Foundations Program Graduate
Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist
Location: Coral Springs, Florida
Since I began as a student with Breathing Deeply, I confirmed the belief that we can help ourselves with yoga, breathing, and discipline of the mind. When I applied to train as a Yoga Therapist through Breathing Deeply, I was looking for an education that would provide me with tools that help people help themselves.
I have seen changes in my teaching and work with others because I now look at people’s issues with a different/new lens. Using the koshas provides insight in how we approach their situation. I have enjoyed learning different things including breathing techniques that I now apply everyday to my own life in addition to the work I do with my students.
I enjoyed every moment of this program! The only downfall was trying to do case studies and physical assessment during a pandemic lockdown. That said, I was able to use the joint freeing series to my advantage as well as verbal cuing, questioning, and observations. It can be done!
One valuable aspect of the program was the library of case studies and reading up on these different ailments and case studies was helpful and interesting to see how people respond to this work. I also found listening to Brandt (and Joe in the 200 hour teacher training that I took with Breathing Deeply too) fun, discerning, and educational.
To impart one thing to someone considering this training is that this is a great go at your own pace course with weekly opportunities to connect and learn live, in person. I enjoyed Brandt’s meditations with each meeting. And when planning your timeline know that your foundations case studies will span 2-3 months as part of the overall course completion.
My case study client has continued on her own working with the practices we designed for her even amid the Covid pandemic. Creating balance, her favorite part has been the meditation. I am happy that she has been disciplined with caring for herself! As I continue with my yoga and fitness teaching, I am now available and seeking private clients. 2 weeks post graduation, I have begun working with my first client!
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