Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Teacher Training Program

For many of you, the Breathing Deeply 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training is where your journey will begin! If you don’t have a 200-hour yoga certification, this course is a prerequisite for our Yoga Therapy Foundations Program.

Unlike other 200-hour teacher trainings, our program is designed specifically for students whose end goal is to become a Yoga Therapist and is only offered as a package—in tandem—with our Foundations Program. 

Like other 200-hour trainings, you’ll learn the basics of poses, anatomy, breathwork, and the history of yoga. However, we’ll dig deeper into the constructs that Yoga Therapists use every day: therapeutic movement, doshas (Ayurveda), yogic philosophy, chanting, meditation, and more.

In the end, you’ll be ready to both teach yoga in a group/class setting, and be fully prepared to become a Yoga Therapist with two separate certifications — a 200-hour teacher training certification and a Yoga Therapy certification. You will also have the prerequisites to matriculate into the Breathing Deeply Advanced Yoga Therapy Program and earn the highest standard of yoga therapy certifications, C-IAYT. 

Program Overview

The 200 HR Teacher Training includes:

  • Radically Balanced Yogi: a 6 week personal practice course offering insight into yoga therapy’s core principles and what you want to know for your own practice

  • Basics Module: what every yoga teacher wants to know about core principles in asana and coming into the foundations yoga therapy program

  • 5 Home Study Modules with Coursework

  • 6 Live (monthly) Seminars

  • An active forum for all students and a place to get questions answered while being in community

  • Some overlap in material in preparation for the BDYT Foundations Program

Radically Balanced Yogi

This is a six week personal practice course that offers insight into yoga therapy’s core principles and what you want to know for your own practice. It is divided into sections by week, spending the first day of the week with lecture and lesson materials. The other days offer questions for introspection to help you absorb the material with a contemplation journal. This course was designed by Brandt Passalacqua, head teacher for the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy School.

The Basics Program

The BDYT Basics Module will provide lessons to develop skills to teach. The primary goal of this module is to give students basic languaging skills for yoga asana and pranayama. Through video lectures on how to instruct basic poses with clear languaging and a one-on-one tutorial, basic teaching skills are learned.

The Five Modules

The five modules that are offered over the course of six months are lesson videos including home study with practices and coursework. Modules include topics ranging from yoga texts to anatomy to the history, ethics, and business of yoga. These online modules are accessible 24/7 and offer a comprehensive package for learning.

Meet Your Teacher, Joe Simek

As an experienced yoga teacher, working Yoga Therapist, and long-time yoga studio owner, Joe Simek is a perfect fit to lead the Breathing Deeply 200 HR Yoga Teacher/Therapist Training.

Joe started his yogic journey in 2003 and helped open Dragonfly Yoga Studio  in Doylestown, PA in 2005, which he still runs with his wife. He graduated from the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Foundations program in early 2017 and has been a Teaching Assistant for the program every since. In 2016, he also studied with Brandt to become a certified Peaceful Weight Loss facilitator. That same year, he completed a 500 HR Advanced Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with yoga teacher and author Rolf Gates.

Joe currently has a thriving yoga therapy practice at Dragonfly, where he also teaches group classes, workshops and teacher trainings. Additionally, he works as a yoga therapists at two local elementary schools, teaching yoga to students who need emotional support.

In 2016, Joe co-founded The Fiaria Project, a non-profit organization that aids foster children. He is also the frontman of Destroy It Up, an indie rock music project inspired by yoga philosophy. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Arizona State University.

Karen Naids, Breathing Deeply Student

“I have been a nurse for 32 years. I found yoga and meditation 8 years ago and realized how wonderful it was to live without pain. I had a bad back from lifting patients for so long. I finally decided to make yoga my career and got certified to teach chair yoga to seniors. I love the elderly population. I wanted to spread the word that they could live with less pain. I started to help them more and more and got such positive feedback, they asked me to work with them privately. 

I then realized that I needed more education, but I did not want to do a regular 200 hour training because I had no plans to teach the younger population. I found the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program and they offered a 200 hour geared towards becoming a Yoga Therapist. 

It has been great. I learned so much about yoga and the history and philosophy, along with breathing techniques and meditation. I am certified to teach meditation, but the knowledge I received enhanced it! Joe is the teaching assistant for the 200 hour, and he does a great job with the live seminars. He is very available and informative and I have learned so much from him about asana’s and the proper way to do them. 

I love that this course is for people who want to be Yoga Therapists—it really helps to give you the knowledge that you need to move on in the program. I could not be happier that I am taking this journey and feel that I will be so ready to take care of clients privately. Anna and Brandt are great, and so informative and are there if you need anything!! 

This 200 hour is a great preparation for the Foundations program. It gives you the knowledge that you need to become a yoga therapist and understand the concepts of Asana, Meditation and Pranayama to give clients the best information to help them. I am so happy that I found this course and that I am being guided by those who are so knowledgeable!!!”

Live Seminars

On one Saturday each month from 1 – 4 p.m. ET, there will be Live Online Sessions via Zoom. These classes will be led by Joe Simek, Breathing Deeply’s 200 HR lead teacher and Foundations Program Teaching Assistant. You are required to attend a minimum of 5 of the 6 live sessions allowing one to be missed and watched later.

Each session will include:

  • Orientation Community Build
  • Yoga/Asana Class
  • Pranayama/Chanting/Meditation Class
  • Philosophy Lecture
  • Book Discussion
  • Outside Classes Discussion
  • General Q&A


The Breathing Deeply 200-Hour Teacher Training and Foundations Program tuition is offered as a package. There are two payment options.

  • Pay in Full: $1,500 (200 HR TT) + $2,595 (Online Foundations)  = 4,095 Total
  • Payment Plan: $1,000 deposit then $184/month/20 months = $4,680 Total

The foundations retreats and final exam are billed separately. See tuition page for details.

Next 200 Hour Teacher Training Live Session Date:

September 19, 2020
October 17, 2020
November 7, 2020
December 5, 2020