300-HOUR YOGA THERAPIST TRAINING
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. 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.
PhD, E RYT-500, Intervention Scientist, Author, Educator, Certified Viniyoga Therapist
Founder-Director, Osteopath, Yoga Therapist, DOMP, CYT, E-RYT-500
MSc, BScPT, BA-BPHE, CYT, RYT 500
BA Psychology, MA Somatic Psychotherapy, CYT, BA, MA
M.A, E-RYT 500
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.
Module Anatomy & Ayurveda (AA) | 4 days | dates TBD
Mar 26-27: Functional Anatomy & Physiology for Yoga Therapy w/ Karen Claffey
Mar 28-29: Ayurvedic Medicine w/ Nitin Shah
Module Structural Alignment (SA) | 4 days | dates TBD
Module Restorative & Pain Care (RP) | 5 days | dates TBD
Oct 14-15: Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra w/ Karen Claffey
Oct 16-18: 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
Feb 18-21: Yoga Cosmology & The Subtle Body w/ Kaoverii Weber
Module Mind-Body Health (MB) | 5 days | dates TBD
Nov 3: Exploring the Therapeutic Relationship w/ Grace Bullock
Nov 4-5: Yoga Therapy for Cardio-Respiratory Health, Stress & Disease w/ Grace Bullock
Nov 6-7: 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
Learn Yoga for Cancer, Grief Relief, Spiritual Dimensions with Antonio Sausys
Learn Structural Alignment Therapy for Postural Issues, Inuries, and Repetitive Stress Conditions.
Learn Ayurvedic medicine from Dr. Nitin Shah
Learn restorative yoga practices for a variety of conditions.
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
"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  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