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500-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification for RYT 200's​

* For Yoga Alliance this program is labelled 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training*

This program is currently on hold due to Karen's demanding Osteopathy treatment schedule.

If/when we resume offering it we will send out a newsletter. ​ 

As our school's program director I am often asked: 


What's unique about your program?


My response is twofold:  

1. Foremost, our specially selected faculty members are renown experts in their field.

2. Equally important, each of our faculty member's approach is heart-centered, and embraces the spiritual aspects of yoga.


Our comprehensive curriculum prepares students in building a rewarding career as a competent, skilled yoga therapist.


With an international faculty of diverse professionals who are leaders in the field of the yoga therapy, this program offers the best of evidence-based scientific and time-honored subtle approaches. 


* Yoga Alliance's policy prohibits yoga teachers and yoga schools from using the words "yoga therapy" and "yoga therapist". Therefore the title of our 300-Hour Yoga Therapist Training Program is registered with Yoga Alliance under the title: 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.  

Program Format (this program is on hold until further notice)

New Format 8 Modules: 

  • There are 2 Non-Contact Assignment Modules: = 30 Non-Contact Hours

    • NC-Module # 1 is to be completed outside of class time, and submitted 1 month prior to the first contact module.

    • NC-Module # 2 is to be completed outside of class time, and submitted 1 week prior to Module 6; required for certification.

  • There are 6 Contact Assignment Modules: = 27 days / 270 Contact Hours 

    • 3 Contact Modules of 4 days 

    • 3 Contact Modules of 5 days 

    • The contact modules may be attended in any order.*

    • *The last day of the program 'Case Study Presentations' must be attended last and is required for certification. 

Program Dates (this program is on hold until further notice)

  • Module Anatomy & Ayurveda (AA)  |  4 days  |  dates TBD

Functional Anatomy & Physiology for Yoga Therapy w/ Karen Claffey

 Ayurvedic Medicine w/ Nitin Shah

  • Module Structural Alignment (SA)  |  4 days  |  dates TBD

Structural Alignment Yoga Therapy w/ Karen Claffey | Option: this Module is also available as an Online Course

  • Module Restorative & Pain Care (RP)  |  5 days  |  dates TBD

Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra w/ Karen Claffey

Yoga for Pain Care w/ Neil Pearson
(participants may attend this course wherever Neil offers it for credit towards this program) 

  • Module Subtle Body (SB)  |  4 days  |  dates TBD

Yoga Cosmology & The Subtle Body w/ Kaoverii Weber

  • Module Mind-Body Health (MB)  |  5 days  |  dates TBD

Exploring the Therapeutic Relationship w/ Grace Bullock

Yoga Therapy for Cardio-Respiratory Health, Stress & Disease w/ Grace Bullock

Yoga for Psychological Wellbeing; Integrating the Science of Mind, Body & Brain  w/ Grace Bullock

  • Module Grief-Cancer & Case Study Presentations (GC & CS)  |  5 days  |  dates TBD

2 days - Yoga for Grief Relief w/ Antonio Sausys
2 days - Yoga Therapy Cancer w/ Antonio Sausys

Day 5 will be dedicated to: Case Study Presentations & Certificates  w/ Karen Claffey

Tuition Fees in CAD plus HST


  • Non-Contact Module 1 (Pre-Program Assignment): $150.00 + HST

  • Contact Modules of 4 Days:

    • Early bird 2 months prior $760.00 + HST

    • Regular tuition: $835.00 + HST

  • Contact Modules of 5 Days:

    • Early bird 2 months prior $950.00 + HST

    • Regular tuition:  $1045.00 + HST


Tuition includes our comprehensive training manual. Accommodations, meals, flights, transfers extra.

Tuition fees may be subject to change and will be calculated according to the fee at the time of registration and payment.  

