MDABC’s Journey Of Yoga Therapy for Healing (JOY-TH) program
with Dr. Carmen Chornell
JOY-TH (Journey Of Yoga Therapy for Healing) is an innovative group-based (currently virtual) course offered for referred patients with anxiety or depression.
The course will combine three evidence-based treatments for depression: physical activity, cognitive based mindfulness training and yoga. It is led by Dr Carmen Chornell, MD, CCFP. Each class will be 90 minutes, consisting of initial discussion and education, breathing exercises (pranayama), mindfulness meditation (dharana), physical postures (asanas), and reflection. There are eight classes in each course.
This is a physically active flow-based yoga class, and it can make you sweat! Modifications are available to enable you to go at your own pace, so that everyone can benefit regardless of fitness level or previous yoga experience.
Orientation meeting prior to start of course.
Week 1 – Introduction to Yoga/ Mindfulness, Healing Theme
Week 2 – Healing/ Release Theme
Week 3 – Acceptance (Self and Circumstances) Theme
Week 4 – Self Compassion Theme
Week 5 – Strength Theme
Week 6 – Balance Theme
Week 7 – Loving-Kindness Theme
Week 8 – Integration of all of the above Themes
How to participate
To participate in the JOY-TH program, you will need a referral from your family doctor or psychiatrist. With the referral, the JOY-TH program is covered by MSP.
To refer a patient to the JOY-TH program, click here to download the referral form: JOY-TH Referral form
Please fax the completed form to MDABC at **Our temporary Fax number: 1 866 821 5992. ** We apologize for any inconvenience.
Clients will receive a 20-minute psychiatric consultation with Dr. Carmen Chornell prior to acceptance to ensure that the group is a good fit for the individual.
Space is limited, and not all referrals can be accepted. There will be a waiting list, and people will be assessed for commitment and availability before being accepted.
The JOY-TH program meets once a week for 1.5 hours. The total program length is 8 weeks.
All sessions are currently held via ZOOM.