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200hr Teacher Training

January - June 2020


What is Yoga from the Heart Teacher Training? 

When we get to the heart of the matter, the most optimized version of ourselves shines! Uncovering the depth and textures of the ancient systems of yoga reveals our greatest potential: the totality of you comes forth in ease, grace and love, and ripples out into the world. This may be the most important work of our lives.

Yoga from the Heart (YFTH) is a movement taking shape right in the heart of Houston, TX. This dynamic 200-hour teacher training will encourage you to harness the power of breath + movement, compassion + commitment, and self-study + service through the ancient and ever-relevant practices of yoga. Our hope is to affect global change, one heartbeat at a time. 

Co-led by Jennifer Yuhas and Madonna McManus, Yoga from the Heart Teacher Training will provide carefully curated tools to reveal the most inspired you. We’ll explore the 8-limbed path of yoga and its history, sequencing creative vinyasa, anatomy, and deep self-study. The intention will be to teach you how to teach, and, perhaps more importantly, to enhance your relationships with yourself and those you love.  

This training is designed for those drawn towards teaching yoga, those interested in deepening their personal practice, and/or those simply interested in learning more about themselves.  

Yoga from the Heart Teacher Training is a 200-hour Certified Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance. Our program has been influenced by the teachings of Tammy Lyons and Inner Bliss Yoga Studio, Marni Task, Max Strom, Janet Stone, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Kathryn Budig, Jenny Buergermeister, Leslie Kaminoff, David Magone, Gioconda Parker, Christina Sell, Carmen Aguilar and Ana Forrest.

About Your Teachers

Combined, J + M have been teaching yoga for 20 years and practicing for 36 years. Our love of yoga goes deep and wide. We are each committed to a daily sadhana practice that includes self study, meditation, and practicing mindful movement and breath with a variety of teachers throughout Houston.

We love our diverse and vibrant Houston yoga community and seek to learn from and contribute to its abundance. 



When and where? 

We will meet over the following 6 weekends. Throughout the training period, you will also be required to attend 2 classes per week. There is an expected commitment for you to participate in 100% of the program. Please review the dates carefully before applying. Scheduling conflict? Let's chat.   


Program dates

January 31 + February 1-2
February 22-23
March 21-22
April 18-19
May 16-17
June 13-14


Weekend Schedule

Jan 31,
Saturdays 8:30am-5:30pm

Sundays 8:30am-4:30pm

*one Friday only


The Atrium Yoga Studio
3733 Westheimer Dr.
Houston, TX 77027



The Cost

The total cost of the YFTH YTT is $3300. Please include $500* of your tuition with your application as a deposit. If you sign up early, total tuition will be $3000. Please see below for more details:

  • Between now and Jan 17, 2020: submit your application + your deposit of $500*. Applications will not be accepted after January 17th.

  • On or before December 27, 2020 Early Bird Pricing: tuition is $2500 + $500 application deposit = $3000(save $300).**

  • Between Dec 28 and Jan 31: tuition is $2800 + $500 application deposit= $3300.

*A non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of $500 is due with your application. If you are not accepted into the program, your deposit will be fully refunded.

**Must be paid in full to receive discount

Space is limited, apply soon <3


Upon Completion, You Will:

  • Discover the richness of living a yoga-centered life

  • Cultivate your voice and understand your potential in this world

  • Develop the tools and skills to effectively teach an impactful, heart-centered yoga practice to include breath, sequencing and theme

  • Enhance your essential communication skills

  • Experience the power of giving & receiving honest feedback

  • Offer the gift of hands-on assists for your students

  • Shine bright in this world so that you might better serve the world.


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required reading

  • The Bhagavad Gita translated by Juan Mascaro -Penquin Classics Version*

  • The Yamas and the Niyamas by Deborah Adele

  • Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translation and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda

  • Yoga for a World Out of Balance by Michael Stone

*This book will be required reading prior to the start of YTT.  More details upon application acceptance.  

Attendance POLICY

There is an expected commitment for you to attend 100% of the training. As there is no amount of hours that can be missed, we are asking that you review the dates carefully before applying and re-arrange your schedule to fit the hours give

To apply, fill out the below form.

testimonials from 2018 + 2019

This yoga training program is by far one of the best things I have ever done for myself. The knowledge gained and the relationships formed are truly priceless and life changing. Jen and Madonna poured their heart and soul into this experience and I am eternally grateful for every second of it (the pretty cries, the ugly cries, the laughter, the sweat, the exhaustion, and the breath).

