Madia Swicord, B.S., E-RYT 500, LMT
Chattanooga YOga School Owner and Director
Offering 300-Hour advanced Yoga Teacher training, Personal Transformation retreats and workshops
Co-owner, Lead Trainer of Bodha 200-Hour yoga teacher training
Madia loves exploring and encouraging the adventure of "the edge" of what awakens you. Guiding you inward towards an intuitive, deep yoga flow that challenges your physical and mental stamina balanced with nurturing spacious openings of your body/mind is the essence of what can be felt in all her classes and her private body/mind sessions.
Madia Swicord is Licensed Massage Therapist and has an extensive background in helping people with physical and emotional pain relief. Her passion is to assist someone on their journey to self discovery and awakening to more energy and joy via a variety of ancient and modern mind/body techniques. She has advanced training in Yoga Psychology and utilizes Hakomi Principles of “assisted self-study” that is threaded into her yoga classes and her private sessions. She is dedicated to sharing timeless wisdom techniques for mind-body health, deeper life fulfillment and emotional healing.
Working alongside Doctors in the fields of psychiatry and psychology for the past 7 years to support and assist with patients on their path to healing through trauma has been an incredible honor.
Madia has over 20 years of professional experience in this holistic field of mind-body healing.
"Her understanding of anatomy, physiology and movement in combination with her skills as a caring therapist and teacher of Eastern disciplines has been highly effective. This has increased my sense of wellness and ability to know and respond to my body" Dr. John Gwin
“Madia is an experienced and compassionate yoga teacher and body worker who is intensely focused on healing bodies and minds with her refined knowledge of anatomy coupled with yoga psychology. Madia's dedication to her craft is evident to anyone who has ever met her.” Private client
She is a Graduate in the Professional Training of Hakomi Mindfulness Experiential Therapy in Asheville, NC. Hakomi is a body-centered psychotherapy that can be experienced as "assisted self-study".
Learn more about Madia at Madia's Healing Arts.
Janka Livoncova, E-RYT 500, SME, LMT
Co-Director 300-Hour TT, 200-Hour and 300-Hour Lead Trainer
Janka has been a dedicated student and practitioner of meditation and yoga since 1994 and started sharing her practice with others in 2004.
She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Stephanie Keach in 2005 in Asheville, NC and, in 2009, completed her 500-hour level with Mary Paffard in CA. Her style is also influenced by the teachings and practice of Angela Farmer and Vanda Scaravelli. Janka is a graduate of the Somatic Movement Education training program at the Kinesthetic Learning Center, licensed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and The School for Body-Mind Centering® and currently teaches Somatic Movement Class at Toes Yoga Studio. Janka has been practicing and studying the dharma for two decades. First in the Soto Zen tradition and, since 2007, under the guidance of her mentor, DaeJa Napier. She maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends Vipassana retreats with her dharma teachers. A graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leaders Program, Janka leads the Chattanooga Insight Group and co-facilitates Awakening Truth’s Interactive Inquiry Calls on Sundays. She has been leading the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses and other mindfulness programs at the Center for Mindful Living since they opened in January 2013.
Jess Ewart, E-RYT 200
200-Hour and 300-Hour Trainer
Outside the usual credentials, Jess Ewart is an inspirational and radical visionary. She challenges her clients and students to let go of societal conventions/expectations so they can reclaim their time (our most precious commodity) and expand their spirit. Jess encourages all conscious beings to look beyond "belief" into the deep-seated “knowing” that can unlock unlimited freedom and infinite potential.
Jess is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, and Co-Founder of both the Aspen Yoga School (200RYS) and Chattanooga Yoga School (200RYS). She is a member of the Aspen Yoga Society and serves as Executive Director of the Aspen City of Wellbeing which is advised by Dr. Deepak Chopra. Jess was honored to be named one of the first Ahimsa Girls.
When she's not traveling, writing, or teaching, you will find Jess playing her most honored role in life as a hands-on mom and wife in the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley which is located high in the Rocky Mountains.
Sue Reynolds, E-RYT 500
200-Hour and 300-Hour Trainer
Sue Reynolds began her study of yoga in 1972, and took her first training to instruct in 1975 with Swami Vishnudevananda (The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga) in the Shivananda tradition, and later continued further certification based on the Iyengar tradition. For the next several years Sue held some of the first yoga classes in and around Chattanooga until starting Chattanooga’s first yoga studio in 1999. After fifteen years as a studio owner and full time teacher, she is now teaching a weekly class at The Center for Mindful Living, taking yoga classes from time to time, and enjoying being a grandmother. “ I credit yoga practice for bringing me to this stage in my life in good health and with a positive outlook. It is gratifying to see the spread of yoga practice in our city, and so many people eager to learn.”
John Gwin, MD, guest faculty
John is a native Chattanoogan and is a graduate of the McCallie School. He received his undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University and earned his M.D. at the Yale University School of Medicine. He completed residency training in general surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and fellowship training in surgical oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. He has held faculty positions at Temple University School of Medicine and the University of Tennessee and currently practices general surgery and surgical oncology in Chattanooga. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Wound Healing Center at Memorial Hospital.
He began his yoga practice two years ago with Madia Swicord and has experienced its transformative effects from a physical, mental and spiritual standpoint. He has served as faculty at the Chattanooga Yoga School and has taught sessions on the Science of Yoga and Yoga as Medicine to yoga teacher trainees. Long interested in the combination of therapies to treat disease, he seeks to explore the scientific basis of yoga practice and the holistic integration of yoga with traditional medicine to enhance wellness.
Sara Mingus, E-RYT 200
Yoga allows us to connect through breath, music, sweat, and touch. The connection yoga gives us to ourselves and those around us is what has kept me on my mat for the past 20 years. For the past 15 years I've led yogis through challenging, grounding, sweaty flows, allowing and encouraging the opportunity to get out of our heads and into our hearts. I've practiced and trained with teachers such as Baron Baptiste and Jonny Kest, who have inspired me along my journey, which has included building a yoga studio and community. Now I enjoy time on and off my mat always teaching and inspiring my three-year-old son.