Yoga Therapy Foundations Program
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The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program is designed to certify you to work with individuals within the yoga therapy model. Upon completion, you will have the information and skills to work one-on-one with people for a wide range of conditions.
The course will teach you anatomy, philosophy, theory, and how to apply this information and tools in a therapeutic setting. The BDYT Foundations Program is structured to be completed in about one year with an option to continue into our Advanced Yoga Therapy Program offering C-IAYT.
There is also the option to move through at a slower pace, completing when ready. The unique blended online and retreat/residential format allows for schedule flexibility so that people with a variety of life situations can participate.
Yoga Therapy Course Details
The main part of this course will be delivered in 50 lectures online. (see course outline) These classes will be available for you online 24/7, allowing you to take them when it’s most convenient. Each class will include homework to help you integrate and fully understand the information.
There is a community forum for all trainees to ask questions that arise at any time. There are two weekly, live group Q&A’s with Brandt that delve deeper into material and questions. These calls provide mentorship and are also a way to stay connected to the BDYT community throughout your studies.
Each class lecture, the community forum, as well as the live sessions will be available to you at any point along the way, so even when you’ve completed the course and are BDYT certified, you may ask questions, re-watch lectures and interact with other students (and Yoga Therapists!).
This yoga therapy program and curriculum is based on years of knowledge and experience as a practicing Yoga Therapist.
- You will be taught through a Koshic “lens” or framework. The Koshas are how yoga views the human experience.
- By the end and completion of this program, you will be able to assess any client and teach them techniques for self-healing.
- You will have a clear grasp of how human anatomy works and be able to apply it in a real world setting.
- This course is designed for actual application and the teachings come from actual cases.
The goal of the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program is to train people to be clear on how to work with any condition from lower back pain to arthritis, depression to spiritual connection, in a focused way that has full integrity.
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Why Choose Breathing Deeply?
The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program is taught by its founder, Brandt Passalacqua, a Yoga Therapist with extensive experience in the field.
Brandt has maintained a full-time yoga therapy practice for almost two decades where he has worked successfully with clients with a wide variety of conditions. His down-to-earth approach provides students with proven, real-world applications of ancient yoga therapy concepts.
Brandt is an approachable, compassionate teacher who is invested in his students and their practices. This is the way yoga therapy has traditionally been taught—teacher to student—in a mentoring relationship that goes beyond the formal training model. We are proud to continue in this lineage.
The program’s online availability and the modular format allow students to learn at their own pace and study when and where they choose. Once enrolled, students gain immediate and full access to the course including all pre-recorded online content and live interactive sessions, of which there are several each week to choose from. With 24/7 access to all course materials, students are given the freedom to learn at their own pace, in the setting of their choice, as their schedule allows.
Breathing Deeply encourages both students and graduates to connect, share, and learn from each other. From the start, our program offers students the opportunity to interact consistently with like-minded yogis through live Q&As, an active discussion forum with monthly and daily topics, and our social community network made to facilitate peer engagement, providing connection with intention.
As a community, we are committed to helping others. Sharing the same intention, we seek to become effective healers and work to deepen our practice so that we can provide expertise and guidance to lessen suffering.
Throughout the course, students not only work one-on-one with a Teaching Assistant to guarantee their mastering of the (course)work, they are encouraged to open, lean in, stretch their curiosity, engage in thoughtful conversations, and obtain answers consistently during live Q&A’s (3x’s weekly) with the headteacher and Breathing Deeply founder, Brandt Passalacqua. These sessions allow students to ask questions, share resources and gain expert advice and input.
Outside of the 3 hours of live sessions each week, Brandt is also consistently available for students through our community network, our discussion forums, as well as during our live interactive retreats.
At Breathing Deeply, we believe that mentoring is a critical component of competency-building and that it should continue well past graduation.
Because of this, a unique benefit of training with Breathing Deeply is Yoga Therapist graduates always have a home with us, receiving continued mentorship from colleagues and teachers while working in the field. Being able to help clients with complex issues with the guidance of seasoned Yoga Therapists and experts to infuse and inspire one’s yoga therapy practice is an integral part of clinical success and longevity.
Completion and Certification
You may begin and complete this Foundations Program at any time.
There are four requirements to Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy certification:
- Completion of all 50 online lectures and coursework
- Attendance of three weekend retreats or equivalent
- Completion of two papers outlining case studies
- Oral and written exam by teacher
Yoga Therapy Retreats
There are three retreats as part of the course certification. These retreats can be taken in New York or as a distance learning option “remotely”, offered three times/year.
Each retreat will cover yoga teachings, Sadhna, and muscle testing/structural analysis including:
- Healing through the Body and Breath #1
- Healing through the Pranic Body and Conscious Mind #2
- Yoga Therapy for the Innermost Self #3
To complete the Foundations Program you must either attend each of the weekend retreats, the remote retreats, or a combination of the two. They do not need to be in the same year or in any specific order. This allows for students to move through the program at their own pace.
The retreats are billed separately from the course tuition (to be paid at the time of retreat registration). The fee will vary depending on the accommodations you choose. Generally, the weekend cost is around $500-$700 per weekend including 2 nights and all meals and the remote retreats are in the $350 range.
Upcoming retreat details can can be found here.
We are now offering a distance option for those too far to make the retreats. These remote retreats include the same material as the residential retreats and are held live online with Brandt from 9am-5 pm EST during a weekend day.
*Note that this option is for the Foundations Program only and can not be applied towards the 875 Hour Advanced Program.
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Foundations Program Path
Join our family of aspiring Yoga Therapists from all over the globe. Be a part of a diverse group of people who are united by a respect for the positive difference that yoga practice can make in people’s lives, and a desire to help people discover this difference for themselves.
Be mentored by Brandt from start to finish. It’s what makes our school unique. Join live Q&A’s each week (offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday) no matter where you are—we’re all together here in our virtual classroom. Absorb the teachings and bring them into the world.
Be a part of our online forum by posting, responding, and participating in our online community. Each of us brings our unique stories, experiences and insights to this program. Sharing them with each other creates a community of learners that continues past graduation and continually supports and strengthens each other.
Take three retreats, all offered each year. This requirement allows you to either take online distance learning retreats “remote retreats” or three residential weekend retreats in New York. You might even do a combination! To fulfill this requirement, you will need to attend all three retreats remotely, residentially, or a combination of the two. (Advanced students take all retreats live, see below)
Take your final oral exam…don’t worry. You’ll do great!
Share one of your case studies by presenting it to your Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy community. Let others learn from this work you’ve done.
Woo Hoo! Receive your Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Certification and serve as a Yoga Therapist.
Wait, there’s more? Continued mentorship is always available. Breathing Deeply believes that this model is a big piece of supporting ethical Yoga Therapists and it also makes our program special. You always have a home with us.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Prospective students must have a high school diploma or equivalent certificate to be accepted for enrollment.
Applicants must also have completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training or equivalent from any tradition. Others will be considered case by case.
We now offer a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program for students without one.
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