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​​​​​​Karen Claffey's New 
Yoga for Wellness Teacher Training  
150-Hour Program for Personal and/or Professional Development 

Are you ready to enrich and transform your life?
Embark on a journey of self-healing & empowerment.
Learn to share your passion for yoga & wellness.

With two decades experience in training and certifying outstanding yoga teachers, our founder and principal yoga teacher trainer, Karen Claffey has specially designed this new Yoga for Wellness program.


This program is for you if you would like to enrich your life with restorative yoga, essential Hatha yoga, mindfulness, and Ayurveda. Learn to empower and heal yourself through yoga and wellness, and/or become a compassionate and highly qualified Yoga for Wellness Teacher. 


  • Restorative Yoga for deep relaxation and rejuvenation 

  • Gentle Yoga for grounding, improved breathing and range of motion

  • Fundamental Hatha Yoga Poses and Warm-Ups

  • Mindfulness Meditation

  • Pranayama

  • Teaching methodology: Effective Cueing, Sequencing of yoga poses for optimal safety, the Art of Hands on Adjusting

  • Therapeutic applications of yoga for a variety of conditions including arthritis, anxiety and depression

  • Essential basics of teaching Prenatal Yoga, Chair Yoga for seniors

  • Chakras and the Subtle Body

  • Introduction to Yogic and Buddhist philosophy

  • Essential Anatomy and Physiology relevant to Yoga for Wellness

  • Introduction to Ayurveda

  • 3 Vegan Macrobiotic Ayurvedic-Inspired Cooking Classes: Cooking for Vatta, Pitta, Kapha

Yoga for Wellness Program


  1. October 12 and 13, 2024*

  2. November 16 and 17, 2024*

  3. December 14 and 15, 2024

  4. January 11 and 12, 2025

  5. February 8 and 9, 2025

  6. March 22 and 22, 2025

  7. April 19 and 20, 2025

* The first two weekends - October and November - will be devoted to Restorative Yoga, and will be available as a separate Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, space permitting. Space for participants attending the full 7-weekend program will be prioritized. 

Weekend Schedule: 

Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Sunday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

There will be 15-minute breaks in the morning and afternoon, and a 1-hour lunch break mid-way.

Application & Registration Process 

  1. Download and complete the YFWTT Application Form.

  2. Send to Karen via email: (note there is a dash after heaven).

  3. Please do not send any payment until your application has been reviewed, and you've received email confirmation of your attendance. Payment is due upon acceptance of your application to reserve your space in the program. See Tuition Fees & Payment Schedule below. 

  4. This program will run with a minimum of four (4) participants, and a maximum of eight (8) participants.

  5. Registration deadline July 31st, 2024, or as soon as the program is full, whichever comes first. 

Tuition Fees CAD & Payment Schedule

Full Program Early-Bird Discount by June 1st, 2024: $2800.00 + HST ($3164.00) - Save over $200

  • Full payment due upon acceptance of your application, before or by the Early-Bird Discount Deadline of June 1st, 2014. Payable by etransfer to:


Full Program: $2900.00 + HST ($3277.00) - Save over $100


Per Weekend: $430.00 + HST ($485.90)

  • Payment for 1st weekend is due upon acceptance of your application.

  • Payment for subsequent weekends is due before or by 5 pm the Friday prior to each weekend. Payable by etransfer to:

This program is designed to...

  • transform and uplift your life.

  • deepen your yoga practice and your knowledge of holistic health to enrich your life.

  • provide the option for those who wish to become an inspirational Yoga for Wellness teacher.

How This 150-Hour Program Differs from our Previous 200-Hour YTT's

As in all my (Karen Claffey) Yoga Teacher Training programs since 2002, the goal has always been to train highly skilled, knowledgeable professional yoga teachers with emphasis on not only the physical benefits of yoga, but also the spiritual, heart-centered and philosophical aspects of yoga. This included a wide spectrum of basic to advanced yoga postures, and how to sequence to achieve more and more advanced yoga postures. There was great emphasis on how to give verbal cues for advanced biomechanics and alignment, and how to perform hands-on-adjustments with said biomechanical alignment principles in each posture. Ample hours of the program were devoted to restorative yoga, mindfulness, Ayurveda and more.

Our programs were designed according to the standards of Yoga Alliance 200-hour curriculum-breakdown: Techniques, Training, Practice 75 hours; Anatomy & Physiology 30 hours; Yoga Humanities 30 hours; Professional Essentials 50 hours. Over and above that, I took pride in not only meeting their standards, but surpassing them.

A few years ago, I decided to let my Yoga Alliance accreditation expire. Each year when the annual renewal fees came due, I had begun to question more and more the value in it for me as a teacher, and as a teacher-trainer. It had occurred to me that in all the years of teaching in a variety of locations, yoga studios, private clubs, gyms, etc, I had never been asked if I was registered with Yoga Alliance. 

