Yoga Therapy Training Courses
Yoga Therapy's Unique Approach
Born from the ancient practice of yoga and informed by modern knowledge.
The aim of yoga therapy is to educate, empower, and enable clients to take an active role in their own healing.
A Yoga Therapist uses frameworks from the Yoga and Ayurveda traditions combined with western medicine research and perspective to help clients improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
A Yoga Therapist applies yoga techniques to specific health conditions. A Yoga Therapist, therefore, must be trained in both the techniques (asana, pranayama, chanting, philosophy or point of view and meditation) and the therapeutic applications of these techniques.
What are the benefits of getting your yoga therapy certification?
Graduates of Breathing Deeply’s professional yoga therapy certification successfully work as a general practitioner helping clients with a wide variety of health challenges or as an effective specialist working with specific conditions and populations.
Yoga therapy is easily integrated with other healing modalities, used in conjunction with western medical practices, and practiced as a stand-alone therapy. As a Yoga Therapist, you are trained to meet your client where they are and support their individual healing and wellness needs regardless of age, gender, condition, health history, physical and mental ability.
Yoga Therapists help clients to heal any number of physical conditions such as back pain, shoulder injury, sciatica, pelvic floor dysfunction, and plantar fasciitis. They also have therapeutic practices to address anxiety disorders, PTSD, insomnia, depression, autoimmune diseases, addiction, obesity, cancer support, and more.
The Opportunity of yoga therapy
This point in time represents an exciting opportunity for yoga therapy! Though based in a long tradition of healing, yoga therapy is a relatively new occupation gaining awareness and recognition as an effective healing modality. This opening in healthcare is creating a new paradigm in wellness between the medical and yoga therapy fields. Career opportunities are emerging at a rapid pace due to public demand and greater attention to yoga therapy research.
Foundations of Yoga Therapy
Complete the Foundations Program in one year – or more, depending on your personal timeline.
The 50 pre-recorded lesson lectures, forum, coursework, assignments are augmented with opportunities to attend several live Q&A’s every week with head teacher and Breathing Deeply creator, Brandt Passalacqua, provide superior mentoring and guidance as well as community building and support among students.
In-depth learning retreat modules in Upstate New York provide time for a live immersive educational experience. Bringing the information gained from online learning, students receive guidance and expert instruction from Brandt as well as hands-on experience with other students to support integration and embodiment of information.
Online Foundations Program retreats exist in a condensed format for those who prefer an online-only option, requiring no travel.
“I had been teaching yoga for over ten years and had been looking at yoga therapy programs for about four years when I found the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy program. What initially drew me to this particular program was primarily logistics: the ability to do the entire foundations program from my home if I chose. Upon starting the program, however, I realized my great fortune for finding Brandt and his wealth of knowledge and accessibility. Brandt’s ability to distill ancient practices into comprehensible, practical application in a true gift. I am receiving “industry skills” that give me the tools and confidence to work with people in a deeper way. I have been in the program for about a year and a half, am nearing the completion of my Foundations coursework and am already seeing clients on a regular basis. Before I signed up for Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy I was unsure if I could ever do something like this, but I just kept plugging away at my studies and now I am doing it! I would highly recommend this program to anyone considering advancing their studies into yoga therapy.”
Lisa McKenzie, Yoga Instructor & Therapist
Advanced Yoga Therapy
The 875 Hour Advanced Program is designed to give you the highest level yoga therapy certification, C-IAYT. This professional advanced program has a blended online and residential retreat format, with seven weeks of in-person training modules in Upstate New York. (2.5 hours north of NYC).
Graduates of this program are prepared to work in a variety of settings including healthcare, mental health, pain management, injuries, and more. The Advanced Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program is made up of three parts: The Foundations Program, seven weeks of residential learning modules, and a mentored practicum done in the student’s community.
“I feel so fortunate to have found Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy training. After enrolling in the Foundations Course, I’ve now started the 875-hour training.
This is the complete package. The online lectures are great, and you can go back as many times as you need. The on-line practices in meditation, pranayama, and chanting have really helped me deepen my practice. The Garrison Institute retreats are a joy with great camaraderie (and delicious food).
I participate weekly in the calls with Brandt. He is so helpful with any questions – big or small – about clients, my own practice, philosophy or homework. The calls and the retreats have helped me be a part of a larger community of interesting and engaged peers.
Most important, Brandt is a supportive and smart mentor of great integrity guiding us on the journey to serve as a Yoga Therapist.”
Carol Day Young, PhD & Yoga Therapist
About Your Teacher, Brandt Passalacqua
Brandt Passalacqua is the creator of Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy. He has been enjoying Yoga and the healing arts since 2001 after overcoming obesity and a life-threatening autoimmune illness. His personal journey serves as an inspiration to countless others and informs his compassionate, humorous, and down-to-earth teaching style.
Brandt has maintained a private practice since 2002 integrating yoga therapy in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and Structural Yoga Therapy, Medical Massage, a variety of meditation lineages, and plain-old common sense to help people realize their goals. He works with individuals suffering from a wide variety of disease including obesity, eating disorders, acute and chronic physical complaints, trauma, chronic and mental conditions. He also serves as a meditation teacher with an emphasis on finding the most efficient practice/s for an individual’s evolution.
