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Q&A: Trauma release, Somatic Work, Shoulder Pain and Pricing Advice

trauma release

Welcome to episode 74 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In today’s Q&A, Breathing Deeply founder and lead teacher, Brandt Passalacqua, sits down with his students to ask their yoga therapy questions. 

In today’s session, Brandt addresses questions that cover ways to help a client process and release trauma in a safe way, what somatic experience work is and it is helpful for trauma and tips and advice on strengthening the shoulders. Brandt also discusses the important connection between the nervous system and strength training (it’s a yogi’s superpower!) as well as different ways to think about pricing yourself as a yoga therapist.

This clip has been taken from a live Q&A session with Brandt and his yoga therapy students.

Our next Yoga Therapy Course starts on November April 16 2024. Find out more information here: https://bit.ly/3lxc0KK

Om Shanthi, Om Peace 

This episode covers:

  • How can I help my client release trauma with practices safely?
  • What is somatic experience work?
  • How can I help my client with shoulder pain?
  • The connection between the nervous system and pain
  • Can you help me figure out my yoga therapy pricing?

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

The Deeper Meaning of the Mantra Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya

mantra
mantra

Welcome to episode 73 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

Today, Brandt talks about a popular yet very powerful mantra which is a great addition to your meditation practice. 

This is a short mantra that has been chanted in the yoga tradition for a very long time. It is a lovely chant that is easy to learn and practice, we love to refer to it as a ‘greatest hit’. 

This chant is an ask, a prayer and instructional. 

Discover a contemplation of the deeper meaning of this ancient mantra and how we can apply it in the modern world.

This episode covers:

  • The translation of the chant
  • The deeper meaning of the mantra: fear
  • How to move away from fear that isn’t useful = unreal to real
  • Grounding & tranquility practices to move into realtime
  • Moving from darkness to light
  • Faith surrender and our mortality

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Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

How to form a new habit that actually works!

new habit
new habit

Welcome to episode 72 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

Do you struggle with getting your clients to form a new habit and actually do the yoga therapy practices you give to them at home? Maybe you yourself struggle to implement new habits that you KNOW will bring you so many benefits.

You’re not alone and it’s also not your fault. Forming new habits is HARD – it has been proven. However, there is one habit-forming hack that has been proven to be effective in helping people form new habits and stick to them.

In this episode, discover the best thing you can do to help yourself and your yoga therapy clients stick to a new habit or routine. 

Use this simple hack to help yourself and your clients form new habits so we can all reap the full rewards of yoga therapy tools and practices and reach our goals.

Our next yoga therapy class starts on the 13th of February 2024: https://bit.ly/40Tyxmc

Om Shanthi

This episode covers:

  • The relationship between habit and motivation
  • Why people struggle to implement a new practice
  • Habit change research proves this hack works!

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

How to balance the Vijnanamaya Kosha with meditation in yoga therapy

the vijnanamaya kosha

Welcome to episode 71 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In this episode, learn about the 4th kosha, the Vijnanamaya in the 5 kosha system. This layer of ourselves is usually referred to as our body of wisdom.

This is the layer of our consciousness that sits underneath what we think of as our conscious mind. Often this kosha is associated with our intuition because the wisdom that we receive comes from a deeper place within ourselves which is in connection to the universe. 

When we do practices to balance this kosha, we are doing practices to remove barriers that shield us from the truth of who we are. The primary practice for this is meditation. 

In this episode, you will learn about the Vijnanamaya kosha, what happens when it is out of balance and how we can use meditation practices as yoga therapists to help our clients bring their Vijnanamaya kosha into harmony.

This was a clip taken from inside the Manomaya Kosha Module of our Yoga Therapy Foundations Program.