-AD (2019)

To put it simply, I've been deeply impacted by the experience with The Atrium YTT. This training was accessible, kind-hearted and thorough. Madonna and Jen are smart, diligent and loving teachers who pour themselves fully into their students. They consider the details and create an experience that made me feel cared for, challenged and inspired. I am walking away with a new skill set in teaching, a broader perspective on life and useful resources for my communication and relationships. THANK YOU! xx

-MV (2018)

Even though this was my second 200 hour, I was completely blown away with how much I learned. Madonna and Jen are a wealth of knowledge. They deliver the content in the most loving, interesting, and applicable way. I've never seen new teachers be better prepared to teach than the ones that graduated this program. In 6 months, you gain an incredible understanding of yoga philosophy, the practice of yoga, anatomy, how to intelligently sequence a class, and how to teach authentically from the heart. I would do it again in a heartbeat. It is everything I craved and more. If you want to feel supported, loved, and fully understand the beauty that is yoga, I highly recommend this program! Madonna and Jen are a gift to the yoga community and learning from them is truly a gift for your own practice and your life. Follow your heart, learn from the heart, teach from the heart <3

-LH (2019)

I couldn't have imagined a more perfect experience. I always had a desire to take YTT and I didn't really know why. I can say without a doubt that it was exactly what I always needed. I learned about this wonderful practice and so much about myself and others. We are all in this world together and these teachings are a wonderful reminder of how we can make the best of ourselves and our experiences. I can say that this has been a truly amazing experience that has given me tools to conquer my mental health struggles as well as life.

-TC (2018)

Yoga from the Heart Teacher Training has been the best experience I have ever had! Making the decision to go through YTT can be so scary, but it is worth it. Madonna and Jen have carefully created a training program that teaches you everything you need to know to be a prepared and confident yoga teacher. They have developed a safe space where you will learn, grow, stumble, cry, laugh, and come out feeling so loved. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to have completed this training with them. I would recommend this training with my whole heart ❤️

-SD (2018)

I would recommend this training to anyone who is looking to become the best version of themselves, even if they aren't sure what that looks like at the time. Through The Atrium's Yoga from the Heart Teacher Training, I learned that I can be confident in who I am, that my voice matters, and that I can lead others just by devoting time and study to areas of my life about which I am passionate. I signed up expecting to learn how to lead a yoga class, and graduated with a better understanding of myself and how I can choose to show up in the world.

-GT (2019)

Day one I walked in knowing a bit about yoga and so much about myself. 6 months later i walked out enlightened and light. During this training it was an emotional and mental roller-coaster. I was completely stripped of who I was and what I thought i knew about myself. I was vulnerable and raw during my training and reborn into a Woman more remarkable than i could have imagined. This training isn't just about learning yoga, it is so much more.

-KS (2019)

A thoughtful, well-designed dive into yoga's principles and practices. Jen and Madonna lead a fun and eye-opening journey, generously sharing from the depths of their practices and teaching experiences. Highly recommend. Grateful for the lasting effects on my practice and beyond.

-KB (2019)

This was one of the best decisions I ever made. I went into this training wanting to further my own physical practice but I left with tools that will forever change my life and my relationships with the people and world around me. Madonna and Jen taught with compassion and understanding and really enhanced and changed my view of what Yoga is all about (teaser - it is so much more than the physical practice).

-CR (2018)

Yoga teacher training at The Atrium was eye opening and life changing. My curiosity for yoga brought me to Jen and Madonna, and they guided me through an exploration of the infinite universe within and outside of myself. This teacher training developed and nurtured my personal practice, understanding of yoga, ability to share yoga with others, professional self, worldview, and physical body. I am grateful for every lesson and for each person I met through this wonderful program. I highly recommend this teacher training.

-MC (2019)

I would absolutely recommend this training! Regardless of whether you know for sure or not that teaching yoga is in your future, it was an incredible journey and wonderful experience lovingly and carefully created by Madonna and Jen. Participating in this training was pure magic and getting to learn from these two special humans and having the opportunity to meet such lovely people was an amazing experience that I wouldn't trade for the world! You will not regret it!

-MM (2018)

The Atrium's Yoga From the Heart YTT program prepared me to begin teaching, but more than that, I have learned about how to become my best self. The knowledge and love I received have set me on my true path.