Yoga is not recognized by insurance companies under employee-benefits programs. As a manual osteopath, I pay annual fees to an association so that insurance companies will recognize my services. Until Yoga and Yoga Therapy is recognized by insurance companies, I do not see the value in paying annual fees.


Therefore this new program is not registered with Yoga Alliance, and is not restricted by their program requirements.


This new streamlined program I have designed, in my opinion, better serves the needs of teaching to the wider population of students who are new to yoga and/or are simply seeking peace, rather than a rigorous yoga regimen suited to serious full-time yogis. 


I've discovered over the past two decades of teaching yoga that only a small percentage of the population wants to, or can, do advanced yoga postures (unless you were a dancer or gymnast). Few of us have the free time it requires to become a serious yogi; which takes devotion and many hours per week to safely master advanced poses.  Rather than rolling out a yoga mat to perform a challenging routine of yoga poses, most people are simply looking for serenity, wellness, and to create a space for self-care and healing. 


Most people simply want - and need - to destress! 

This new program will include all the elements in our previous programs. The difference is, we will put greater focus on restorative yoga, fundamental Hatha yoga poses, warm ups, relaxation, mindfulness practices, and Ayurveda. There will be no mastering difficult poses. No learning Sanskrit names of the poses, and no complicated biomechanical alignment cueing.  (If you are interested in biomechanics and refined alignment check out my online course: Structural Alignment Yoga Therapy).


Instead, we will devote time to practices that support wellness. We will explore the science behind practices meant to ground, uplift, and inspire greater self awareness. Students will learn the tools and skills needed for self-care, and the option to share this knowledge 'professionally' with others, if this is your desire. 

Throughout the program, participants will also learn and share with each other. Their will be occasions to practice-teach your fellow-students. The best way to learn for ourselves, is to teach others. No matter how prepared we may or may not feel to teach others, this step offers an incredible opportunity for growth and learning.  

In addition to the approximately 100 classroom hours, there will be approximately 50 hours of homework spread throughout the program; or approximately 8 hours per month. Homework will be given the first weekend in October, and is to be completed prior to the last weekend in April. The homework is designed to not only further your yoga and wellness knowledge, but more importantly, to support you in your process of healing and transformation. For participants who successfully complete all the in-class hours, and submit their homework before or by April 11th, 2025, a certificate will be awarded on the last weekend for completing the Yoga for Wellness 150-Hour Program

200-Hour YTT Graduate's Comments


Dear Karen, I can't thank you enough, you will never know just how much you have helped me in my process of forgiving and healing. Meeting your and learning from you in the incredible training has changed my life. You have given me the tools to really change my life and for that I am eternally grateful. I started this training wanting to be a yoga teacher, now not only am I a yoga teacher I am a whole person again. In my transformation I have also gained better relationships with the people in my life I love and care for. this training is a wonderful growing process and I appreciate all that it has given me. Hugs & gratitude, Namaste Colleen xo  (from graduate of weekend program 2009-10 given in a personal card June 6, 2010)

Karen Claffey is a true yogi, offering up her knowledge of the physical asanas and precise, safe alignment in poses ranging from the beginner level all the way up to the highly advanced in a clear, effective teaching style. The course was a balance between physically demanding work of perfecting our yoga asanas, and spiritual growth fostered through the contemplative and meditative practices of Raja yoga. Karen teaches from her heart. She has a gentleness and softness of heart that inspire students to open and blossom. This heart, combined with a sharp mind and a body at once supple and strong, makes her a model that will inspire me always. Amazing course. Unforgettable. Claire Holden Rothman, Massage Therapist, Journalist, Writer, Yoga Teacher​

It was wonderful. I enjoyed the fun filled challenge as a whole through physical, spiritual, soulful journey. I surprised myself how much I learned and how much confidence I gained as a teacher in three weeks. Thank you Karen. You are an optimal teacher. The practice teachings allowed me to develop as a confident, knowledgeable teacher.  Anna Hallows, Gymnastics Coach, Yoga Teacher

The training was profound. It went beyond any of my expectations. I found a new love for yoga and met people with incredible strength. This training gave me a new perspective not only of yoga but of life itself. Karen you really are an amazing inspirational teacher.  Gemma Waldron, Naturopath, Yoga Teacher

This training not only met my expectations but much more. I have learned the "true essence" of yoga. The alignment principles were great for teaching asanas which gave me confidence in teaching them and ensuring safety of my students. But what I found most valuable was all the Yin & Yang, the yoga philosophy, therapeutics, chakras....and extras that taught me so much about yoga and life!  Evelyn Odoefer, Reflexology Practitioner, Yoga Teacher

Tu m'as fait decouvrir un jardin exceptionnellement riche et prodigue, tu nous a fait jardiner enormement, comme jamais on sen serait cru capable. Tu m'as permis de recolter tellement plus que j'aurais puis dans me recolte, il y aussi moi, qui ai beaucoup pousse... Merci! xx  Mylene Roy, Choreographer, Journalist, Theater Writer/performer. Danga & Yoga Teacher

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