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Yoga Therapy Training Courses

Yoga Therapy's Unique Approach

Born from the ancient practice of yoga and informed by modern knowledge.

The aim of yoga therapy is to educate, empower, and enable clients to take an active role in their own healing.

A Yoga Therapist uses frameworks from the Yoga and Ayurveda traditions combined with western medicine research and perspective to help clients improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

A Yoga Therapist applies yoga techniques to specific health conditions. A Yoga Therapist, therefore, must be trained in both the techniques (asana, pranayama, chanting, philosophy or point of view, and meditation) and the therapeutic applications of these techniques.

Become a Certified Yoga Therapist

Next Class Starts on September 29

What Are the Benefits of Getting Your Yoga Therapy Certification?

  • Can successfully work as a general practitioner or as an effective specialist
  • Yoga therapy is easily integrated with other healing modalities and can be used in conjunction with western medicine
  • You are trained to support individuals’ healing and wellness needs
  • You will be able to help clients heal a number of physical conditions including:
    • Back pain
    • Shoulder injury
    • Sciatica
    • Pelvic floor dysfunction
    • Plantar fasciitis
    • And more
  • You will also know therapeutic practices to address:
    • Anxiety disorders
    • PTSD
    • Insomnia
    • Depression
    • autoimmune diseases
    • Addiction 
    • Obesity
    • Cancer support 
    • And more

The Opportunity of Yoga Therapy

This point in time represents an exciting opportunity for yoga therapy! Though based in a long tradition of healing, yoga therapy is a relatively new occupation gaining awareness and recognition as an effective healing modality. This opening in healthcare is creating a new paradigm in wellness between the medical and yoga therapy fields. Career opportunities are emerging at a rapid pace due to public demand and greater attention to yoga therapy research.

Foundations of Yoga Therapy

Complete the Foundations Program in one year – or more, depending on your personal timeline.

The Foundations Program consists of:

  • 50 pre-recorded lectures
  • Coursework
  • Assignments and forums
  • Live Q&As with head teacher and Breathing Deeply creator, Brandt Passalacqua
  • Learning retreat modules in Upstate New York
  • Hands-on experience with other students


Note: the Online Foundations Program retreats exist in a condensed format for those who prefer an online-only option requiring no travel

“What initially drew me to this particular program was primarily logistics: the ability to do the entire foundations program from my home if I chose. Upon starting the program, however, I realized my great fortune for finding Brandt and his wealth of knowledge and accessibility. Brandt’s ability to distill ancient practices into comprehensible, practical application in a true gift. I am receiving ‘industry skills’ that give me the tools and confidence to work with people in a deeper way.”

Lisa McKenzie, Yoga Instructor & Therapist

Advanced Yoga Therapy

The 875-hour Advanced Program gives you the highest level of yoga therapy certification — C-IAYT.

It is made up of three parts:

  • The Foundations Program
  • Seven weeks of residential learning modules
  • Mentored practicum in the community


The Advanced Program has a blended online and residential retreat format: eight weeks of “retreat” modules, four online and four held in Upstate New York.

Graduates of this program work in healthcare, mental health, pain management, and other areas.

“This is the complete package. The online lectures are great, and you can go back as many times as you need. The on-line practices in meditation, pranayama, and chanting have really helped me deepen my practice. The Garrison Institute retreats are a joy with great camaraderie (and delicious food).”

Carol Day Young, PhD & Yoga Therapist

radically balanced yogi

Want to Learn More? Check Out Our Information Session

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

Want To Join Our Yoga Therapy Training?

Next Class Starts on September 29

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We have programs for each level of yoga expertise.