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Inner Light Yoga and Wellness      
2807 44th Avenue, Vernon, British Columbia  (just off 27th Street)
Yoga Teacher Training
A Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training
in the Kripalu Tradition

February to June 2020
Lea (Elara) Reardon, E-RYT500
Roger Drinkwater, BSc, Hons, PhD, E-RYT500
Elara and Roger, owners and managers of the Inner Light Yoga and Wellness studio in Vernon, BC are pleased to offer a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) program in 2020.

Enrollments are now open for the limited spaces available in the 2020 YTT course. 

Training will begin in February 2020 with the 5 month program scheduled to finish at the end of June. Contact hours for the training are planned to be held each alternative weekend at the
 Inner Light Yoga and Wellness studio.  

Inner Light Yoga Teacher Training students completing the training will be formally certified with all the rights of 200hr qualified yoga teachers.  

Both Elara and Roger have received their 500 hour yoga teacher training in the Kripalu Yoga Tradition through the Trinity Yoga Center.  Kripalu is a highly respected yoga method, and was one of the foundations for yoga practices and yoga teaching in North America.  Kripalu Yoga was established on the teachings of Swami Kripalu (1913-1981), a yoga master renowned in India for the depth of his compassion.  Kripalu Yoga was established in America in the 1960's by Yogi Amrit Desai, a direct disciple of Swami Kripalu, and currently flourishes as the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, operating out of a stunning residence in the Berkshire region of Massachusetts, USA.   
Lea (Elara) Reardon, E-RYT500
Roger Drinkwater, BSc, Hons, PhD, E-RYT500

Elara and Roger are life partners, joint owners and managers of Inner Light Yoga and Wellness and Principle Directors of the Inner Light Yoga Teacher Training school.  They both received their 500hr yoga teacher training through the Trinity Yoga Center in Kelowna, BC, Canada.  This training was focused on traditional yoga philosophy and methods, and on yoga therapy practices.  The Trinity Yoga Teacher Training was provided by Jeff (Harshad) Thomlinson, Sonya (Uchita) Thomlinson and Ron (Naresh) King, each of whom are highly experienced and renowned Kripalu Yoga teachers and former long term live-in residents of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts, USA.   

Elara and Roger have owned and operated the Inner Light Yoga and Wellness studio in Vernon for the past 8 years, building one of the leading yoga centers in this region.  Operating with 15 regular and part-time teachers the studio delivers more than 20 yoga classes each week.  The studio also provides a broad variety of yoga and wellness workshops throughout the year, and has 6 or more wellness practitioners operating from the studio on a regular basis.

Elara is a Certified Yoga Instructor and a Yoga Lifestyle Counselor, and a Certified Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Facilitator. She completed her Yoga nidra certification with Yogi Amrit Desai and his daughter, Kamini Desai, PhD.  She has taught Meditation and worked in the wellness field since 1996 when she received her certification as a Reiki Master.  Her current wellness services include Yoga and Meditation Instruction, Yoga Lifestyle Practices, Yoga Nidra, Reiki and Reflexology.  Elara helps others to connect with their inner wisdom, using Yoga, Meditation and Relaxation principles. She incorporates her special brand of Heartfulness into her private practice and her yoga classes, to generate a sacred space for each client and student. 
Web: www.heartfulway.info

Roger is a Certified Yoga Instructor, and a Yoga Lifestyle Counselor. His training in Kripalu Yoga strongly supports the therapeutic principles of his yoga and consultation practices.  He is the founder of The NewBack Program, a high successful yoga practice that focuses on lower back rehabilitation.  He teaches NewBack yoga classes and conducts private consultations at the Inner Light Yoga and Wellness studio. Prior to yoga, Roger was a medical scientist, completing his Doctorate in physiology and biochemistry and specializing in toxicology, molecular genetics and pharmacology. He worked in medicine, and extensively with patients with severe acute and chronic pain conditions. Roger also has a lifetime involvement in sports and outdoor activities. He has been a representative rugby league and rugby union player, and has had extensive involvement in managing the performance and injury rehabilitation of players and teams. Roger incorporates his training, skills and life experience into the development of 
new health and wellness programs. 
Web: www.newbacktherapy.com

Kripalu Yoga is widely recognized for its contemporary approach, blended soundly with the ancient and traditional yoga traditions.  With its focus on the therapeutic aspects of yoga, it is a practice designed for mainstream people leading active lives. 
   Inner Light Yoga teacher Training  will offer an introduction to the key aspects of yoga that will provide a thorough understanding of the yoga tradition and lifestyle.  All students will have an opportunity to expand their knowledge, understanding and practice of yoga, and for those students wishing to become yoga teachers, the training will provide the practical skills necessary for students to become exceptional yoga teachers. 

This training will also provide extensive access to the broad range of yoga styles and experienced yoga teachers at the Inner Light Yoga and Wellness studio, through attendance and integration in the studio classes, workshops and other relevant events at the studio.  

Student numbers will be limited to ensure that your training is highly personalized, and provides the development of close relationships with your teachers and your fellow students.
For further information on the Yoga Teacher Training Program 
or on the enrollment process contact Elara or Roger:

Phone:  250 306 5325 (Elara)     250 307 7485 (Roger)
Email:  [email protected]
Web:  www.innerlightyoga.info
Roger and Elara at the Inner Light Yoga and Wellness Studio


​Inner Light Yoga Teacher Training  is a RYS200 designated Yoga Alliance registered yoga school.  The school has designed its 200hr training syllabus in line with the new Yoga Alliance guidelines that will come into effect in February 2020. All yoga teachers
      graduating from the school will be Certified Yoga Teachers eligible to register with Yoga Alliance.  As such, they will have all the rights that are internationally recognized as a professional Yoga Teacher.