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Private Practice located at 901 Mountain Creek Road.  Schedule here


Offering 300-Hour advanced Yoga Teacher training,  Personal Transformation retreats and workshops

Madia Swicord,  B.S., E-RYT 500, LMT Chattanooga YOga School Owner and Director

Madia Swicord,  B.S., E-RYT 500, LMT
Chattanooga YOga School Owner and Director

Madia Swicord,  B.S., E-RYT 500, LMT
Chattanooga Yoga School Owner and Director

Co-owner, Lead Trainer of Bodha 200-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.



intuitive, deep flow yoga

"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



Jess Ewart, E-RYT 200

200-Hour and 300-Hour Trainer


Outside the usual credentials, Jess Ewart is an inspirational and radical visionary. She challenges her clients and students to let go of societal conventions/expectations so they can reclaim their time (our most precious commodity) and expand their spirit. Jess encourages all conscious beings to look beyond "belief" into the deep-seated “knowing” that can unlock unlimited freedom and infinite potential.

Jess is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, and Co-Founder of both the Aspen Yoga School (200RYS) and Chattanooga Yoga School (200RYS). She is a member of the Aspen Yoga Society and serves as Executive Director of the Aspen City of Wellbeing which is advised by Dr. Deepak Chopra. Jess was honored to be named one of the first Ahimsa Girls. 

When she's not traveling, writing, or teaching, you will find Jess playing her most honored role in life as a hands-on mom and wife in the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley which is located high in the Rocky Mountains.

Sue Reynolds, E-RYT 500

200-Hour and 300-Hour Trainer


Sue Reynolds began her study of yoga in 1972, and took her first training to instruct in 1975 with Swami Vishnudevananda (The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga) in the Shivananda tradition, and later continued further certification based on the Iyengar tradition. For the next several years Sue held some of the first yoga classes in and around Chattanooga until starting Chattanooga’s first yoga studio in 1999.  After fifteen years as a studio owner and full time teacher, she is now teaching a weekly class at The Center for Mindful Living, taking yoga classes from time to time, and enjoying being a grandmother. “ I credit yoga practice for bringing me to this stage in my life in good health and with a positive outlook.  It is gratifying to see the spread of yoga practice in our city, and so many people eager to learn.”

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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.


Sara Mingus, E-RYT 200
200-Hour Trainer


Yoga allows us to connect through breath, music, sweat, and touch.  The connection yoga gives us to ourselves and those around us is what has kept me on my mat for the past 20 years. For the past 15 years I've led yogis through challenging, grounding, sweaty flows, allowing and encouraging the opportunity to get out of our heads and into our hearts. I've practiced and trained with teachers such as Baron Baptiste and Jonny Kest, who have inspired me along my journey, which has included building a yoga studio and community. Now I enjoy time on and off my mat always teaching and inspiring my three-year-old son.

Many great Instructors & speakers join the CYS community,  check back here to see who may be dropping in!

May the long time sun shine upon you. All love surround you, and the pure light within you...Guide your way on~ Namaste'


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?

Dates coming soon~

Schedule: Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 10:30am-6:30pm, Sunday 9am-6pm

CYS 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program 

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. 

Our program has a strong emphasis on:

Yoga Psychology
Energy Anatomy and it’s application in practice and teaching
Embodied Anatomy and Physiology
Somatic Movement Education
Mindfulness and Meditation
Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Working with Private Clients
Integrating Yoga into other medical and healing professions.

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.  

  • This program builds on the foundation of most 200-Hour Teacher Training Program, providing an additional 300 hours of study.
  • The Certificate Program is open to yoga teachers with a 200-Hour Certificate from any Nationally Registered Yoga School.
  • Completion of both 200-Hour and 300-Hour Programs qualifies you for a 500-Hour Teaching Certificate with the National Yoga Alliance Organization.

Cost and Payment details: $3,850

A $550 deposit required with the application
The remaining $ 3,350 has to be paid in full by the 2/23/2018.

Please use this form to apply for your admission to Chattanooga Yoga School 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training. You will receive an email conformation when we process your application. Deposit of $550 is due with the application.

Deposits are nonrefundable after your acceptance in the course has been confirmed. No other refunds will be given after the start of the course.

Homework includes 5-10 hours of reading for each weekend, home practice and an occasional written homework.

- Attendance of or observation in a total of 4 classes taught by CYS faculty or other 500-hour registered CYS approved teachers is required for graduation.

- Attendance in an advanced workshop, study course or retreat with CYS faculty is required for graduation (8 hours needed).
The workshop schedule for 2018/2019 training will be announced by 12/1/2017.

- It is permissible to miss a total of 1 weekend out of the whole program. You are responsible for the information that you miss.

- Any further missed weekends must be made up in private session with faculty or by other special arrangement.

- Consistent classroom participation and successful completion of assigned reading.

- Demonstration of understanding, incorporation & competence in principles presented in the program.

- Demonstration of ability to present principles to students of varying levels and abilities.

- Documentation of 50 hours of teaching experience.