Yoga Therapy

“Yoga is relationship” – TKV Desikachar

At CPYC our focus is to provide Yoga to enhance mental, physical, physiological and spiritual health and as a complimentary form of healing for mental health issues. We aim to create a supportive community and to develop strong relationships with our students. 

The Yoga lineage we follow is that of Sri. T. Krishnamacharya. Krishnamacharya was an Indian yoga teacher, Ayurvedic healer and scholar. Often referred to as “the father of modern yoga,” Krishnamacharya is widely regarded as one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century. Our teachings are based on the Yoga Sutra’s of Patanjali, Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic principles as they have been described to us by TKV Desikachar, Dr. N. Chandrasekaran, Felicia and Ante Pavlovic of Yoga Therapy Toronto, David Robson of AYCT and Sharath Jois of Sharath Yoga Centre.

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PLEASE NOTE: As of March 15, 2020, all yoga classes will be temporarily suspended.
Online classes may be offered soon. Please check back for updates

Individual Yoga Therapy Sessions

Yoga Therapy is the correct application of yoga tools at the right time to the particular individual to promote and enhance healing. These tools include, but are not limited to, asanas (poses), pranayama (breathing techniques), visualization, sound, mindfulness practices, meditation, ethical practices (Yamas and Niyamas), study of philosophy, diet, lifestyle and relationship to self, other and the natural world.  

 

Yoga therapy examines each person’s unique physical, physiological, psychological and intuitive bodies to determine a practice tailored to the individual that can assist the student to advance in whatever area they would like to address. This can include disease, chronic illness, psychological challenges, physical pain or injury, spirituality and whatever areas are relevant to the student. 

 Yoga therapy is a complimentary healing modality that can be used in conjunction with other forms of healing, including the medical model.

Students come to an initial assessment session where a complete yoga practice will be designed and taught with a focus on that student’s particular needs. Students will be asked to practice daily and to return for follow up sessions to advance and adjust the practice as needed. Students can also participate in classes that are offered, including self practice classes where they can join in community to do the practice they have been assigned in a group setting.

Steady Breath, Steady Mind

In this active class, we will move with steadiness and ease from one pose to the next consciously coordinating breath with movement. As we focus on our breath and learn to use it in different ways, our body opens and our mind comes into the present moment. This class is for anyone who finds movement a useful tool for turning inward  in order to calm the fluctuations of the mind. Because of the strong emphasis on conscious breath control combined with asana practice,  students will develop greater mental focus and ability to maintain attention, feel a greater sense of control and connection with their body, breath and mind. The physical, physiological, mental and spiritual bodies of the self will be supported and strengthened through patience and practice.

In general the class will begin with a  warm up, and be followed by standing poses, balancing postures, seated/ floor poses and inversions. Intermittent rest will be woven into the sequencing and deep relaxation will end the class. In addition to asana practice (poses), these classes may also include pranayama, visualization, deep relaxation, the use of sound, chanting and mantra.

Self Practice Class

Students practice together in the same room, at their own pace, with one-on-one guidance from the yoga therapist as needed. Students practice the unique sequence that was given to them by their yoga therapist. This will allow the yoga therapist to observe their practice, to help them to progress and to adjust the practice as needed. Self practice classes allows students to have to be accountable to their practice which can be a challenge, especially when we are starting out and gives them a community of others who are on a similar path. This can be encouraging and provide inspiration to maintain the practice.

Our Mission

To provide clients with an accepting, friendly space to discover their healing path and to develop therapeutic relationships that sustain, inspire and guide them.

To provide clients with highly skilled, self responsible and self aware psychotherapists and yoga therapists who are always striving to learn about advancements in their fields and to continually develop themselves.

To create psychoeducational opportunities for clients to empower them to learn about their symptoms and how they can move towards healing and growth.

To provide innovative training programs that develop highly competent, self aware, self responsible, and inspiring psychotherapists and yoga therapists.