STRUCTURAL ALIGNMENT YOGA THERAPIST

Course Dates​

SAYT Level 1

  • (4-Day Intensive) May 4-7, 2019

OR

  • (5 Saturdays once p/ month) May 4th, Jun 1st, Jul 6th, Aug 3rd, and Sep 14, 2019​

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​Testimonials


"Karen my dear, I wanted to say thank you again for your incredible teaching. I feel so blessed to have been able to participle in such great learning!!!! Love you... Beth oxoxox" ~ Beth Rutty, Yoga Teacher-Therapist

“The course exceeded my expectations! Absolutely great presentations, highly specific and complete information. Karen’s knowledge of structural yoga therapy is broad and refined.”  ~ Daniel Clement, Yoga Teacher-Trainer

​"I must say firstly Karen, Thank-you for being a memorable mentor & teacher.!"  ~ Heather Clarke, Rehabilitation Therapist

“I learned a tremendous amount from watching Karen; her presence, gentleness and knowledge was wonderful modelling. She has an attitude of acceptance and focus on details and learning.”  ~ Michele Roy, Life Coach, Yoga Teacher

"Thank you so much for making this course.  I have really enjoyed the content and have found it very informative and useful both for my own practice and for teaching.  I feel that I have gained a much deeper understanding of the benefits of many of the poses that we regularly practice and as well the importance of optimal alignment.  I look forward to further training in the area of yoga therapy."  ~ Natalie Brewster, Yoga Teacher 

My Transition from a Yoga Teacher to a Yoga Therapist

When I first started teaching yoga, and a student would come to me before (or during) a yoga class and say: "I have pain in - fill in the blank for body part - and it hurts when I do - fill in the blank for movement or yoga pose" I used to respond: "Ok so take it easy when we do - fill in the blank for movement/pose that related to their body-part.

 

The training I had received as a yoga teacher up to that point had not prepared me or taught me how to address my student's physical aches and pain issues beyond this simple advice.


That all changed in 2005 after learning an amazing therapeutic system based on Universal Principles of Alignment™. Instead of just telling a student to "take it easy", I would asked them to stay after class, and inquire further about their issue. When they performed the movement or yoga pose that caused pain, I had the tools to verbally and manually adjust their alignment and remove their pain - many cases instantaneously!  

 

I've expanded and evolved this incredible methodology by incorporating principles and techniques from other ground-breaking modalities including osteopathy and holistic medicine. 

I am pleased to offer you this life-changing Structural Alignment Yoga Therapy Training!

 

The SAYT program provides a comprehensive methodology based on Therapeutic Alignment Principles and techniques that will transform the way you practice and teach yoga/movement/fitness/Pilates/sports.​  

 

You will learn how to address postural issues, injuries and repetitive stress conditions for each segment of the body incorporating both scientific (anatomical, biomechanical) and subtle (holistic therapeutic) theories and techniques.​

​Structural Alignment Yoga Therapy can be effective as a stand-alone modality and/or may be used in conjunction with other forms of therapy.​

Faculty​

 

Karen Claffey, DOMP, CAYT,​​ CYT, E-RYT-500 

Curriculum, Schedule & Fees

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STRUCTURAL ALIGNMENT THERAPY LEVEL 1

 

Prerequisite: Experience in yoga/fitness and/or bodywork is helpful but not mandatory. 

Learning Objectives:

  • The participant will experience a morning practice each day designed to complement the material and theme covered that day.

  • The participant will gain knowledge of the biomechanically therapeutic Universal Principles of Alignment™

  • The participant will learn what is Optimal Blueprint and the Rubber Band effect

  • The participant will learn effective therapeutic touch techniques for hands-on adjustments (both programs).

  • The participant will learn postural assessment for each segment of the body.

  • The participant will gain principles and techniques for healing respective injuries and pain, postures to strengthen, stabilize, and increase mobility, and basic/essential hands-on adjustments, for each segment of the body.

  • The participant will be versed in how to conduct client interviews for Structural Alignment Therapy.

  • The participant will gain experience in techniques and exercises for self-maintenance programs for your clients.

  • SAYT Program only

    • The participant will be proficient in applying exercises and yoga postures for healing respective injuries and pain, for each segment of the body. 

