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 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...

At the heart of Mount Madonna 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 40 years.

First Registered February 2002

Online Trainings

Approved through 2021 RYS Online Teaching Exemption:
  • Mount Madonna Institute - RYS 200
  • Mount Madonna Institute - RYS300
Approved through 2022-2023 RYS Online Teaching Application:
  • Mount Madonna Institute - RYS 200
  • Mount Madonna Institute - RYS300

Upcoming Training Dates

RYS® 200

Jun 22, 2023—Jul 20, 2023
Mount Madonna Institute - RYS 200
Jan 26, 2023—Jun 11, 2023
Mount Madonna Institute - RYS 200
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Financial Assistance


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: 172

By Mary Oreskovic RYT® 200

Oct 20, 2022

Satsanga was extraordinary. The sense of community, our sharing and learning that MMI facilitated during the pandemic was off the charts. I was truly impressed with the course material, the feedback and the delivery of the training. I felt safe to explore in my practice teaching sessions. We were encouraged to teach to learn instilling the value of continuous practice and exploration. Thank you Dolphin cohort and MMI ! Full Review

By Arielle Limberis RYT® 500

Sep 07, 2022

I received so much more than just a yoga teacher training through my time with Mount Madonna Institute. I found friends, purpose, and confidence. Mount Madonna teaches yoga from the authentic Hatha and Ashtanga lineage brought to the US and Canada by Baba Hari Dass. The teachers are rooted in Ayurveda, spirituality, and yogic lifestyle. You learn how to live your practice, not just teach it. If you are looking to be immersed in authentic yoga, get connected to your inner knowing of spirituality, cultivate a personal meditation practice (and learn to teach it to others), understand yogic philosophy, and find a deeper meaning behind the asana, come to Mount Madonna. Thank you to all my teachers and friends at MMI, I am so grateful to have met and worked with all of you! <3 Full Review

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Teaching Staff

Anand Brian Darsie

E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, RCYT®

John Diffenbaugh John Diffenbaugh

E-RYT® 500

Sarada Diffenbaugh Sarada Diffenbaugh


Stacy Fuller

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Soma Goresky

E-RYT® 500

Kamalesh Ginger Hooven

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Jaya Maxon Jaya Maxon

E-RYT® 500

Tonia Mayerle

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Hannah Muse


Priska Bitterli

E-RYT® 500

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

Sean Neesley

E-RYT® 500

Mangala Norskog Mangala Norskog

RYT® 200

Kathy Páez

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Vishwamitra Prisk Vishwamitra Prisk

E-RYT® 500

Pratibha Queen Pratibha Queen

E-RYT® 500

Ratna Sturz Ratna Sturz

E-RYT® 500

Dana Warsaw

RYT® 500

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