NOVEMBER 23rd to DECEMBER 9th, 2018



NOVEMBER 23rd to DECEMBER 9th, 2018

Perhaps you are thinking about becoming a Yoga Teacher and sharing your joy of the practice with others. Or maybe you want to enrich your life with deeper insight and meaning into this transformative practice. Deciding to take your Yoga journey to the next level is truly a life changing decision.  You are taking not only your passion, but your heart and soul on a journey that will deepen your yoga practice for life.



Attending a Teacher Training, you will find inspiration, purpose and perspective through in-depth Yoga Philosophy and esoteric studies. This will help increase your awareness along with physical and mental healing, strength, stamina and agility through each of our experiential classes we will do together.
When we finish together, I am very confident you will leave with core teaching skills, professional knowledge and credentials necessary to confidently and safely share Yoga with the world!


With its roots in the Sivananda lineage, our training is inclusive of many styles of hatha yoga such as Ashtanga, Sivananda, Yin, Restorative, and Vinyasa all while incorporating thorough study of yoga philosophy. This outstanding aspect of the SOYA Teacher Training embraces unity in all yogis, regardless of their paths and styles of yoga.

Our 200 hour training includes:

  • Studies in the Bhagavad Gita
  • Studies in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Understanding Chakras
  • Meditation
  • Kriyas and their practice
  • Basic Pranayama
  • Asanas with Benefits, Cautions & Modifications
  • Anatomy of Movement
  • Professionalism
  • Sanskrit Pronunciation
  • Creating Six Lesson Plans with Sequencing
  • Teaching Practicum – daily practice in developing teaching skills culminating in teaching a personally designed one-hour class
  • Ongoing support after graduation as you advance your skills as a teacher
Carla Wainwright Yoga Teacher Training in Melaque Mexico sacred altarDaily sessions include detailed instruction and practice in various styles of Hatha Yoga such as Ashtanga, Sivananda, Flow and Yin. Morning and evening meditation, chanting, pranayama, along with group review and discussion will shed light on the written assignments in philosophy.
You will design a series of 6 Yoga Lesson Plans. This is a very detailed assignment covering benefits, precautions and modifications for asanas, pranayama, and meditation techniques.
You will also practice and develop your teaching skills throughout the entire program.
Upon completion there is a written exam and practical exam. Graduates are eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance as RYT200®.
Carla Wainwright Yoga Teacher Training at the beach in Melaque, MexicoMelaque is located between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta along the Southern Pacific Coastline of Mexico. The climate here is close to that of Hawaii or Jamaica, so rest assured, this is an ideal winter destination. It is a tropical paradise with stunning sunsets nearly every night. Melaque boasts a population of around 8000, which is generally associated with the three small villages: Melaque, San Patricio and Colonia Villa Obregon. Melaque is more geared towards tourists and furthest West, San Patricio is more for business and in the middle, and at the furthest East is Colonia Villa and is mostly residential.
Flights should be booked into Manzanillo as this is the closest airport. You can also fly to Puerto Vallarta, but will need to take a 4 hour bus south to Melaque.
If you have any questions, please contact Carla.
xochi07poolareaWe will be living and practicing at the gorgeous Villa Xochipilli in Melaque, Mexico. Villa Xochipilli is a private villa set on 2-1/2 acres of land bordering the beautiful Laguna del Tule. It is a great place for tropical bird watching and for watching and observing the wild life of the Laguna del Tule.
The guest’s houses are private and surrounded by beautiful, colourful and exotically tropical flower and tree gardens. It is a BIRD WATCHERS PARADISE! As well as a paradise for flower and palm tree avid gardeners. There are 62 different species of birds in the lagoon and on the guest’s rounds, 20 different types of palm trees and at least as many different types of tropical flowers for you to enjoy.
A custom yoga studio has been recently been built that overlooks the lagoon. It is a stunning place to practice!
Owner Irma Erazo resides at her home in Villa Xochipilli “Casa Luna”, she is totally bilingual bicultural and very familiar and knowledgeable about all aspects of the Costalegre area. A yoga teacher and SOYA graduate, she is always glad to be able to provide you with whatever information you would like to have about the area. For your shopping convenience there are several well stocked grocery and liquor stores within walking distance of Villa Xochipilli as well as some of the most popular and best restaurants in Melaque, Taco stands and bar Restaurants where you can sample either local or international cuisine, and your favourite Mexican drinks.

