Yoga Therapy

“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.

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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].

Steady Breath, Steady Mind

Thursday mornings
 June 9th-30th, 2022
9:00am – 10:00am
$90.40 (includes taxes)
3rd Floor ballroom at 126 Hurontario St.
You must pre-register for all 4 classes

In this gentle but 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 standing poses, balancing postures, seated/ floor poses and possibly inversions. Intermittent rest will be woven into the sequencing, pranayama 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.

Rest and Renew

Wednesday Evenings
May 4 – May 25, 2022
7:00pm – 8:00pm
$90.40 (includes taxes)
3rd Floor ballroom at 126 Hurontario St.
You must pre-register for all 4 classes

Students will engage in a deep active relaxation practice that involves mostly floor work, slow, easy movement coordinated with long, smooth breathing, restorative poses and guided meditation that may include Yoga Nidra. This practice is aimed to help students practice letting go of the stresses of the day to move into a restful evening and satisfying sleep.


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 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.