Brandt shares what he knows through training programs in Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy, Peaceful Weight Loss™ through Yoga, and the Breathing Deeply Meditation Sangha. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
Yoga Therapy Training Frequently Asked Questions
We taken the most popular program questions we are asked and made it easy for you to get answers.
The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy program is based on Structural Yoga Therapy, a system developed by Mukunda Stiles, as well as, a fusion of an Ayurvedic model and a Koshic model looking at the five aspects of the self (physical body, energetic body, conscious and unconscious mind and the bliss body) to assess clients. These are an integral part of the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Programs.
The Foundations Program is part of the Advanced Yoga Therapy Program. It is mostly online for those who want to become Yoga Therapists. The Foundations Program provides you with the basics and is a solid place to start. The residential part of the 875-Hour Advanced Program is a much higher standard certification. Mentoring is provided throughout both programs and beyond graduation.
It depends on where they live and how they choose to work. Many Yoga Therapists run programs at schools, hospitals, rehab centers, etc… The pay varies. In private practice, rates tend to be equivalent to other helping professions (Therapists, Massage Therapists, etc…).
The path toward becoming a C-IAYT begins with the Foundations Program, the residential program is made up of seven eight-day residential retreats (500+ hrs) and a practicum of 160 hours for you to deliver in your own community. This portion is mentored and progress is monitored. Both programs can be taken concurrently or you could stagger the retreats over time. You could complete the program in 2.5 years. The practicum could be started while you are completing the Advanced Program. For a slower option, you can learn at your own pace, over five or six years. Feel free to contact us for more information.
Admission requirements for the Foundations Program are a 200-hour teacher training certification or equivalent. If you do not have a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training but have yoga and related experience, please see our Yoga Teacher Training + Foundations Combination Program. The Advanced Program requires a 200 hour TT or equivalent and one year of teaching experience. The Foundations Program is part of the Advanced Program.
The online portion of the Foundations Program contains 50 sections of lectures and coursework online. In addition there are three live Q&A’s per week. The recommendation is that you attend at least one of the Q&A’s per week via video conference (video + audio on phone or computer) and the times are spread out to cover most schedules (and time zones!). There is also a community aspect in forums with various discussion open to topics of your interest. All you need is video and audio capability. Videos and homework can be viewed/completed at your own pace and viewed multiple times as required.
The format of the Foundations Program requires you to do three retreats in New York over a weekend (Friday night to Sunday afternoon). They are offered three times/year. We also share these same retreats online (“remotely”), three times per year. It is best to attend retreats live for an optimum experience. The Advanced Program is made up of 7 8-day modules (3 in year 1 and 4 in year 2). These retreats can be taken in any order for your convenience. These seven modules include the three Foundations retreats. See these trainings on the Retreat page on our website or contact us for more information.
The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Committee of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
For more information, visit iayt.org.
The difference between Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapy certifications: They are separate certifications. Breathing Deeply does not offer any Yoga Alliance certifications and is not part of the Yoga Alliance. Yoga Therapy certifications are separate.
The Foundations Program will certify you as a Yoga Therapist. Also available is the 875-hour Advanced Yoga Therapy Program which provides you the highest level of yoga therapy training (C-IAYT).
Absolutely. The Breathing Deeply Foundations program gives you the skills and support you need to practice yoga therapy. If you are certified by our school then you have taken the course and have demonstrated the capacity to provide yoga therapy. As of this writing, you may call yourself a Yoga Therapist in the all 50 U.S. states and in Canada.
The Advance Program certifies you as a C-IAYT. It demonstrates your capacity to work with clients with a more thorough knowledge base. The Advanced Program is currently the highest level of education for practicing yoga therapy.
The first level (Foundations Program) is our online program, three-weekend retreats, and live sessions. This allows you to use the BDYT Yoga Therapist Certification. It isn’t seen as “hours” but might be in the 250-hour range. You can start confidently seeing private clients using this credential and putting your knowledge to work.
Our second level is our Advanced Program – 500 residential hours in Claverack, NY plus the online course and mentored practicum.
One popular question our applicants ask is whether to take a 500-hour RYT (advanced teacher training) or seek IAYT yoga therapy certification. Click here to read our response.
The foundation program requires two clients. The minimum is six sessions/client (12 sessions total as a minimum). These practicum hours can be done in your area with anyone in need.
Most people take 18-24 months to complete. The fastest one would be able to fully complete our program is 15 months.
Each lesson varies in terms of the content and length. Most run anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, sometimes looking like 30 minutes of lecture and another video/practice that is attached to this lecture material. These are self-paced, so you might schedule yourself to watch one per week or decide on a faster or slower pacing. One of Brandt’s superpowers (which is strongly executed in the foundations course, is his ability to distill ancient broad (sometimes complicated) information into real-life, clear and cohesive concepts.
So, you might decide to put an hour or two into it/week, (watch one lesson and do the corresponding coursework) or you may decide to spend more time on it. One more thing that might be useful is that the practices being taught will likely be woven into your personal practice, so that will take some awareness (and time).
A BDYT Campus is a physical location (usually a yoga studio) where you can take our program. You still participate in our online foundations course while moving through the program with a group of fellow (local) yogis, gathering monthly.
Yes. We currently have several students that live in Canada and will work as Yoga Therapists once they’re certified. (As an aside, we are in the process of expanding our program to offer two levels of training. Both levels (Foundations and Advanced Programs are used internationally.)
Want to join our Yoga Therapy Training?
Next Class Starts April 30
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