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Become a Yoga Therapist!
Our 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 course is structured to be completed in about one year. The unique blended online, in-studio and retreat format allows for schedule flexibility so that people with a variety of life situations can participate.
This 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 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.
The main part of this course will be delivered in 52 online lectures (see course outline). You’ll have three different ways to complete the course work:
1) Every Thursday evening from 7:15 – 8:15 p.m., the Yoga Therapy Training group will meet at Dragonfly to watch a lecture, discuss them as a group, and begin working on that lecture’s homework. These groups will be facilitated by Dragonfly owner Joe Simek.
2) Form a monthly weekend study group with other students in the training and meet anywhere on your own time (or at Dragonfly, availability permitting).
3) Take these classes at home. They will also be available for you online 24/7, allowing you to take them anytime or if you miss any of our sessions.
This unique online/in-studio hybrid will give you the support you need to complete the course and truly understand the material.
Weekly Q&As with Brandt
There is also a community Facebook forum for all trainees to ask questions that arise at anytime. You will also receive a weekly, live, online, group Q&A with Brandt to delve deeper into material and questions. These weekly times change according to the group’s needs.
There are 3 weekend retreats as part of the course certification. These retreats will be held just above New York City in Garrison, New York at the beautiful Garrison Institute and are offered 3 times per year. The Dragonfly group can carpool as a group for this 2-hour ride from Doylestown! To complete the course you must attend each of the weekend retreats. Each retreat will cover yoga teachings, Sadhna, and muscle testing/structural analysis.
(Note: The weekends are billed separately the fee will vary depending on the accommodations you choose. Generally the cost should be between $500-$650 per weekend including 2 nights and all meals.)
Weekend retreats dates can be found here.
We are also developing a distance option for those too far to make the retreats. The cost for all 3 will be in the $1000 range and will include the same material. Contact us for more information.
Completion and Certification
You may begin and complete this course at any time. There are 4 requirements to certification.
1) Completion of all 52 online lectures and coursework
2) Attendance of 3 weekend retreats or equivalent
3) Completion of 2 papers outlining case studies
4) Oral and written exam ($250 test fee)
This course is open to all yoga teachers at a 200 hour level or equivalent from any tradition. Others will be considered case by case.
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About Brandt Passalaqua
Brandt Passalacqua is the creator of Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Peaceful Weight Loss™ through Yoga. He has been enjoying Yoga and the healing arts since 2002 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.
His practice integrates a background of Yoga Therapy in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and Structural Yoga Therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, Medical Massage, a variety of meditation lineages, and plain-old common sense to help people realize their goals.
Brandt spends much of his time working with individuals suffering from a wide variety of diseases including obesity, eating disorders, acute and chronic physical complaints, chronic diseases, and mental conditions. Learn more about how he works here.
Brandt also runs training programs in Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy, Peaceful Weight Loss through Yoga, and Thai Yoga Massage. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his 2 children and fabulous yogini wife.
About Training Facilitator and Breathing Deeply Teaching Assistant Joe Simek
Joe Simek is a Certified Yoga Therapist, 500-Hour Level Yoga Teacher, and Co-owner of Dragonfly Yoga Studio. Joe has been practicing yoga for more than a decade, using the wisdom of the teachings to lose weight, get sober, and abandon the corporate grind. In 2012, he formalized his yoga education, completing Dragonfly’s 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training. Joe went on to study Yoga Therapy and Peaceful Weight Loss Through Yoga with Brandt Passalacqua of Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy (where he is now a Teaching Assistant) and Advanced Vinyasa Yoga with Rolf Gates. In 2016, Joe co-founded The Fiaria Project, a non-profit organization that aids foster children. He is also the frontman of Destroy It Up, an indie rock music project inspired by yoga philosophy. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Arizona State University.