Yoga Therapy 800-Hour Program Details


Welcome! We are so happy you want to be a Yoga Therapist!
The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program strives to give you a single stream, integrated approach to yoga therapy at the Advanced 871 Hour level.

Our program is modular. First, you sign up and take the foundations course. This gives you access to the 52 online lessons, 3x’s/ week live Q&A classes with Brandt, and connection to our thriving BDYT community (via calls, mentoring sessions, and private online forums).

Once signed up for the foundations course you may at any time begin attending the week-long residential portions of the 871-hour course. Because they are modular, you can take them in any order.

The residential weeks can be completed in as quickly as two years, or as slowly as one per year for seven years. To graduate, you will also complete 205 hours of mentored practicum hours working with clients. These hours are steady throughout your 2-7 years.

The full program consists of three parts:

  1. The BDYT online foundations course
  2. 7 weeks of residential learning (currently held at the Won Dharma Center in Claverack, New York (outside of Hudson))
  3. A practicum to be done in your community

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

Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy

What are the prerequisites for the 871 hour program?

In order to be accepted into the advanced 871-hour program, students must have a 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate or equivalent as well as at least 1 year of personal practice and 1-year minimum teaching experience.

The BDYT Foundations Program is also offered as a stand alone program with different entrance requirements. For details, click here. 

What Is The Curriculum?

The BDYT Foundations Program covers much material on being a Yoga Therapist.

The BDYT Foundations Program material can be found here.

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 will opportunities. This is a great time to become a certified Yoga Therapist!

Why this yoga therapy program?

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 BDYT 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 entire 871-hour 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 format never ends. We expect our graduates to participate, bring case studies and real world problems to our forums and mentoring sessions. Join a collective of skilled Yoga Therapists that goes beyond graduation. Become a Yoga Therapist and find your yoga home with Breathing Deeply.

What Our Students Have to Say...

“Brandt is an extraordinary teacher. He understands this material so deeply that he is able to present it simply without being simplistic. He also has a great sense of humor!”

-Carol Day Young, PhD

“I am learning so much and really enjoying the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy course. In our group of students, I am one of the least experienced, but find the information both a challenge and also accessible, which feels well balanced and encouraging! I'm grateful for Brandt's depth of knowledge, gentle guidance, and a very non-intimidating environment. It has been inspiring!”

-Carly Lynn, Waldorf Early Education Teacher

"I feel so fortunate to have found Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy training. After enrolling in the Foundations Course, I’ve now started the 800-hour training. This is the complete package. The online lectures are great, and you can go back as many times as you need."
"Brandt is an extraordinary teacher. He understands this material so deeply that he is able to present it simply without being simplistic. He also has a great sense of humor!"

- C.Y.

"I can’t say enough about how knowledgeable, supportive and kind the Breathing Deeply staff is. If you’re interested in becoming a Yoga Therapist, contact them!"

- A.B.


The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program is offered as a 52 lesson online foundations course and seven 8 day residential modules, in addition to a practicum.

The BDYT foundations course is the backbone of our program. It contains 52 recorded lectures, homework, and live online classes. The subject matter is comprehensive and is designed to prepare students to do therapeutic work. It serves as the foundation for the live residential modules and allows us to move more quickly into advanced material since students have a common knowledge base. The foundations course 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.

The foundations course may be completed over a year, but students are welcome to take more time as their abilities allow.

The seven residential retreat modules are 8 days. In 6 of them, the first weekend is a skill building workshop based on the koshas. Students learn and practice applications based in the koshas highlighted by the weekend (i.e. body and breath bodies vs wisdom and bliss bodies) These weekends give students the ability to apply and hone material from the foundations course in a live setting. The rest of the live class time can be thought of as mini courses on specific subjects. Students are able to focus on condition sets (autoimmune diseases, back care, rehab techniques for surgeries, etc) as well as deeper explorations of material (ayurveda, how to reference yogic texts, examining research studies, etc..)

The residential modules are purposely not grouped around a unifying theme. The idea is to allow students to “switch gears” every couple of days or so. We believe in general that most students will be better able to absorb material this way.

All material in the modules is filtered through the system we have laid out in the foundations course. We believe this creates a very unified approach and will allow students to deliver clear yoga therapy as they enter the field.

