Foundations Program Graduate
Oncology Nurse, Yoga Therapist
“The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program has had a profound impact on my life. Thanks to this program, I have found what I had lost many years ago; yoga, meditation and pranayama. But more than that, it has aroused a passion in me to learn something new that I can not only apply to myself but to others. With Brandt’s help, I learned to share my knowledge with clients through case studies and see their conditions improve immensely.
In 2010, I had been working in the US as an oncology nurse, when my mother had taken ill in India. I travelled back to help take care of her every year for seven years. It had drained me physically and emotionally. When my mom passed away peacefully in 2017, I realized it was time to take care of myself. I returned to my yoga roots and after a brief conversation with Anna, I enrolled in the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program.
Since enrolling in the program, everything has changed for me. The teachings have helped me channel healing from an ayurvedic, doshic and koshic lens. My clients are feeling more in control, grounded and balanced in body and mind. On a personal level, I feel so much more calm, present, centered, grounded and peaceful.
The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program delivered everything I had hoped it would. The modules were detailed, methodical and interesting. The videos and online work helped to keep me organized, engaged and allowed me to pace myself accordingly. I was able to comfortably complete two modules per week.
The most valuable part of the program for me was that I was able to interact with Brandt, Joe (my TA), and the rest of the wonderful Breathing Deeply staff who were consistently there to answer any questions or concerns and always made me feel comfortable. Having completed the Foundations course, I am feeling so much more motivated, organized, disciplined, confident and excited to carry on. I benefited so much from the great discussions, Q&A forums, assignments and on-line retreats.
To anyone considering enrolling in the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program, you should know that you will learn far more than you might expect. Applying this deeper knowledge will enhance your client’s lives and your own. It’s the perfect “foundation” on which to build as you journey on to the Advanced Course.
To share one case study that I am proud of is of an ovarian cancer patient who approached me for yoga therapy. She had had great difficulty sleeping and was very low on energy. Under the guidance of Brandt, I worked with her on some pranayama (breathing) practices with bandhas for vata. We used anayama and pranayama kosha practices to help boost her energy through the day, and improve her sleep. I could see a distinct shift in this client’s mind and body. With prana and yoga nidra she felt more calm and more peaceful. I was blown away by how implementing simple asanas, certain pranayamas, mediation and deep relaxation techniques can improve one’s well being so profoundly. I am very proud to have been a key part of her healing journey.”
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 […]
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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.