Our next class starts on the 13th of February 2024: https://bit.ly/40Tyxmc

Om Shanthi

This episode covers:

  • What is the vijnanamaya kosha
  • What happens with this kosha is unbalanced?
  • Meditation as a practice to balance the Vijnanamaya kosha
  • The process of meditation from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • The benefits of reaching tranquility states
  • How do we teach meditation as yoga therapists?
  • What we see when this kosha is balanced

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

Yoga Therapy Q&A: Grief, Depression & Surgeries

grief and yoga therapy
grief and yoga therapy

Welcome to episode 70 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In today’s Q&A, Breathing Deeply founder and lead teacher, Brandt Passalacqua sits down with his students to ask their yoga therapy questions. 

This Q&A has a special emphasis on working with grief, depression and women who have had major surgeries. 

Brandt answers questions covering breathing techniques to support grief, and tips on how to help clients who are grieving including rituals and cultural influences. 

 Brandt also offers advice on approaching someone who has had a double mastectomy and advice on how to help someone struggling with core strength and balance after a hysterectomy.

This clip has been taken from a live Q&A session with Brandt and his yoga therapy students.

We hope you enjoy this Q&A. Let us know in the comments any key takeaways you had and share it with someone you think it may benefit!

Our next Yoga Therapy Course starts on February 13, 2024. Find out more information here: https://bit.ly/3lxc0KK

Om Shanthi, Om Peace

This episode covers:

  • How do I teach Brahmana breath for grief?
  • Tips on how to support clients with depression
  • Helping people from different cultures with grief as a yoga therapist
  • The purpose of creating a ritual for grief & what is out of scope for yoga therapists
  • What is the definition of the early stages of grief
  • How to do muscle testing on someone with a double mastectomy?
  • How do I work with someone with core & balance issues from a hysterectomy?

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

The Birth of Spiritual Desire: Why We Start Meditating

why we start meditating
why we start meditating

Welcome to episode 69 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

Before we look into meditation techniques and philosophy, it can be beneficial to get an understanding of why we meditate at all.

In today’s episode, Brandt will be sharing the different reasons we might start a meditation practice through the birth of spiritual desire. Listen to this episode to orientate to this reasoning as a practitioner or a meditation teacher. 

This was a clip taken from our Meditation Mentor Certification Program. 

Our next training begins soon, join the waitlist: https://bit.ly/3YqrqAh

Om Shanthi

This episode covers:

  • Why we meditate according to Yogic Texts
  • The birth of spiritual desire
  • The different reasons people meditate
  • What it means to be ‘on the path’
  • An inquiry: why do you practice?

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

Studying Philosophy, Student Questions & Working as a Meditation Mentor

philosophy
philosophy

Welcome to episode 67 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In today’s episode, we are sharing a clip from a live Q&A that Brandt facilitated with students inside the Breathing Deeply Meditation Mentor Certification Program.

In this episode, Brandt’s discussion covers how philosophical texts and personal practice work together, studying meditation philosophy, advice on approaching students’ questions, how to deal with a student who is very restless and the intake process for new mentees.

This episode is full of golden nuggets for anyone wanting to guide others through their personal evolution using meditation as a tool!

Brandt facilitates live Q&A sessions for all members of our meditation certification program!

Join us and begin your journey to becoming a certified Breathing Deeply Meditation Teacher: https://bit.ly/3YqrqAh

Not ready to teach but want to deepen your personal practice with Brandt? Join our meditation community, free for 30 days! https://bit.ly/3jbO6lo

Om Shanthi

This episode covers:

  • How much personal practice vs study of philosophical texts is needed as a meditation mentor?
  • Will we ever fully understand all of the meditation philosophy?
  • What should I do if I don’t know the answer to a student’s question?
  • What feedback can I give a student who wants to move a lot during meditation?
  • What is the intake process for meditation mentorship?

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

The Conscious Mind & The Application of The Yoga Sutras to Yoga Therapy

yoga sutras
yoga sutras

Welcome to episode 67 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

The Manomaya kosha is the layer of our being that represents the intellect and the conscious mind. This is the level of our conscious thoughts.

The Manomaya kosha is one of the most important koshas, because of the huge effect it has on us. Because the mind is so powerful, it can affect all the other 4 koshas dramatically. We can think of the Manomaya kosha as the pivotal centerpiece in the 5 kosha model. 

