Advanced Yoga Therapy Program
Welcome! We are so happy you want to be a Yoga Therapist!
The Breathing Deeply Advanced Yoga Therapy Program strives to give you a single stream, integrated approach to yoga therapy at the highest level (C-IAYT). Holders of an International Association of Yoga Therapists Certification are instantly recognizable to the public as a Yoga Therapist who has trained for years to receive the gold standard of yoga therapy education.
Advanced Program students broaden their skillset through hours of condition-specific mini-courses offered as week-long learning retreats (4 virtual, 4 residential) and by delivering a 215 hour mentored practicum, working with clients in their community.
Our Advanced Program is modular which means that once immersed in the Foundations Program content, students may begin attending the advanced modules in any order; taking all eight modules over the course of two years, or spacing them out over a longer period of time (a maximum of 7 years) as time and budget allows.
The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Advanced Program is comprised of three parts:
- The online Breathing Deeply Foundations Program.
- Eight immersive module retreat weeks. 4 virtual and 4 residential at the Won Dharma Center in Claverack, New York.
- A practicum (practice hours) to be done in your community.
Next Class Starts:
Become a Certified Yoga Therapist at the C-IAYT level. Register now to begin your training and ensure your spot in our upcoming class. Once enrolled, you’ll have full access to the Foundations Program and be ready to link up with your class cohort for discussion and community. You will also be on your way to meeting lesson prerequisites for your first module!
Graduates of Breathing Deeply Advanced Program will successfully work as a general practitioner helping clients with a wide variety of health challenges or as an effective specialist working with specific conditions and populations.
The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Advanced Program builds upon the knowledge and skills gained in the Foundations Program, also offered as a stand-alone course, providing students with a yoga therapy model and framework for becoming a skilled Yoga Therapist.
The Breathing Deeply Advanced Yoga Therapy Program is offered in three modular parts: The online Foundations Program, 8 retreat weeks of deepened learning (4 virtual, 4 residential), and a supervised practicum. This modular flow allows students to decide how and when they participate in the 3 parts, making up 875 hours. Each individual can create a path that works for their budget and timeline.
Students begin learning the model for becoming a skilled Yoga Therapist from the moment they begin the online Foundations Program, while simultaneously progressing in the Advanced Program with immersive learning retreats and practicum hours, gaining clinical skills at a pace that works for them.
In More Depth
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The Foundations Program provides students with a yoga therapy model and framework for becoming a skilled Yoga Therapist. Students in the Foundations Program are part of a bigger vision in shifting the wellness paradigm. When they transition directly into working as a Yoga Therapist upon completion of this comprehensive course, they often decide to concurrently continue with the Advanced Program. Advanced Program students broaden their skillset through hours of immersive condition-specific mini-courses (8 module retreat weeks; 4 online, 4 residential) and by delivering a 215 hour mentored practicum, working with clients in their community.
The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Foundations Program is the backbone of our yoga therapy school. It contains 50 recorded lessons, live Q&A’s, homework, an active online platform, and in-depth learning retreats. The subject matter is comprehensive and clearly prepares students to do therapeutic work. It serves as the foundation for the live residential modules and allows students to move quickly into advanced material using their common knowledge base from their online work at home. The Foundations Program covers many topics, but its main focus is to teach the fundamental frameworks we use, as opposed to focusing on as many individual conditions as possible. 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 lead teacher and Breathing Deeply founder, Brandt Passalacqua.
