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28 Days 200-Hour Intensive Yoga Teacher Training in Florida

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    28 Days 300-Hour Transforming Yoga Teacher Training In Florida, USA

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      4 Days Yin Yoga Teacher Training Florida, USA

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      4 Days Yin and Restorative Yoga Meditation Retreat Florida, USA

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      Instructors (3)

      Ira Schneider

      Valerie Leeds

      Debbie Eisenberg

      Reviews (67)

      Ari Liakeas

      from Cayman Islands, November 2019

      "It’s hard to find the words to convey the beautiful journey"

      The space held by instructors and fellow students to travel through the personal journey to become a teacher/sharer with unconditional love, support and grace.

      Mary Dollar

      from United States, October 2019

      "28 Day Yoga Teacher Training"

      Loved the flow of our day. Each day was filled with something new, always learning and growing strong! I was unsure about breakfast and lunch smoothies but they were perfect and now doing them at home along with the flows I learned. I feel confident now and ready to teach my first class this Saturday! So thankful for my teachers at Zen Den so much love there🌼🌻🌺🌹🕯

      Linda Taing

      from United States, March 2019

      "200hr YTT went above and beyond my expectations"

      Literally everything. We started teaching day 2 and when week 3 came we were all teaching full 90 min. classes! The smoothies were amazing and definitely provided energy. I’m home now and still drinking the green smoothie! This was an amazingly well rounded training. We didn’t just become teachers and yoginis, we learned nutrition, business, and energy as well. We also got the Shamanic Breathwork once a week and once week 3 came you could see how much healing and growth takes place here. It’s really amazing how much love Ira and Val put into Zen Den and all of their students and retreat guests. It truly is an amazing experience. These 28 days were truly transformational. I came here with armor and walls everywhere but they completely removed them and held the space I needed so I could truly and freely soar. I’m definitely 100% ready to hold space for others and teach yoga to all levels.

      Ben Perez

      from United States, January 2019

      "Yoga and new spiritual experiences"

      I liked the Yoga instruction, and meditation Ira and Valarie compliment eachother well in teaching styles. They have a very high level of skill in the subject area that they teach. I liked that Ira and Valarie both seemed to me to be mature, practical, and authentic teachers. I liked being able to have new experiences like tai chi, meditation on the beach, yoga in the park, feast for life event, going to restaurants, going to the beach, drum circles, chants around the fire pit, shamanic breathing, and hot stone massages. I liked that you had the oppurtunity to learn how to make the smoothie yourself. I liked that the washing machine and dryer were accessible and the kitchen had every utensil a person could need for cooking. I loved the Yoga studio and all of the power objects located in the yoga studio. I loved how publix, cvs, and gnc were all within walking distance as well as many other stores. I loved the warm weather that made outdoor activities easy. I loved that I could live and learn from other guests and students.

      Ulyana Ivankiv

      from Puerto Rico, October 2018

      "Amazing school and awesome experience! "

      Zen Den Yoga School is an amazing school! I am so grateful that I went there for my 200 HR teacher training (and definitely going back for my 300 hr!). Val and Ira are wonderful, kind and knowledgeable teachers. The 28 days flew by and my group graduated with confidence to teach and solid background of yoga lifestyle. Starting from the day 2 we were already teaching flows! and from that day on, we did not stop. Teaching everyday has given me confidence to be a great yoga teacher with many hours of practice and the ability to conduct a safe class. Living at the school was a great experience as the dwellings are clean, zen and our smoothies were delicious! Val and Ira took time to get to know me; facilitating beautiful experience while sharing their wast amount of knowledge. Me and my "yoga sisters", ladies that were there with me, bonded so well that I am sure our friendship will last a lifetime. If you are considering this school, go on their website or social media pages and give them a call - Val and Ira will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Thank you Zen Den Yoga School for creating such a wonderful environment supportive of personal growth! I can't wait to go back!

      Elise Gallagher

      from United States, September 2018

      "Excellent yoga teaching education "

      Zen Den Yoga School goes above and beyond giving you an experience that shapes your own practice and way of understanding yogic tradition. You come out feeling comfortable and confident in your ability to walk into a studio ready to teach and they provide you business tools to know how to begin. I am so thankful that I did my 200 hr yoga teacher training here and I would highly recommend it to anybody who is looking into getting their teaching certification.

      Jeongeun Choi

      from South Korea, June 2018

      "Valuable experience"

      It was never easy, but valuable and I had never forget experiences. I already had an yoga instructor certification in my country, but I had no experience teaching because I didn’t had confidence.

      In Zen Den Yoga School, I learned meditations, how to teach yoga, nutrition, business and what real yoga means. Teachers were really supportive and full of love! Finally I graduated with teaching experience of four full time classes which is awesome. I really appreciate for encourging me and giving me confidence.

