SOYA Yoga Teacher Training Programs
Now available in Fort McMurray:

  • RYT200® - 200 Hour Program



Tentatively we have scheduled a Fall 2015 Program beginning mid-August and running until mid-December. This program requires a minimum number of students for it is run. If you are interested, we would love to have you join us. 

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SOYA - Fort McMurray Application Form
Welcome to the SOYA Yoga Teacher Training Programs in Fort McMurray!

The South Okanagan Yoga Academy’s (SOYA) Yoga Teacher Training Program began in 1995 and is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. With this recognition and the quality of our Programs, all of our graduates are able to meet the Yoga Alliance requirements and become Registered Yoga Teachers themselves. Furthermore any of our 500hr TTP graduates also qualify to become full Teaching Members of Australia’s International Yoga Teachers’ Association (IYTA).

For over 20 years, we have been training yoga teachers across the country. The school has continued to evolve and grow into what we have today. Our Extended Training program is offered over 4-5 months, the Immersion Programs are 2 to 3 weeks in length, and the Distance Education Program is at a pace set by you. For more information on our programs and the locations where they are held, go to and the SOYA RYS® Yoga teacher training program page.

SOYA’S 200 hour and 300 hour Advanced Upgrade Yoga Teacher Training programs are held in Penticton, Prince George, and Vancouver in British Columbia, Calgary and Fort McMurray in Alberta, and on occasion in Mexico.


RYT200hr – Basic 4 month program
If you are interested in personal growth, learning more about Yoga Philosophy and why we teach the way we do, then this is the program for you. Upon completion of this one year program you will have the tools and knowledge to teach any regular yoga class. You will also receive the basic 200hr Yoga Teacher recognition and qualify to register with the Yoga Alliance aas a Registered Yoga Teacher.

RYT300hr – INTENSIVE held at OTHER LOCATIONS - completion if 200hr +300hr results in upgrade to RYT500hr level
This program is for you if you have already completed a 200hr level yoga teacher training program from any Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance and are interested in expanding on your current knowledge. This is great opportunity to continue your growth and take that next step towards enhancing your professional skills.

SOYA maintains a philosophy of connection and growth. We connect yogis together through Yoga Teacher Training Programs, a variety of workshops and yoga classes. We provide through the SOYA website a Teachers Directory, a monthly E-newsletter, regular postings of events and learning opportunities. We especially enjoy connecting like-minded people through the Annual Yoga Retreat held in beautiful British Columbia every June. 

For more information about SOYA and the Yoga Teacher Training Programs, please see:

SOYA RYT200® Hour - 4 month Extended Program

This program is designed for students wishing to explore the deeper aspects of Yoga. Focusing on the basics of Hatha Yoga and Philosophy it will culminate in 200® Hour Certification that will enable you to apply to Yoga Alliance for your RYT200® status, giving you confidence and inspiration to teach and further explore the joys of yoga with new insight.

SOYA RYT200® Hour Extended Program
The RYT200® Program is offered in several locations. Studies in FORT MCMURRAY involve an average of 2 learning weekends per month for a period of 4 months. Learning weekends are 7:30am-6:30pm and run both Saturday and Sunday unless otherwise stated. 

Written assignments will cover:
The Bhagavad Gita
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
The Chakras and Meditation
The Kriyas and Basic Pranayama
Asanas, Benefits, Cautions and Basic Modifications
Sanskrit Pronunciation
Creating Beginner Lesson Plans

Group review and discussion will shed light on these written assignments. These philosophy studies will give you a thorough understanding of the main paths of yoga; Hatha, Raja, Jnana, Bhakti and Karma yoga. Though it is not part of this program, it is encouraged that you continue to attend physical yoga class outside of Teacher Training as you will experience a variety of instructors and be exposed to many different styles of Hatha Yoga.

You will also learn how to design a series of 6 Yoga Lesson Plans. This is a very detailed assignment covering benefits, precautions and modifications for asanas and pranayama, as well as meditation techniques and visualizations. 

Upon completion of the SOYA RYT200® Program there is both a written exam and a practical exam.

