We are a Registered Yoga Teacher Training School with the Yoga Alliance as RYS200® and RYS300® Advanced Upgrade leading to RYT500®.
If you are truly inspired by yoga and the transformation it offers, we invite you to SOYA’s life-changing program. SOYA teachers have trained successful yoga teachers at international levels for more than 20 years. Our trainings are available in Penticton, Prince George, Salmon Arm, Pitt Meadows, Creston, Calgary and Mexico.
SOYA offers a yoga teacher training experience like no other in our 200 and 300 hour upgrade programs:
More than 40 years ago, SOYA co-founder Marion (Mugs) McConnell studied with a great yoga master, Dr. Hari Dickman. He passed on to her an immense amount of teachings that were passed down to him from masters in several lineages. Mugs has shared these teachings in her book, “Letters from the Yoga Masters”, so students can continue to carry forward these classical techniques. The depth and breadth of the SOYA Teacher Training embraces unity in all yogis, regardless of their paths and styles of yoga. SOYA holds dear to its heart the words of Swami Sivananda, “The paths are many but the Truth is One.”
SOYA’s Teacher Training is very thorough, teaching verbal cues and demonstration skills so you can adjust students with touch. We teach you all the limbs of yoga, taking you beyond asana and into the deeper teachings of yoga. Our program is designed with flexibility, accessibility and transformation at its heart. You will be exposed to many styles of hatha yoga, including classical yoga systems as well as current styles such as Ashtanga, Yin, Restorative, and Vinyasa, all while incorporating thorough study of yoga philosophy in raja, jnana, bhakti and karma yoga.
You will learn teachings from the Yoga Masters of the past infused with current wisdom from today. The SOYA training is known for its in-depth study of philosophy, meditation, mantra, mudra, pranayama, anatomy, asana, teaching skills and lesson plan creation as part of the comprehensive curriculum. You will practice teaching throughout the entire program, developing confidence and expertise in your ability to lead a class, observe students, and modify asanas for most people’s needs.
SOYA’s offers Teacher Training in Immersion and Extended formats. We are a registered school with Yoga Alliance. Our curricula meet International training standards with the International Yoga Teachers’ Association (IYTA), so SOYA RYT500® graduates are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance and as Full Teaching Members of the International Yoga Teachers’ Association (IYTA).
* Yoga Alliance credentials are the premier form of recognition for yoga teachers. If you become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) you will be awarded a specific designation based on your level of training and experience. Registration with Yoga Alliance is a globally recognized credential in over 140 countries that helps ensure that yoga students can find knowledgeable instruction and training programs.
South Okanagan Yoga Academy:
Marion (Mugs) and Bob McConnell
PO Box 296
Cardston, Alberta T0K 0K0
Join SOYA on this wonderful life path of yoga!
Be the first to get the news of our retreats and events with world class teachers through our newsletter. As a thank you for subscribing we will send you a free copy of never-before-seen chapters that never made it into Mugs' book Letters from the Yoga Masters, - the story of how Mugs met her teacher Dr. Hari Dickman, and an intimate look at their time together.