South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Headquarters)


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4340 Macaulay Road

Black Creek, BC, Canada

Types of Yoga Taught

Flow Yoga

Alignment-Oriented Yoga

Spiritually-Oriented Yoga

Gentle Yoga

Specialty Yoga

Trainings Formats

usually intensive/immersion

spread out over time

Weekends only

several, shorter immersions

trainees stay on-site

trainees commute to the program

Destination / retreat



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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 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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First Registered January 2001

School Reviews

Total Reviews: 337

By Holly Rawlek RYT® 500, RCYT®

Oct 18, 2022

This training, based in tradition, was thorough and complete. Classes were delivered by a lead instructor who was exceptional, as well as guest instructors with expertise in a variety of areas like trauma and pain care and a special class with the founder of the SOYA yoga school. This school was founded in Canada over 25 years ago and has a rich tradition which is relevant to our modern experience; see the book Letters from the Yoga Masters by the founder Mugs McConnell. I found the school to hold the highest standards of professionalism and expectations for my learning as a teacher. The lead teacher spent extra time outside of our classes to answer questions and was committed to meeting the individual goals we had as students. As a result of this program, I have the skills and tools to create safe, transformative, yoga classes for my students and have grown in my personal life as a practitioner of yoga. I would highly recommend SOYA (South Okanagan Yoga Academy) as a school for aspiring yoga teachers and for those who want to commit to further training. Full Review

By Amy Sztupovszky RYT® 500

Oct 15, 2022

Completing my YTT500 with South Okanagan Yoga Academy was an incredible journey. The program is so rich in philosophy and how we can bring this philosophy into our daily lives, teachings, and practice. My instructor Lalita is a caring, kind and compassionate yogini and I am SO happy to have completed this training with her! So many mentors were brought in so we could learn from different people and dive deep into different yoga niches. I recommend SOYA to anyone who is passionate about taking the next steps on their yoga journey. Full Review

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Teaching Staff

Emma Faulkner

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Marion Lea McConnell

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Terri McDermott

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®



Becky Stone

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Cindy Szekely

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Dorothy Fizzell

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Chloe Haddad

E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®

Courtney Mollins-Bidlake

E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®

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