Yoga Therapist Training

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Your Health Source MagazineThe Ebb and Flow of Pain:
Finding relief through yoga therapy
An Interview with Felicia Pavlovic
Interview by Barbara Bryan
Your Health Source Magazine
April 2007

When Felicia Pavlovic first began practicing yoga, she was 19. Amidst the deities, chants and incense, it meant nothing more to her than the ambient winds of her faith in Catholicism and prayer. Until 'knowledge' led her to her own embodiment as a yoga therapist.

For almost two decades, Pavlovic at 37, practices her asanas, (postures) while taking annual treks to India in pursuit of being the best yoga therapist she can be. In 2003, it was all nearly obliterated when a near fatal car accident left her with a herniated disc, a broken mandible (jaw) and still to this day, a body that can no longer do the postures she was once so capable
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.
Meditation Sanga

The Yoga Therapy Toronto community of students will gather every Thursday evening to participate in a 'spiritual community' - or what is known as a 'sanga.'
The purpose of this weekly meditation group is to practice together as a supportive community. We will begin with a few minutes of gentle movement and conscious breath practice to prepare the body and mind for sitting; followed by a guided seated meditation session; and ending with a relaxation period. The focus will be on mindfulness and how we can be fully engaged in life.
These sessions will be facilitated by Ante Pavlovic.
Yoga Therapy Toronto
(located at 692 Bloor St. W. - 2nd floor, just one street east of Christie subway station)
7:30pm to 8:45pm
Every Thursday from October to April - please check drop-in schedule for confirmation.
Sessions begin first Thursday in October and continue until last Thursday in April.
(No sessions from May to September).
by donation only - pay what you can. All proceeds will go towards our volunteer Outreach activities helping those in need.
If you would like to find out more information, please call or e-mail.
All are welcome!
Private 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
  • meditative practices
  • visualization
  • use of sound and mantra
  • dream yoga
  • guided relaxation & yoga nidra

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 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.
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.
Teachers from India

Dr. N.Chandrasekaran

Dr. NC is an active practitioner of allopathic medicine for over 25 years. His deep inquest into Vedanta brought him to the study of yoga. He did his diploma in Yoga at the KYM (1990– 1992), where he was introduced to the therapeutic potentials of yoga. He has been a yoga teacher and therapist for over eighteen years, including being the Director of Yoga Therapy at the KYM for almost a decade.

With his deep knowledge of western allopathic medicine combined with his vast experience as a Yoga Therapist, he has done private consultation and designed individual therapy courses for more than ten thousand people suffering from a whole range of health issues.
Dr. NC is currently publishing a series of volumes on Yoga Therapy, as well as leading Yoga Therapist trainings around the world.


Yoga Therapist Training - March 2019 to July 2021

** Please note that Yoga Therapy Toronto has submitted an application for accreditation with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) as an 800 hour Yoga Therapist level training school ... further paperwork is currently being submitted and updates will be posted as they occur. **

Over the course of 30+ months, this 1,000+ hour training program will explore the ancient healing wisdom of yoga from a sound scientific perspective. In this process, you will also learn how to deeply connect with yourself and others and facilitate healing that is empowering, enduring and life transforming.
In Year 1 of the training we will primarily focus on the foundation principles of Yoga Therapy where you will learn about the philosophy behind healing and how to approach the healing dynamic. You will also learn about all of the major systems of the body (ie: musculo-skeletal, respiratory, digestive, circulatory, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, urinary, lymphatic, etc.) and many of the related conditions and diseases associated with each system.
In Year 2 and beyond, we will focus on learning how to apply the foundation principles in a practical manner. You will learn how to do a proper intake and consultation, how to work with different individuals with varying conditions, and how to apply Yoga and Ayurveda during live case-study sessions. This transformational process will teach you how to address your own physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs, as well as the needs of others.
Prospective students must be willing and able to participate in an intensive and rigorous course of study over 30+ months in order to successfully graduate as a certified Yoga Therapist.
However, another option available is to take this training as part of a personal development process where the student attends the program without choosing to pursue certification.

** The next Yoga Therapist Training is scheduled to commence in March, 2021.


Program Benefits
Comprehensive Curriculum

This is a comprehensive curriculum that combines the ancient wisdom of Yoga & Ayurveda with Modern Science. The foundation of this program is based on the respected teachings of yoga master T.Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, along with an integration of western Psychology and Therapy.

You will receive intensive training in Individualized Yoga Therapy where you will be empowered to work on a one-on-one basis with your clients through the healing process. This healing paradigm is based on a holistic understanding of the human system and respects the uniqueness, special needs and abilities of each individual.