      Anastasiia Makarova

      from Russia, September 2017

      "Yoga escape "

      If you want to become a real yoga teacher , come here ! Very comprehensive program.

      Tyler Reaux

      from United States, September 2017

      "Ah Ho"

      I liked the atmosphere that Ira and Valarie provide. It really feels like home there once you're settled in. I also liked all that they had to share about Yoga and Health. There are so many things to learn and love here.

      April Cavender

      from United States, December 2019

      "Ginger was amazing awesome YIN TRAINING"

      the hands out the timing the knowledge the work on the mat

      Lois Cole

      from United States, September 2019

      "Solo Yoga Retreat"

      I was at Zen Den when there was no teacher training going on and no other retreatants participant. This turned out to be to my advantage. I had a room to myself and some great instruction and personal attention from Valerie and Ira, who took some extra effort to also adapt the program to suit my interests. Valerie, who has dietician training also coached me on ways to make my diet more balanced. I also found it wasn't difficult on my time off to meet people from the area, who are pretty friendly. I recommend the Wednesday drum circle in Del Ray Beach. Coming home, I've been sustaining some of the good suggestions and my yoga practice has become a notch more rigorous -- not just yin or restorative yoga!

      Anonymous

      from United States, July 2019

      " Felt Better & Had Clearer Skin in Three Days"

      All of the instructors, each one, were attentive and patient with me. Very knowledgeable on yoga and nutrition. The other ladies attending were wonderful. All positive with the staff. I felt comfortable despite not being able to do everything--without falling down. I'm pretty clumsy. I am continuing with the program at home. They are available to help you even after the program ends.

      Diane Storch

      from United States, July 2019

      "Wonderful Experience"

      Ira is a very knowledgeable instructor and is happy to share. He answers any questions and teaches a variety of techniques. He was so supportive during the entire stay. Valerie was hospitable and knowledgeable, as well, but she had to leave for a business trip, so most of the stay was with Ira. I learned so much, have become stronger physically, and found a new level to my meditation. What a great experience!

      I also liked the opportunity to meet others from around the world who were participating in a yoga retreat or were there learning to be instructors themselves.

      I will definitely be returning in the future!

      Sarah Prindable

      from United States, April 2019

      "Life Changing Teacher Training - Highly Recommended"

      My 300-hr training at Zen Den was an incredibly transformative experience. I grew not just as a teacher, but also as a person. My confidence in my teaching and my depth of knowledge has greatly increased. I learned about Sivananda, I picked up vital skills in keeping class flow going, I gained the confidence to help individuals deepen their practice and adjust alignment while still speaking more generally to the whole class.

      I loved having the space to meditate and deepen my own practice while delving deeper into yogic philosophy. Most of all, I made beautiful connections with everyone at the school during my time there. Especially Val and Ira. They are two very beautiful souls on a journey together to teach and hold space for other to grow and develop. Their eclectic approach was exactly what I was looking for, but even more than expected. They have complementary teaching styles, and I learned so much from both!

      I highly recommend this life changing training to anyone considering it. It will challenge you physically, mentally, and emotionally, and you will come out the other side a better teacher. If you are not yet a teacher and considering the 200-hr training, I’d say dive right in. I couldn’t think of a better place to set off on your teaching journey and deepen your connection to your own practice.

      Karen Capestrain

      from United States, April 2019

      "KCap"

      Great place great location,,,,great classes learned a lot,,,,,got inspired,,,to go home and change body.

      Disa Jirlow

      from Sweden, April 2019

      "4 day SUP retreat"

      Cozy accommodations in residential houses repurposed for yoga retreat. A small and family run business with a relaxing and familiar vibe. Both Ira and Valerie were so welcoming. Very flexibel with bookings for SUP and very helpful around the clock. Yoga lessons daily with varied styles and flows. Delicious and nutritious breakfast and lunch smoothies.

      Tara Zenker

      from Switzerland, April 2019

      "Outstanding Yoga Retreat"

      This is the first time my husband and I have done yoga. We found both Ira and Valerie to be outstanding teachers and individuals who walk their talk. The yoga instruction and explanations were excellent. We loved the variety of health-oriented activities: Paddle-boarding, acupuncture and massage to calm the nervous-system, colonic and juices / smoothies for internal cleansing, energy-healing sessions with Valerie are available. I personally benefited from this. Successfully meeting the needs of all levels from beginner to teacher training. Our week was transformative, eye-opening, restorative and fun. Can't remember having felt so good physically and mentally after a week's break.

      Denise Wagner

      from United States, April 2019

      "Fabulous experience "

      everything about this retreat was fabulous .

