School of Yoga - Mount Madonna Institute

Our signature 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher trainings are approved by the National Yoga Registry, The Yoga Alliance, and are led by an extensive faculty; many of whom have been practicing, studying, and teaching yoga at Mount Madonna in California for over 40 years.

Our next YTT200 program begins online January 2023!

Whether you are a serious student or certified yoga teacher, this program is designed to expand your knowledge of the theory and practices of Classical Ashtanga yoga. Guided and supported by a faculty of over 30 teachers, the 200 hour level training serves to systematically develop and enhance your understanding of yoga

You will develop skills for teaching a well-rounded beginners level yoga class. This course is ideal for those who want to immerse themselves in an intense discipline to begin or to deepen a personal practice. Advanced techniques and theories are explored in many of our specialty classes.

Why Mount Madonna?

Our Yoga Teacher Training focuses primarily on the systems of Ashtanga Yoga and Haṭha Yoga and the methods we teach include shat karma, mudra, pranayama, dhyana, and asana. The foundational theory that supports these practices is taught in classes on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Samkhya Philosophy, basic principles of Ayurveda, subtle body theory, anatomy, and physiology. Teaching methodology, or how to share this ancient knowledge is woven throughout the program.

It is our intention that those who wish to teach have the tools to offer a beginning yoga class upon completion of the training, and to have a basic understanding of the vast background of this great science and spiritual practice.

Often in the West when we say, “I do yoga” it means, “I practice asana (postures).” In fact, the methods of yoga are multi-faceted and encompass a way of life leading to inner peace and liberation from the confines of desires, ego and attachments.

In our training at Mount Madonna, we draw from these ancient classical yoga teachings that have been passed down from teacher to student for thousands of years. Asana is one of many practices within this vast system of knowledge.