Yoga Therapy

“Yoga is relationship” – TKV Desikachar

At CPYC our focus is to provide 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. 

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: If we deem it to be appropriate and if it remains available legally, we will begin offering in person yoga classes on Thursday, September 30th, 2021. 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 below. 

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

Saturday mornings
Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6
10:30 – 11:30am
You must pre-register for all 4 classes

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.

Rest and Renew

Thursday evenings
Oct 14, 21,28,Nov 4
You must pre-register for all 4 classes

Students will engage in a deep active relaxation practice that involves 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 let go of the stresses of the day to move into a restful evening.


Health and Safety Protocols

– As per government regulations, yoga students will be required to show their vaccine passport  and one piece of ID prior to their first class.

– Classes will have a maximum of 6 student plus one teacher (Classes must have 4 students registered to run)

– Mats will be laid out before class in the configuration that creates the most distance possible between mats – PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN MAT to place on top of the studio mats. Please spray down studio mats at the end of class with the alcohol sprayers provided. 

– Please bring your own props such as eye pillow or blanket. We will be sharing bolsters that will be covered with pillowcases washed after each use. Please put your pillow case into the laundry bin at the end of class. We will not be sharing eye pillows, or mats.

– Classes will be sold in 4 week blocks so that we can reduce the number of people sharing space over that time. 4 people must sign up for a class block for it to run.

– We ask that everyone self-screen and please stay home if at all feeling unwell or symptomatic. If you must stay home, you will not be refunded for that class.

– Please arrive wearing yoga practice attire and a face covering

– It will be mandatory to sanitize your hands upon entering the studio

– Everyone must wear a face mask inside the building, in the waiting area and common studio areas and only remove your mask once on your mat inside the practice space (and if you prefer, you may also wear one during the practice but it is not required)

– Teachers will remain on their own mat throughout the class and offer verbal instructions only. They will not be wearing masks unless they need to move somewhere in the class and cannot retain physical distance.

– Whenever possible (weather permitting), we will keep the windows open for fresh air circulation and/or we will have two air purifiers running throughout the class.

– Washrooms are public and are cleaned by the building management. Washrooms are cleaned weekly so please use your discretion when using them. 

– We will ask that everyone bring their own drinking container for water 

– All high contact surfaces (door handles, floors, hooks) will be regularly sanitized throughout the day

-We will thoroughly clean the studio prior to re-opening each day

-We believe strongly in self-responsibility so we will trust that you will decide for yourself if these protocols feel safe enough for you to join in a class and your registration for the class indicates that you are comfortable with these protocols. 


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.