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
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
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.