Our Story.


Our mission is to create exceptional, accessible and inspiring yoga experiences for students and Teachers with high quality training, workshops and retreats.

Manipura Yoga College is founded on principles of excellence in practice. When students have access to experienced Teachers through ClassesWorkshops and Retreats, the opportunity to grow within their practice vastly expands. When Teachers are trained to the highest caliber, they can share an accessible, insightful, safe and unified practice with their students. 

The Manipura Yoga College is rooted the the Hatha Yoga (the yoga of balance) and Kundalini Yoga (the yoga of awareness) traditions. Our 200 Hour Foundation Yoga Teacher Training program creates capable, comprehensive and compassionate Yoga Teachers. 

Our Advanced 300 Hour Program for Yoga Teachers offers an Advanced Core of Teaching, Advanced Hatha Techniques, Advanced Sequencing and Flow, Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as well as Yin, Restorative, and more. 

A Registered Yoga School (RYS) with the Yoga Alliance, our 200-hour and 300 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings are internationally certified. Upon successful completion students can register for RYT-200 or RYT-500 designation with the Yoga Alliance.

The Manipura Chakra is the “City of Jewels” in which we find the pearls of clarity, wisdom, self-confidence and wellbeing. The Manipura program is excellent for those looking to teach yoga as a Registered Yoga Teacher, and/or for profound personal development.

Your journey awaits, the time is now.


Jay Suttonbrown, Founder and Director of Training

For over a decade, Jay Suttonbrown has been a Yoga Teacher, Studio Owner and Yoga Teacher Trainer in beautiful British Columbia. From Vancouver to Victoria, Haida Gwaii to Nanaimo, Jay's mission is to empower individuals to connect with their inner wisdom, their joy, and the wonder that comes from being alive.

A human life is made up of choices. Yoga is mindfully connecting to those choices. Connecting to our truth, power, and worthiness. Connecting to our bodies, breath and life force. Connecting to how our habit energy works, and what it feels like when we rise above our habits into our true vibrant state. Yoga is a set of powerful technologies that support our journey to mindful connection, each day, each moment, each breath. Even “when we don’t feel like it.” We have choices. Sat Nam.

E-YRT 500, RPYT, YACEP Yoga Alliance

 Hatha 500 Hour Yoga Teacher 

 Kundalini Yoga Teacher (Gurmukh Khalsa & Gloria Latham)

Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher

Restorative Yoga Teacher 

Yin Yoga Teacher (Bernie Clark)



Stephanie Green, Lead Trainer, Owner of OmTown Studio

Passionate and curious about all things yoga, Stephanie is thrilled to have the opportunity to share this practice with others and in particular to share her love of anatomy, teaching methodology and philosophy with those on the teaching path. Stephanie is amazed at the continual opportunities yoga provides for physical, emotional, and spiritual growth. She is extremely grateful for all of her teachers and students, past and present, and has faith that with yoga, and a whole lot of raucous laughter, the world will become a peaceful, happier place.

EYRT-500 Yoga Alliance

Moksha 500 Hour Yoga Teacher

Senior Yin Yoga Teacher (Paul & Suzee Grilley, and Bernie Clark)

Certified AcroYoga teacher 

Restorative Yoga Teacher 


April Kuramoto, Lead Trainer, Certified Counsellor

April began in bodywork and studied meditation, energy healing and energy reading with Lightwork Spiritual Development. Certifying to teach Hatha and Vinyasa Flow, April loves a devotional practice with slow flow, deeply meditative movement rituals, diverse musical choices and hopefully - some humour.

April has completed additional certifications with Yoga Kids, Prenatal Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Trance Dance, and 300 hours with Shiva Rea in Prana Flow. With more than a decade of teaching experience, travelling internationally as a teachers' trainer and having owned her own yoga studio, April is passionate about cultivating her skills as a healer. Attending many births as a doula CD(DONA), offering prenatal education and baby & me yoga classes, she is well known in her community for caring deeply for families. A Certified Counsellor, committed to life long learning, she is a student of art, psychology and women's studies.

April is honoured to have witnessed and certified 200 hour yoga teachers and Goddess Prenatal Yoga Instructors around the world. Thank you for sharing your practice with me, namaste.