This is why, as yoga therapists, it is important to ensure the Manomaya kosha is healthy and balanced through specific practices. 

In this episode, Brandt shares the role the Manomaya Kosha plays in our mental and physical health and the two ways we work with the Manomaya Kosha as yoga therapists. Brandt then takes us on an exploration of chapter one of the yoga sutras and how we can apply the teachings in the yoga sutras to the Manomaya kosha personally and in a therapeutic context.

This was a clip taken from inside the Manomaya Kosha Module of our Yoga Therapy Foundations Program.

Our next class starts on the 16th of November 2023: https://bit.ly/40Tyxmc

Om Shanthi

This episode covers:

  • The role the Manomaya kosha plays
  • How we can take our health back in our hands
  • The placebo effect & the power of the mind and disease
  • The two ways we work with the Manomaya kosha
  • The shame people feel around mental health
  • Chapter one of The Yoga Sutras Chapter One: Higher Samadhi 
  • The yoga sutras from a therapeutic point of view

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

Q&A: Body Dysmorphia, Hormonal Imbalances & Dosha Assessments

body dismorphia
body dismorphia

Welcome to episode 66 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In today’s Q&A, Breathing Deeply founder and lead teacher, Brandt Passalacqua sits down with his students to ask their yoga therapy questions. 

Brandt answers questions covering advice on how to work with teenagers struggling with body image issues and body dysmorphia, ways to approach hormone imbalances in women and dosha assessments in yoga therapy and our advanced program.

This clip has been taken from a live Q&A session with Brandt and his yoga therapy students.

We hope you enjoy this Q&A. Let us know in the comments any key takeaways you had and share it with someone you think it may benefit!

Our next Yoga Therapy Course starts on November 16 2023. Find out more information here: https://bit.ly/3lxc0KK

Om Shanthi, Om Peace

This episode covers:

  • How can I help a young client struggling with body image and mental health? 
  • How would you approach working with hormonal imbalances as a yoga therapist?
  • Will I be able to assess someone based on their doshas after this course?
  • Is doshic assessment covered in the advanced program?

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

How To Live Life Fully Through Regular Kosha Balancing Yoga Practices

kosha balancing yoga
kosha balancing yoga

Welcome to episode 65 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

When we achieve balance throughout all 5 of our koshas (physical, energetic, mental, intuitive and spiritual) through kosha balancing yoga practices, we are put into union with our own nature.

Very few people (even spiritual yogis) put in the effort in their daily practice to touch on regulating each of the 5 koshas. 

However, without a practice that incorporates radical balance of all aspects of our being, we may miss out on the alleviation of suffering, and obtaining a wider perspective and connection to our spiritual nature.

When we find radical balance and maintain, life truly does become sweeter.

In this episode, learn how you can achieve and maintain balance throughout all of the koshas, examples of how your practice can incorporate all of the koshas, our motivations for practising and also what it means to be a ‘householder’ practitioner.

Learn more about how to balance each kosha by watching this playlist.

This episode was taken as an excerpt from our FREE 6-week course the Radically Balanced Yogi! 

Sign up to receive access to practices and techniques to balance each of the 5 koshas: https://bit.ly/2WX1HGc

Om Shanthi, Om Peace 

This episode covers:

  • Achieving radical balance
  • Using the koshas as a map to radical balance
  • Maintaining the balance of the koshas
  • Examples of how to balance the koshas as part of a daily practice: 3 options
  • 3 stages of our motivation to practice 
  • Practising as a household (not a monk)
  • How these practices can help us manage duality

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

The Importance Of Personal Practice For Meditation Teachers

personal practice meditation
personal practice meditation

Welcome to episode 64 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

As a meditation teacher or mentor, we need to develop our own personal meditation practice in order to guide others with theirs.

In this episode, learn about what a personal practice is, the two distinct aspects of a spiritual practice as well as the 3 part process to construct a meditation practice plus so much more!

This was a clip taken from our Meditation Mentor Certification Program. 

