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Private Yoga Therapy Sessions
All of our sessions are taught on a one-on-one basis, unless there is a specific reason for teaching in a group setting. Instructing on a private basis allows us as Yoga Therapists to gain a deeper understanding of who you are, which will then allow us to plan specifically for your needs.
Once we understand your needs, we develop a personalized home practice that may include some of the following tools:
  • diet & lifestyle recommendations
  • conscious and mindful breathing
  • appropriately sequenced and individualized physical movements
  • deep tissue bodywork
  • meditative practices
  • visualization
  • use of sound and mantra
  • dream yoga
  • guided relaxation & yoga nidra
  • ... and more.
A typical first consultation and yoga session lasts 90 minutes.

Initial Consultation includes:
  • Intake: Inquiring and assessing student's health history, current treatments and medications, current physical, mental and emotional condition, and student's health and wellness goals.
  • Yoga Practice: Each practice is tailored to suit your specific needs, capabilities, goals, and life circumstances. We will then teach you this personal practice.
  • Take Home: Students will be provided an accompanying diagram of the practice to be done at home.
  • Follow-Up Sessions: All throughout this process, you are strongly encouraged to check in with the teacher with any questions, concerns or personal feedback. Depending on your needs, follow up sessions may be necessary in order to revise and update your personal practice. As you change, so must the practice.

We teach Yoga as a complementary system of health, not an alternative one. It supports and works in conjunction with your normal medical treatments, and we ask you to continue your personal health routine as suggested by your doctor or medical professional.
Private sessions are by appointment only.
So please call or email for a consultation.
Private Session Fees - $90 / hour

Please be advised that your initial Consultation, Assessment & Yoga Session is typically 90 minutes ($135).

* Please respect our 24 hour cancellation policy or full fees may apply.

Special Introductory Offer
for New Students
:
3 private classes (including the initial consultation) for $260 (includes tax).
Class#1 - consultation & first practice (1.5 hrs)
Class#2 - 1 hr follow-up session
Class#3 - 1 hr follow-up session

* please note that all 3 sessions must be scheduled within 3 months of starting (they will not be carried over beyond 3 months).

* All fees include HST.
The Source Of Our Teaching

Yogacarya Sri T KrishnamacharyaYogacarya Sri T Krishnamacharya was regarded as the grandfather of modern yoga. In addition to being a yogi, he was also a well known healer, linguist, musician, researcher, author and expert scholar in the six Indian Schools of Vedic Philosophy. He was a true pioneer in his ability to translate ancient teachings and make them relevant in a modern context.

 

As a teacher his principle was "Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other." He taught that yoga should always be adapted to the unique needs, circumstances and goals of each individual. In refusing to standardize the practice and teaching methodology, he demonstrated a deep understanding of yoga relevant for all students.

 

During the one hundred years of his life (1888-1989), he inspired thousands of practitioners worldwide and today his teachings have become very popular through his many students - notably his son TKV Desikachar, Indra Devi, BKS Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois.

What Is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy (also known as Yoga Cikitsa) is being promoted as the wave of the future by many Yoga professionals, and in Yoga-related books and magazines. It is not a new style or branch of Yoga: it is Yoga. Yoga is and always has been a holistic healing discipline that offers a broad range of tools for supporting health, healing and personal transformation. One of the key advantages of a system like yoga is that it views the human system as a holistic entity that is made up different dimensions (physical body, breath, mind, personality traits, and emotions) that are mutually dependent on and mutually influence one another.

Though yoga is today associated mostly with postures, it is just one of the many tools that yoga has to offer. Some of the most profound tools that yoga offers include: conscious breath regulation, meditative practices, visualizations, use of vocal sounds, life style changes and dietary recommendations among many others. This makes the healing process very comprehensive and extremely specific to the individual.

The other key advantage of yoga is that it empowers people in the healing process. Rather, than being a passive recipient of treatment, the student is actively engaged in the path to well-being and is primarily responsible for their recovery. The role of the teacher is that of guide, directing the student to tools for recovery and teaching the right way to implement these tools. Once this is done, it is then the role of the student to practice it diligently, observe changes, and notify the teacher for any changes. Thus the healing comes from within the student, rather than from the outside. This powerful system has helped many thousands of students who have sought yoga as the solution to their problems.

This great art was perfected and presented by T Krishnamacharya, one of the most important yogis of our modern times. He healed and revived many people from all kinds of problems through this holistic, yet simple approach.
What Is The Best Yoga For Me
Function Over Form

Yoga is taught in three basic contexts: the context of a group class (these vary from the very general to classes with a specific goal or designated for a specific group of people), private instruction for developing a personal practice, or Yoga Therapy.

