Help Relieve Suffering As A Yoga Therapist.

As a Yoga Therapist, You'll educate, empower and enable your clients to take active roles in their own healing.

Why Choose Breathing Deeply

Expert Teaching & Mentoring

Infused with 20 years of clinical experience

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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.

Flexible Learning

Online training, go at your own pace

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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.

Robust Online Community

Connect and learn from fellow students and graduates

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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.

HeadTeacher Accessibility

Live Q&As 3x a week

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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.

Long-term Mentoring

Access the community and teachers post graduation

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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.

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.

Next Yoga Therapy
Training Begins:

September 21st, 2021

Your Path To Becoming A Yoga Therapist

C-IAYT is the highest certification for yoga therapy.
Your training will give you a unique set of skills to unlock healing in others
that will change their life.

A Yoga Teacher

If not, we got you covered with our very
own 200-hour teacher training.

Yoga Therapy

15-month online certification course

Our foundations course is an immersive learning experience, giving you the tools and training to heal suffering in others.

Your fully online training gives you the ability to tackle your training at your pace, so no matter what, you never fall behind and you’re already
making progress to becoming a yoga therapist.

What you’ll get:

  • 50 pre-recorded lessons, lectures and coursework
  • Weekly Q&A’s with creator of Breathing Deeply, Brand Passalacqua
  • A community of other students going through the Foundations Yoga Therapy training
  • In person retreat for in upstate New York OR
  • Online retreat if you prefer to stay in the comfort of your home.

Advanced Yoga
Therapy Program

You’ll get a blend of online and in-person training throughout our 875-hour Advanced Yoga Therapy Program, allowing you to experience 4 online retreats and 4 in-person retreats.

What people say about us

When I applied to the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy program, I was searching for an avenue to work towards becoming a yoga therapist at a pace that would not only align with my life circumstances at that time, but in the long term as well.

The decision to pursue my studies with Breathing Deeply over other Yoga Therapy Programs was directly related to Brandt. I was struck by his presence during an initial conversation. He is ever mindful of the long-term considerations of his students. He is not one to simply go through the motions when he teaches, his integrity in the learning experience is clear. I was also glad I had the option to attend retreats remotely. At one retreat, I was for a time after Brandt’s guidance on pranayama where I had a broken arm. I am so grateful to feel part of a community from afar. I have been able to integrate key things from the retreats that have impacted my life in a profound way.

Anyone considering the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy program should know that Brandt embodies the tradition in presence, spirit, and wisdom. He shares the practices in such an accessible manner that before you know it the “aha” is there.

Laurie Schaeffer

Yoga Teacher, Nurse, C-IAYT

I’ve been working with a client for three weeks with a yoga therapy sequence to help with his knock knees and bulging disc at L5.  It is very similar to the sequence that I’ve turned in for the lesson 16 assignment. This client has been very dedicated, working the sequence 4 to 5 times a week.

Today when we met, he was so happy!  His knees are starting to shift, his hips are opening and his sleep and mood have greatly improved.  He is so thankful for my yoga therapy training. This client was told to prepare for back surgery!

So, thank you, guys!  You are greatly improving the health and wellness of so many! I’m so glad that I am apart of Breathing Deeply!

With Gratitude,


Tiffany Johnson

Yoga Teacher

As a licensed clinical professional counselor I have helped hundreds of people understand themselves better, develop healthy coping skills and make positive life changes.

Yet too often ‘talk therapy’ by itself is not enough. For people living with anxiety and the effects of trauma, talking is just the tip of the iceberg. For true balance to be restored, their somatic symptoms must be addressed.

The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy teacher training has helped me as a mental health professional to take a broader look at my work with clients.

It has given me fresh eyes, no longer only looking through the mental health lens I was originally trained with. I now also incorporate the lens of yoga in the work I do with clients.

This gives me a deeper understanding of what clients are going through. And the movement they might need to advance towards more healthy, balanced lives.

I would encourage other professionals looking to better help people living with the effects of trauma to consider the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy program.

