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 or Retreat, 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 Retreatwith 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”.
Yoga Teacher Training
200 Hour Foundational Yoga Teacher Training
300 Hour Professional Yoga Teacher Training
REFRESH OR RETREAT YOGA 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
From Our Blog
YOGA ON THE HIKING TRAIL: A Sadhana by Mugs McConnell
Whether you hike 5000 kms or 50 kms, you can integrate your yoga sadhana (spiritual practices). Everyone needs to stop and rest numerous times a day so there is plenty of opportunity to meditate, breathe, and stretch out those muscles.
Which Goddess Are You?
Once you connect to a goddess, you will realize that certain of your traits, skills and talents are her manifestation, even her gifts. But more to the point: the goddess can give you access to part of yourself that are unfamiliar and helpful.
Six Kinds Of Yoga Asanas for Balancing the Body
A common denominator to the practice of hatha yoga is that there are six kinds of poses one should incorporate to achieve the balance and health of the body.
Our Alumni Share their Experience
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.
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.
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.