200 Hour & Foundations Program Graduate
Advanced Program Student
Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher
Location: Haydenville, MA
Website: Yoga Major
Since starting the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program, I have taken a deep dive into my pranayama and meditation practices which has led to more clarity about what is truly important in my life.
As a gift to myself for my 40th birthday, I applied to both the Breathing Deeply 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with the Foundations Program. I had been interested in doing a Yoga Teacher Training for about 20 years, since I first began taking yoga classes. I decided that it was finally time to fulfill this desire! From the beginning, I’ve been aiming for C-IAYT. I have always loved the therapeutic aspects of yoga and knew that becoming a Yoga Therapist was the right path for me. I’m so glad that I could do all of my certifications with Breathing Deeply.
A yoga teacher who I love and deeply trust recommended Brandt’s training to me. Despite living close to Brandt, the convenience of having the program with most of the content online has been so helpful.
The first course that I completed with Breathing Deeply was Radically Balanced Yogi, for my 200 hour certification. This was an amazing experience of self-transformation! I had a very steady yoga practice before this, but the Radically Balanced Yogi course really focused my practice on all five Koshas. I realized that my yoga practice brought so much more depth and potential when I began to balance body, breath, conscious mind, intuitive mind, and heart. This led to a deep state of lasting balance. I still experience the normal ups and downs of life, but my center is stronger, more solid, and rooted in my daily practices as a result of having taken this course.
Since starting the program, my teaching has shifted towards including practices in all five Koshas in every class and with most clients/as needed. Yoga class has shifted from a physical practice to one that balances the whole human system: body, mind, breath, and heart.
The most valuable part of this program for me has been the live retreats and the opportunity to spend an extensive amount of time focusing on one subject. I’ve found that during this experience translates well to the online retreats also. After each week-long retreat, I feel like I’ve made a huge leap in my learning and personal growth. The Q&As are like a mini-retreat and a chance to connect with Brandt, my fellow students, and the yoga therapy material.
Upon enrolling, I knew this program would teach me so much and expected a lot of learning, and that is what I got! In addition, the depth with which Brandt covers each topic in the Advanced Yoga Therapy Program has greatly exceeded my expectations.
To any motivated yoga therapy student considering this program, know that the flexible, self-paced nature of this program and the tremendous support available at every step of the way make it entirely achievable. Anna, Joe, Lisa, and Brandt are all incredibly valuable resources!
One of my Foundations Program case studies was working with a person who was struggling with the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After two years of weekly sessions, she is feeling stronger and more balanced. I was one member of a “team” of practitioners that are part of this story. Using the approach of educating my client about techniques from the yoga therapy tradition, and other self-care routines, she was able to find the practices that were most supportive to her. The practices that she has integrated into her daily life and adapted to her needs have been the ones that provided the most lasting change.
I currently have a small practice teaching two yoga classes a week and working with a handful of yoga therapy clients. My hope is to expand my yoga therapy practice and also to offer a low-income clinic for people living in my area. I want to make yoga therapy available to everyone who can benefit from this work!
Most of us western yoga teachers have a similar path that looks something like this: We realize we are suffering (from an illness, anxiety, watching family age poorly, etc.) We find yoga and it helps us We want to share this amazing helpful thing called yoga with others We see our local studio has a […]
Yoga therapy is a relatively new method of healing born out of an ancient tradition. Yoga has been around for over 1,000 years. The idea of using yoga in a therapeutic context has been credited to Tirumalai Krishnamacharya who died in 1981 at the age of 100. We can think of yoga therapy the same […]
Listen in as Brandt discusses how a Yoga Therapist might work with a client who has already been to physical therapy, as well as some of the different approaches between the two therapies.