      Anonymous

      from Canada, April 2019

      "A profound life experience that encompassed all. "

      Immediately taken into the folds of the lifestyle at Zen Den Yoga School, you become family. The daily practices of guided meditation, yoga, philosophy and meal planning leave you at the end of each day with an abundance of gratitude and quiet inner calmness. You are able to close the door to the outside world and step into the mindfulness of the here and now. All due to the peaceful guidance, knowledge and support of Ira and Valerie. These two amazing individuals truly have a gem in South Florida.

      Kristin Meyer

      from United States, March 2019

      "Zen XXtra"

      Ira & Val were amazing ! So down to earth, accommodating & real. The properties are breath taking. Clean, well kept, creative, spacious, and cozy, all in 1. The mix of students & retreat guests was such an interesting experience. Loved how the students were able to practice on us retreat guests. Loved the assitance & extra TLC from Val & Ira when in poses & even in meditation. They keep a good eye on everyone. The schedule is a perfect blend of structure & freedom. I loved being on a routine daily yet being able to wonder off to the beach, local favorites- stores, restaurants. If you're lucky you might even get a ride in Angel Namaste, their famous VW Bus! And talk about XXtra - the massage & accupunture !!!! Yes. I'm telling you these peeps - this place - the real deal. Thank you guys!!!! ✌❤🌴🌞

      Anonymous

      from United States, February 2019

      "A little disappointed, but not terrible"

      Met some very nice people, retreat guests and yoga teacher students, the pool was nice, some nice yoga classes.

      Anonymous

      from United States, January 2019

      "My first yoga retreat was rejuvenating and lovely!"

      Communal living, sunrise meditation on the beach, swimming at the beach,outdoor yoga sessions,acupuncture and massage, hot tub, nearby restaurant and boutiques.

      Anonymous

      from United States, January 2019

      "Absolutely nothing was as expected. In fact, we had to make "

      This place was nothing as advertisers expected. In the first place, all of us had to make our own juices. People are on different types of cleansing rituals and routines, and the refrigerator is stocked full of food, which makes it very enticing to eat and not fast. There were nine people for the first couple of days of my arrival so it was like a university dormitory with all of us clamoring to make our own juices. They don't even bring you water. For the money I paid, I was aghast that nothing was advertised as expected. Additionally, this place is filthy.

      Becky Ann Sarakun

      from United Kingdom, January 2019

      "I Learned so Much"

      The Yoga was fantastic and I learned so much. We practiced Sivananda which I have not had much experience of. I loved it and Valerie and Ira are excellent teachers. I practice yoga every day and Sivananda is now part of my daily routine :) ... I came to this retreat primarily to detox, which I did for two weeks. I was closely monitored by Valerie to ensure that I followed the plan in order to get the most out of it. Yoga was also a priority for me, so I did get all that I wanted from this retreat. Also, with the juicing, I can continue with this at home when I need to as I have the guidelines to do so. I also know that I can email Valerie whenever I need any advice on this. A great experience at Zen Den which will always be with me :)

      Amanda White

      from United Kingdom, November 2018

      My stay with Zen Den was just three nights, I wish I’d been able to stay longer but I got so much out of my short stay.

      Val and Ira are both wonderful people and great yoga teachers. I felt very welcome and supported in my yoga practice, making great progress in the few days that I was there. I really think I saw my potential in yoga for the first time.

      The yoga studio and outdoor deck were ideal for yoga and meditation and the hot tub and pool were a really welcome addition each day after practice.

      The massage was good and the acupuncture excellent, I received good advice about my future health and wellbeing, with a lengthy consultation with the doctor and a list of reading for me to research afterwards.

      As is often the case I enjoyed meeting the other yogis, just as much as the retreat, we shared experiences and our stories of how we came to be there. The support, compassion and shared learning was inspiring. Some were attending for detox and weight loss which motivated me to stick to the juicing plan and I felt invigorated from just a few days of the programme.

      For me, the highlight was the sunrise Meditation on the beach. My last morning and a spectacular sky. My time at the Zen Den was about healing and believing in my body again after a period of sickness. I still have a way to go but I feel that the time I invested here, both alone and amongst kind supportive people has helped me on my way.

      Shelby Guthrie

      from United States, November 2018

      "Awesome retreat! "

      The center itself is fabulous, and the accommodations were great. Valerie is very good with giving you different options to make your stay personal. I feel as if I developed a good relationship with Valerie and Ira, both very genuine people. The class size was only 5 max at a time which gave the instructor time to adjust us students into better asanas. I learned a lot and would highly recommend this retreat! Valerie also held a little movie night for us, showing Beyond Food, took us to a couple free yoga classes in the area and have us a small tour of a couple spots she liked in Delray. Again, making it a very personal experience (:

      Diana Caporiccio

      from Canada, November 2018

      "Excellent Place to Reset & Refresh "

      - The house was very simple, clean & had a relaxing cozy feeling to it. The house is shared amount guests whom all have mutual respect for the space & eachother.

