Looking back at 2022, to see the future.

As we look forward into the New Year, it is also valuable to reflect upon the good that came out of the year that has just passed. We have fond memories of 2022 and they include so many of you and your endless support of SOYA! This past year we marked 27 years of offering yoga teacher trainings in Canada and abroad. We look forward to many more years yet to come, with all of you. We hope you enjoy this look back at some of our favourite memories from the past 12 months as we recover from COVID! 

January 2022


After 10 months together, the 2022 200hr Foundation Online Weekend yoga teacher training group graduates!

SOYA Lead faculty member, Emma Faulkner, leads the a puja celebration to mark new yoga teachers special day!

Creating sacred space is one of the lessons in the 200hr Foundations Yoga Teacher Training.

A special fall offering of the 200hr Weekend yoga teacher training program in Penticton has another set of grads!

February 2022


February was all about Costa Rica! This inaugural 200hr hybrid program was a wonderful success and the group made great memories.

Mugs joined the 200hr yoga teacher training group in Costa Rica! This location had several waterfall hikes close by.

Morning and afternoon pranayama and meditation practice. Paradise!

The toucans came to check out the yoga. They especially seemed to like the mantra practices.

The beautiful beaches and jungles of Costa Rica are a perfect place to conclude the Hybrid 200hr Yoga Teacher Training!

March 2022


Several special workshops were offered exclusively to SOYA grads by some special friends this month.

Hirdaya Meditation offered several workshops on the Bhagavad Gita.

Chris Clancy offered a series exploring her area of expertise in the subject of Biotensegrity.

Check out www.hirdayameditation.com and join Hirdaya for some of her great online offerings. We are excited she will be travelling to Canada is 2023!

April 2022


Chris offers a wide range of workshops and online supports to help us understand this fascinating concept. Check out her programs at www.embodiedbiotensegrity.ca .

April showers, bring on the flowers! The Sorrento 300hr Module A Immersion group immersed into their studies. 

The 300hr students volunteered some of their time, helping to plant sunflower seeds all over the Sorrento Centre grounds.

The 300hr training draws upon many of the yoga practices found in Mugs’ book Letters from The Yoga Masters.

Special guest teachers, also grads of the SOYA 300hr program, join in to share their wisdom with the students.

May 2022


2 brand new 500hr Teachers from the 300hr Professional Upgrade in Sorrento!

Immersions allow us to retreat to beautiful locations, embracing a yogic lifestyle as we study together.

June 2022


We were able to gather together in Sorrento for the eagerly anticipated SOYA Annual Yoga Retreat. We had a chance to mark the milestone of 27 years of offering SOYA teacher trainings, two years after our originally planned 25th anniversary party from 2020!  After the long stretch of covid restrictions, it felt so good to gather together in person again!

Welcoming our special guest Nayaswami Gyandev McCord, of Ananda Yoga.

SOYA faculty members offered asana classes in the hall during Friday registration.

Much has changed with SOYA over 27 years, but the love for yoga remains the same.

So many smiling faces at the SOYA Annual Retreat!

Exploring affirmations with asana, based on Gyandev’s book Spiritual Yoga.

The SOYA Annual Retreat is a great place to reconnect with old friends and make new ones too!

Chanting Om as a group was a powerful practice!

Summer 2022


The summer saw the Online, Penticton and Edmonton programs come to a beautiful completion. Look at these beatiful grads!

SOYA trainings often feature special workshops to deepen student’s understanding of yoga.

September 2022


Linden Gardens is announced as the new host location for SOYA yoga teacher trainings in the Okanagan.

Treats for the Prince George 200hr teacher training students, as lead trainer Denise is a Lululemon ambassador!

October 2022


Another amazing batch of 300hr grads!

Mugs begins offering a new set of talks on YouTube, Snippets of Yoga Philosophy.

November 2022


For the first time ever, SOYA offered the 200hr and 300hr programs in Mexico!

Fun games help student yoga teachers master the art and power of using their voice.

There are many reasons to join SOYA in Mexico. Like baby turtles on the beach!

Asana classes are held every morning at the yoga teacher trainings.

December 2022


Closing 2022 with new SOYA 200hr and 500hr yoga teachers graduating in Prince George, Mexico, and Traverse City!

Join us on retreat! Whether you wish to refresh your knowledge or deep dive in to your personal practice, there are many ways to join our programs.

2022 was a year of finding our feet again, renewing connections in person, and exploring new opportunities to offer our programs in diverse and accessible ways. We are so grateful to our team of faculty and admin for all that they do to support and develop the South Okanagan Yoga Academy. We also offer our deep respect and love to the many graduates and friends of these programs over the past 27 years. We cant wait to see what memories we will make in 2023!

Happy New Year from SOYA!! May the coming year be full of abundance, peace and well-being for all.