Building A Caring, Diverse, and Empowered Yoga Community

Many Dates Available in 2018

Register for your 9-day residential intensive here. Only a $150 deposit required to start your yoga training.

2 Tracks to Choose From

Read more about the Yoga Alliance (YA) Track or the Yoga Register (YR) Track here.

Beautiful Ashram Setting

The Living Yoga Program holds all of our training modules at the Radha Madhav Dham Ashram, located in the rolling hill country just outside of Austin, Texas.


The Living Yoga Program, established in 2000, is an internationally-recognized 200-hour yoga teacher certification school that has trained, mentored, and graduated hundreds of yoga students from 14 countries and over 44 U.S. states (and counting). We teach in a "non-denominational" style of hatha yoga, seeing value in all yogic traditions and styles. Designed to honor the timeless teachings of yoga, we encourage students to explore and trust their own inner wisdom leading them to develop their own wonderfully individualistic teaching style. Our program is dedicated to teaching a mindful, gentle, and safe yoga class, having compassion for each person who attends class.

In addition to providing a broad-based education about yoga, we focus strongly on the skills required to teach yoga well. Our program is dedicated to teaching a mindful, gentle, and safe yoga class. However, everything learned is applicable to all styles of hatha yoga, including the more rigorous, athletic forms. The Living Yoga Program's certification is registered with the Yoga Alliance and with the Yoga Register.


Unlike most yoga teacher trainings, our program allows you to do a portion of your learning from home. We are one of Austin's original Yoga Teacher Training schools and offer over 60 years of combined experience.

Reserve your space today for our July 14-23 2017 Training


  • 100 hours of Techniques Training and Practice, Included in this category: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, and meditation. These hours include both training in the chosen techniques and the practice of them.

  • 25 Hours of Teaching Methodology, Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting/correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, and the student's process of learning.

  • 20 hours of Anatomy andPhysiology, Includes both physical Anatomy and Physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and astral/energy/subtle Anatomy and Physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.)

  • 30 hours of Yoga Philosophy and Lifestyle, Study of Yoga Scriptures (Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, etc.), ethics for yoga teachers, 'living the life of the Yogi', etc.

  • 10 hours of Practicum, Includes student teaching at school as well as observing and assisting in classes taught by others; and

  • 15 hours of Electives which can be in any of the previously mentioned catagories.



Your yoga teacher training program is a big commitment, and it is important that you feel comfortable with your choice. If you would like to talk to some of our students or graduates, we will happily give you contact information so you can ask questions about the personal experience. One of our faculty members is also happy to visit with you about the program and answer any questions you may have.


Charles F. MacInerney, E-RYT-500

Charles teaches ongoing yoga classes in Austin, Texas, offers yoga workshops at studios around the country, and leads Yoga & Meditation Retreats as well as Yoga & Writing Retreats throughout the US, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala. He is founder of Expanding Paradigms through which he regularly presents at National and International Conferences, and offers training for businesses, hospitals, education and government. He has written articles for numerous magazines including the Yoga Journal. Charles has created and run two Cardiac Yoga programs, for Seton Hospital and for the Austin Heart Hospital, and been keynote speaker for two Cardiac conferences sponsored by Seton Hospital, along with numerous other conferences around the country, most recently, the International Association of Yoga Therapy conference in 2014.

Ellen B. Smith, M.A., E-RYT.

Ellen is a certified Ananda™ Meditation Teacher and certified and registered Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative Flow yoga instructor. With a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology and background as a diversity facilitator, she has worked for decades as a mentor to people of all walks of life. Her passions are teaching hatha yoga and Intuitive Mentoring, a name she coined to describe the unique coaching work she does. Ellen uses her own blend of deep listening, intuition, genuine praise, and quality resources to help others recognize and utilize their innately positive qualities. She has a passion for learning, and integrates information about yoga, qigong, health, longevity, disease intervention, nutrition, meditation, and psychology into sessions. She offers compassionate instruction with a touch of humor, honoring each student's abilities.


Our smaller training program allows you to have one on one interaction with your instructor and a mentor will be available to you throughout your training.




All of our training modules are held at the Ancient Yoga Center at Radha Madhav Dham ashram, a Hindu temple, ashram and retreat center located on 200 acres of land in the Texas Hill Country in Austin, Texas. It is a beautiful facility and while there, students can participate in some of the ashram activities if you desire.


April R.

Massage Therapist, Austin, Tx

Perfection in learning

This training has changed my life. It not only prepared me to step into teaching, but answered so many questions for me, some of which I knew I was asking and many I was unaware of! What I’ve learned will pervade every aspect of my life. I can’t thank you enough, Ellen and Charles.

Thom S.

Yoga Teacher, Portland, Or


I truly found out so much about myself. Mostly physically, I learned an incredible amount of body awareness. I am more aware of what I project to my students and that importance of body awareness. I loved seeing the different teaching styles and being able to take that with me.





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Austin, TX 78757
Living Yoga Program

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