Faculty - Cynthia Cooperstone

Cynthia originally came to the yoga mat in search of a healthy antidote to daily stressors. At that time, she had been working for ten years as a writer, editor and communications consultant for a wide variety of clients. A hiatus from her company afforded her the opportunity to explore her physical and spiritual fitness levels. “I wanted to understand why the anxiety I suffered from as a teen was resurfacing so acutely. I felt a fundamental imbalance that went far beyond the day to day juggle of a working mother of two.”
Yoga reawakened the muscle memories of her younger years in gymnastics and dance, as well as the sheer exhilaration of movement and play. More importantly, it began to work its alchemy on her sense of balance and well-being. She earned her Hatha Yoga certification in 2002, and then went on to complete more than 500 hours of training in the Anusara tradition, finalizing her certification in 2017 with the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga (ASHY). She continues to study asana and the therapeutic application of alignment principles, pranayama, meditation and yogic philosophy with a variety of local and internationally recognized teachers from different lineages. More recently, she has been adding resistance and cardio conditioning and functional movement training to her skill set.
Cynthia currently teaches private and public classes in Toronto and leads retreats and workshops. Her background in communications and literature (BA, McGIll University; MA, University of Toronto) allows her to bring both clarity and creativity to her instruction, as she intertwines philosophy and biomechanics in a richly moving experience. Her students call her a “playful powerhouse” whose classes offer a re-energizing mix of humour, spirituality, and physicality. Cynthia is most honored to bring her organizational and teaching skills to directing the Teacher Training programs at Kula Annex (Toronto, 2013-present) and more recently at the newly established INYE Yoga (Oakville).

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Take Your Pulse: The Embodiment of Universal Pulsation

The universe is alive and vibrating with energy and we organisms within this great living system pulse with a human frequency that reflects the world around us. With each cycle of inhalation and exhalation, we have the ability to attune to this primordial rhythm. Through the alignment principles of Anusara Yoga, we can find the optimal balance of effort and ease to contain dynamic movement. Learn the focal point of a pose, how muscular energy moves to focal points, and how organic energy moves away from focal points. This workshop will emphasize how to engage muscularly while expanding organically, a balance of action that yields safe and graceful poses and reminds us of our connection to this vibrant world.


6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (2 HRS)


Align with Anusara: The Universal Principles of Alignment

There are many variables in every asana: from the demands of taking and maintaining a shape to the ingrained patterns and limitations of the individual. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a standardized set of rules that could keep you safe yet challenged in each pose? The Universal Principles of Alignment (UPA's) are the hallmark physical and energetic actions of the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga (ASHY) methodology that both simplify and deepen asana practice. Gain confidence in self-adjustment and enrich your on-the-mat experience as you embody these elegant and streamlined principles.


9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (6 HRS)


Align and Refine: The Energetic Loops of Anusara Yoga

Once the student has taken the general shape of a pose, there are meaningful ways to subtly adjust the human container to promote optimal alignment and vitality. The seven loops of Anusara Yoga are tools of refinement, secondary currents of energy that rotate and interconnect like gears to help optimize the flow of muscular and organic energy. In this workshop, students will learn about these bilateral currents and how they help adapt each pose to one's individual needs. From hyperextended knees to collapsed lumbar to shrugged shoulders, the seven loops can dissolve difficult patterns and clear the path to greater spaciousness and freedom.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (2 HRS)


The Art of the Theme: Finding language to enrich your teaching

The yoga tradition is replete with stories, philosophy and layered meaning that need not be reserved for reading, satsang, and solitary contemplation. To weave a theme into asana instruction enriches the on-mat experience and gives today's students an opportunity to connect to the deeper relevance of the yogic way of life. Teaching with an intention is a skill that can be learned. Using Anusara's alignment principles as a framework, students will learn how to layer descriptive language on top of active cues. They will gain confidence in leveraging their individual creativity, finding unique ways to express themselves and relate to their students. Although heart-themed instruction is the cornerstone of Anusara teaching, this skill is transferable to any discipline and school.


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (2 HRS)