Our next training begins soon, join the waitlist: https://bit.ly/3YqrqAh

Om Shanthi, Om Peace 

This episode covers:

  • The definition of personal practice
  • The personal aspect of practice
  • Karma & dharma
  • The universal aspect of practice
  • Combining the universal & personal
  • The 3 parts of a meditation practice
  • The commitment of a meditation teacher in this process
  • Different paths to the same place in the yoga tradition
  • Constructing a personal practice

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

How to Work With Prana as a Yoga Therapist

How to work with prana as a yoga therapist
How to work with prana as a yoga therapist

Welcome to episode 63 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

Prana is the infinite life-force energy that runs through us and is all around us. As yoga therapists, we primarily work with the breath (pranayama) and asana to influence the currents of prana through the system which can have therapeutic effects on many diseases, particularly emotional and mental imbalances.

In this episode, learn about the pranamaya kosha, what prana is, our interpretation of the nadis and how yoga therapists use pranayama and other yogic practices to influence the pranic body to bring about healing to our clients.

This was a clip taken from inside the Prana Module of our Yoga Therapy Foundations Program.

Our next Yoga Therapy Course starts on September 14th. Find out more information here: https://bit.ly/3lxc0KK

Om Shanthi, Om Peace 

This episode covers:

  • What is the pranayama kosha
  • Prana & the nadis
  • Ida, Pingala & Sushumna Nadis
  • How to working on the pranic body with pranayama
  • Regulating disease through the 5 pranas 
  • The Bhandas
  • Breath isn’t the only way to influence prana
  • The benefits of pranayama in yoga therapy

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

Yoga Therapy Q&A: Pitta in Young Men, Children, Pigeon Pose, Osteoporosis & Unknown Conditions

Yoga therapy Q&A: Osteoperosis
Yoga therapy Q&A: Osteoperosis

Welcome to episode 62 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In today’s Q&A, Breathing Deeply founder and lead teacher, Brandt Passalacqua sits down with his students to ask their yoga therapy questions. 

Brandt answers questions covering how to balance pitta in young men, applying yoga therapy principles to children, how to safely get into pigeon pose for various levels of flexibility, a basic protocol for working with osteoporosis and advice on how to approach clients with conditions you don’t know about.

This clip has been taken from a live Q&A session with Brandt and his yoga therapy students.

We hope you enjoy this Q&A. Let us know in the comments any key takeaways you had and share it with someone you think it may benefit!

Our next Yoga Therapy Course starts on September 14th. Find out more information here: https://bit.ly/3lxc0KK

Om Shanthi, Om Peace 

This episode covers:

  • Advice on what practices to give a 25-year-old male with pitta imbalance
  • How can I apply yoga therapy to children 
  • What is a therapeutic way to cue Pigeon pose?
  • What is the yoga therapy protocol for working with Osteoporosis?
  • How do I approach conditions I don’t know much about?

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

What is the Vijnanamaya kosha? + 3 meditation techniques to help you balance it

vijnanamaya kosha
vijnanamaya kosha

Welcome to episode 61 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In this episode, Brandt dives deep into an exploration of the Vijnanamaya kosha, also known as our intuition body or our unconscious mind.

Learn what the Vijnanamaya kosha is and how it may look or feel for you when it is imbalanced. Discover the four stages or goals of meditation and how meditation works to balance the Vijnanamaya kosha.

We look at this kosha through the lens of the three doshas and offer three meditation practices to bring balance to the Vijnanamaya kosha.

This episode was taken as an excerpt from our FREE 6-week course the Radically Balanced Yogi! 

Sign up to receive access to the 3 meditations mentioned in this video along with in-depth information on how to balance all of your other koshas: https://bit.ly/2WX1HGc

Om Shanthi

  • The Vijnanamaya Kosha & signs it is balanced
  • Practices to balance this kosha with meditation
  • The four stages of meditation
  • Imbalances in each dosha in this kosha 
  • Breath meditation for Vata & Pitta Imbalance
  • Meditation on thoughts for vata & kapha imbalance
  • Japa meditation for pitta & kapha imbalance

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

Teaching yoga philosophy, non-dualism & desire, healing addiction

Teaching Yoga Philosophy

Welcome to episode 60 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In this episode, Brandt’s discussion covers how to guide people when teaching yoga philosophy, desire and non-duality, whether non-dual philosophy can help people suffering from addiction and what the different goals of our practice may be.

