Mount Madonna Center & Institute


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445 Summit Road

Watsonville, CA 95076, USA

Types of Yoga Taught

Flow Yoga

Alignment-Oriented Yoga

Spiritually-Oriented Yoga

Gentle Yoga

Specialty Yoga

Trainings Formats

usually intensive/immersion

spread out over time

Weekends only

several, shorter immersions

trainees stay on-site

trainees commute to the program

Destination / retreat



About Mount Madonna Institute

At the heart of Mount Madonna Institute and Mount Madonna Center is the study, practice and teaching of Yoga. For over 40 years our community has embraced this tradition as we seek to incorporate the practices and truths into our daily life. We offer these practices with...

At the heart of Mount Madonna Institute and Mount Madonna Center is the study, practice and teaching of Yoga. For over 40 years our community has embraced this tradition as we seek to incorporate the practices and truths into our daily life. We offer these practices with the intent of promoting self-transformation for us all. We offer Yoga retreats, established Yoga Teacher Training programs, as well as weekend Yoga Workshops. We offer our signature 200 and 300 hour Teacher Trainings. We cover a broad range of yoga theory, philosophy, and practice. Classically, Ashtanga Yoga means eight-limbed Yoga (ashta meaning eight, and anga meaning limb.) We address each limb and teach asana, pranayama and shat karma from the Hatha Yoga system (referenced in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gherand Samita, and other Hatha yoga texts).  The practices are taught classically as shared with us by our teacher, Sri Baba Hari Dass. Many of our faculty members have been practicing, studying, and teaching yoga at Mount Madonna Center for over 25 years.

First Registered February 2002

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Offers RYS 200 Trainings per 2021 RYS Online Exemption, RYS 300 Trainings per 2021 RYS Online Exemption and Yoga Classes

Upcoming Training Dates

RYS® 200

Jun 16, 2022—Jul 13, 2022
Mount Madonna Institute - RYS 200
Jan 12, 2022—Jun 5, 2022
Mount Madonna Institute - RYS 200
Jun 3, 2021—Nov 14, 2021
Mount Madonna Institute - RYS 200

RYS® 300

Sep 2, 2022—Mar 19, 2023
Mount Madonna Institute - RYS300
Apr 29, 2021—Dec 5, 2021
Mount Madonna Institute - RYS300
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RYS Scholarships Offered

We offer scholarships toward tuition (up to 1/2 tuition) based on financial need and diversity and inclusion goals.

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First Registered February 2002

School Reviews

Total Reviews: 149

By Dawn Feuerberg RYT® 200

Aug 16, 2021

I highly recommend studying at Mount Madonna Institute. They have a 30 year lineage and incorporate many qualified teachers from their Sangham in their trainings. I am so grateful I chose to study at Mount Madonna. Being an asana practitioner for 28 years and a meditation guide, I still found that their in depth approach and organized teacher trainings very relevant and insightful. Whether you are new to yoga or have had a long-standing practice, their trainings are very comprehensive and have so much to offer. Full Review

By Chris Tann RYT® 200

Jul 07, 2021

This was an extremely well rounded YTT200 course. I came away with greater knowledge, and a much deeper appreciation, for the entirety of the Yoga practice. Professionalism was second to none. Overall, the highest possible recommendation. Full Review

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Teaching Staff

Priska Bitterli

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Anand Brian Darsie

E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, RCYT®

John Diffenbaugh John Diffenbaugh

E-RYT® 500

Sarada Diffenbaugh Sarada Diffenbaugh


Stacy Fuller Stacy Fuller

E-RYT® 500

Soma Goresky

E-RYT® 500

Ginger Hooven

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Hannah Muse


Sean Neesley

E-RYT® 500

Kathy Páez

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Janardan Farley Janardan Farley

E-RYT® 500

Brajesh Friedberg Brajesh Friedberg

E-RYT® 500

Iris Kachuck Iris Kachuck

E-RYT® 500

Sadanand Mailliard Sadanand Mailliard

E-RYT® 500

Radha Mallery

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Jaya Maxon Jaya Maxon

E-RYT® 500

Mangala Norskog Mangala Norskog

RYT® 200

Vishwamitra Prisk

E-RYT® 500

Pratibha Queen Pratibha Queen

E-RYT® 500

Ratna Sturz Ratna Sturz

E-RYT® 500

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