Reach Beyond Āsana

Understanding the Methods and Philosophy of Yoga

Often in the West when we say, “I do Yoga” it means, “I practice āsana (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 teachings that have been passed down from teacher to student for thousands of years. Āsana is one of many practices within this vast system of knowledge.

Core Āsana Training

Throughout the 200 hour training thirty classical āsanas will be practiced and studied daily. A breakdown of each posture includes:

  • Proper alignment and biomechanics
  • Manual adjustments
  • Modifications and the use of props as needed
  • Health benefits and contraindications
  • Āsana and Āyurveda– classification of asanas according to the three body humors (constitutions)
  • Anatomy and physiology as related to asana
  • Teaching methodology
  • Designing a balanced class– principles of sequencing
  • Teaching beginners with varying abilities
  • Setting up classes in your community
  • Evolving a personal teaching style
  • Foundations for safe sequencing

Please see our program catalog for complete details on each class offered within our training.

Typical Day's Schedule

Modular Program*

Thursday Evening


Thursday Evening Programs

Opening Circle, Check in, Logistics

Friday & Saturday Morning Programs

Shat Karma, Sādhana, Yoga Theory and/or Philosophy, Āsana

Friday & Saturday Afternoon ProgramsCore Āsana Program (Sep-Nov)
Āsana Student Teaching (Dec-Feb)
Friday & Saturday Evening ProgramsYoga Theory and/or Philosophy
Sunday Morning ProgramsShat Karma, Sādhana, Yoga Theory and/or Philosophy, Closing Circle
Sunday AfternoonLunch

* Please note that this does not entirely reflect the first week of the Modular Program and there may be variations and changes along the way.

Month-Long Program*

5:30 - 6:15 am

Shat Karma

6:30 - 8:15 am

Prāṇāyāma and Meditation

8:15 - 9:00 am


9:30 - 11:00 amTheory Class
11:15 - 12:45 pmĀsana
12:45 - 1:30 pmLunch
2:00 - 5:00 pmĀsana Workshop
5:00 - 6:00 pmDinner (Fridays Dinner 5:30 pm)
7:00 - 8:30 pmEvening Program

* This is a sample of a typical day, however, please note there will be variations and changes made along the way. Sundays are days off after breakfast. Tuesday and Saturday's schedules vary some.

Commuting & Housing

Mount Madonna Center provides on-site housing and meals for Institute students in an environment highly supportive of learning the Institute’s disciplines. Students have a choice from a wide range of housing options at Mount Madonna.

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees for Yoga Teacher Training Programs, including YTT 200 Intensive and Modular, YTT 300 and Prenatal YTT.

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Apply Now!

To apply for the YTT 200 Hour Program, please follow the link below.

YTT Application