Purple Lotus is a gorgeous studio in beautiful Penticton. Kamala runs this studio with daily classes but also offers retreats and teacher training as well. Penticton is a lovely town to come to for a teacher training, easy to find your way around, lots of amenities and beaches at both end. These teacher training’s are well prepared and very clear with a wide range of yoga aspects covered.
How the training came to be:
About the SOYA Program: The South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) Yoga Teacher Training Program began in the OKanagan in 1984and is a registered program with Yoga Alliance. SOYA offers 200hr, 500hr and 300hr upgrade certification (for those already with a 200hr certificate) throughout various locations in Canada.The founders of the program, Marion (Mugs) McConnell and Dariel Vogel, established a curriculum that is honoring of any style of yoga while imparting the riches of classical yoga philosophy and practice. Currently, the SOYA Teacher Training Program is offered in the Okanagan at Purple Lotus Yoga in Penticton facilitated by Kamala Wilkie, SOYA, ERYT-500. A 200hr Immersion certification and four month extended certification happen once a year respectively in the Penticton area. The next 200hr extended program starts July 2013 (May 20 registration cut off), the next immersion is in Apr 2014 and following that, an extended program fall 2014.Contact Purple Lotus Yoga for deatils.
Kamala Wilkie started yoga to rehabilitate from a car accident in 2000 and has enjoyed a daily practice ever since. She began teaching in 2002 and graduated from the South Okanagan Yoga Academy’s 2 year teacher training program in 2003 with a specialty in Okido Yoga and later an IYTA specialty in Yoga for Cyclists. Her beginnings in yoga are rooted in a three year mentorship in Yoga Therapy with Dale McLean. She studied Ashtanga under Pattabhi Jois (founder) in India as well as completed teacher trainings with Tim Miller, Erich Schiffman and Chris Chavez . She is the director of Purple Lotus Yoga where she teaches various styles and holds 200hr and 500hr yoga teacher trainings through SOYA as an ERYT-500 registered instructor with Yoga Alliance (over 1600 hours of teaching experience). She has completed two silent meditation retreats and has authored and self published Poems From a Path and Totality.
“Due to recent research findings of the effectiveness of meditation and yoga in producing therapeutic changes for individuals affected by trauma I enrolled in purple lotus 500 hr RYT teacher training. The evidence of yoga’s healing effects not only physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually is growing exponentially. The course content offered at Purple Lotus is extensive and informative both in practice and theory. The opportunity to take this program while working full time and raising a family has been conducive to integrating the material over a period of time that full time studies would not allow. I have immense gratitude to SOYA and the teachers for the program and would highly recommend it.” -Sheila
“Taking the SOYA teacher training was the best thing I have done with my life. It has changed me in so many ways, that I don’t even recognize the person I was before the training. A deep sense of acceptance, love and support pervaded all aspects of the training and strong connections were formed between mind, body, soul and other beings. I would highly recommend the SOYA teacher training.” -Debbie
“The SOYA program sparked a flame in me that has led me on a deeper yoga path. The philosophical studies, hatha yoga techniques, and teaching methods have given me the fundamentals to start teaching yoga. It exceeded my expectations and I met wonderful people along the way.” -Jennifer Krake
“Kamala Wilkie is beautiful, inspiring, humble and so so so passionate about yoga.” -Tamara Logan