Extended 4-month program
in Surrey, BC

You don’t have to travel to India to find authentic, ashram-inspired yoga training

SOYA’s masterful, highly trained faculty offer uniquely individualized, deeply transformational yoga teacher training customized to meet your lifestyle.

Our 20 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.

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.

Mugs McConnell teaching Jools Andrés at Water Valley, AB, 2013.

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Daily in-class sessions include detailed instruction and practice in various styles of Hatha Yoga such as Ashtanga, Sivananda, Flow, and Yin. 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 asanas according to varied needs.

Upon completion, students will receive a 200-hour certificate and will be eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance as RYT200.

It is beneficial to register two months prior to the training to allow ample time for the written assignments to be completed.

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

Unique to SOYA


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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.

Order your copy!

BONUS: Mugs and SOYA students enjoy live video chat sessions during each YTT program.


 "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

"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

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