Yoga

“Yoga is relationship” – TKV Desikachar

At CPYC our focus is to provide Therapeutic Yoga to enhance psychological, 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.

Both classes and individual yoga therapy sessions welcome people of all skill and ability levels, with more emphasis on breath work and simple movements designed to move students towards higher healing. Classes and individual sessions are not aimed at improving physical skill in the poses, but instead aim to help you go deeper inside yourself so that you can learn to be more embodied, aware, calm, nurtured and healthy.

We aim to design classes in the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar who studied, developed and taught therapeutic yoga techniques to our teachers in the West. T. 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.

Yoga philosophies are indigenous to India and are based on thousands of years of knowledge development, observation, deep reflection and experimentation that have been codified by many scholars and mystics, who wrote such powerful works as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads and many others and have been interpreted by the teachers in this lineage through tireless effort. We could never claim to have fully embodied these philosophies as so much of what is within them is cultural and language based, however, these tools are so powerful, that even what we have been able to grasp through years of study and self practice, have benefitted us and we hope they will benefit you. We appreciate the teachers who have generously, compassionately, directly and openly imparted their knowledge and skill with those of us who have been interested. In particular, we thank T. Krishnamacharya, TKV Desikachar, Dr. N. Chandrasekaran, Dr. Nitin, Felicia and Ante Pavlovic of Yoga Therapy Toronto, David Robson of AYCT and Sharath Jois of Sharath Yoga Centre.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be offering 4 week blocks so that the same 6 people will be in the space for each class. Please see Health and Safety protocols [here].

Mindful movement, Mindful breath

Mondays 8am-9am

Dates: October  3 – 31, 2022 OR November 7-28, 2022

Cost: $90.40 (includes taxes)

Location: 43 Elgin St, 3rd Floor, Collingwood, ON L9Y 3L6
You must pre-register for all 4 classes

Start your week by noticing and nourishing your mind and body. This practice will guide you through an active but gentle sequence of postures (asanas) as well as breath exercises that will support you in growing mindful presence. We will practice setting an intention, mantra, goal to be carried out during the week, on and off the mat, to maximize the benefits of your practice. As we progress, through consistent practice, we help focus our mind away from the usual internal and external distractions, past stories or future projections, onto the present moment. The more we stay in this present moment awareness, the better integrated/balanced our brains and bodies become. Let’s give back to our bodies and minds. Let’s move, let’s breathe and be together.

In general the class will begin with an intention, mindful meditation, gentle stretches, that we will get to repeat each week, moving through seated and standing poses, balancing postures, and end with a breath exercise and relaxation.

Slow down, Plug in and Recharge

Thursdays 6:30pm – 7:30pm                

Dates: October 6-27, 2022 OR November 3-24, 2022

Cost: $90.40 (includes taxes)                        

Location: 43 Elgin St, 3rd Floor, Collingwood, ON L9Y 3L6
You must pre-register for all 4 classes

Allow this mid week practice to become a routine, to help your body and mind slow down while we gently move through restorative poses. The sequence will allow you to connect to and listen to your body; to know what it needs, so you can nourish yourself from the inside out. This nourishment is essential for your parasympathetic nervous system, the one responsible for balancing and restoring our bodies into homeostasis and keeping our emotions regulated. The more mindful we are about our bodies and its states, the quicker we get into balance. The more in balance we are, the better we handle daily living stress. Let’s pause together, let’s be curious, let’s become better acquainted with our parasympathetic system, let’s plug in and recharge.

 

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Self Practice Yoga Therapy Class

Dates: Fridays

Time: 8:30am-9:30am

Cost: $25 + tax/class

Location: Yoga Journey, 43 Elgin St, 3rd Floor, Collingwood, ON L9Y 3L6

You must register online 12 hours before coming to the class. If no one has registered for class online, the class will be cancelled. 

These classes are for yoga students who have met with Tara for a yoga therapy session and who were given a yoga therapy practice. Students will practice their personal practice in a group setting. Tara will assist them and update the practice where relevant, throughout the practice time. The last 10 minutes of the class (8:50) will be spent as a group in either pranayama or led meditation.

If you would like to join the class and have not received a yoga therapy practice, please contact Tara – tara@cpyc.ca to book an initial yoga therapy session where you will receive your daily practice. You can then join the class to practice your individually created practice in a group setting and with yoga therapist support.

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Yoga Therapy class for Stress, Burnout and Chronic Fatigue

Dates: Tuesdays

Time: 9:30am –10:30am                

Cost: $25 + tax                         

Location: 43 Elgin St, 3rd Floor, Collingwood, ON L9Y 3L6

You must register online 12 hours before coming to the class. If no one has registered for class online, the class will be cancelled. 

This class is designed with yoga therapy theories and techniques in mind that relate to reducing the underlying causes of stress, burnout and chronic fatigue syndrome. This is a gentle class and no experience is necessary. All students will leave with a practice they can continue throughout the week to reduce symptoms and increase the functional efficiency of their constitution. You will learn practical strategies for addressing they symptoms associated with stress, burnout and chronic fatigue. 

 

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Individual Yoga Therapy

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, energetic, psychological, intuitive and causal 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 including trauma symptoms, 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.

 

 

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.