Shervon Laurice

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor & Yoga Therapist

I highly recommend the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Foundations Course for two reasons. One, it gives you a realistic and applicable skill set when working privately with clients, and two, it’s a comprehensive training that gives you personal facility with all aspects of yoga. You’ll be able to help balance your clients, as well as yourself. Brandt’s approachable personality and deep knowledge of yoga are refreshing and the online curriculum and retreat learning gives you flexibility in completing the course. As a yoga studio owner and father of two, I needed that! This training is a must for anyone who wants to make a living teaching yoga.

Joe Simek

Yoga Teacher & Studio Owner/Director

Breathing Deeply’s Yoga Therapist training has been a catalyst for me to intensely re-evaluate and reconstruct both my practice and the work I do with my group and private yoga clients.

Alexis Ridge-Simek

Yoga Teacher & Studio Owner/Director

If you are an aspiring yoga therapist that is apprehensive about making the leap because of a hole in your learning around anatomy, this is the retreat for you. This week gave me so much confidence about how to read bodies and a much better understanding of anatomy and it was done in a way that fit my learning style. I felt like I had taken a huge leap forward. Brandt really knows how to make this complex topic simple. I can’t recommend this training enough.

Debbie Simon

Yoga Therapist & Yoga Teacher

Benefits Of Your
Yoga Therapy Certification

Support clients with a wide variety of
health challenges or focus on a specialty you’re passionate about.

Integrate your learnings with other healing
modalities allowing you to create the
practice that best fits you and your clients.

Address client challenges such as:

– anxiety disorders
– insomnia
– depression
– autoimmune diseases
– addiction- obesity
– cancer support
– and more

Work with physical conditions such as:

– back pain
– shoulder injury
– sciatica
– pelvic floor dysfunction
– plantar fasciitis
– and more


Benefits Of Your
Yoga Therapy Certification

Brandt Passalacqua is the creator of Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy. He has been enjoying Yoga and the healing arts since 2001 after overcoming obesity and a life-threatening autoimmune illness. His personal journey serves as an inspiration to countless others and informs his compassionate, humorous, and down-to-earth teaching style.

Brandt has maintained a private practice since 2002 integrating yoga therapy in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and Structural Yoga Therapy, Medical Massage, a variety of meditation lineages, and plain-old common sense to help people realize their goals. He works with individuals suffering from a wide variety of disease including obesity, eating disorders, acute and chronic physical complaints, trauma, chronic and mental conditions. He also serves as a meditation teacher with an emphasis on finding the most efficient practice/s for an individual’s evolution.

Brandt shares what he knows through training programs in Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy, Peaceful Weight Loss™ through Yoga, and the Breathing Deeply Meditation Sangha. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife and two children.


The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy program is based on Structural Yoga Therapy, a system developed by Mukunda Stiles, as well as, a fusion of an Ayurvedic model and a Koshic model looking at the five aspects of the self (physical body, energetic body, conscious and unconscious mind and the bliss body) to assess clients. These are an integral part of the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Programs.

The Foundations Program is part of the Advanced Yoga Therapy Program. It is mostly online for those who want to become Yoga Therapists. The Foundations Program provides you with the basics and is a solid place to start. The residential part of the 875-Hour Advanced Program is a much higher standard certification. Mentoring is provided throughout both programs and beyond graduation.

It depends on where they live and how they choose to work. Many Yoga Therapists run programs at schools, hospitals, rehab centers, etc… The pay varies. In private practice, rates tend to be equivalent to other helping professions (Therapists, Massage Therapists, etc…).

The path toward becoming a C-IAYT begins with the Foundations Program, the residential program is made up of seven eight-day residential retreats (500+ hrs) and a practicum of 160 hours for you to deliver in your own community. This portion is mentored and progress is monitored. Both programs can be taken concurrently or you could stagger the retreats over time. You could complete the program in 2.5 years.   The practicum could be started while you are completing the Advanced Program. For a slower option, you can learn at your own pace, over five or six years. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Admission requirements for the Foundations Program are a 200-hour teacher training certification or equivalent. If you do not have a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training but have yoga and related experience, please see our Yoga Teacher Training + Foundations Combination Program. The Advanced Program requires a 200 hour TT or equivalent and one year of teaching experience. The Foundations Program is part of the Advanced Program.

