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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 (Michigan/Florida/Costa Rica)
12372 Center Road
Traverse City, MI, USA

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

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

Online Trainings

Approved through 2021 RYS Online Teaching Exemption:
  • South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) - RYS200
  • South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) - RYS300
Approved through 2022-2023 RYS Online Teaching Application:
  • South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) - RYS200
  • South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) - RYS300

Upcoming Training Dates

RYS® 200

Apr 16, 2023—Jan 28, 2024
South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) - RYS200

RYS® 300

Sep 28, 2022—Apr 21, 2023
South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) - RYS300
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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

School Reviews

Total Reviews: 340

By Sharlene Lavallee RYT® 200

Feb 03, 2023

My experience was life changing. Denise and Emma were amazing teachers and I would recommend them to anyone wanting to embark on their ytt journey. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity that I had to connect with them and the other students in my class. Full Review

By Nicole Prowse RYT® 200

Dec 24, 2022

The 200 hour immersion teacher training by SOYA is incredibly thorough and so thoughtfully put together. The entire training gives every student an opportunity to immerse themselves in yogic studies and the 8 limbs of yoga, so you feel confident leaving and teaching in the real world. I cannot wait to further my training and upgrade to my 500 hour with South Okanagan Yoga Academy down the road. If you are looking for a passionate, well rounded and impressive training that is steeped in yogic philosophy and amazing teachers, this training is for you. 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®

Lalita

E-RYT® 500, RCYT®, RPYT®, 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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