“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. We recognize that regaining, and sustaining mental health is an ongoing process that requires different strategies at different points in life. This is why we provide a variety of de-pathologizing services that allow people to maintain their dignity and humanity during their process of growth and development.
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.
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
Yoga for Steadiness and Ease
End your week on a positive note, moving the stressors from the week out of your body and begin the weekend connected to yourself. This class is for yoga students of all levels – beginner to advanced. It will encourage you to take some time to yourself to process the week and then let it go, coming into the present moment. As it is an evening class our aim is to move towards stillness in preparation for a relaxing evening, allowing the nervous system to settle. We will use gentle movement, conscious breathing, sound, deep relaxation and pranayama to relax your body and still your mind.
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.
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.