Extended 5-month program
September 6, 2019 - March 8, 2020

The Vancouver-area SOYA 300-hour yoga teacher training program is open to those with 200-hour Yoga Alliance-compliant certification. Upon completion students qualify for 500-hour registration with YA.

*Training dates: 
2019: Sept 6-8, 21-22, Oct 5-6, 19-20, Nov 15-17, Nov 30-Dec 1, Dec 14-15.  2020: Jan 10-12, 25-26, Feb 8-9, 22-23, Mar 7-8

Taught in three modules:

  • Inclusive and Specialty Yoga: includes chair yoga, kids, restorative, prenatal, trauma sensitivity, props, and light assists
  • Advanced Teaching Skills: Creative sequencing, building themes, voice and body language, creating effective 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, mythology

Program deepens understanding of anatomy and movement in relation to asana, various traditions / lineages, specialty applications, and much more.

We offer uniquely individualized, deeply transformative teacher training in small group settings. Rooted in authentic yoga traditions, our 300-hour program guides you to a deeper understanding that enables you to apply the teachings meaningfully in the present day.

Payment plans available

Dorothy Fizzell & Jools Andrés

SOYA's excellent reputation is a reflection of
its commitment to the highest standards

"Instructors Jools and Dorothy are attentive and inspiring ... the SOYA training is an amazing program and works so nicely into any schedule."

- Vicky R, SOYA 2015  200-hour graduate

South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) has successfully trained over 400 teachers in small group settings. Our graduates are well-prepared to instruct and we offer ongoing support to our students after graduation as they advance their skills as teachers.

SOYA’s highly trained faculty offer uniquely individualized, deeply transformational yoga teacher trainings, customized to fit with your lifestyle.

SOYA's 23+ years of experience training yoga teachers ensures that students are provided with broad exposure to diverse styles, lineages, and philosophies. Ever-evolving, SOYA’s Yoga Teacher Training is designed with accessibility and inclusiveness at its heart.

Some refinement tips during a special visit from Mugs McConnell during the 2017 SOYA Vancouver-area YTT.

F i n d   Y o u r   P a  t h 

Daily in-class sessions include guest teachers and detailed instruction and practice in various applications.

The comprehensive curriculum includes philosophy, meditation, mantra, pranayama, anatomy, asana, and teaching skills. Students design a series of class lesson plans and practice teaching throughout the entire program, developing confidence, expertise, and the ability to modify postures according to varied needs.

Upon completion students receive a 300-hour certificate, a letter of recommendation, and become eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance as RYT 300.

It is beneficial to register early to allow ample time for the written assignments to be completed and to ensure your place in the program.

SOYA has a 24-year track record of excellence in yoga teacher training

Our small groups allow in-depth study of yoga's many facets.

Unique to SOYA

Letters from the Yoga Masters 

by SOYA founder

Mugs McConnell

This highly-praised new book, a tribute to Mugs' beloved teacher, Dr. Hari Dickman of Latvia, is now part of the SOYA YTT curriculum.

Letters from the Yoga Masters gives students rare insight into invaluable yoga teachings from the most revered Indian masters of the last century. Published by North Atlantic Books.

"This is an extraordinary book. It is a shining jewel...I am thrilled [Mugs] is passing on the teachings she has garnered and cherished from her teacher."

from the Foreword
by Erich Schiffmann, author of Yoga: The  Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness

 "Some things should not be lost. Letters from the Yoga Masters is a uniquely valuable book containing wisdom and advice from most of the well-known and respected yoga masters of India in the twentieth century"

Bernie Clark, author of
A Complete Guide to Yin Yoga and Your Body Your Yoga

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