In-depth training for nearly 30 years

Start Your Yoga Journey With Us

Our training is steeped in tradition, history, and a holistic approach to developing yoga teachers. Find out why so many teachers have trusted our program for their yoga training since 1995.

Is SOYA right for you?

We celebrate nearly 30 Years Of Training Yoga Teachers

Understanding the wisdom of yoga while developing and advancing teaching skills. The South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) offers Yoga Teacher Training, Teacher Refresh, Retreats, and the Annual Yoga Retreat with world class leadership.

Is it Yoga Teacher Training you are looking for?

SOYA offers a yoga teacher training experience like no other! The 200 hour Foundation and 300 hour Professional Upgrade teacher trainings are very thorough, where we teach you all the limbs of yoga, taking you beyond asana and into the deeper teachings. With our SOYA 500 hour certificate (200 + 300) you can become a Full Teaching Member of the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) without doing their exams.


The SOYA Annual Yoga Retreat

with Dr. Raj Balkaran, in Sorrento, BC

Join us for a very special yoga retreat in Sorrento in June 2023. Special guest leader Dr. Raj Balkaran will share teachings from his newly released book, “The Stories Behind the Poses”.

Retreat Details

Yoga Teacher Training

Program Options

200 Hour Foundational Yoga Teacher Training

300 Hour Professional Yoga Teacher Training


Online Yoga Teacher Training - 200 & 300 Hour

Hybrid Yoga Teacher Training - 200 & 300 Hour

Inclusivity & Specialty Yoga


SOYA is dedicated to making yoga safe and inclusive for all. We welcome everyone to our diverse teachings, including chair yoga, kids, restorative, prenatal, trauma sensitivity, props and light assists.




Rooted in authentic yoga

Offering a uniquely individualized, deeply transformative teacher training in small groups. Teachings are rooted in authentic yoga to guide you to a deeper understanding of the power behind them.


Advancing Teaching Skills

Creative sequencing, building themes, voice and body language, and finding your market niche. Our programs will also teach you how to create captivating and memorable private sessions, workshops and retreats.


Subtle Anatomy of Yoga

Study, Practice and Implementation of Advanced Energetic Teachings and Techniques – including Advanced Pranayama, Chakras, Koshas, Granthis, Lokas, Mudras, Mantras and more.

Training Yoga Teachers

Founder's Yoga Experience

Alumni Worldwide

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Reflections Upon “Barbie”

Article by SOYA lead trainer Terri McDermott E-RYT500, Spiritual/Life Coach, Teacher, Nurturer, Guide and Friend   I recently left the theatre after seeing the highly publicized “Barbie” movie by request ofmy 13 year old granddaughter and her friend, who had all...

YOGA ON THE HIKING TRAIL: A Sadhana by Mugs McConnell (Part 3)

Hiking and backpacking continue to be a passion of mine. Being in nature and breathing in the pure air fills me with energy and gratitude for this lifetime. Discovering with such intimate closeness the trees, desert, plants, water, atmosphere, and the earth in all her...

YOGA ON THE HIKING TRAIL: A Sadhana by Mugs McConnell (Part 2)

Backpacking has been a great love of mine since childhood. As a child, my mother used to hike along the Dewdney trail to visit a family friend and gold prospector, Ed Jordan. He had a cabin in the mountains outside of Creston, BC, and her family was very close to him....


Our Alumni Share their Experience

T Fadear

The training is intense, as well as, the home study, but no stone is left unturned, and therefore I walked away with a full tool box for my future teaching, and personal yoga practice! My own growth could not be measured! Much love and gratefulness for this take away.

A Grose-Dehring

SOYA prepared me not only for teaching Yoga but for Living and Breathing Yoga. My spirit has been renewed in a better message for humanity and for life. I’ve learned that Yoga is more than just poses. I’m certain that there are other people out there like me and they need to know this.

T Galey

The training I received was thorough and enlightening. I was well supported in my learning throughout and found the Instructors to be both warm and highly knowledgeable. I graduated with tools and confidence to begin teaching. It was a great experience.

Enhance Your Yoga Life With SOYA’s Traditional Yoga Teaching Programs

Questions? Please reach out for clarification about these in-depth, authentic yoga teacher trainings. They are rich, fun, and life-changing.