Several dinners will also be served. On other nights, students will have a chance to explore some of the wonderful and inexpensive restaurants in Melaque or cook at the Villa.
Throughout Melaque there is a wide range of restaurants and vendors to pick from as well as many well stocked grocery stores.
Carla Wainwright get your bags and go!Teacher training fees include: Tuition, a comprehensive teacher training manual, philosophy books, mala beads, tongue scraper and neti pot.It also includes a Yoga Anatomy course taught by Martin Kirk. Meals and accommodations are included in this intensive program.
There are single and shared accommodations available. Please see Investment for associated costs for each. For shared accommodations, room assignment will be on a first come first served basis.
All books and the Yoga Teacher Training manual will be shipped to you upon receipt of your non-refundable deposit, which reserves your space in this Yoga Teacher Training!





• Shared Villa (2 people) $1195 CAD
• Private Villa (1 person)  $1875 CAD

We can create a custom payment plan that works for you – contact me for more details. Payment in full is required before the start date of any training.

Acceptable Payment Methods: cheque, credit card (Visa and Master Card only), cash. Contact Carla for other options.



Your guides on this adventure will be Carla Wainwright, Natasha Scott, Mugs McConnell and Latika. 


Carla started practicing yoga in 1995 so she could touch her toes. Eighteen years later she definitely can touch her toes, and is helping others nourish their own unique journey toward self-discovery. Her practice and teaching meld both classical and contemporary approaches to the practice with a particular focus on the mayakoshas as a means to merge with the Essential Self. She loves to work with women to help release their inner Shakti. Carla is a Doctor of Homeopathy and creatively integrates the principles of Yoga and Homeopathy to help unlock a student’s deepest potential within. She has studied with Mugs McConnell, Shirley Daventry French, Erich Schiffmann, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Dana Flynn, Minke de Vos, Geeta Iyengar and many other wonderful teachers. Carla is a founding owner of Chinook Yoga in Prince George, BC, and a Lead Trainer for the SOYA YTT programs in Prince George and Mexico.


Natasha Scott graduated from the SOYA 500 Hour training in 2009 with a specialty in prenatal yoga.  Never one to stop learning her enthusiasm to serve others led her to specialize in Yoga for Chronic Pain, certified by Neil Pearson.

Natasha teaches a wide range of Hatha Yoga with a strong background in the Sivananda lineage (from her Teacher Mugs). From her super gentle yoga classes to strength in flow yoga, Natasha has a class to suit everyone.

She is a Yoga Alliance registered prenatal yoga teacher (RYPT) and Childrens Yoga Teacher (RYCT). She is a Certified Thai Massage Practitioner (Metta in Motion with Mia Blackwell), and a Reiki practitioner. She brings all of these yoga tools to her classes to create a full yogic experience.

Natasha is a Lead Trainer for the SOYA YTT Immersions at Sorrento, BC and Melaque, Mexico.



Latika Pierrette Claude began her 200 hour studies at Kripalu with Jashoda Edmunds and Brahmani Liebman in 2006. In 2007 she completed the SOYA 300 hour upgrade working one-on-one with Marion (Mugs) McConnell.

Latika wanted to deepen her own personal practice and believed the deepest teachings would be in a yoga teacher training.  She has found yoga to be a path of discovery that never ceases to amaze and delight her! It wasn’t long before she realized that the best way to share the gifts of yoga is by teaching it to others.

Latika has a passion for  Yin Yoga, whom she learned from Sarah Powers and Bernie Clark. She has studied Tantra yoga with Rod Stryker and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait at the Himalayan Institute, and Erich Schiffmann’s Freedom Yoga at the SOYA Annual Retreats. Latika lives full time in Mexico, spending summers in Ajijic and winters in Melaque, where she is the owner of Latika Yoga Studio.