-BA (2018)

The Atrium YTT surpassed my expectations as far as knowledge and practical learning go. What this YTT gave me, that I did not at all expect, is a new family. I learned so much about deeply connecting with myself and others over the five months of training. It has impacted my yoga journey, as well as my job and my personal relationships. I would not trade this experience for anything!

-BB (2018)

I cannot recommend this training enough - it was truly life-changing! Jen and Madonna lead you through this training with such love and grace, making everyone feel seen and meeting you where you are in your yoga journey. Their deep knowledge of the practice and its teachings is unmatched, and I am forever honored to have them as my teachers. Not only do you leave feeling completely confident in your ability to teach (if that is the path you're choosing), but you learn so much about yourself and acknowledge what you have to offer this world. Training in this beautiful space under these beautiful humans is really an incredible gift. If you feel any pull to do this training, GO FOR IT!

-CT (2019)

I didn’t come into this teacher training program wanting to do a YTT or thinking I needed to choose one. Ultimately it chose me and I am forever grateful for that. It came at a perfect time where I was beginning my love for this practice but needed to understand the why and how behind it all and most importantly, the heart of it. These women designed a program that fully came from the heart and was centered around it. Every last detail came from their hearts and I can honestly speak for all my fellow trainees (now graduates) in saying that we felt their heart throughout the entirety of the program and our hearts are bigger and more filled now that they have permanently made their marks and taken space in ours. Be ready to be loved and learn to love so hard that you will forever be transformed.

-JP (2018)

I feel completely honored to have done this training with Jen & Madonna at the Atrium Studio. They put their heart and soul into this training. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of this program and how it has helped me not only grow as a teacher but also a human being. It will forever be one of the most important and treasured times of my life.

-HC (2019)

Over the 6 months of YTT at The Atrium, Jen and Madonna walked alongside us as we dove deep into ancient texts and learned about the true heart of yoga which ultimately lead us on a journey of self-study and self-discovery. We had days where we cried, laughed, and everything in between. I left each weekend feeling as if my heart could not be any fuller. By the end of the 6 months, I had not only formed a solid foundation of being able to sequence, develop, and teach a yoga class, I also gained a family, the confidence to stand up and use my voice, and a lifelong passion for sharing the light of yoga with the world.

-MD (2019)

I have done research on YTT options for many years, and I can say without a single doubt that choosing the Atrium's YTT was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The entire experience far-exceeded my expectations. Jen and Madonna put their heart and soul into everything they do; and it shines through in the smallest of details. These women embody selflessness, grace, compassion, and love. They genuinely care about each and every one of their students and their success, and I am confident that I've learned from the absolute best. To say this experience has changed my life would be an understatement. The relationships I've made, the knowledge I've gained, and the personal growth I have experienced will be cherished for life.

-MD (2019)

YFTH teacher training not only gave me the teachings and experience I needed to feel confident sharing my yoga practice to others, but it deepened my yoga practice in so many ways. This program prepared me to teach yoga to others which is my long-term goal and reason for applying to the program. However, what I learned about myself, and how to connect with the people around me, these lessons go far beyond what I expected to get out of the program. To have been given the opportunity to learn from Jen and Madonna, and to take full advantage of the experience they had to offer to us as students, I feel so strongly that this was the YTT for me. The love, compassion, and hard work that Jen and Madonna bring to their classes is so genuine, and I felt such a strong, honest connection and eagerness to share throughout this program.

-BG (2018)

As a rookie student of the first Atrium Teacher Training, I didn't know what to expect. The knowledge and kindness of these two ladies amazed me. From the first day we met as a group it was very evident that these two poured their heart and souls into creating the program. Starting on day one until graduation, my knowledge of yoga grew leaps and bounds. With many years of experience between these two and their shared passion for yoga, whether on the mat or living out their daily lives, anyone participating in the program is in good hands.

-MM (2018)

Anybody who is learning to enrich their yoga practice should consider this YTT. Jen & Madonna complement each other so well and deliver a training that is truly from the heart.

-CJ (2018)

If you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to join a YTT class presented by Jennifer "Jen" Yuhas and Madonna McManus, I highly recommend you grab hold of the chance as if you were reaching for a lifeline! Jen and Madonna are an incredible team. I assure you, you will not regret your decision, and you will be very grateful for having been able to learn from the very best!

-SW (2018)