Yoga Therapy Foundations Program Details

FOUNDATIONS COURSE: BECOME A YOGA THERAPIST

Welcome! We are so happy you want to be a Yoga Therapist!
The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program is designed to certify you to work with individuals within the yoga therapy model. Upon completion, you will have the information and skills to work one-on-one with people for a wide range of conditions.

The course will teach you anatomy, philosophy, theory, and how to apply this information and tools in a therapeutic setting. The BDYT foundations course is structured to be completed in about one year with an option to continue into our 871-hour IAYT based program.

There is also the option to move through at a slower pace, completing when ready. The unique blended online and retreat/residential format allows for schedule flexibility so that people with a variety of life situations can participate.

Brandt talks about common questions applicants have about the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program. Tune in to get the full program details.

Completion and Certification

You may begin and complete this foundations course at any time. [apply here]
There are 4 requirements to BDYT certification.

1) Completion of all 52 online lectures and coursework

2) Attendance of 3 weekend retreats or equivalent

3) Completion of 2 papers outlining case studies

4) Oral and written exam by teacher

Application Process

Step 1. Read and listen to our FAQ page here to gain a full understanding of our program/s.
Step 2. Apply here. (please make sure your application is as detailed as possible so we can get to know you.)
Step 3. You will receive an email from us with your next steps. These options include 1) That you’ve been accepted into the BDYT Foundations Program with links for registration or 2) A request for more information and possibly a phone interview. If needed, you will have the opportunity to speak with an admissions person or Brandt directly.

Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy

Foundations Course

The main part of this course will be delivered in 52 lectures online. (see course outline) These classes will be available for you online 24/7, allowing you to take them when it’s most convenient. Each class will include homework to help you integrate and fully understand the information. There is a community forum for all trainees to ask questions that arise at any time.

Each class will include homework to help you integrate and fully understand the information. There is a community forum for all trainees to ask questions that arise at any time. There are two weekly, live group Q&A’s with Brandt that delve deeper into material and questions. These calls provide mentorship and are also a way to stay connected to the BDYT community throughout your studies.

There are two weekly, live group Q&A’s with Brandt that delve deeper into material and questions. These calls provide mentorship and are also a way to stay connected to the BDYT community throughout your studies.

Each class lecture, the community forum, as well as the live sessions will be available to you at any point along the way, so even when you’ve completed the course and are BDYT certified, you may ask questions, re-watch lectures and interact with other students (and Yoga Therapists!).

This yoga therapy program and curriculum is based on years of knowledge and experience as a practicing Yoga Therapist.

  • You will be taught through a Koshic “lens” or framework. The Koshas are how yoga views the human experience.
  • By the end and completion of this program, you will be able to assess any client and teach them techniques for self-healing.
  • You will have a clear grasp of how human anatomy works and be able to apply it in a real world setting.
  • This course is designed for actual application and the teachings come from actual cases.

The goal of the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program is to train people to be clear on how to work with any condition from lower back pain to arthritis, depression to spiritual connection, in a focused way that has full integrity.

Weekend Retreats

There are three retreats as part of the course certification. These retreats can be taken in New York or as a distance learning option "remotely", offered three times/year. To complete the Foundations Program you must either attend each of the weekend retreats, the remote retreats, or a combination of the two. They do not need to be in the same year or in any specific order. This allows for students to move through the program at their own pace. Each retreat will cover yoga teachings, Sadhna, and muscle testing/structural analysis.

Payment: The retreats are billed separately from the course tuition (to be paid at the time of retreat registration). The fee will vary depending on the accommodations you choose. Generally, the weekend cost is around $500-$700 per weekend including 2 nights and all meals and the remote retreats are in the $350 range.

Weekend retreats for 2018 will be in April, June, and September and can be found here.

Remote Retreat Option
We are now offering a distance option for those too far to make the retreats. These retreats include the same material as the residential retreats and are held live online with Brandt from 9am-5 pm EST during a weekend day. *Note that this option is for the Foundations Program only and can not be applied towards the 871 Hour Advanced Program.

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What Our Students Have to Say...

“Brandt is an extraordinary teacher. He understands this material so deeply that he is able to present it simply without being simplistic. He also has a great sense of humor!”

-Carol Day Young, PhD

“I am learning so much and really enjoying the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy course. In our group of students, I am one of the least experienced, but find the information both a challenge and also accessible, which feels well balanced and encouraging! I'm grateful for Brandt's depth of knowledge, gentle guidance, and a very non-intimidating environment. It has been inspiring!”

-Carly Lynn, Waldorf Early Education Teacher

"I feel so fortunate to have found Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy training. After enrolling in the Foundations Course, I’ve now started the 800-hour training. This is the complete package. The online lectures are great, and you can go back as many times as you need."
"Brandt is an extraordinary teacher. He understands this material so deeply that he is able to present it simply without being simplistic. He also has a great sense of humor!"