Daily Schedule 8 am - 6 pm

8:00-9:30 AM Therapeutic Yoga Class

9:30-10:00 AM Breakfast

10:00 AM-1:15 PM Morning Session (10 minute break midway)

1:15-2:00 PM Lunch

2:00-5:00 PM Afternoon Session (10 minute break midway)

5:00-6:00 PM Session continues or Practicum/Program Integration


  • Pre-Program Assignment; Exploring & Establishing a Common Philosophy & Heart-Quality 

  • Philosophy, Ethics, Professional Practices 

  • Yoga for Cancer & Chronic Illness

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • Structural Alignment Yoga (Module 1)

  • Pathophysiology & Yoga for Chronic Pain, Common injuries & Disease

  • Yoga Cosmology & The Subtle Body

  • Yoga For Mental Health; Anxiety & Depression

  • Exploring the Therapeutic Relationship

  • Cardio-Respiratory Health, Stress & Disease & Yoga 

  • Ayurveda for Yoga Therapists

  • Yoga for Grief Relief

  • Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra

  • Yoga for Specific Conditions

  • Case Studies and Mentoring


For detailed Curriculum-Schedule contact us

Graduate's Comments

"I am over the moon with joy, seeing the wonderful feedback [on the homework assignment]!  I  am so filled with love, wonder, and gratefulness. Thank you for everything.  I look forward to returning to Heaven on Earth and learning and exploring more. With love and gratitude." Becky Wallace


"I just completed my RYT-500 hrs teaching training/yoga therapy back in January this year [2014] in Hamilton and this training is great.  I did a lot of research prior signing up for this program and I am so glad I did this training and not others.  I highly recommend this program to you all." - Cecilia Lau, Registered Nurse, Yoga Teacher, Vancouver BC


"Your prgram was so awesome! I want you to know that I am able to help many of my clients, and they are so blessed in their journey to healing." Marietta Bucalo


"I just want to thank you for offering everything you do...I think you are doing a superb job at helping create authentic, informed and strong yoga therapists!!  So far the yoga therapy trainings have opened myself and my career into areas that I thought were only possible through university schooling... so I'm really thankful to have found a path that allows me to help people in a holistic way and again thank you for continuing to offer and develop your yoga therapy training(s)." Natalie Rocheleau, 2013


​"I must say firstly Karen, Thank-you for being a memorable mentor & teacher. By spreading my learning adventure over an extended period of time allowed me to digest the knowledge acquired each session & discover where it fits into my teachings. For me this has proven to be the best, most effective learning tool. I honestly use the knowledge gained each session within days of returning home because I am so curious to see the impact." Heather Clarke, Rehabilitation Therapist, 2013.​


"Dear Karen, First, I'd like to say that it has taken me most of this year to realize just how much I learned and grew from the training last summer. Thank you for that most awesome experience. One of the surprising things that has resulted is that I now have a flourishing small Yoga Therapy business. I was really doing the course for personal reasons. But when I did the practicum [3 clients] that I sent to you as part of my homework, one person recommended another. And so on. I have been involved with different clients on a continuous basis ever since, and I find it incredibly rewarding. Thank you. Namaste, Ella" - Ella Ferland 2011​


“The course exceeded my expectations! Absolutely great presentations, highly specific and complete information. Karen’s knowledge of structural yoga therapy is broad and refined. This course was so completely useful, well designed and covered so many related modalities; I think it’s a suburb model for yoga therapy training...” - Daniel Clement, Yoga Teacher Trainer, 2009

"Karen my dear, I wanted to say thank you again for your incredible teaching and the incredible teaching of the Neil and Jnani and Kaoverii too. I feel so blessed to have been able to participle in such great learning!!!! Love you... Beth oxoxox - Beth Rutty, Graghic Artist, Yoga Teacher 2011

"I love Yoga Therapy. I am thrilled at how effective it is in helping all kinds of conditions. The client I saw last week for anxiety and depression says he slept well for the first time this weekend- yeah! Physical, mental, emotional conditions- yoga therapy is such a gift!" - Tianne Allen, 2009

“This month was one of the best months of my life. One month full of joy, learning, growing.” - FF, 2009.

“I learned a tremendous amount from watching Karen; her presence, gentleness and knowledge was wonderful modeling. She has an attitude of acceptance and focus on details and learning.” - Michele Roy, 2009

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