The student-teacher relationship lays the foundations for learning. In this course, each student has a mentor who provides support and advice throughout the training, with an emphasis on cultivating a healthy Student-Teacher relationship based on respect, faith and trust. In addition, for those graduates who are interested in continuing with their studies, Yoga Therapy Toronto offers ongoing mentorship to assist and aid each student along their personal and professional paths.

Personal Attention
This course's strength lies in the personal attention and guidance each student receives for their personal and professional development and offers two-full-time teachers in class at all times for greater personal attention.

An opportunity to participate and engage in a healing yoga community (sanga) that is both self-sustaining and willing to extend support to the larger community in the field of health and healing.

Weekend Residential Retreats
- (to be held in May & October of both Year 1 & Year 2)
An opportunity to explore and deeply experience the therapeutic tools of yoga. These retreats will be held at a residential retreat centre (located in nature within one hour of Toronto).

Interpersonal Skills Development Group Therapy

These group therapy sessions are designed to strengthen and nurture the connection within the group of therapist trainees. We will consolidate learning, share from personal practice and teaching, as well as develop strategies for improved listening and communication skills. In these sessions, we will also dialogue about the transference and counter-transference that occurs between therapist and student.

Supervised Yoga Therapy Teaching Internship
Once we feel the student is ready, we offer an opportunity to teach group therapeutic sessions, as well as one-on-one yoga therapy private sessions with the community at large - this may include: mental health centres, hospitals, shelters, retirement centres, etc. This enables the student to obtain valuable teaching experience while being supervised by a mentor.

Other Benefits Include:
  • Being accredited as a Certified Yoga Therapist by Yoga Therapy Toronto.
  • Having a career that is beneficial and uplifting to oneself and others.

Program Features
This Yoga Therapist Training involves 1,000+ hours of study over 30+ months:

Included in the Total Cost of the Training Program:
  • 500+ overall in-person teacher contact hours (spread out over 17 weekend modules, plus individual private and mentor sessions, group therapy practicum preparation classes)
  • 300+ overall practicum hours where you will teach small groups with a therapuetic need, individuals with a common condition, and different individuals with varying therapeutic needs (spread out over the 30+ months)
  • Individual Personal and Professional Development - 6 private sessions - (2019 - Apr/Jun/Sep) and (2020 - Mar/Jun/Sep)
  • Four weekend residential retreats (to be held at a retreat centre) in May and October of year 1 and year 2  (84 hours)
  • Practicum Preparation for Group Therapy sessions (65 hours)
  • Supervised Teaching - Volunteer Outreach Group Therapy practicum delivery sessions (30 hours)
  • Supervised Teaching - Private sessions as lead therapist for the condition-based practicum project  (58 hours)
  • Supervised Teaching Internship - 6 month Yoga Therapy Internship as the lead therapist  (300 hours)
  • Condition-based Practicum Project, Supervised Group Study Sessions, Written Projects & Reports - reading, research, group discussions & presentations
  • Unlimited Drop-in Group classes at the studio
  • All required texts and course materials

    The program fee does not cover costs that may be incurred by students for practicum or research projects, nor any additional supervision/mentoring sessions a student may required to take based on individual assessment of progress.
Program Curriculum
Curriculum Content: Course study units will include the following main areas of focus:

1.1) Foundation Principles of Yoga Therapy:

  • Understanding the Mind & Healing from the Yoga perspective and allied systems;
  • Understanding the framework for health and illness - body & mind integration; addressing the need for deeper and comprehensive healing; understanding various therapeutic models (Samkhya; Panca Maya; Tri-Dosa; Vyuham; etc.)
  • Yoga Philosophy & relevant textual study (Yoga Sutra, etc.);
  • Ayurvedic guidelines for wellness and healing; Nutrition guidelines;

1.2) Bio-medical and Psychological Foundations:

  • Anatomy and Physiology; Subtle Anatomy;
  • Study of the major systems of the body (ie: musculo-skeletal, respiratory, digestive, circulatory, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, urinary, lymphatic, etc.) and their inter-relationships; 
  • Pathology of common illnesses from the perspective of Modern Medicine, Yoga and Ayurveda;
  • General guidelines how to work with common illnesses - tools of yoga therapy, diet, lifestyle management, contra-indications, knowledge of healthcare information, terminology and basic diagnostic methods; 
  • Familiarity with common medical terminology, medications, surgical procedures, etc; How to communicate effectively with allopathic medical practitioners; etc;
  • Comparative Overview of Yoga Philosophy and Western Psychology;
  • Yoga Therapy for Mental and Emotional concerns;
  • Group Therapy, Counseling, Dialogue and Self-Reflection in healing;

1.3) Yoga Therapy Tools and their Application:

  • Yoga Therapy Tools, Techniques, and Practices; Including such tools as: Personal & Social Observances, Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Relaxation Techniques, Mantra & Chanting, Self reflection, Lifestyle Management, etc.;
  • Process of Structuring a Healing Practice: Intake & Interview process; Evaluation & Observation; Appropriate Goal Setting; Appropriate Application of individualized Tools, Techniques and Practices; Measuring Progress; Evaluating Feedback; Evolving the practice over time; etc;
  • Experiential application of the therapeutic tools of yoga: explore asana, pranayama, and meditation in a residential retreat setting located in nature.