This clip was taken from a live Q&A that Brandt facilitated with students inside the Breathing Deeply Meditation Mentor Certification Program.

Brandt facilitates live Q&A sessions for all members of our meditation certification program!

Join us and begin your journey to becoming a certified Breathing Deeply Meditation Teacher: https://bit.ly/3YqrqAh

Not ready to teach but want to deepen your personal practice with Brandt? Join our meditation community, free for 30 days! https://bit.ly/3jbO6lo

Om Shanthi

  • How do you guide people on dual vs non-dual yoga philosophy as a meditation mentor?
  • How can I reconcile desire with the non-dualistic point of view?
  • Is the philosophy of the Spanda Karika helpful for addiction?
  • Is it better to study one yoga text at a time or study different philosophies together?
  • What is the goal of practice if it isn’t enlightenment?

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

Therapeutic Pranayama To Balance The Doshas

therapeutic pranayama
therapeutic pranayama

Welcome to episode 59 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

Working with the pranic body through therapeutic pranayama can often have really amazing results for yoga therapy clients. Whether is it yoga therapy for mental health or yoga therapy for chronic pain or any other imbalance in the doshas.

In this episode, learn about the different doshic imbalances that can be addressed through pranayama as well as the art of balancing the doshas.

We also cover 2 case studies for the successful treatment of health conditions using pranayama therapeutically.

Our next Yoga Therapy class starts on June 30th. Find out more information here: https://bit.ly/3lxc0KK

Om Shanthi, Om Peace 

This episode covers: 

  • Why pranayama is so powerful
  • Vata imbalances
  • Pitta Imbalances
  • Kapha Imbalances 
  • The art of balancing the doshas
  • Pranayama for physical conditions
  • Therapeutic pranayama case studies
Therapeutic Pranayama To Balance The Doshas | Yoga Therapy Program

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

Yoga therapy Q&A: Hip Replacements, The Koshas, Acupuncture & Chronic Pain

yoga therapy Q&A
yoga therapy Q&A

Welcome to episode 58 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In this Q&A Brandt covers yoga therapy for hip replacements, the koshic framework, the differences between acupuncture and yoga therapy, how chronic pain influences neural pathways, how yoga therapists work with mental health and using asana to balance the doshas.

We hope you enjoy this Q&A. Let us know in the comments any key takeaways you had and share it with someone you think it may benefit!

Our next Yoga Therapy class starts on June 30th. Find out more information here: https://bit.ly/3lxc0KK

Om Shanthi, Om Peace 

This episode covers: 

  • How can yoga therapy help someone who just had a hip replacement?
  • Can you have an imbalance in more than one kosha at the same time?
  • The benefit of using a framework like the koshas in yoga therapy
  • Are the koshas in opposition to any other framework? 
  • Acupuncture vs yoga therapy
  • Where did yoga therapy come from?
  • A discussion about evidence-based studies in yoga therapy vs Western medicine
  • How chronic pain works in the brain
  • How do yoga therapists work with mental health?
  • Where can I go to get a deeper understanding of the doshas for Asana?
Yoga Therapy Q&A: Hip replacements, the koshas, acupuncture vs yoga therapy & chronic pain

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

Anandamaya Kosha: Accessing Bliss Through a Ritualized Yoga Practice

Anandamaya kosha
Anandamaya kosha

Welcome to episode 57 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

The Anandamaya kosha is the part of ourselves that is pure bliss.

In this episode, we explore the Anandamaya kasha or Bliss body, which is the innermost kosha in the 5 kosha system we teach here at Breathing Deeply. 

Learn more about the Anandamaya Kosha and tools to balance this layer of our being through devotion and ritual. Discover a devotional deity yoga practice to balance this kosha and learn why yoga nidra can also help us access the bliss body.

