In Their Own Words . . .

This training is so much more than learning about the principles of yoga! Both Madia and Jessica fostered a collective of students of various backgrounds and opened doors of opportunity through education, business planning, yogic practice,... and an introduction to the incredible network of leaders in the yoga community. They promised it would change our lives and it certainly did!! I can’t wait for a 500-hour Yoga Therapy class! Please?!
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!!
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!
This yoga school offers an incredibly well-rounded curriculum, covering everything from the asanas themselves and how to create sequences in various styles of yoga, to ayurveda, meditation, and business of yoga. Each class included new topics, with guest speakers like Dr. John Gwin to cover physiology and yoga as complementary medicine, and Asha Wolf, RYT DPT, whose anatomy workshop was not just insightful, but very accessible as well. I feel so well prepared to begin my path as a yoga instructor, and my initial nervousness over the journey to come has been transformed to excitement with the help of Madia and Jess as both teachers and mentors.
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. Also, the guest membership to the studio all these months has been a phenomenal addition to all the other benefits of the yoga school teacher training. It is a great facility filled with really great people. Thank you!!!




  • Alignment and posture refinement
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Art of sequencing
  • Assisting & adjusting safely
  • Ayurvedic lifestyle, nutrition and yoga
  • Introduction to meditation techniques
  • Career management and planning
  • Chakras and nadis
  • Ethics & relationships founded in the Yoga Sutras
  • Business of yoga course
  • Guided relaxation techniques
  • History of Yoga and Ayurveda
  • Injury Prevention and Modification
  • Intro to other alternative forms of yoga
  • Legal knowledge (safely working in a litigious society)
  • Marma points and their practical application
  • MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Introduction to Mindfulness Based Experiential Therapy
  • Practical teaching (with fellow trainees)
  • Practical teaching (with actual students)
  • Pranayama (conscious breath work)
  • Public speaking (utilizing the Pecha Kucha format)
  • Self-Care tools introduced
  • Sun Salutations
  • The Science of Yoga
  • Teaching with a theme
  • Introduction to The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Yoga As Medicine

The Director


Madia swicord

Madia Swicord E-RYT-500, LMT,  has experience in the yoga industry as a studio owner/instructor, massage therapist and teacher trainer. Madia played an essential role in bringing accessible and regular classes to Chattanooga, TN in 2000. She is currently in her third year of Hakomi Mindfulness Based Experiential Therapy Professional Training which brings the depth of Body-centered/Somatic Psychology to the program and her private practice.
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Madia is a proud presenter at the Southern Bend Yoga Festival!

Even though I’ve practiced yoga for years, as a personal trainer, I never imagined myself as yoga teacher. Now I love yoga even more than I did before and has opened my eyes to a whole another world. Not only am I a better, happier person but I’m a better trainer, wife and mother. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Thank you so much for your time and commitment to us and the yoga school! You all are truly an inspiration and I am so lucky to have been able to complete this training with all of you at it’s head. I can’t wait to continue the journey I’ve started.