Guest teacher and SOYA founder MARION MCCONNELL


Marion, or “Mugs” to all who know her, is one of Canada‘s Yoga Pioneers. She is the co-owner of SOYA with her husband Bob. In 2012 she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her lifetime contribution to the Yoga community in Canada and abroad. She sits on the Standards Committee for Yoga Alliance and served as the Canadian Representative for the International Yoga Teachers’ Association (IYTA) from 1982-2016. Mugs’ early training was in the Sivananda lineage under Swami Vishnudevananda. She was the last disciple of Sri Yogiraj Dr. Hari Dickman. Namadeva Acharya played a huge role in her love and understanding of mantra, which she often combines with mudra. She has completed over 100 hours in Freedom Yoga teacher training with Erich Schiffmann, influencing her love of free-flowing yoga. Over the years her teaching style has been impacted by additional studies with Rod Stryker, Mark Stephens, Friedel Khattab, Dharma Mittra, along with many others. She designed and directs the 200 hour and 300 hour Advanced SOYA YTT programs and leads master class workshops. Mugs is the author of the book “Letters From the Yoga Masters,” which has become a textbook for all SOYA teacher training programs. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Yoga Alliance and their Standards Committee.

Carla Wainwrights Yoga & Spirit Retreat of Self Discovery in Sayulita, Mexico

Heal, Transform and Awaken

Who Should Attend This Yoga Teacher Training?

If you’ve been interested in taking your Yoga journey to the next level, this is truly a life changing decision. You are taking not only your passion, but your heart and soul on a journey that will deepen your yoga practice for life.
Carla Wainwright and Natasha Scott are here to serve you on this journey. They invite you to come and experience living your yoga daily for 17 blissful days, November 23-December 9, 2018, in beautiful, warm and sunny Melaque, Mexico. Living in an immersion lifestyle has profound effects to solidify a new way of life, your transformation.
As a Yoga Alliance registered school and one of the oldest yoga training schools in North America (20+ years experience!!), SOYA will make sure that this decision is the best one you ever made!
Our 200 hour Teacher Training & Enrichment Immersions are designed to make sure you come out feeling completely prepared and ready to teach and share your gifts with the world. We do this by providing you with the most important and essential foundations, along with forward thinking skills to help you to succeed.
This 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Immersion is perfect for students who have at least one year of yoga practice and are looking for an opportunity to spend time completely immersed in traditional yoga lifestyle. The program begins with supported studies at home two months prior to the retreat, and then all students gather for an Immersion retreat of yoga sadhana to complete the training. Similar to our other offerings, various styles of Hatha Yoga, philosophy, meditation, mantra, pranayama and anatomy are all part of the comprehensive curriculum. Likewise, upon completion graduates are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance with the RYT200 credential.

I am searching to:

  • become a teacher of yoga
  • radically transform my lifestyle into a yoga mindset
  • increase my knowledge of the science and spirit of yoga
  • connect with my spirituality
  • live with wholehearted abandon

I want to:

  • acquire my RYT® 200 certification
  • dive deeper into my current yoga practice
  • nourish and support myself

I am worth it!

I have also put together a full brochure for this Yoga Teacher Training in Melaque, Mexico for you to learn more information.

Top 5 Reasons to Not Miss This Training!



Yoga teacher training provides an incredible opportunity to connect into the truth of who you are. 



In a Yoga Teacher Training, you are able to immerse totally in what you love, embrace every emotion, discover how to love what you may resist or judge most in yourself and dive deep into the possibility of moving towards a bigger perspective.



You will learn sacred tools that will profoundly change your daily life and help you to connect to yourself in a deeper way.



The better we know ourselves, the better we can serve others.



When like minded people join together to learn, amazing things happen. Even after your last training Savasana, you will stay connected to and supported by your yoga kula (family) for years to come.

I couldn’t have asked for anything more out of my teacher training experience. It was an amazing journey with the best of teachers!! This program helps to build a wonderful community and of course expands the love for yoga immensely. I am eager to share my love with others through teaching.
Jeanette Orydzuk

The Teacher Training totally exceeded my expectations. I really had no idea that the experience would be as profound in terms of personal growth through yoga. Many new layers of what yoga is were peeled back during the two weeks to reveal an amazing apparatus of life that can only serve to further enrich my life. Of course somewhere within myself I always knew that what I had exposure too during the two weeks existed and that I had the power and strength within me to tap into it and that would explain why I ended up there. The teaching was so amazing in terms of presenting what is there, allowing us as students to explore what we were comfortable with and making us feel incredibly respected throughout the process. Many blessings and appreciation to you, Thank you for creating a wonderful environment for all us to laugh, grow, chant, meditate, trip out to my third eye and chakras (wow-totally awesome!), relax, cry, be challenged, understand and learn. Muchas Gracias.
Karen Walters