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Inner Light Yoga and Wellness      
2807 44th Avenue, Vernon, British Columbia  (just off 27th Street)

Lea (Elara) Reardon, E-RYT500
Roger Drinkwater, BSc, Hons, PhD, E-RYT500

 A 5-month program held at Inner Light Yoga and Wellness studio in Vernon.
(Parts of the training can also be attended via live-stream on Zoom if necessary.)

 Congratulations to our May 28th graduates!!!
Next Training: ​Sept 16th 2021 to Feb 1st 2022
Days and times:
Tuesday and Thursday Evenings 5:30 - 9:15 pm

Fee: $2,750 +GST   Early Bird: $2,500 +GST  when deposit paid by Aug 17th 2021
   (Includes Tuition, Materials & a 5-month 25-class Yoga Pass )

Flexible payments plans are also available.

Secure your spot with a deposit of $300 +GST
Please send an e-transfer of $315 to [email protected]
or pay here with your credit card or Paypal

Inner Light Yoga Teacher Training students completing the training will be formally certified with all the rights of 200hr qualified yoga teachers. 
OR you can choose to complete the training as a Yoga Technique, Philosophy and Lifestyle program for enhancing and deepening your own practice, without completing the required elements for yoga teacher certification.

Both Elara and Roger have received their 500 hour yoga teacher training in the Kripalu Yoga Tradition.  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, and by Yogi Amrit Desai, a direct disciple of Swami Kripalu. The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, currently operates 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 and compassionate approach, blended soundly with the ancient yoga traditions.  With its focus on the therapeutic aspects of yoga, it is adaptable to everyone, no matter your age, ability, size, or other circumstance. 

Kripalu Yoga is a transformative practice, designed to improve every aspect of your life. Benefits of the yoga practice will overflow from the mat to everything that you do. There is a special emphasis on open-heartedness and acceptance, and on self-empowerment that let's you know you are capable of anything!  Click here to learn more about Kripalu Yoga.
   Inner Light Yoga teacher Training  will offer education and practice in the key aspects of yoga. It will provide a thorough understanding of the yoga tradition, philosophy and lifestyle.  All students will have an opportunity to expand their knowledge, understanding and practice of yoga. 

The training will give you tools to transform your life to a new level of health and beauty. You will learn practical tools to live a balanced, healthy life-style, so that you can enjoy your life to the fullest.

In addition to learning the key poses of Hatha Yoga, you will receive training in 
Pranayama (breath work), Meditation,  and Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation.)

The training will provide all the skills necessary for you to become an exceptional yoga teacher.
Emphasis will be placed on the technique and alignment to perform each yoga posture safely.

This training will also provide extensive access to the broad range of yoga styles available through the experienced yoga teachers at Inner Light Yoga and Wellness. A 5-month pass to attend the studio classes at Inner Light Yoga, plus tuition and all materials, are included in the cost of the program.

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 
and to enroll 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

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga Technique, Philophy & Lifestyle Program
A Life-Changing Program

​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 came 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.      
Inner Light Yoga and Wellness
  What previous graduates say about the program:

“The Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) course I took in 2020 could not have come at a better time in my life. Both from a physical as well as an emotional capacity in order to fully immerse myself in the teachings. 

I loved every part of YTT, from the content and depth of the assigned readings, the various poses and breathing exercises I learned, and of course the exceptional teaching methodologies that both Elara and Roger brought to the table.

I would highly recommend YTT at Inner Light Yoga and Wellness for anyone who is considering teaching yoga themselves, or simply wants to take their yoga practice to a deeper level. “  
Rhonda Kohnen
"If you ever want to do something for yourself, I would highly recommend this yoga training of personal growth and wellness.

I completely enjoyed all components of this course. Based on Kripalu Yoga practical guide that can be applied to everyday life on and off the mat. Elara and Roger were masters at the delivery and presentation of this yoga teacher training program.

For me, learning the basic principles of this ancient tradition of yoga, has opened a door of self journey and wellness that I will take with me forever. 

 Elara and Roger, thank you for giving me the gift of sharing your yoga teachings. You were the yin and yang that made this training a success. For any prospective yogis, I highly recommend this program. 
Namaste, "
Shelly Zbitnoff
"I met Roger and Elara years ago as I rekindled my yoga practice, their energy is truly genuine and one of healing and support. This is why I chose them as my instructors when I decided to take my 
Yoga Teacher Training. 

During my training, I felt supported and guided as I strengthened my practice and learned more about Kripalu Yoga; and I still feel supported today. 

We faced challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, which Roger and Elara handled with grace and ensured we were able to complete our training on time. 

I have always practiced yoga solo and this training helped me experience the energy of a yoga community, which has changed my practice.

I graduated feeling confident to lead a class immediately after, and I have received excellent feedback from my students so far. 

If you are still thinking of taking the training, whether you want to be a teacher or just want to strengthen your practice, do not hesitate as you will experience an evolution of self." 
Jenelle Brewer
"I found the Kripalu Yoga course to be well organized and thorough . It expanded my knowledge of Eastern Yoga traditions. It offered planned demonstrations with a focus on safe entry into poses. Emphasis was placed on postural muscles and breathing throughout the positions. 

Centering/grounding and meditation were introduced. Connection with students was emphasized. Benefits of yoga were highlighted. Highly enjoyable; it has progressed my own practice and my ability to strengthen, relax and release my muscles to my own benefit! 

A big Thank you to Elara and Roger for a wonderful course. "
Sally Towers