Additional Requirements:
• Your tuition investment with SOYA Yoga Teacher Training provides you with access to Martin Kirk's 15hr Online Anatomy Course (a $300US value). Completion of this course is required prior to graduation. 

• EARLY REGISTRATION (>60 days prior to program start): $3122.00 +gst ($3278.10 total). Payable in a non-refundable registration deposit of $650.00 and 2 instalments of $1314.05. Tuition is also payable in one full instalment at the onset of the year if this is your preference.

•  REGULAR REGISTRATION (<60 days prior to program start): $3422.00 +gst ($3593.10 total). Payable in a non-refundable registration deposit of $650.00 and 2 instalments of $1471.55. Tuition is also payable in one full instalment at the onset of the year if this is your preference.

Payments can be made in cash by cheque, e-mail money transfer, credit or debit. 

Cancellation Policy*: A $650.00 is required to be registered into the program. This deposit is non-refundable and includes access to Martin Kirk's online anatomy course (a value of $300US). 

Cancellation within 15 days: If you choose to withdraw within 15 days after the program has begun, you will receive a full refund of whatever tuition you have paid (except the initial deposit of $650.00). You will still leave access to Martin Kirk's anatomy course.

Cancellation after 15 days: After 15 days, there will be no refund of the first tuition Instalment. If you have paid in full at the onset of the course and decide after 15 days that you are unable to continue, then you will be refunded whatever monies would have been paid in the instalment option, minus the initial deposit and the first instalment. You will still have access to Martin Kirk's anatomy course.   

*Any student choosing to withdraw from the SOYA Yoga Teacher Training Program MUST return all textbooks and the Learning Manual.

Entry Dates & Time Commitment:
• Next FORT MCMURRAY Program intake is for a TENTATIVE August-December 2015 program.
Program runs 4 months (i.e. August 22 - December 13)
Learning weekends take place on average twice per month (approx. 22hr weekend x 9 weekends).

2014-2015 Schedule at a GlanceNote that Weekend dates are tentative and subject to change.
- All weekends are 11 hour days, 7:30am-6:30pm both Saturday and Sunday. Attendance is expected. 

2015 Dates for 200hr Program
(With program running for a full weekend, every other weekend = 9 weekends total)

How to ApplyApplication deadline is August 15th prior to August 22nd start.
Applications can be found online. (Click here to Register!)
Please include with your application the deposit of $650.00 (e-transfer to:
If you do not hear from someone within 10 days, please follow up to ensure that we have received your application 
Contact Heather: or 780-972-9447.

We look forward to sharing this wonderful journey of yoga sadhana with you!

Marion (Mugs) McConnell - Founder SOYA
Heather Thomas & Kapila Chugh - Fort McMurray Faculty

SOYA RYT300® Hour - 5 month Extended Advanced Upgrade Program
FORT MCMURRAY AFFILIATE DETAILS - This program is not offered in Fort McMurray at this time. 

This program is now offered by other SOYA locations as an INTENSIVE RESIDENTIAL style program. 
Please visit for more information. 

SOYA RYT500® Certification

This program no longer exists. If you are looking for 500hr Certification, our curriculum has shifted so that you would first take the 200hr in year one and then the 300hr Upgrade afterwads. Upon successful completion of the 300hr Upgrade you will qualify to register as an RYT500hr with both the Yoga Alliance and the International Yoga Teacher’s Association in Australia.

*You must be registered as a SOYA student to receive the discount codes for these courses.

“Online Anatomy with Martin Kirk”:
This course is perfect for those who do not have any background in Anatomy and want to learn it in relation to Yoga and asana. This is an online pre-recorded 15 hour webinar format. Work at your own pace and register at any time. Students will have access to all of Martin’s webinars (spine, shoulder, pelvis, leg/knee/ankle/foot, arm/elbow/wrist/hand) and Martin’s anatomy slides. As well, students have access to an exclusive Facebook group where Martin addresses any questions, and where there are some really lively anatomy and yoga therapy discussions taking place. The recordings are always available to you, even after completion. Go to and look for the online training in Anatomy. The discounted price for students registered in the SOYA Teacher Training is $125.00US (regularly $300.00 US) Please email for the Student Discount Code.