Foundations Program Outline
- The history of yoga therapy
- Yoga anatomy
- The Koshas
- The role of the Yoga
- Pathology from a yoga perspective
- The role of ayurvedic ideas
- What you need to know – anatomy
- How pain works
- What clears pain
- Basic yoga poses with anatomy and connections and how/when to use alignment
- Stages of rehab and healing with many techniques including muscle and nerve pain
- Breath anatomy and how to use it
- Ayurvedic concepts
- Food theory and how to apply it
- Case studies
- Pranayamas and their application
- How to balance the doshas
- Understanding prana flow
- How to work with: emotional imbalances (i.e. depression, anxiety)
- How to work with: system wide imbalance (i.e. autoimmune disease, chronic pain)
- Case studies
- The role of the conscious mind/intellect
- Yoga and philosophy teachings
- The uses of chanting
- Using the chakra model
- Using the mind for emotional release
- More yoga philosophy
- Practices for the intellect/personality
- How to talk to clients in a real way about point of view
- Yoga Philosophy
- Practices for opening the spiritual heart
- How to talk to people about intuition and heart
- Bhakti yoga for healing
- Case studies
- Assembling a plan
- Advanced anatomy
- More food theory
- When to refer out
- Scope of practice
- Integrating with other practitioners and modalities
- Ayurveda and Chinese medicine crossovers
Learn more about the Yoga Therapy Foundations Program.
What are the prerequisites for the Advanced Program?
The Breathing Deeply Advanced Yoga Therapy Program has the following prerequisites:
- Students must be at least 18 years of age
- Students must have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Students must have a 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate or equivalent (see our 200 hour TT/Foundations Program combination offering, if you do not have this)
- Students should have at least one year of personal practice
- Students should have at least one year minimum teaching experience
(Note: If you don’t meet #’s 4 and 5, you may begin the Foundations Program, and complete these prerequisites before matriculating into the Advanced Program. The Yoga Therapy Foundations Program is also offered as a stand-alone program with different entrance requirements.)
Where will I be able to work? Will I be a Yoga Therapist?
Yes. You will be a Yoga Therapist. In the west, yoga therapy is finally coming into its own. Yoga Therapists work with private clients for a wide variety of conditions. They also work in conjunction with other healthcare providers. Institutions such as hospitals and addiction centers are increasingly looking to Yoga Therapists to design and implement programs. As the field of yoga therapy continues to expand, so do the opportunities. Breathing Deeply Advanced students are able to utilize the full spectrum of yoga therapy tools and techniques with their clients. This is a great time to become a certified Yoga Therapist!
What is the tuition?
Because of the modular (“pay as you go”) design of our programs, the financial commitment for the Advanced Program begins easily with the Foundations Program tuition to be paid in full or in monthly instalments. Click here for complete tuition details and payment plans.
Breathing Deeply students gain the added benefit of a tightly knit community of Yoga Therapists to draw upon as they forge ahead in their yoga therapy careers.
The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program is taught and designed by a Yoga Therapist with extensive experience in the field. Brandt has seen clients for a huge array of conditions and maintained a full-time yoga therapy practice for over a decade. Brandt’s down-to-earth teaching style provides his students with proven, real world applications of ancient yoga therapy concepts. The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program is designed to directly transfer this method in a clear and useful way to you. Traditionally, this is the way yoga therapy has been taught—teacher to student—with a mentoring relationship that goes beyond just the formal training model.
The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program is also committed to training people with busy lives, families, and other careers and responsibilities. Our format is designed with this in mind. There is no extra busy work or wasted time. We want our students to know that they are supported to become an ethical Yoga Therapist, no matter what their lives and learning needs are. So, take a course at a pace that works for you. Complete the Advanced Program in 3 years, or take more time upgrading your knowledge. It’s your choice!
Finally, a mention that we are creating a community of Yoga Therapists. Our online and retreat format never ends. We expect our graduates to participate, bring case studies and real-world problems to our forums and mentoring sessions. When students enroll in our school, they are joining a collective of skilled Yoga Therapists that goes beyond graduation. Become a Yoga Therapist and find your yoga home with Breathing Deeply.
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 three 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.
Next Class Starts:
Become a Certified Yoga Therapist at the C-IAYT level. Register now to begin your training and ensure your spot in our upcoming class. Once enrolled, you’ll have full access to the Foundations Program and be ready to link up with your class cohort for discussion and community. You will also be on your way to meeting lesson prerequisites for your first residential module!