In an effort to meet local demand and keep training quality high, Chattanooga Yoga School will soon offer 100 more hours of education.

“We are seeing how there is this desire [for training], but the quality of the training needs to keep going up,” yoga teacherMadia Swicord said.

Swicord has about 15 years of experience teaching yoga.She’s also a massage therapist and has a degree in psychology.


She’s adding a 100-hour, in-depth study track to the 200-hour, nine-week course through which participants can get certified to teach yoga. Participants can also take only the 100-hour part if they just want to deepen their practice.

“The in-depth study is going to give you even more personal growth because of the self-transformative results of diving that deep,” she said.

The training session starts Jan. 22 and incorporatesaspects of Swicord’s ongoing Hakomi training, which puts a strong emphasis on the psychophysical aspects of yoga and self-transformation. Students who register for the teacher training system by Nov. 1 will get a $200 discount.

Lead trainer Janka Livoncova said that experience is invaluable in a yoga teacher.

“The experienced teacher and practitioner possesses both the wisdom that comes from many years of personal practice and deep understanding of human body and mind,” she said in a prepared statement.

For more information or to register for training sessions, click here.

Updted @ 11:53 a.m. on 11/2/15.