Outline For 500 Hour Residential Hours

Module 1

800 Hour Program Module 1 (April 21-28, 2017)

Healing with the Body and Breath Weekend, Back Care, Hips & Shoulders

In this Healing with the Body and Breath Weekend, students will investigate techniques to work with the physical body and the breath and learn assessment skills to inform their work with the physical body. Range of Motion (R.O.M.) assessment and muscle strength testing procedures will be taught. Students will leave with a clear ability to assess and give asana and breath work recommendations to to strengthen muscle groups, improve R.O.M. and give breath instruction that moves clients away from pain. This weekend is considered a foundational module for the BDYT course.

Back Care

Back pain is one of the leading causes of missed work and visits to the doctor in North America. In this course, students will learn to work with common spine/back pathologies. Students will learn function anatomy as it relates to back pain. We will familiarize ourselves with common pathologies and western diagnosis. We will then learn assessment techniques for different pathologies and how to apply asana and pranayama to help clients. Students will also leave with a clear view of general principles for back care and injury prevention.

Hips and Shoulders

Hips and shoulders are common areas for pain and dysfunction. In this course we will learn functional anatomy and western diagnosis of common conditions that affect these areas. Students will learn how to work with clients on acute vs chronic issues, as well as, a general overview. We will learn how to work with injuries to hip structures, congenital hip dysplasia, shoulder surgeries, torn rotator cuffs, and frozen shoulder. Students will gain the confidence to assess and provide effective yoga therapy for their clients in this area.

Module 2

800 Hour Program Module 2 (September 8-15, 2017)

Healing Through The Pranic Body and Conscious Mind Weekend, Rehab Yoga, Yoga for Cancer, and Fascial Thinking

In this Healing through the Pranic Body and Conscious Mind weekend, we move deeper into the koshas, or layers of the Self, unwrapping like a gift, the inner-workings of the pranic and mental bodies. Teachers through the ages have taught us that we are much more than just our physical body, and in this retreat we begin the process of moving our awareness through the layers of our being toward the core. Participants will examine the healing relationship that the pranamaya and manomaya koshas share, and better understand, through theory and practice, how working at this level can bring balance to the body and mind. This weekend is considered a foundational module for the BDYT course.

Rehab Yoga

As medical technology advances, surgery is becoming a more common form of treatment. In this course we investigate the most common surgeries and the best practices for helping clients rehabilitate after surgery. We will learn pathologies and the surgeries used to correct them. Students will leave with the most pertinent information about surgeries, the knowledge of when to begin working with clients, proper assessment techniques to help clients achieve their goals, and how to use mind-body techniques to improve outcomes. There will be special emphasis given on how to provide yoga therapy in the post Physical Therapy phase of surgery rehab.

Working with Cancer

Yoga therapy provides a unique opportunity to improve outcomes for cancer patients. In this course, students will get an overview of and familiarize themselves with cancer types and treatments. We will examine evidence based strategies for improving outcomes. Students will examine working with cancer patients through the koshic model—learning to effectively and safely teach asana, pranayama, and meditation with a clear understanding of contraindications for this population. A special unit on working with breast cancer patients is included in this course due to the prevalence of this condition.

Fascial Thinking

Fascia is a key structural component of the body. As such, it contributes to the physical well-being of our bodies and is often indicated in pain and disfunction. In this course we will learn all about fascia and its relationship to structure and health. Students will learn how to identify facial lines in the body and the restrictions within them. There will also be an emphasis on common fascia-based pain patterns and how to shift fascia through asana and pranayama techniques. Students will leave with a clear understanding of how to work with bodies using a fascial viewpoint to relieve pain patterns.

Module 3

800 Hour Program Module 3 (November 3-10, 2017)

Bliss and Wisdom; Yoga Therapy For The Innermost Self Weekend, Yoga Therapy For Bipolar & Borderline Personality Disorder, Weight Loss & Eating Disorders, and Therapeutic Relationships

In the Bliss and Wisdom; Yoga Therapy For The Innermost Self Weekend we will take a deep dive into the Wisdom and Bliss Bodies (Vijnanamaya and Anandamaya Koshas). Together these two koshas or sheaths make up the innermost layers of the self. We will examine practices that balance these aspects of self and students will learn to identify imbalances and then apply appropriate practices to restore balance and connection to these inner koshas.

Yoga Therapy For Bipolar & Borderline Personality Disorder

Often people with mental health conditions are “stuck” in western models that don’t provide positive enough outcomes. In this course we look at 2 difficult to work with mental health disorders, Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. Students will learn about the current western models for treatment of these conditions. We will then learn, as a Yoga Therapist, how to assess and work with clients suffering from these disorders in a safe way and how to stay within our scope of practice. Students will leave more confident in working with clients with these, as well as other mental health conditions.

