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

Upcoming Training Dates

RYS® 200

Jun 20, 2024—Jul 19, 2024
Mount Madonna Institute - RYS 200
Jan 11, 2024—Jun 9, 2024
Mount Madonna Institute - RYS 200

RYS® 300

Sep 6, 2023—Apr 14, 2024
Mount Madonna Institute - RYS300
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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: 180

By Ela Diffenbaugh RYT® 200

Nov 08, 2023

The Mount Madonna Institute teacher program is stellar. The combination of theory taught by extremely knowledgeable teachers, plentiful student teaching, and a beautiful setting made for a rich YTT experience. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to teach or deepen their personal practice. Full Review

By Leanna Bishop RYT® 200

Oct 17, 2023

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Teaching Staff

Anand Brian Darsie

E-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

Kamalesh Ginger Hooven

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Tonia Mayerle

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Hannah Muse


Priska Bitterli

E-RYT® 500

Janardan Farley Janardan Farley

E-RYT® 500

Brajesh Friedberg Brajesh Friedberg

E-RYT® 500

Lizabeth Gamberdella

E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®

Linda Marie Hurst

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Iris Kachuck Iris Kachuck

E-RYT® 500

Sadanand Mailliard Sadanand Mailliard

E-RYT® 500

Radha Mallery

E-RYT® 500

Jaya Maxon Jaya Maxon

E-RYT® 500

Sean Neesley 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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