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South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Headquarters/Calgary/Edmonton)

4.9

Based on 358 reviews

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233003 Range Road 240, AB

Wheatland County, AB, Canada

Types of Yoga Taught

Flow Yoga

Alignment-Oriented Yoga

Spiritually-Oriented Yoga

Gentle Yoga

Specialty Yoga

Trainings Formats

Full-time
usually intensive/immersion

Part-time
spread out over time

Weekends only

Modules
several, shorter immersions

Residential
trainees stay on-site

Non-residential
trainees commute to the program

Destination / retreat

Languages

ENGLISH

Other Locations

South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Ontario)
Wawa, ON, Canada

South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Penticton/Sorrento/Mexico)
100 Nanaimo Ave E
Penticton, BC, Canada

South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Prince George & Northern BC)
2930 5 Avenue
Prince George, BC, Canada

South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Smithers/Armstrong)
820 11 Street Southeast
Salmon Arm, BC, Canada

About South Okanagan Yoga Academy

With more than 25 years of training yoga teachers SOYA has transformed into an Academy owned by Marion (Mugs) and Robert McConnell. SOYA offers one of the most diverse and accessible yoga teacher training programs in full-time immersion and part-time formats, in these locations:...

With more than 25 years of training yoga teachers SOYA has transformed into an Academy owned by Marion (Mugs) and Robert McConnell. SOYA offers one of the most diverse and accessible yoga teacher training programs in full-time immersion and part-time formats, in these locations:
Penticton, Prince George, and Creston, BC/ Calgary, AB, /Michigan and Florida/ and Mexico.

With its roots in the Sivananda lineage, and guided by the highest standards, SOYA gives students a diverse and broad exposure to many styles, lineages and philosophies. Ever evolving, SOYA’s Teacher Training is designed with flexibility, accessibility and transformation at its heart.

SOYA’s lead trainers have extensive experience teaching, training and are dedicated to continued study. Some of the master yoga teachers they have had the blessing to study with include Dr. Hari Dickman, Swami Vishnudevananda, Namadeva Acharya, Erich Schiffmann, Rod Stryker and Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani (son of Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri). SOYA is proud to offer students exposure to various lineages or styles such as Ashtanga, Sivananda, Gitananda, Yin, Restorative, and Vinyasa, as well as Mantra and Mudra.

South Okanagan Yoga Academy has trained over 900 teachers at the 200, 300 Advanced Upgrade and 500 hour levels. We offer ongoing support to our students after graduation as they advance their skills as teachers. The SOYA website at www.soyayoga.com has all the details on our yoga teacher training. After certification SOYA teachers are eligible to apply for RYT with Yoga Alliance, and with thee 500 hour certification they can become Full Teaching Members with the International Yoga Teachers’ Association (IYTA). We endeavour to open students’ world up to the many paths available to them so that they may find their path. As Swami Sivananda once said, “The paths are many, the Truth is One”.

First Registered January 2001

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  • 5 out of 5
    By: Brittany Evans Jul 19, 2024
    Training Program held on Jun 11, 2023—May 12, 2024

    SOYA programming is thorough and insightful. The lead trainers and mentors are extremely knowledgeable and helpful in your studies.

    • General Comments

      SOYA programming is thorough and insightful. The lead trainers and mentors are extremely knowledgeable and helpful in your studies.
  • 4.5 out of 5
    By: Tyler Riches Jun 14, 2024
    Training Program held on Apr 01, 2024—Apr 17, 2024

    A very well organized and in depth course. Everyone from beginner to long time practitioner would gain something. It is an intensive course so be prepared to work.

    • General Comments

      A very well organized and in depth course. Everyone from beginner to long time practitioner would gain something. It is an intensive course so be prepared to work.
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Shannon Robinson Mar 12, 2024
    Training Program held on Sep 06, 2019—Jun 28, 2020

  • 5 out of 5
    By: Lori Stene Jan 07, 2024
    Training Program held on Sep 27, 2023—Dec 20, 2023

  • 5 out of 5
    By: Carol Tapsay Dec 06, 2023
    Training Program held on Apr 24, 2022—Dec 03, 2023

    The SOYA teacher training program is an extremely well balanced offering of all that comprises the practice of yoga. Focus on the philosophy of yoga, studying several yogic texts as well as an accessible (trauma informed, pain care aware) approach to teaching asana.

    • General Comments

      The SOYA teacher training program is an extremely well balanced offering of all that comprises the practice of yoga. Focus on the philosophy of yoga, studying several yogic texts as well as an accessible (trauma informed, pain care aware) approach to teaching asana.
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Lana Foss Nov 21, 2023
    Training Program held on Mar 07, 2023—Jun 22, 2023

  • 5 out of 5
    By: Katherine Gaulin Oct 04, 2023

  • 5 out of 5
    By: Shelley Kundert Sep 10, 2023
    Training Program held on Jul 03, 2023—Jul 19, 2023

  • 5 out of 5
    By: KRW@YMCA Jul 30, 2023

    SOYA Teacher’s are very knowledgeable and the teacher training was thorough. Additional SOYA workshops reinforce the initial training; physical and spiritual. Graduates of SOYA are, even years after graduation, welcome to reconnect and welcome to reach out if seeking Yoga guidance.

    • General Comments

      SOYA Teacher’s are very knowledgeable and the teacher training was thorough. Additional SOYA workshops reinforce the initial training; physical and spiritual. Graduates of SOYA are, even years after graduation, welcome to reconnect and welcome to reach out if seeking Yoga guidance.
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Jordann Kian Jul 26, 2023
    Training Program held on Sep 06, 2019—Jun 28, 2020

    Such an awesome experience. Very thorough training, got so much out of it, super valuable and all the lessons have continued to influence how I teach and live.

    • General Comments

      Such an awesome experience. Very thorough training, got so much out of it, super valuable and all the lessons have continued to influence how I teach and live.
    School response
    South Okanagan Yoga Academy
    Jul 27, 2023
    We are so glad that you continue to experience the benefits of your studies! Thank you so much for choosing SOYA as your school and for taking time to share your review.
First Registered January 2001

School Reviews

Total Reviews: 358

By Brittany Evans RYT® 200

Jul 19, 2024

SOYA programming is thorough and insightful. The lead trainers and mentors are extremely knowledgeable and helpful in your studies. Full Review

By Tyler Riches RYT® 200

Jun 14, 2024

A very well organized and in depth course. Everyone from beginner to long time practitioner would gain something. It is an intensive course so be prepared to work. Full Review

All Reviews (358)

Teaching Staff

Jo-Ann Bance

E-RYT® 500

Patricia M Boucher

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Emma Faulkner

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Marion Lea McConnell

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Lalita

E-RYT® 500, RCYT®, RPYT®, YACEP®

Becky Stone

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Cindy Szekely

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Courtney Mollins-Bidlake

E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®

All Teaching Staff (8)

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