- C.Y.

"I can’t say enough about how knowledgeable, supportive and kind the Breathing Deeply staff is. If you’re interested in becoming a Yoga Therapist, contact them!"

- A.B.

Become a Certified Yoga Therapist

Next class starts April 26

Sign up now and begin your training (this will ensure your spot!). Then link up with your class cohort for discussion and community. Get a jump start!

Course Outline

Section 1

• The history of yoga therapy
• Yoga anatomy
• The Koshas
• The role of the Yoga Therapist
• Pathology from a yoga perspective
• The role of ayurvedic ideas
• Sadhna

Section 2

• What you need to know – anatomy
• How pain works
• What clears pain
• Basic yoga poses with anatomy and connections and how/when to use alignment
• Stages of rehab and healing with many techniques including muscle and nerve pain
• Breath anatomy and how to use it
• Ayurvedic concepts
• Food theory and how to apply it
• Case studies

Section 3

• Pranayamas and their application
• How to balance the doshas
• Understanding prana flow
• How to work with: emotional imbalances (i.e. depression, anxiety)
• How to work with: system wide imbalance (i.e. autoimmune disease, chronic pain)
• Case studies

Section 4

• The role of the conscious mind/intellect
• Yoga and philosophy teachings
• The uses of chanting
• Using the chakra model
• Using the mind for emotional release
• More yoga philosophy
• Practices for the intellect/personality
• How to talk to clients in a real way about point of view

Section 5

• Yoga Philosophy
• Practices for opening the spiritual heart
• How to talk to people about intuition and heart
• Bhakti yoga for healing

Section 6

• Case studies
• Assembling a plan
• Pathology
• Advanced anatomy
• More food theory
• When to refer out
• Scope of practice
• Integrating with other practitioners and modalities
• Ayurveda and Chinese medicine crossovers

Your Yoga Therapy Path Starts Here

Foundations Program

Apply

Join our family of aspiring Yoga Therapists from all over the globe. Be a part of a diverse group of people who are united by a respect for the positive difference that yoga practice can make in people's lives, and a desire to help people discover this difference for themselves.

Learn At Your Own Pace

Take it in. Watch all 52 online lectures at home, with access to the course 24/7.

Coursework

Gain knowledge through coursework, some to be handed in and passed.

Attend Live Classes Virtually

Be mentored by Brandt from start to finish. It’s what makes our school unique. Join live Q&A’s each week (offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday) no matter where you are—we’re all together here in our virtual classroom. Absorb the teachings and bring them into the world.

Connect With Other Yoga Therapists

Be a part of our online forum by posting, responding, and participating in our online community. Each of us brings our unique stories, experiences and insights to this program. Sharing them with each other creates a community of learners that continues past graduation and continually supports and strengthens each other.

Attend Three Retreats

Take three retreats, all offered each year. This requirement allows you to either take online distance learning retreats “remote retreats” or three residential weekend retreats in New York. You might even do a combination! To fulfill this requirement, you will need to attend all three retreats remotely, residentially, or a combination of the two. (871 Hour students take all retreats live, see below)

Work With Clients

You will work with two case studies while being mentored along the way.

Final Exam

Take your final oral exam...don't worry. You’ll do great!

Share Your Work

Share one of your case studies by presenting it to your Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy community. Let others learn from this work you’ve done.

Certification

Woo Hoo! Receive your Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Certification and serve as a Yoga Therapist.

Lifetime Course Access

Wait, there’s more? Continued mentorship is always available. Breathing Deeply believes that this model is a big piece of supporting ethical Yoga Therapists and it also makes our program special. You always have a home with us.

871 Hour Advanced Program Path

Apply

If you have a 200 hour certification and one year of personal yoga practice, we’d love to hear from you!

Foundations Program

Begin the online portion of our course. Participate in all aspects of our distance learning platform and online community.

Attend Residential Modules

You will attend 7 8-day residential retreats. (These include the Foundations Program retreats.)

Mastering the Work

You are now in your 215-hour practicum in your community being completely mentored along the way. There is a manual and guidelines, of course. You can begin once you’ve taken 4 of the 7 modules.

Grand Finale

You’ll take your final exam (oral and written) after attending all 7 modules and of course, pass. You’ll do great!

Certification

Receive the gold standard of yoga therapy certifications! Yoga Therapist, you are. Om Shanti.

Lifetime Course Access

As a Yoga Therapist, you always have a home with us, receiving continued mentorship while working in the field. Breathing Deeply believes that this model is a big piece of supporting ethical Yoga Therapists in the world and it also makes our program special.