The online portion of the Foundations Program contains 50 sections of lectures and coursework online. In addition there are three live Q&A’s per week. The recommendation is that you attend at least one of the Q&A’s per week via video conference (video + audio on phone or computer) and the times are spread out to cover most schedules (and time zones!). There is also a community aspect in forums with various discussion open to topics of your interest. All you need is video and audio capability. Videos and homework can be viewed/completed at your own pace and viewed multiple times as required.

The format of the Foundations Program requires you to do three retreats in New York over a weekend (Friday night to Sunday afternoon). They are offered three times/year. We also share these same retreats online (“remotely”), three times per year. It is best to attend retreats live for an optimum experience. The Advanced Program, accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), is made up of 7 8-day modules (3 in year 1 and 4 in year 2). These retreats can be taken in any order for your convenience. These seven modules include the three Foundations retreats. See these trainings on the Retreat page on our website or contact us for more information.

In the yoga world, there are two large membership organizations. The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) is an organization that accredits yoga therapy programs. The Yoga Alliance is a membership organization for yoga teachers. Breathing Deeply trains and certifies Yoga Therapists. For that reason, we are not affiliated with the Yoga Alliance. If you wish to be a Yoga Therapist the Yoga Alliance and their designations are not relevant to you.

Absolutely. The Breathing Deeply Foundations program gives you the skills and support you need to practice yoga therapy. If you are certified by our school then you have taken the course and have demonstrated the capacity to provide yoga therapy. As of this writing, you may call yourself a Yoga Therapist in the all 50 U.S. states and in Canada.

The Advance Program certifies you as a C-IAYT. It demonstrates your capacity to work with clients with a more thorough knowledge base. The Advanced Program is currently the highest level of education for practicing yoga therapy.

The first level (Foundations Program) is our online program, three retreats, and live sessions. This allows you to use the BDYT Yoga Therapist Certification. It isn’t seen as “hours” but by deduction of the Advanced Program hours lands in the 160-hour range. You can start confidently seeing private clients using this credential and putting your knowledge to work.

Our second level is our 850 Hour Advanced Program – That includes 500 residential hours in Claverack, NY, a 215 hour mentored practicum, and the Foundations Program.

One popular question our applicants ask is whether to take a 500-hour RYT (advanced teacher training) or seek IAYT yoga therapy certification. Click here to read our response.

The foundation program requires two clients. The minimum is six sessions/client (12 sessions total as a minimum). These practicum hours can be done in your area with anyone in need.

Most people take 18-24 months to complete. The fastest one would be able to fully complete our program is 15 months.

Each lesson varies in terms of the content and length. Most run anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, sometimes looking like 30 minutes of lecture and another video/practice that is attached to this lecture material. These are self-paced, so you might schedule yourself to watch one per week or decide on a faster or slower pacing. One of Brandt’s superpowers (which is strongly executed in the foundations course, is his ability to distill ancient broad (sometimes complicated) information into real-life, clear and cohesive concepts.

So, you might decide to put an hour or two into it/week, (watch one lesson and do the corresponding coursework) or you may decide to spend more time on it. One more thing that might be useful is that the practices being taught will likely be woven into your personal practice, so that will take some awareness (and time).

Yes. We currently have several students that live in Canada and will work as Yoga Therapists once they’re certified. (As an aside, we are in the process of expanding our program to offer two levels of training. Both levels (Foundations and Advanced Programs are used internationally.)

There are three different tuition payment options for the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Foundations program. You can pay in full or choose a monthly payment plan that works for you. Click here for full tuition and payment plan details.

Become A Yoga Therapist

Take the first step to creating incredible healing for your clients and for the world.