This has been a life changing experience during this walk on earth. I truly feel I have a firm foundation on which I can continue to grow and build. I cherish the knowledge I have been given about the sacred texts and this will serve me well every day of my life.

G HartlandBC

I feel like I will be able to not just teach my students asana, but impact their lives off of the mat with the tools SOYA has given me.

K RiplingerBC

Although I have taught yoga for 3+ years, my skills have improved, knowledge expanded, confidence grown. The best part of the program is the structure, content, professionalism and calibre of instruction.

J AndresBC

The instructors were phenomenal and knowledgeable of the material they were teaching, offering workshops and practices that were excellent.

P BoucherOntario

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Upgrade

RYS300 - Registered Yoga Teacher Training SchoolYou don’t have to travel to India to find an authentic immersion training. SOYA’s masterful, highly trained faculty offer a uniquely individualized, deeply transformative, safe and intimate teacher training.

The SOYA 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training Upgrade Immersion is rich with daily practice in pranayama, asana, meditation and philosophy study while expanding and developing teaching skills! The immersions are delivered in TWO 12 day modules in lovely secluded locations free from distractions. Entry to the program can be in either module.

This program is for those who have completed their RYT200 hour training and wish to immerse themselves in the traditional yoga lifestyle while upgrading to RYT500.


Each module for the teacher training immersions includes detailed instruction and practice in various styles of Hatha Yoga such as Ashtanga, Sivananda, Flow and Yin. We enjoy a variety of daily morning and evening meditations, mantra, chanting, and pranayama. SOYA is known forLetters from the Masters its in-depth study of yogic philosophy, along with group review and discussion to shed light on the written philosophical assignments. You will learn many teachings from the yoga Masters of the past, through Mugs’ book Letters From The Yoga Masters: Teachings Revealed through Correspondence from Paramhansa Yogananda, Ramana Maharshi, Swami Sivananda and others. 

Sessions include explorations in the anatomy of movement in asana, modifications with and without props, developing alignment cues, hands-on assists, creating themes in asana classes, sequencing for advanced asanas, leading meditation, mantra and japa, hand and body mudras, explorations of essentials in prenatal and yoga for kids, and so much more.  Students develop their teaching skills throughout the entire program.

Upon completion of the second module there is a written exam and practical exam.  Graduates will receive a 500 hour certificate and be eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance as a RYT500 (Registered Yoga Teacher – 500 Hr).   All SOYA 500 hour graduates are eligible to apply for Full Teaching Membership with the International Yoga Teachers’ Association.

300 Hour Course Curriculum

  • The Energy Body: Chakras, Koshas & Vayus
  • Advanced Pranayama Practice
  • Refining verbal cues
  • Modifications with and without Yoga Props
  • Sensitivity around using Hands-on Assists
  • Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, Wall Yoga
  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga
  • Sequencing into Advanced Asanas
  • Building Themes into Yoga Classes
  • Refining your Teaching Skills and Cues
  • Essentials in Prenatal Yoga
  • Creative ideas for leading Yoga for Kids
  • Anatomy of Movement in Yoga
  • Leading Meditation, Mantras and Japa
  • Leading Pranayama safely in classes
  • Hand and Body Mudras
  • Understanding Sanskrit Pronunciation & Writing
  • Understanding Karma & Reincarnation
  • The Hatha Yoga Pradipika: the source of Hatha Yoga
  • The Upanishads: Gems from the Vedas
  • Review of the Bhagavad Gita & Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  • Ongoing support after graduation as you advance your skills as a teacher
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300 Hour Homework

Students complete 12 assignments (6 per module) in philosophy and anatomy. Each student will create and teach a themed class on a topic of your choice.

Students should keep a record of all the hours of their teaching experience from the time of their 200 hour certification. With your 500 hour certification graduates must have 100 hours of teaching experience in order to register with Yoga Alliance as RYT500.

Please apply for the SOYA training as early as possible prior to the program to give yourself time to receive the manual and books and to complete assignments.  Textbooks and a Manual will be sent to you upon registration.

A Sample Day during the Immersion

Day 6  will be a 1/2 day ending at noon.

  • 6am morning kriyas, meditation, mantra & pranayama
  • 7:00am asana class
  • 8:30am breakfast
  • 9am philosophy session
  • 12:00pm  lunch and questions and answers
  • 1:00pm Sessions on Teaching skills, Mudras, Anatomy and Asana, Restorative Yoga, and more
  • 4:30pm asana class
  • 6:00pm pranayama practice
  • 6:30pm dinner
  • 7:30pm meditation, mantra and chanting
  • 8:30pm close for the day
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