1.4) Teaching & Therapeutic Skills:

  • Principles of the Therapeutic Relationship; Nurturing and developing appropriate Communication Skills (ie: listening, presence, directive and non-directive dialogue, etc.);
  • Cultivating an ongoing, long-term Therapeutic Relationship; Developing and nurturing a Personal Practice;
  • Ability to adapt the yoga practice according to the evolving needs, goals, and aspirations of each student;
  • Principles & Skills for Educating Students; Empowering the Individual and awakening the healing potential;
  • Principles & Skills for Working with Groups; Ability to design, implement, and evaluate group programs;
  • Observation of Consultation and one-on-one Yoga Therapy sessions;
  • Condition-based Practicum Project & Presentation;

1.5) Practicum - Practical Application of Learning:

  • Supervised Teaching - Volunteer Outreach Group Therapy sessions where you volunteer teach in your local community with a small group of students with a specific health need, condition, or disease; Assessment of each individual and delivery of individualized yoga therapy in a group setting; 
  • Supervised Teaching - Private Yoga Therapy sessions as part of your condition-based practicum project;
  • Supervised Teaching - Yoga Therapy Internship where you will be the lead therapist delivering one-to-one private yoga therapy sessions (consultation and practice; follow-up sessions; documentation; etc;)

1.6) Professional Practice:

  • Ethical Principles; Personal & Professional Codes of Conduct;
  • Legal, Regulatory, and Business Issues pertaining to Yoga Therapy;
  • Relationships with Peers, Mentors, Clinicians, and Organizations;
  • Personal and Professional development and Continuing Education;

Dates & Times
This Yoga Therapist Training will begin in March 2019 and end in July 2021.
We will meet for a total of 17 modules. For the most part, this works out to be approximately one weekend module every other month (with certain exceptions).

As part of the modules, we will be attending 4 Weekend Residential Retreats:
Retreat#1 - Sat, May 11 to Sun, May 12, 2019
Retreat#2 - Sat, October 19 to Sun, October 20, 2019

Retreat#3 - Sat, May 9 to Sun, May 10, 2020
Retreat#4 - Sat, October 24 to Sun, October 25, 2020
These retreats will be held at a residential retreat centre (located in nature within one hour of Toronto).
The retreats will begin on Saturday morning at 9am and we will depart on Sunday after 6pm.
Carpooling and shared transportation may be arranged with fellow participants.

As well, students are required to attend a minimum of 50 group therapy practicum preparation classes (with Felicia or Ante) throughout the training (for out-of-town students, we may propose alternate options).
In addition, there will be 6 Private sessions scheduled throughout the program.

Each weekend module will have the following schedule:
Fridays from 9am to 5:30pm
Saturdays from 11am to 8pm
from 9am to 6pm

- (the final weekday module#17 in July 2021 will be from 9am to 2pm all three days).

Scheduled Dates: (subject to change with prior notice)
Scheduled Dates
(all Friday sessions - 9am to 5:30pm)
(all Saturday sessions - 11am to 8pm)
(all Sunday sessions - 9am to 6pm)

(final module July 2021 - all three sessions 9am to 2pm)

Module #1 Fri-Sun, Mar. 22-24, 2019
Module #2 Fri-Sun, May. 3-5, 2019
Module #3 - Retreat

Sat & Sun, May. 11-12, 2019

Module #4 Fri-Sun, Jul. 12-14, 2019
Module #5 Fri-Sun, Jul. 19-21, 2019
Module #6 Fri-Sun, Sep. 20-22, 2019
Module #7 - Retreat

Sat & Sun, Oct. 19-20, 2019

Module #8 Fri-Sun, Nov. 15-17, 2019
Module #9 Fri-Sun, Jan. 24-26, 2020
Module #10 Fri-Sun, Mar. 20-22, 2020
Module #11

Fri-Sun, May. 1-3, 2020

Module #12 - Retreat

Sat & Sun, May. 9-10, 2020

Module #13 Fri-Sun, Jul. 10-12, 2020
Module #14 Fri-Sun, Sep. 18-20, 2020
Module #15 - Retreat

Sat & Sun, Oct. 24-25, 2020

Module #16 Fri-Sun, Nov. 20-22, 2020
Final Module #17 Mon-Wed, Jul.12-14, 2021

Downtown Toronto.
Weekend training modules and all private sessions will take place at Yoga Therapy Toronto
(located at 692 Bloor St. W. - 2nd floor, just one street east of Christie subway station)
To view a Location Map, please click here.
Group Size
It is proposed that approximately 20 students will be accepted in this program.