This recording is an excerpt from our free 6-week course the Radically Balanced Yogi! Learn how to balance all other layers of yourself and receive the philosophy readings, poems and sutras to contemplate alongside the chanting practice, sign up now for free! https://bit.ly/2WX1HGc

Om Shanthi

This episode covers: 

  • What is the Anandamaya Kosha/the Bliss Body
  • Balancing this kosha with Bhakti/devotion & love
  • Inner peace & connection and our birthright to access it
  • Devotional practices for ananda maya Kosha
  • Ritualising your practice & samadhi
  • A deity practice for Anandamaya kosha
  • Yoga Nidra for the Anadamaya kosha

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food. As I explain in Total Shape, yoga gives you a multi-faceted approach to weight loss by supporting regular exercise, good diet, quality sleep, relaxation, and finding a healthy relationship with food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

Dualism vs Non-Dualism in Yoga, Meditating Correctly & Ethics in Yoga

non-dualism
non-dualism

Welcome to episode 56 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In today’s episode, we are sharing a clip from a live Q&A that Brandt facilitated with students inside the Breathing Deeply Meditation Mentor Certification Program.

In this Q&A, Brandt’s discussion focuses on the distinction between dualism and non-dualism is the context of the yoga tradition.

 He discusses whether we can do a spiritual practice wrong, the concept of dualism vs non-dualism, the purpose of the namas and niyamas and ethics from a non-dual perspective.

Brandt facilitates live Q&A sessions for all members of our meditation certification program!

Join us and begin your journey to becoming a certified Breathing Deeply Meditation Teacher: https://bit.ly/3YqrqAh

Not ready to teach but want to deepen your personal practice with Brandt? Join our meditation community, free for 30 days! https://bit.ly/3jbO6lo

Om Shanthi

This episode covers: 

  • Is it okay to listen to a mantra instead of reciting it myself?
  • Dualism vs Non-dualism
  • The Namas and Niyamas in the yoga sutras vs non-dual yoga traditions
  • The journey from the dual teachings to the non-dual teachings in yoga
  • Ethics in non-dual yoga traditions

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

How to Address Muscle and Nerve Pain as a Yoga Therapist

muscle and nerve pain
muscle and nerve pain

Welcome to episode 55 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

Pain is something that many of us have to learn how to work with effectively as yoga therapists!

Most of our clients will struggle with some sort of physical pain!

In this video, Brandt outlines the type of pain that we work with as yoga therapists, the difference between muscle and nerve pain and also the system and methods we can use to help our clients find remedies for their chronic pain.

This video is a clip taken from ‘The Physical Body’ module inside our Yoga Therapy Foundations Program. 

To dive even deeper into this subject and many, many more alongside expert mentorship with Brandt so that you can start helping people heal from specific health conditions through the power of yoga, consider enrolling for our next intake.

The next class starts on April 25th, 2023.

For more information & to begin the enrolment process, click here!

This episode covers: 

  • Working with someone in physical pain
  • Acute pain vs chronic pain
  • Muscle tears & spasms
  • Nerve pain
  • How yoga therapists work with nerve pain
  • The medical model vs the yoga therapy model for pain
  • Realignment through regular asana
  • The remedy for pain

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

Yoga Therapy Q&A: Pitta Imbalance, panic attacks, nutrition & treating neuromas

yoga therapy Q&A
yoga therapy Q&A

Welcome to episode 54 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In this new yoga therapy Q&A, Breathing Deeply founder and lead teacher, Brandt Passalacqua sits down with his students to ask their yoga therapy questions. The floor is open to all kinds of questions! They can relate to their personal practice, the yoga therapy foundations program, their course practicum, clients, and more.

In this Q&A Brandt offers advice on identifying & working with doshic imbalances, helping clients evaluate their results accurately, recommendations for coping with anxiety attacks and tips on working with neuromas. This Q&A ends with an interesting discussion on the science of nutrition and diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

We hope you enjoy this Q&A. Let us know in the comments any key takeaways you had and share it with someone you think it may benefit!

