Foundations Program Graduate
Advanced Program Student
Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist
Location: Palmerston, Ontario, Canada
Website: Studio Kerry
Before I began the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy program, I was struggling. Between managing a chronic illness, working as a Human Resources Specialist and teaching yoga part time, something had to give. The more I learned about the healing potential of yoga, the more I knew I needed to make some serious decisions about my future. My stress was increasing, my health was declining and I was unable to be the compassionate, helpful person that I knew I was. I made a switch. Yoga became my primary focus and my HR job became a part-time gig.
I chose the BDYT program because of its flexibility. Being able to go through the lessons at my pace was essential for me. I was a little apprehensive in the beginning, but after my first conversation with Brandt, I knew I had found a teacher focused on applying real skills with a solid foundation to get actual results as quickly as possible. The online Q&A and forum are not only useful tools, but they have also helped me stay in touch with this very supportive community and develop lasting friendships with my peers.
Brandt and Anna have done a great job of building content and a format that is relevant and accessible. The focus of BDYT is on the application of skills in a way that is most effective and efficient for the client. The online and retreat community that Brandt & Anna have created is one of the best things about the program. I have met so many amazingly smart, strong, brilliant and blossoming Yoga Therapists. I am honored to have them as classmates and peers now, and as trusted contacts, as I develop my practice.
Since enrolling in the BDYT program, I offer my clients more informed practices geared to their specific needs. As my personal understanding and experience of the koshas expands I am able to incorporate this knowledge into therapeutic focused classes and private therapy sessions. My clients have reported taking fewer pain meds, having a more positive outlook on their future, able to move around easier and less anxiety. It is so encouraging to see their strength and resiliency grow as they apply the practices I learned in this program.
I am proud to be bringing Yoga Therapy to rural South Western Ontario, Canada where conventional and complementary treatment options are often scarce.
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.