It is important for us to proceed with a committed group of students where each person is guaranteed to receive sufficient personal attention and guidance from the Trainers. Also, we feel it is important to build a sense of community where appropriate learning and healthy relationships may be nurtured in a safe environment.
Costs   &   Terms and Conditions
The Total Cost of the Training Program is $11,000 (includes all taxes).

Payment Schedule:
Installmet #1 due upon Acceptance: $2,000 (of which $500 is a non-refundable registration fee).
Installment #2 due by March 22, 2019: $3,000.
Installment #3 due by November 15, 2019: $3,000.
Installment #4 due by March 20, 2020: $3,000.

The Total Cost of the Training Program is $11,000 (includes all taxes). This fee covers the cost of training modules, the residential retreats (travel costs are extra), sessions between modules and all mandatory texts, learning resources and materials.

This training is a non-residential program. Students have to make their own arrangement for all transportation, boarding and lodging (except for the retreats, where food and stay are already included).

The program fee does not cover costs that may be incurred by students for practicum or research projects, nor does it cover any additional mentoring sessions (at $80/hr) a student may require to take based on not fulfilling the mandated requirements of the training.

If an alternative payment plan is required, please contact us directly for further options.

Modes of Payment:

a) Online e-transfer to
b) Cheque, payable to 'Yoga Therapy Toronto'
c) VISA/Mastercard may be used, however there is an additional 2% surcharge to be incurred for each payment

Terms and Conditions:

The program fee must be paid in full within the due dates given, even if the student misses any parts of the training. In such cases, the student must make additional payment arrangements to catch up on missed training hours/sessions.

Cancellation Policy:

If a student withdraws from the training any time before commencement of the training, the school will retain the non-refundable registration fee of $500.

If a student withdraws after the start of the training but prior to the 3rd installment date of Nov.15, 2019, the school will be owed $5,000 (irrespective of any outstanding balance owing or alternate payment plan arrangements).

If a student withdraws from the training after the 3rd installment date of Nov.15, 2019, the school will be owed the entirety of the training fee of $11,000 (irrespective of any outstanding balance owing or alternate payment plan arrangements).

Any extenuating circumstances will be attended to on a case-by-case basis.

If a student withdraws from the training during the program, hours will not be granted for the incomplete program.

Main Faculty:
Both Felicia Pavlovic & Ante Pavlovic will be co-teaching all sessions.

Associate Faculty:
In addition, we will have teachers come in to share some of their expertise in:
- Yoga Therapy & Vedanta (with Dr. N.Chandrasekaran - of Yoga Vaidya Sala)
- Ayurveda (with Vaidya Nitin Shah - of Good Life Ayurveda)

Adjunct Faculty:
When available, we may have teachers come in to share some of their expertise in:
- Yoga Therapy (with Saraswathi Vasudevan - of Yoga Vahini)

Potential Applicants
The applicant must be a graduate of either Yoga Therapy Toronto's Level-1 Teacher Training (300 hours), or a RYT-200 hour Teacher Training equivalent in another tradition. However, if deemed necessary, some integration studies may be required (prior to acceptance, and/or during the training itself).
Admission Requirements
While everyone can practice yoga for their own health and well-being, not all are ready to become Yoga Therapists. Thus, a few pre-requisites are suggested to apply for this training program:
  • The applicant must be at least 18 years of age and have a sincere desire to help oneself and others with Yoga.
  • The applicant must be a graduate of either Yoga Therapy Toronto's Level-1 Teacher Training (300 hours), or a RYT-200 hour Teacher Training equivalent in another tradition.
  • The applicant must have at least one year experience with personal practice.
  • The applicant must be willing to devote the necessary time and energy over the course of the 30 months and be willing to commit to the academic and non-academic requirements.
Application Procedure
The applicant must contact us and then we will send out an application form (via e-mail) to be filled out. Once that is received, we will schedule a personal interview. We request to meet every applicant in order to ensure that there is a suitable compatability for all involved, as well as to discuss any further questions, clarifications and expectations about the training.
Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Fee of $2,000 is required in order to secure your enrollment in the training (of which $500 is non-refundable).
Contact Info:
(T): 416-850-0015

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