Om Shanthi, Om Peace 

This episode covers: 

  • How to assess imbalances in the pitta dosha 
  • What if my client’s mental health problems aren’t fixed in a month
  • Do you have recommendations for someone having a panic attack
  • How do I know when to change the practices I’ve given a client?
  • What would be your recommendations for helping someone with Neuromas (painful benign small tumors between the toes)?
  • A discussion on the science of nutrition & disease
  • A discussion on oils and our health

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

How to balance the conscious mind with chanting & Philosophy

how to balance the conscious mind
how to balance the conscious mind

Welcome to episode 53 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

Today we’re going to be looking at the mental body. The mental body is the conscious and, also known as the Manomaya kosha.

This is one of the more important layers of our being. The way we think makes up so much of how we think about ourselves. This has a big impact on our everyday life. 

This is also the kosha we use to perceive our experiences and therefore having a balanced conscious mind is extremely important in terms of living a full life. 

In this episode,, Brandt shares two ways we can feed the conscious mind to bring it into balance and peace and how we can use these ways to balance the mind as a practice.

You will also learn a simple grounding chanting practice that will condition the mind to turn inwards and find deep balance.

This episode was taken as an excerpt from our free 6-week course the Radically Balanced Yogi! Learn how to balance all other layers of yourself and receive the philosophy readings, poems and sutras to contemplate alongside the chanting practice, sign up now for free! https://bit.ly/2WX1HGc

This episode covers: 

  • What is the Manomaya kosha and how it works
  • Jnana yoga and the yoga sutras
  • How to feed the conscious mind
  • Philosophy and poetry
  • Chanting
  • Grounding chanting practice – Om Aim Hreem Kreem Namaha

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

How can meditation help to heal health conditions? A conversation with Brandt

meditation

Welcome to episode 51 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In this episode, Joe Simek, Breathing Deeply teacher, sits down with Breathing Deeply founder Brandt Passalacqua to talk about meditation in the context of yoga therapy.

In this episode, you’ll learn how yoga therapists can use meditation as a tool for therapy with their clients.

This conversation covers the difference between meditation in the context of yoga therapy and learning from a meditation teacher or lineage, research into the healing powers of meditation, different types of meditation techniques yoga therapists use and what conditions meditation is effective at treating.

Grab a hot drink or a snack and sit back to enjoy this super interesting conversation with Brandt and Joe!

This episode covers: 

  • How is a yoga therapist who uses meditation different from a meditation teacher?
  • How do yoga therapists prove that meditation can help with chronic pain?
  • How do yoga therapists assess what meditation techniques to prescribe?
  • What conditions can meditation really help with?
  • How you can meditate with Breathing Deeply

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

How a central channel meditation practice can help us understand our ego & desires

central channel
central channel

Welcome to episode 50 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In today’s episode, we are sharing a clip from a live Q&A that Brandt facilitated with students inside the Breathing Deeply meditation program.

Brandt discusses the practice of becoming aware of our central channel and how a practice like this can help us understand the limitless nature of our desires.

Brandt discusses the ego desires, vs our actual desires from the perspective of classical tantra. Tune in to learn about the problem with gripping onto certain desires such as money or relationships and how through practice we can learn to expand beyond the limitations of the ego.

Brandt facilitates weekly live Q&A sessions for all members of our meditation program.

Our meditation program offers a direct pathway to help you implement a regular meditation practice to find more tranquility and expanded states of awareness in your everyday life with the guidance of Brandt as your teacher. 

To learn more and to start your free 30-day trial, click here: https://bit.ly/3yllE71

Om Shanthi

Find Brandt’s central channel guided meditation on Insight Timer here!

