, natural landscapes, good conversation, and a warm cup of tea.
Embodied Philosophy of Practice and Living Yoga


*Personal and Professional Boundaries

*Sequencing from Experience

*Scope of Practice and Profession

*Yoga for Specific Audiences

*Stewarding Personal Growth

*Communication From Inside Out

Special Guest


Carmen Maria Jacaj RTY-200

When I first set foot on the yoga path as a child, I instantly felt a sense of returning home. As an adult, in 2006, at Anala Yoga School with Ally Ford, I chose to ignite that inner-sense by earning a RYT-200 Certification with an emphasis on Ashtanga and Vinyasa styles. And went on to receive a Level II Certification in Amrit Yoga, with Gurudev and Kamani Desai (2012) and a Level I in Kundalini yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan (2013).

My passion for learning led me to take on a mentor from 2003-2007, supporting my certification as an Applied Emotional Mastery coach. My journey continued in understanding and integrating energy healing modalities such that I received certifications in Pranic Healing, became a Qi Qong Practitioner, and am certified to teach White Lotus form. Today, I study with Master teacher Orlando at Sadhana Center in Clearwater.

I have a heart for Women Circles and currently offer meditation and tools to empower women through the Sisters of the Heart monthly gatherings.  

I am passionate about learning and sharing my knowledge through experiential ways that integrate the mind, body and spirit.  I enjoy creating a sacred, safe space for people to connect to the source of light and love within, which I believe is the foundation needed to anchor the light in the world today.

“Hope is not a prediction of the future, it’s a declaration of what is possible.” Yogi Bhajan