The goals of each category of class (group, private, and therapeutic) vary. However, a principle that holds true for each of them is that when applying the tools of Yoga, function is more important than form. In other words, as teachers, it is our responsibility to adapt the tool to suit the needs and abilities of the student, so that he or she may get the desired benefit from it.

Typically, improvement in "form" will come with time and effort. Improvement does not imply that a perfect forward bend or perfect chanting pitch will be achieved for certain, but perfection is not the goal: improvement in the student's health and sense of wellbeing is.

Group Yoga Classes


Group classes are for personal maintenance, self-education, and general well being. They also provide students with a positive and enjoyable experience of community. The teacher makes every effort to honor each student's abilities and needs, however, group classes, by their nature, work at a "common" level, as they need to address a broader range of criteria to keep everyone safe.

Not every group class is for every student. In keeping with the principle of viniyoga (proper and continuous application of the tools of yoga), we should choose a class pertinent to our needs, goals, and stage of life. For example, a pregnant woman will switch from her usual "energizing" practice, which can be quite vigorous, to a prenatal class to support her throughout her pregnancy. An athlete training for a competitive event might choose a vigorous, strengthening class that assists in developing stamina, as well as a meditative class to enhance mental focus. For a schedule of drop-in group classes, click here.

Private Yoga Sessions

As a student progresses further along in their practice, it becomes clear that group classes are useful only to a certain degree. We begin to understand that each of us has a unique physiology, skeletal- muscular structure, mental patterns, energy level, etc. To heal these areas of the body and mind a very specific Yoga program should be followed on a daily basis. This is when we look to our teacher for one-on-one instruction - the ideal and traditional form of Yoga instruction. The student consults with their teacher regularly and practices daily on their own using a practice designed for them by their teacher. Also, the student provides the teacher with feedback so that the practice can be refined, as needed. In this way, Yoga becomes a personal journey, and the student develops the skills to observe the subtle changes that occur in his or her own system. To contact Ante or Felicia Pavlovic about private yoga sessions, click here.

Yoga Therapy

Like private instruction, Yoga Therapy is offered on a one-to-one basis. In this case, the teacher adapts the tools of Yoga to help heal the student of a specific problem. Where general Yoga keeps us on the steady path of wellness and regular practice provides the equanimity to cope with the stresses and various stages of life, Yoga Therapy specifically targets the root cause of affliction. Or, where this is not possible, as with HIV for instance, the goal of Yoga Therapy is to heal by appeasing the symptoms, positively enhance quality of life and thereby reducing suffering. Because it is not chemical, Yoga Therapy is a complement to other systems of treatment. To make an appointment with Ante or Felicia Pavlovic for a Yoga Therapy consultation, click here.

An Individual Process

To make healing effective and potent, we must understand and interact with students individually, rather than prescribe practices in groups, though some exceptional situations may even allow that. When we interact with students privately we can understand their individual illnesses, their causes and what are the individual abilities of the student, which can help us design practices that will be the perfect fit for them. Can a doctor prescribe the same pill to patients irrespective of their complaint? Similarly a yoga therapist has to interact with the student privately to guide them in their healing. Otherwise it will not be an effective process.

A Self-Empowering Process

A powerful component of the healing process in yoga is that it empowers the student to heal themselves. Unlike surgery, where a surgeon operates on a passive and often unconscious patient; or massage therapy, where the therapist works on a patient - in yoga the student has an active and often complete responsibility in the healing process. The Yoga Therapist's role is limited to one of understanding the student's illness, and teaching appropriate practices that the student will have to do on their own. An important job is also to review and verify the appropriateness of the practice.

Since much of the healing happens due to the regular practice by the student, a key responsibility of the Yoga Therapist is to inspire and motivate them to maintain the practice. This is often the key to the success of a good healing process.
What Does Yoga Therapy Toronto Offer?
Private Sessions
Private, one-on-one Yoga instruction tailored to each student's specific needs, capabilities, goals, and life circumstances.

Group Classes
Group drop-in classes are for personal maintenance, self-education, and overall general well being. They also provide students an opportunity to find one’s own experience while being led in a conscious manner. Another benefit is the ability to practice in a communal setting.

Outreach Programme
With our Outreach Programme we partner with our teacher graduates and facilities and organizations to provide free yoga to underserved adults & youth in a diverse range of settings, including: recovery centres, shelters, healthcare facilities, correctional institutions, public schools, youth at risk programmes and more.
Teacher Training
We offer a comprehensive and extensive 300 hour Teacher Training Programme that is rooted in the holistic tradition of Yoga, yet also offers valuable modern teachings from western therapy and psychology.
Workshops & Pre-Registered Courses
All throughout the year Yoga Therapy Toronto offers ongoing Workshops & Pre-Registered courses where we will help guide you to a deeper understanding and experience of your practice.
Yoga Retreat to India
Every summer Yoga Therapy Toronto will take a group of students and teacher trainees to experience a Yoga & Meditation Retreat in India, where we will immerse ourselves in the study and practice of Yoga & Meditation.
Monthly Satsanga
We gather on the first Saturday of each month to engage in Philosophical discussions on relevant topics related to life and the practice of Yoga. In addition, we will explore other aspects such as Chanting, Pranayama (conscious breathing), and Meditation.
Why Is A Yoga Teacher's Lineage So Important?
Yoga Therapy Toronto is modeled after the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM), a successful Yoga Therapy Clinic, Yoga School, and Centre for Yoga-related research and educational programs in Chennai, India.

