South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Headquarters)


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405 3rd Street West

Cardston, AB, 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



Other Locations

South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Calgary)
Calgary, AB, Canada

South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Creston)
Creston, BC V0B, Canada

South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Penticton)
Penticton, BC, Canada

South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Prince George)
Prince George, BC, Canada

South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Vancouver)
12520 190A Street
Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada

About South Okanagan Yoga Academy

With over 20 years of training yoga teachers SOYA has transformed into an Academy owned by Marion (Mugs) and Robert McConnell. The SOYA website at has all the details on our yoga teacher training. SOYA offers one of the most diverse and accessible yoga...

With over 20 years of training yoga teachers SOYA has transformed into an Academy owned by Marion (Mugs) and Robert McConnell. The SOYA website at has all the details on our yoga teacher training. 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, Sorrento, Pitt Meadows and Creston, BC;
Calgary, AB, 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, Pattabhi Jois, Namadeva Acharya, Erich Schiffmann, Rod Stryker and Chris Chavez. SOYA is proud to offer their students exposure to lineages or styles such as Ashtanga, Sivananda, Yin, Restorative, Anusara, Vinyasa as well as Tibetan, Buddhist and other practices. South Okanagan Yoga Academy has trained over 400 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. After completing all modules for the 500 hour certification SOYA teachers are eligible to apply for RYT500 with Yoga Alliance, and as 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 2004

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First Registered January 2004

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Total Reviews: 221

By Janna Burgart RYT® 200

Dec 15, 2018

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By Jen Parfitt RYT® 200

Dec 11, 2018

SOYA was professional from start to finish, the course materials sent out before the course were so in depth and relevant and the whole program felt very well executed. I learnt so much from Kamala, all of the other teachers and fellow students I met throughout the course. I felt like a different person coming out of the course and I know that I have been given the tools and a strong foundation for a successful yoga career, whatever that may entail. Thank you SOYA for all that you do! Full Review

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Teaching Staff

Jools Andres

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Dorothy Fizzell

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Marion Mugs McConnell

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Helen Mikuska

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Natasha Scott


Cindy Szekely

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Gail Thompson

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Carla Wainwright


Kamala Nitya

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Robert McConnell Robert McConnell

RYT® 500

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