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South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Headquarters/Calgary/Edmonton)

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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

Upcoming Training Dates

RYS® 200

Sep 7, 2024—Mar 9, 2025
South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) - RYS200
Jul 15, 2024—Jul 31, 2024
South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) - RYS200
Jun 28, 2024—Jul 14, 2024
South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) - RYS200
Jun 16, 2024—Apr 28, 2025
South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) - RYS200
Jun 11, 2023—May 12, 2024
South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) - RYS200

RYS® 300

Nov 18, 2024—Dec 8, 2024
South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) - RYS300
All Training Dates (6)

Financial Assistance

Scholarships

This scholarship fund is intended to serve yoga students who have had less access to yoga, including: LGBTQQIA+ BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Economically marginalized Differently-abled individuals Other situations where a student has been unable to access yoga

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First Registered January 2001

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Total Reviews: 356

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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®

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