Weight Loss & Eating Disorders

Based on Brandt’s work with obesity and eating disorders, this course is an overview to approaching obesity and eating disorders from a yoga therapy perspective. Students will learn about the current state of treatment for these issues including the most up-to-date science surrounding them. Asana, pranayama, lifestyle, and meditation adaptations will be examined. We will examine on integrating the koshic and doshic models for these populations with a focus on safe effective languaging will also be discussed.

Therapeutic Relationships

Managing therapeutic relationships is a foundational skill for yoga therapists. In this course students will explore possible issues in the therapeutic relationship. Students will learn how to manage and identify boundary issues, transference and countertransference, and have a clear understanding of how to be ethical from a yogic perspective.

Module 4

800 Hour Program Module 4 (April 13-20, 2018)

Healing with the Body and Breath Weekend #2, Trauma, Addiction, and Yoga Nidra for Yoga Therapists

This weekend unit presents an opportunity to deepen the skills necessary for working with body and breath. Students will learn to articulate the Joint Freeing Series for therapeutic purposes as well as asana for the doshas. We will examine techniques to correct improper breathing patterns. Advanced muscle testing and postural assessment will be covered.


In this course students will learn to design yoga therapy programs for clients who are suffering from issues related to trauma. Students will learn about the current science around yoga and trauma and how to integrate this knowledge into the BDYT model. Students will spend time on proper languaging skills for those with trauma issues in order educate clients safely. Students will become well equipped to work with clients who are suffering from trauma related imbalances effectively in a one-on-one setting.


This course will examine addictive behavior and yoga therapy interventions. There will be an overview of current addiction treatment models and how yoga therapy can support these models. Students will examine and gain knowledge in addictive behaviors and their roots as well as expression in each kosha while also learning the appropriate interventions for each aspect of the self. Doshic considerations will be touched upon, as well as group protocols.

Yoga Nidra for Yoga Therapists

Yoga Nidra is an extremely powerful tool for healing. When properly taught yoga nidra can be modulated to treat many conditions and imbalances. In this course we will learn the basic theory behind yoga nidra. We will learn how to adjust yoga nidra to target specific koshas and gain the skills to language yoga nidra instruction appropriately for different condition sets.

Module 5

800 Hour Program Module 5 (June 1-8, 2018)

Healing Through The Pranic Body and Conscious Mind Weekend #2, Brain, Neuroscience, Research & Yoga Therapy, Yoga Counseling Skills For The Very Ill & End Of Life, and Yoga For Anxiety & Depression

In this weekend course, students will delve deeper by learning advanced techniques for working with the pranic body and conscious mind (Pranayama and Manomaya Koshas). Students will explore practices that affect the 5 pranas for specific disease states. Students will then focus on the application of mantra and chanting for disease states. Time will be allotted for practicing teaching these skills to others.

Brain, Neuroscience, Research & Yoga Therapy

In this course—taught by a seasoned neuroscientist—students will learn how to properly read and evaluate research studies. Students will examine how to integrate vetted knowledge into yoga therapy settings. Students will also be given an overview of the current state of neuroscience research as it relates to yoga and meditation.

Yoga Counseling Skills For The Very Ill & End Of Life

In this course—taught by a grief and loss expert with over 4 decades of yoga study—students will investigate how we as Yoga Therapists can help those nearing the of their time in this form. Students will learn philosophical foundations of death, dying, and grief work. We will learn the 5 needs of grieving people and how to provide practices to integrate and fulfill these needs. We will also examine end of life from a koshic perspective.

Yoga For Anxiety & Depression

In this course students will examine strategies for working with clients suffering from anxiety and/or depression based issues. Students will become familiar with western models of treatment and learn to use this knowledge to inform assessments. We will learn assessment and treatment strategies using the koshic and doshic models. Students will be able to integrate this material into existing understanding of general yoga therapy principles and feel confident working with these common mental health challenges.

Module 6

800 Hour Program Module 6 (September 28-October 5, 2018)

Bliss and Wisdom; Yoga Therapy For The Innermost Self Weekend #2, Ayurvedic Foundations, Pulse & Tongue: Ayurveda Applications and Diagnosis, and Yoga Therapy’s Deepest Realm: Solving Pain and Suffering Through the Inner Koshas

In this course students will learn advanced assessment and practices to address issues related to the Wisdom and Bliss Bodies (Vijnanamaya and Anandamaya Koshas). Students will learn preparatory practices to facilitate access to the areas of self. The chakra based model for Vijnanamaya Kosha will be taught. Students will learn more advanced practices for ananamayakosha and how share this information with diverse populations.

