South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Calgary/Strathmore)


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3160 118th Avenue Southeast

Calgary, AB, Canada

Types of Yoga Taught

Flow Yoga

Alignment-Oriented Yoga

Spiritually-Oriented Yoga

Gentle Yoga

Specialty Yoga

Trainings Formats

usually intensive/immersion

spread out over time

Weekends only

several, shorter immersions

trainees stay on-site

trainees commute to the program

Destination / retreat



Other Locations

South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Creston)
1204 Northwest Boulevard
Creston, BC V0B 1G8, Canada

South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Headquarters)
405 3rd Street West
Cardston, AB, Canada

South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Michigan/Florida)
12372 Center Road
Traverse City, MI, USA

South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Penticton/Mexico)
100 Nanaimo Ave E
Penticton, BC, Canada

South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Prince George)
1600 3rd Ave
Prince George, BC, Canada

South Okanagan Yoga Academy (Vancouver)
12520 190A Street
Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada

About South Okanagan Yoga Academy

With 25 years of training yoga teachers SOYA has transformed into an Academy owned by Marion (Mugs) and Robert McConnell. SOYA offers one of the most diverse and accessible yoga teacher training programs in full-time immersion and part-time formats, in these locations:...

With 25 years of training yoga teachers SOYA has transformed into an Academy owned by Marion (Mugs) and Robert McConnell. SOYA offers one of the most diverse and accessible yoga teacher training programs in full-time immersion and part-time formats, in these locations:
Penticton, Prince George, Vancouver area (Pitt Meadows), Creston, BC, Calgary, AB, and Mexico.

With its roots in the Sivananda lineage, and guided by the highest standards, SOYA gives students a diverse and broad exposure to many styles, lineages and philosophies. Ever evolving, SOYA’s Teacher Training is designed with flexibility, accessibility and transformation at its heart.

SOYA’s lead trainers have extensive experience teaching, training and are dedicated to continued study. Some of the master yoga teachers they have had the blessing to study with include Dr. Hari Dickman, Swami Vishnudevananda, Pattabhi Jois, Namadeva Acharya, Erich Schiffmann, Rod Stryker and Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani (son of Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri). SOYA is proud to offer students exposure to lineages or styles such as Ashtanga, Sivananda, Yin, Restorative, and Vinyasa, as well as Mantra, Mudra, and other practices.

South Okanagan Yoga Academy has trained over 700 teachers at the 200, 300 Advanced Upgrade and 500 hour levels. We offer ongoing support to our students after graduation as they advance their skills as teachers. The SOYA website at has all the details on our yoga teacher training. After completing the 500 hour certification SOYA teachers are eligible to apply for RYT500 with Yoga Alliance, and as Full Teaching Members with the International Yoga Teachers’ Association (IYTA). We endeavour to open students’ world up to the many paths available to them so that they may find their path. As Swami Sivananda once said, “The paths are many, the Truth is One”.

First Registered January 2004

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First Registered January 2004

School Reviews

Total Reviews: 297

By Jerri Rinker RYT® 200

Oct 08, 2020

The SOYA program was an incredible experience that covered everything (& more) I hoped for in a yoga teacher training program. One of the best parts about this program is you start practicing teaching right away so by the time you graduate you are confident and ready - you even have a whole set of lesson plans created! The lead trainer & mentors & guest speakers were supportive, inspiring and above all kind & compassionate to each and every student. I would highly recommend this program to any aspiring teacher! Full Review

By Becky Stone E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®

Sep 20, 2020

This school is the embodiment of all that yoga is! A stellar program with wonderful teachers. Full Review

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Teaching Staff

Jools Andres

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Emma Faulkner

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Dorothy Fizzell

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Marion Mugs McConnell

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Terri McDermott

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Helen Mikuska

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Natasha Scott


Becky Stone

E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®

Cindy Szekely

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Gail Thompson

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

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