  • SAMT Program only

    • The participant will proficient in applying hands-on adjustments for healing respective injuries and pain, for each segment of the body. 

    • ​The participant will understand essential principles of therapeutics for a wide range of manual techniques.

Topics Covered:

  • Diagnostic tools and postural assessment from both holistic and scientific perspectives

  • Optimal Blueprint and Universal Principles of Alignment™

  • Functional anatomy and therapeutics for the lower limbs, pelvis and spine, spine and torso, upper limbs, head and neck.

  • Art and science of hands-on adjustments.

  • How to deal with the ‘rubber band effect’.

  • How to conduct client interviews.

  • Self-maintenance programs for your clients.

  • In class observation of teacher working on volunteer clients. 

  • How to apply basic and essential biomechanically therapeutic specific exercises, yoga postures, and hands-on adjustments, for healing common and specific injuries (both programs).

  • SAYT Program only: Yoga postures and specific exercises to strengthen, stabilize, and increase mobility, for different conditions, to maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, and/or relieve pain.

  • SAMT Program only: Therapeutic manual-adjustments for different conditions, to maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, and/or relieve pain.

Program Format/Hours:

  • Total of 50 Program Hours: 5 days of 8 contact hours = 40 hours. 

  • The remainder of non-contact hours is a research assignment and documenting 3 case-studies. The assignment is to be presented on the last day of class. 

  • Upon completion of the Level 1 program students are eligible to advance to the Structural Alignment Therapy Level 2.

  • Last day of Level 1: Written Review / Quiz and presentation of assignment. 

  • A certificate for Level 1 is awarded upon completion of the above. 

Daily Schedule: 8:00 am to 5:00 PM (includes daily Morning Meditation and Therapeutic Yoga Practice)  

Tuition: ​$695.00​ plus HST ($785.35).

Resources & Text:

  • Student Course Manual is included in tuition. 

  • Additional text: Netters Atlas of Human Anatomy. 

Optional: Additional mentoring via phone/Skype is possible directly with Karen for an additional fee @ $100 per hour. 

STRUCTURAL ALIGNMENT THERAPY LEVEL 2

Prerequisite: Level 1 must be completed prior to Level 2. 

Learning Objectives:

  • The participant will experience a morning meditation and movement practice each day designed to complement the material and theme covered that day.

  • The participant will gain knowledge of the advanced functional anatomy of the lower limbs, pelvis and spine, spine and torso, upper limbs, head and neck, biomechanics, and physiology

  • The participant will learn refinements and advanced therapeutic alignment principles and techniques for yoga (SAYT) or manual (SAMT) adjustments

  • The participant will learn the procedures for medical history and intake forms

  • The participant will learn modifications and contraindications for common orthopedic and medical conditions, and surgeries

  • The participant will expand and refine their understanding of principles of therapeutics.

 

Topics Covered:

  • Advanced anatomy and biomechanics for specific conditions, prevention and recovery of injuries

  • Essential physiology for manual / yoga therapy

  • Advanced therapeutic yoga or manual-adjustments to address different conditions and issues of the lower limbs, pelvis and spine, spine and torso, upper limbs, head and neck

  • Modifications and contraindications for common orthopedic and medical conditions, and surgeries

  • Medical history, intake and waiver forms

  • SAYT Program only: Client/condition-specific yoga postures and specific exercises to strengthen, stabilize, and increase mobility, for different conditions, to maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, and/or relieve pain.

  • SAMT Program only: Client/condition-specific therapeutic manual-adjustments to maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, and/or relieve pain.

  • Last day of Level 2: Written Review / Quiz and presentation of assignment. 

 

Program Format/Hours:

  • Total of 60 Program Hours: 6 days of 8 contact hours = 48 hours. 

  • The remainder of non-contact hours is a research assignment and documenting 5 case-studies. The assignment is to be presented on the last day of class. 

  • A certificate for Level 2 is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the above. 

Daily Schedule: 8:00 am to 5:00 PM (includes daily Morning Meditation and Therapeutic Yoga Practice)  

Tuition: $825.00​ plus HST ($932.25).

Resources & Text:

  • Student Course Manual is included in tuition. 

  • Additional text: Netters Atlas of Human Anatomy. 

Optional: Additional mentoring via phone/Skype is possible directly with Karen for an additional fee @ $100 per hour.

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