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Menopause & The Medical System, Unexpected Symptoms and Yoga Therapy

menopause
menopause

Welcome to episode 84 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In this episode, Brandt sits down with Fiona Janiloos, C-IAYT therapist and Breathing Deeply graduate to talk about yoga therapy and menopause.

Menopause will affect all women at some stage in their life and so this subject is very important! There isn’t a massive amount of research going into menopause in traditional medicine and so it is really exciting to see the field of yoga therapy and menopause expand and start to help more women.

In this interview, Brandt and Fiona discuss how the medical system and research lets women down, some unexpected side effects of menopause

Connect with Fiona!

Website: www.fionajalinoosyoga.com

Instagram: @fionajalinoosyogatherapy

This episode covers:

  • The lack of research on menopause in the past
  • A breakdown of who is affected by menopause
  • Fiona’s journey with menopause and yoga therapy
  • The results of group work with yoga therapy
  • How medicine sees men vs women
  • The struggle women face with the medical system
  • Unexpected symptoms of menopause
  • Yoga therapy practices for menopause
  • Accepting change through menopause and ageing
  • How long does it take to see results with 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.

Floating Towards Clarity Through Meditation

clarity
clarity

Welcome to episode 83 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In this dharma talk, Brandt shares how we can use meditation to find clarity. Brandt discusses what clarity is and how through practice we can find a sense of lightness in our body and use this as a way to float towards these states of tranquility.

Brandt also shares some tips and advice on how to prepare your body and mind to sit for extended periods of time in meditation.

This dharma talk is a clip taken from our 2.5 hour meditation retreat “Floating Towards Clarity”. To receive the replay of the full retreat (including the 3 meditations) plus access to all future meditation retreat, join our free meditation community!

Join our free meditation community: https://breathingdeeply.com/courses/meditation/

You can also find the 3 meditation mentioned in this video on our Insight Timer:

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 Treat Anxiety Through the Koshas in Yoga Therapy

yoga therapy for anxiety
yoga therapy for anxiety

Welcome to episode 81 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

Anxiety is the most common complaint we work with as yoga therapists! Therefore, this area of mental health is crucial for us to understand and help our students and clients with.

In this epsiode, Brand discusses anxiety and how it can arise in different ways through each of the 5 koshas. Learn about the two different types of anxiety people experience and different tools and techniques that can be used for each as a yoga therapist.

Brandt also goes over an example of a yoga practice for anxiety that has been very effective for his clients.

Here is the link to the grounding Om Aim Hreem Kreem Namaha meditation for anxiety mentioned in the video.

This was a clip taken from inside our Yoga Therapy Foundations Program.

Our next class starts on the 27th of June 2024: https://bit.ly/40Tyxmc

Om Shanthi

This episode covers the following questions:

  • How anxiety arises
  • Looking at anxiety through the lens of the Koshas
  • Two categories of anxiety that yoga therapists work with 
  • Techniques to work with external event anxiety
  • Techniques to work with generalized anxiety
  • An example yoga therapy practice for anxiety
  • The difference between a practice for anxiety & a general yoga 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.

Duality and Non-Duality in Yoga Philosophy

non-duality
non-duality

Welcome to episode 79 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In today’s episode, Breathing Deeply Lead teachers discusses duality and non-duality in the yoga tradition. Learn the conceptual difference between non-duality and duality in yoga philosophy and how to can be applied to guide our practice and meditators and meditation teachers. 

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 following questions:

  • The opposition of duality and non-duality
  • The goal of meditation from a dualistic perspective
  • Duality and the Yoga Sutras
  • Non-duality and the Spandakarika
  • How duality and non-duality work together
  • Orientation of reality through the Tao
  • Stanzas from the Tao Ti Ching
  • Contemplating duality vs non-duality as part of our 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.

Q&A: Memorizing Muscles, Energetic Effects of the Breath & the Use of Chakras Therapeutically

Welcome to episode 78 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 offers tips on how to memorize the muscles, the various energetic effects of breathing in different directions, the doshas in relation to the Anandamaya kosha, and the therapeutic application of the chakra system in yoga therapy.

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 soon. Find out more information here: https://bit.ly/3lxc0KK

Om Shanthi, Om Peace 

This episode covers the following questions:

  • Do you have tips for memorizing the muscles for yoga anatomy?
  • What are the different effects of breathing up on the inhale/down on the exhale and down on the inhale and up on the exhale in spine breath?
  • How do the three doshas express themselves when balanced & imbalanced in the Anandamaya kosha?
  • How do we use the chakra system with the Manomaya 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.

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 Evaluate Imbalances In The Unconscious Mind With Ayurveda

ayurveda
ayurveda

Welcome to episode 76 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

This episode is about the framework of Ayurveda and how it relates to the Vijnanamaya Kosha, which is the wisdom body or the unconscious mind.

One way to balance this kosha is with different meditation techniques. We use these meditation techniques differently based on imbalanced doshas from the Ayurvedic system.

Imbalances in the doshas, will cause imbalances in the vijnanamaya kosha in different ways and in today’s episode that is what we will be diving into.

You will learn different practices and meditation techniques to balance the vijnanamaya and how to tell whether someone has a vata, pitta or kapha imbalance in this kosha. 

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

Our next class starts on the 16th of April 2024: https://bit.ly/40Tyxmc

Om Shanthi

This episode covers:

  • Balancing the vijnanamaya kosha with the doshas in yoga therapy
  • Different meditation techniques for each dosha
  • How can you tell when vata is imbalanced in the vijnanamaya kosha?
  • How can you tell when pitta is imbalanced in the vijnanamaya kosha?
  • How can you tell when kappa is imbalanced in the vijnanamaya kosha?
  • The knock-on effect of these imbalances in the vijnanamaya 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.

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.

3 Key Yoga Texts To Contemplate on the Path as a Meditator

3 key yoga texts
3 key yoga texts

Welcome to episode 75 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In this episode, learn about 3 very important spiritual texts that can help to propel us forward on our journey of spiritual evolution as meditators and meditation teachers. 

Learn the key differences between the texts and how we can use them together to get out of our own way, find our orientation on the path and effectively progress to where we want to be for ourselves and our students.

Join our FREE Meditation Course and Community: https://bit.ly/3jbO6lo

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:

  • Yogic texts as a guide on the path
  • The 3 yoga texts that have brought the most clarity to Brandt
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • The Yoga Spandakarika 
  • The Tai Te Ching
  • How we can combine these texts together

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: 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 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

This dharma talk was recorded from a live session inside our Meditation Program and Community, which is FREE for all to join.

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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.

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