TKV Desikachar founded the KYM as a public, non-profitable charitable trust in 1976, in honor of his father and teacher, the renowned Yoga master, T Krishnamacharya. The KYM is dedicated to making the benefits of Krishnamacharya's Yoga methodology and teachings available to everyone, regardless of gender, race, religion, and nationality. Today, it is considered one of the most important centres for the study of Yoga in the world.

This lineage structure is a reflection of the heart of Yoga – relationship. The Yoga we practice today is a gift we received from thousands of men and women we will never know – the gift of a complete, holistic healing system.

Relationship also defines the way you learn Yoga – as a student. To be a student implies that you have a relationship with a teacher and the teachings.Neither role exists without the other. If you are a student and teacher of Yoga, then you are part of a lineage, just as Krishnamacharya or any of the great masters: a chain of unbroken relationships stretching backwards and forwards, into the past and into the future and infusing the present. This is part of the beauty and also the responsibility of practicing Yoga.
What Are The Benefits Of Yoga Therapy?
Since the practice of Yoga is modified to suit the individual, the person does not need to meet any requirements of fitness, age, or health in order to start a Yoga programme. Almost everyone would benefit from Yoga regardless of his or her medical condition.

What makes Yoga so beneficial is its ability to affect all levels of the human system. By practicing Yoga the student not only feels better, but also gains a way to actively participate in the care of his or her own health. Common benefits experienced by many students include, improvement in quality of sleep, elimination of pain, and reduction in stress. Medically speaking, we are instructing our students on how to support the functioning of their parasympathetic nervous system, which in turn supports homeostasis and healing.

Benefits of practicing Yoga may include, but are not limited to:

Quality of Life


Eliminate insomnia
Improve quality of sleep
Promote relaxation
Improve quality of relationships
Assist with weight loss
Promote healthy food habits (less emphasis on sugar, caffeine)
Promote healthy life habits (decrease craving for alcohol, smoking)

Physical

Decrease pain
Increase ease of breathing
Improve ease of movement
Improve joint mobility
Decrease risk of falls
Improve spine / joint stability
Increase strength and flexibility

Physiological

Increase circulation (especially peripheral)
Improve digestion
Improve immunity
Increase distal sensation
Increase amount of O2 in blood
Regulate heart rate
Regulate blood pressure
Regulate respiratory rate

Psychological

Increase emotional stability
Increase confidence
Reduce depression
Reduce panic attacks and anxiety
Reduce fear
Increase level of alertness and sharpness of mind
Acceptance of limitations
Other Benefits
Reducing pain and discomfort, overcoming physical or emotional trauma, and recovering from illness, injury, addiction, or other health concerns.

Maintaining current health and well being, preventing illness or injury, and increasing flexibility and strength including preparing for, or complementing an existing health maintenance or fitness program.

Reducing stress, overcoming depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma, and helping to manage and deal with life-threatening illness.

Personal and/or spiritual growth. In the case of spiritual growth, we feel it is important to note that the course followed would be initiated by the student's own interest and complimentary to the student's personal spiritual practices, beliefs, and preferences.

To make an appointment with Ante or Felicia Pavlovic for a Yoga Therapy consultation,
click here.
Is Yoga A Religion?
No. This confusion arose in our culture because Yoga evolved over thousands of years in the context of the spiritual and religious traditions of India. The practices of Yoga were appropriated into most of the different religious traditions of the East. When these teachings were first transmitted in the West, they were often taught by teachers who were also practicing one of the many forms of Hinduism, Sikhism, or Buddhism. The pure teachings of Yoga were therefore often mixed with the cultural and religious associations of the particular teacher.

Although the practices of Yoga were appropriated by these religious traditions, most of them dismissed Yoga as a secular science. Yoga is actually more correctly understood as a science of mind oriented towards understanding the mind/body relationship. Indeed we can see that many similar practices evolved and were appropriated into the religious traditions of the West. The pure teachings of Yoga have no theological orientation. The practices of Yoga when correctly taught will help anyone of any religious tradition deepen their own faith - it is often said that the practice of Yoga can make a Catholic a better Catholic, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Buddhist a better Buddhist, etc. That is why we find practicing Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, and Non-Theists among the countless Yoga enthusiasts around the world.