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Yoga Therapy Retreats

Pandemic Update: All of our residential retreats held in New York have been seamlessly moved online until further notice.

When studying with Breathing Deeply, the learning journey begins with the Foundations Program, an online yoga therapy training. Students work at their own pace and absorb the material to get an intellectual understanding and a knowledge-based grounding in the theory and practices. Part of this online learning process also includes live Q & A’s with Brandt, ensuring ample time to ask questions, connect with peers, and learn from a master teacher.

When students attend the yoga therapy retreats they are given the opportunity to connect and deepen their understanding of learned knowledge through hands-on embodied and practical practice.

These yoga therapy retreats are held several times a year in a beautiful, serene and spacious retreat center in upstate New York (north of NYC). Foundations Program students also have the option to attend these retreats remotely, live online, if they are unable to travel.

Retreats are practice sessions that provide hands-on experience with other students while receiving guidance and expert feedback from head instructor Brandt. Students apply what they are working on from home while expanding their knowledge including client assessment, working with specific conditions, and becoming more skilled at helping clients move toward healing.

The Breathing Deeply yoga therapy retreats are spaced throughout the year, while online training is available all the time from wherever students are, on demand. This deliberate design creates a rhythmic alternation between knowledge and practice, accommodates individual learning styles, and fosters camaraderie and connection among students. This vibe of positivity and support goes on to serve the students once they are graduate to continue with a solid community of peers in yoga therapy.

In addition to enjoying the peaceful setting, delicious, healthy food, and getting to know the other aspiring Yoga Therapists, students share that they appreciate the structure of the days during retreats.

With morning meditation, partner work to practice assessment, and other things like muscle and postural testing, small breakout groups, asana, and pranayama practice time, lots of discussions, including case studies and condition-specific questions, these yoga therapy retreats are full and enriching.

Here’s what one Foundations Program student participant had to say:

“Healing Through The Body And Breath: A Yoga Therapy Perspective was everything I wanted it to be and more. The program included a hands-on approach peppered with the right amount of meditation, pranayama and yoga nidra. I left wanting more, but more importantly, I was inspired to continue these practices on a more consistent basis! Brandt was accessible and laid back with a great sense of humor! Definitely, a must go to retreat!”–Lisa Alexander

The Foundations Program includes three weekend-long residential retreats, which can either be done live or online for those who are unable to travel.

The Advanced Program requires completion of seven eight-day residential retreats.

Here’s what one Foundations Program graduate had to say:

Healing Through The Body And Breath: A Yoga Therapy Perspective was everything I wanted it to be and more. The program included a hands-on approach peppered with the right amount of meditation, pranayama and yoga nidra. I left wanting more, but more importantly, I was inspired to continue these practices on a more consistent basis!  Brandt was accessible and laid back with a great sense of humor! Definitely, a must go to retreat!”–Lisa Alexander

The Foundations Program includes three weekend-long residential retreats, which can either be done live or online for those who are unable to travel.

The Advanced Program requires completion of seven eight-day residential retreats. You can see the retreat modules here.

This is feedback from a student in the Advanced program:

“If you are an aspiring Yoga Therapist that is apprehensive about making the leap because of a hole in your learning around anatomy, this is the retreat for you. This week gave me so much confidence about how to read bodies and a much better understanding of anatomy and it was done in a way that fit my learning style.When it was over, I felt like I had taken a huge leap forward. Brandt really knows how to make this complex topic simple. I can’t recommend this training enough.”–Debbie Simon

Hear a few students speak to the retreat modules that have been temporarily been moved online here.

Yoga Therapy Opportunities and The Job Market

“What are the job opportunities for a Yoga Therapist?” is a common question that we get asked by prospective students. “What does the field look like and how does it ‘work’ to work as a Yoga Therapist?”

For years the primary way to earn a living as a Yoga Therapist was to be in private practice, as yoga therapy clinics are not common. Yoga Therapists often had specialties within the field and clients would seek them out. This is still the case. Many Yoga Therapists work alone as experts in yoga techniques for physical issues, mental health issues, chronic diseases, etc.

Yoga Therapists who work this way have a wide range of fees they charge. Our general impression is that a Yoga Therapist salary is in the range of other alternative healthcare providers. Experience, of course, can elevate the ability to charge more for services. In major cities, we’ve seen rates from $85-200 per hour. In smaller locations, the bottom of that scale is more the norm with rates dropping to the $60 range in less affluent areas. Here is a video of Brandt talking more about the subject of what a Yoga Therapist should charge.

Now that yoga therapy is gaining acceptance with the public and with more integrative healthcare providers we are seeing job opportunities for Yoga Therapists emerge outside of private practice. We have seen Yoga Therapists from our school employed at addiction centers, hospital programs such as cancer centers and mental health departments, with chiropractors and wellness centers, at the V.A. for trauma-sensitive classes, in school districts, and others. Some of them are working one-on-one and some are running classes for specific condition sets.

These opportunities are usually paid hourly. We have seen all of these types of positions advertised for which is very encouraging. The fact that institutions and health care practices know to ask for a Yoga Therapist is a sign that the field in moving forward and that more and more job opportunities for Yoga Therapists are coming.

As a whole, most Yoga Therapists are entrepreneurial and self-employed. Job opportunities for Yoga Therapists are pieced together and with the addition of private clients, this constitutes the working environment. While this may seem daunting at first, it does create the ability for a Yoga Therapist to engage in very rewarding work—in a way that suits them. Many students are working in this way and describe their work schedule as working 1-3 days on site and then filling the rest with yoga therapy private practice and sometimes general yoga classes.

The most encouraging news is that our school is now receiving referral inquiries from healthcare providers for names of Yoga Therapists. These employers are having trouble filling the yoga therapy positions they have available, therefore providing more job opportunities for Yoga Therapists. This makes a lot of sense considering how much the field of yoga therapy is gaining recognition and popularity, but the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) has roughly only 6,000 Yoga Therapists holding their certification (C-IAYT).

We see this moment as a very exciting time to enter this emerging field early in its development as becoming a “profession”. We are honored to be an integral part of this new paradigm in wellness by sharing the mission to spread the availability of quality, practical, and ethical yoga therapy.

Are you ready to be a change-maker in this emerging field of yoga therapy? Apply now and start your journey on a new and exciting career path.

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