This episode covers: 

  • What is the central channel?
  • The benefits of being aware of the Sushumna
  • The ego & our desires
  • Practicing expanding from our ego’s desires from a Tantrik perspective & a traditional yogic perspective
  • The problem with gripping onto our desires

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

How to balance the intuitive mind with meditation

The Intuitive Mind & Meditation
The Intuitive Mind & Meditation

Welcome to episode 49 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

The Vijnanamaya Kosha, the wisdom body or the kosha of discrimination. It is the layer of our consciousness that sits underneath the conscious mind. It is often associated with intuition because the wisdom we are receiving comes from the universal. 

In this episode, learn what the symptoms of an imbalanced Vijnanamaya Kosha are, what it looks and feels like to have a balanced Vijnanamaya Kosha and how we can balance this kosha with meditation, specifically Patajanli’s meditation method. Brandt then finishes by discussing how yoga therapists can approach teaching meditation to their clients.

This episode is a clip taken from the ‘Intuitive Mind’ module inside our Yoga Therapy Foundations Program. 

To dive even deeper into this subject and many, many more alongside expert mentorship with Brandt so that you can start helping people heal from specific health conditions through the power of yoga, consider enrolling for our next intake.

Apply for our next yoga therapy class starting on February 16, 2023.

Om Shanthi, Om Peace 

This episode covers: 

  • How can I approach issues at home when working with children in yoga therapy for mental health?
  • What are some tips to help a client struggling with Neuropathy & a loss of balance?
  • How can I ethically use language when working with an elderly client with PTSD?

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

Q&A – Working with parents & children, healing neuropathy & PTSD for the elderly

Welcome to episode 48 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In today’s Q&A, Breathing Deeply founder and lead teacher, Brandt Passalacqua, sits down with his students to ask their yoga therapy questions. The floor is open for all kinds of questions! They can relate to their personal practice, the yoga therapy foundations program, their course practicum, clients and more.

In this Q&A Brandt offers advice on how to approach parents when working with their children as a yoga therapist, the best way to help heal neuropathy and how to work with an elderly person with PTSD in a trauma-informed way.

We hope you enjoy this Q&A. Let us know in the comments any key takeaways you had and share it with someone you think it may benefit!

Ready to train to become a yoga therapist and get in on these intimate Q&As with Brandt, where all of your yoga and yoga therapy questions are answered?

Apply for our next yoga therapy class starting on February 16, 2023.

Om Shanthi, Om Peace 

This episode covers: 

  • How can I approach issues at home when working with children in yoga therapy for mental health?
  • What are some tips to help a client struggling with Neuropathy & a loss of balance?
  • How can I ethically use language when working with an elderly client with PTSD?

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, social workers, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

How to balance the doshas in the energetic body with pranayama

How to balance the doshas in the energetic body with pranayama
How to balance the doshas in the energetic body with pranayama

Welcome to episode 47 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

Prana is the life force that animates everything. This includes everything external to us and everything within ourselves. It is infinite and it’s all about flow throughout the body. 

Since prana is infinite and it’s everywhere, we don’t need to generate more of it, we just need to let it flow through our energetic and physical system. 

Breath is one way we interact with prana outside our body and depending on how we breathe we can change the way prana moves in, out, and around our own body. 

Pranayama

There are specific pranayama exercises that one can practice to influence the way that prana moves through our system in different ways. It is through these breathing practices that we can balance energies in our system which may have become out of balance. 

Listen to this episode to learn about the pranic body, pranayama and three specific practices to balance and sensitize us to each of the three doshas: Vata, pitta and kapha.

The Radically Balanced Yogi

This episode was taken as an excerpt from our free 6-week course the Radically Balanced Yogi! To receive the specific pranayama practices for each dosa from Brandt as mentioned in the video, sign up now for free! https://bit.ly/2WX1HGc

Inside the Radically Balanced Yogi, we dive deep into finding balance in all aspects of the self!

To learn about radical balance in the physical body through asana, check out episode 41 “How To Balance The Doshas In The Physical Body” here.

Om Shanthi

This episode covers: 

  • What is prana?
  • The nadis & kundalini energy
  • Breath regulation and the mastery of pranayama
  • Pranayama for kapha
  • Pranayama for pitta
  • Pranayama for vata
  • How to use the three pranayamas for the doshas

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

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