How Long Does It Take to Become a Yoga Therapist

The practice of yoga therapy is very broad in its scope and it is important for any yoga therapist to have solid training so they can be prepared to help their clients as efficiently and professionally as possible. Yoga therapy training is a powerful commitment to serving humanity, and yoga therapy training at Breathing Deeply is a thorough and excellent preparation for what you will see as a yoga therapist. One of the most popular aspects of the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Programs is the flexibility with which they can be taken, making them very easy to fit into your life.

Choose the Right Yoga Therapy Program for You

We have two Programs, Foundations and Advanced. Foundations may be taken as a stand-alone program which generally takes between 12 and 15 months to complete. This program consists of 50 online yoga therapy courses, the opportunity to attend live Q and A’s each week, and 3 retreats. There are plenty of chances to connect with our lead teacher Brandt and our community through the Q and A’s, retreats, and our online community Mighty Networks. You can move through the program at your own pace, and we are here to support you through it all and beyond. Please note that one of the prerequisites for the Foundations Program is a 200 hour yoga teacher training certification or the equivalent. All prerequisites are listed here on our FAQ page. 

If students would like more in-depth and specialized training, they may choose the Advanced Program which is accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). The Advanced Program requires a 200 hour YTT or equivalent and one year of teaching experience. It has 3 parts to it: the Foundations Program, 8 retreats (4 online, 4 residential), and a practicum. Students can still be in the Foundations Program and begin taking the Advanced retreats once they have reached a certain point in the Foundations material. In the Advanced Program we offer 4 retreats a year, retreats 1-4 one year, and retreats 5-8 the following year. After the successful completion of 4 retreats, students may join the third aspect of the Advanced Program: the practicum. In the practicum, students work with people in their community under the supervision of Brandt for a total of 215 hours.How quickly someone moves through the retreats and the practicum is up to them. The minimum amount of time to complete the Advanced Program is generally 2 ½ years. This means a student would start the Foundations Program and move through the lessons to be prepared to start the next available Advanced retreat offered that year and keep going to each offered retreat from there. Some students choose to take longer, waiting to start the Advanced retreats until they have finished Foundations, and they may even space out how many retreats they take a year depending on their finances or ability to travel. If a student cannot attend a retreat offered that year, it will come around again in 2 years. Please visit our retreats page for specific dates and information.

Start Your Yoga Journey with Experienced Yoga Therapists

Our training programs are built upon Brandt’s 20 years of clinical experience. They are designed to get students the most efficient and effective information, tools and techniques for the most profound results with their future clients. These practices take time to integrate and embody, and we encourage all of our prospective students to have a steady and grounded personal practice that their work with yoga therapy can grow out of. Many students choose to join our Meditation Program to support their personal yoga practice and teaching. We hope that you will join us and become a certified yoga therapist to serve and support your community.

Info Session

Brandt talks about common questions applicants have about the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program. Tune in to get the full program details.