Ayurvedic Foundations

This course offers a practical overview of Ayurvedic Principles as they relate to yoga therapy. Students will gain the knowledge of ayurvedic lifestyle guidelines as they relate to dosha diagnosis. Students will also learn to apply ayurvedic informed asana and pranayama. Shatkarma (cleansing) techniques will be taught with specific guidance on when these practices are most beneficial and how they might be offered to clients.

Pulse & Tongue: Ayurveda Applications and Diagnosis

Pulse and tongue assessment can provide much clarity to the Yoga Therapist when used correctly. In this course students will learn the theory and practice of pulse and tongue assessment as it relates to the BDYT assessments taught in the foundations program. Students will complete this unit with the ability to confirm and add to assessments using these 2 techniques.

Yoga Therapy’s Deepest Realm: Solving Pain and Suffering Through the Inner Koshas

The inner Koshas are the Wisdom and Bliss Bodies (Vijnanamaya and Anandamaya Koshas). Suffering can often have it’s roots in these koshas, but it can be unclear how to shift practice appropriately to create positive client outcomes. In this course we will look at the subtler shifts in practices for these koshas. Students will learn how to identify signs that they need to shift their client’s meditation practices related to these koshas as well as, effectively choose practices best suited to their clients. Students will examine teaching styles and language to educate clients from differing backgrounds. Case studies will be presented for clarity.

Module 7

800 Hour Program Module 7 (November 2-9, 2018)

Autoimmune Disease, Philosophical Foundations Of Yoga Therapy, and Scoliosis

Autoimmune Disease

The incidence of autoimmune diseases is rising steadily. This course will explore yoga therapy interventions for autoimmune disease. Students will become familiar with the basic science behind autoimmunity and western approaches to common autoimmune diseases. We will then look at various autoimmune diseases through the BDYT model. Students will practice assessment and how to create working strategies for several autoimmune conditions.

Philosophical Foundations Of Yoga Therapy

As Yoga Therapists, it is important to keep ourselves firmly grounded in the philosophy that eventually birthed yoga therapy. Without this grounding, our work can easily become irrelevant. In this course, we will examine teachings from key texts and how to apply them to our day to day work as healers. Students will learn how to use these concepts for themselves as Yoga Therapists, as well as how to translate textual references for the general population.


Spinal curvatures and scoliosis are a common cause of physical suffering. In this course, students will learn to properly assess spinal curvature and deliver yoga therapy to improve client’s conditions. Physical and koshic assessment for this condition will be taught. Practices to counter common muscular imbalances and systems to stop or reverse curvature will be discussed. Students will leave with more clarity on how to work with this challenging condition that can be greatly benefited by yoga therapy.

Become a Certified Yoga Therapist

Next class starts September 18

Sign up now and begin your training (this will ensure your spot!). Then link up with your class cohort for discussion and community. Get a jump start!

Application Process

Step 1. Read and listen to our FAQ page here to gain a full understanding of our program/s.
Step 2. Apply here. (please make sure your application is as detailed as possible so we can get to know you.)
Step 3. You will receive an email from us within 5 business days outlining any need for additional information from you and/or next steps in your application process which will include a phone interview.


Our IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) application is currently in administrative review. We are very excited for this next step in becoming an IAYT 800+ hour accredited program. The IAYT is the largest most respected professional Yoga Therapy association in the world. They have recently adopted standards for the credential of C- IAYT. This is an 800+ program. While one can certainly work with clients one-on-one without this certification (for example after completion of the BDYT Foundations Program), the IAYT 800+ hour cert. is the gold standard that will let the world know that you are as highly trained as you can be in the field of yoga therapy.

871 Hour Advanced Program Path


If you have a 200 hour certification and one year of personal yoga practice, we’d love to hear from you!

Foundations Program

Begin the online portion of our course. Participate in all aspects of our distance learning platform and online community.

Attend Residential Modules

You will attend 7 8-day residential retreats. (These include the Foundations Program retreats.)

Mastering the Work

You are now in your 215-hour practicum in your community being completely mentored along the way. There is a manual and guidelines, of course. You can begin once you’ve taken 4 of the 7 modules.

Grand Finale

You’ll take your final exam (oral and written) after attending all 7 modules and of course, pass. You’ll do great!


Receive the gold standard of yoga therapy certifications! Yoga Therapist, you are. Om Shanti.

Lifetime Course Access

As a Yoga Therapist, you always have a home with us, receiving continued mentorship while working in the field. Breathing Deeply believes that this model is a big piece of supporting ethical Yoga Therapists in the world and it also makes our program special.