Become a Yoga Therapist!

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 course is structured to be completed in about one year (or slower, if you choose) with an option to continue into our 871-hour IAYT based program.

Course Content

The main part of this course will be delivered in 52 online lectures (see course outline). You’ll have two ways to complete the course work:

1) The Yoga Therapy Training group will meet weekly 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 and BDYT graduate Joe Simek.
2) Take these classes at home. They will be available for you online 24/7, allowing you to take them anytime or if you miss any of our sessions.

This combination will give you the support you need to complete the course and truly understand the material.

Weekly Q&As with Brandt

You will also receive access to 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 is also a community forum for all trainees to ask questions that arise at anytime.

Weekend 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. 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. Each retreat will cover yoga teachings, Sadhna, and muscle testing/structural analysis.

Payment: 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.

Weekend retreats dates can be found HERE.

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.


Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.

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.