In-depth training with 25+ years experience

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 career training since 1995.

Is SOYA right for you?

We are celebrating over 25 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 and Reboot, 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.


A Special 27th Year Celebration

27th Anniversary Retreat, Sorrento, BC

SOYA is celebrating 27 years of training yoga teachers. Join us for a very special yoga retreat in Sorrento in June 2022. Special guest leader in Kriya Yoga TBA.

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

Workshops - Teachings With Mugs

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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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.