      - Cost effective and worth your money. This was one of the more budget retreats I found on this website and it exceed expectations for what I paid. The massage & acupuncture was a huge treat!

      - Yoga on this retreat was great. Everyday of the week they had different classes and weekend community yoga where you can explore the community and met other local yogis.

      - Valerie, Ira & Elias were absolutely spectacular. They all genuinely care about your well being & getting to know and support you during the retreat. They all spend quality time with you and try there hardest to accommodate your personal goals. Val & Ira will spend there personal time driving you around the city and taking you places to enjoy your stay.

      - I did the liver detox juice cleanse which was mentally challenging and quite difficult yet the end results are amazing and Valerie is well educated on the process

      -The pool and outdoor ground are very peaceful

      - Lots to do and see in the area. Del Ray beach area is where all the nightlife and shopping is, Mizner Park has great upscale shopping, lots of trails and wildlife!

      - Overall positive vibe from guests. I met memorible people on this trip! Everyone is there to relax and de stress!

      Zi-anne Watson

      from United States, September 2018

      The yoga instructor named Ginger Fawn Bowden was amazing! She truly made the entire retreat phenomenal. If you’re looking to clear any “issues in your tissues” Ginger is your girl! A yin yoga goddess!

      The property was nice.

      Natalia Kashitsyna

      from United States, September 2018

      "Experience at yoga retreat "

      When we first arrived at the yoga retreat place, we were greeted with hugs and smiles. The natural aura and the vibe of the place was good. Our room was neat and clean. The yoga instructors Ira and Valerie were very nice and welcoming. Their yoga knowledge and skill sets were the best we have seen so far. Weather you want to just get away for a few days or a month, their retreat is the perfect place to do so. Our morning began with a meditation right on the beach while sunrise was taking place, that feel and that energy and the scenery is unexplainable. After meditation and a short break we had a 9:30 morning class followed by a healthy and nutritious smoothie. Between the yoga classes you are welcome to do anything around their house, which includes swimming in their pool or just relaxing in the house or going to the beach or shopping around the area. Their location is perfect, everything is near by and the Uber rides are relatively cheap to get around, from their place to the beach, the Uber ran only $6 bucks!! If you are a beginner in yoga, Ira and Valerie will focus on you a little more than the rest giving the fact that you are a beginner. Their yoga atmosphere is one of a kind, they really know their stuff. Most of the people who come for the retreat are future yoga students with lots of experience. During our stay we have learned a lot about our bodies and how to be better at yoga. We would highly recommend their yoga retreat to everyone!

      Joanna Cameron

      from United States, July 2018

      Everything I loved their space and energy very giving and loving they are the real deal

      Laura Belko

      from United States, July 2018

      The compound sings with positive communal energy.

      Michelle Egner

      from United States, June 2018

      "My smile runs deeper into my soul now."

      With absolute certainty, I can say the wisdom of Val, Ira, and Elias was the highlight of this trip. Like-minded traveling companions provided excellent company. A cool city to explore provided a nice backdrop. The yoga was good thorough workouts that challenged me and made me feel strong.

      Danielle Bishop

      from United States, June 2018

      Highest quality yoga instructors who clearly and consistently demonstrate the values of yoga.

      Sharon Lanzer

      from United States, April 2018

      "Retreat style training"

      Ira and Val were attentive to my needs and such beautiful hosts. They kept me busy throughout my stay. Lots of great excursions throughout my time spent there.

      Linda Clous

      from United States, March 2018

      "Not what I expected, but exactly what I needed"

      I thought I was going for a relaxing beach vacation. What I got was a supportive, warm, open environment with positive minded teachers and students alike. Meditation every morning, yoga twice a day, tai chi, a supta lesson, shamanic breathwork, accupunture, energy therapy, SUP, reading on hammocks in the sunshine, new friends. Truths opened about myself. I was so angry and mentally and emotionally drained before I arrived. Now I feel like me again!

      Toni May

      from United States, March 2018

      "An amazing experience!!"

      Love the living style and how it related so much to an easy lifestyle transition as I returned home!

      Anonymous

      from United States, February 2018

      "there web sight needs up dating with photos "

      the one on one with instructor learned alot

      Lona Alia

      from United States, February 2018

      "Everything I was looking for and much more"

      This was an amazing retreat. I did the meditation and yoga retreat for 5 nights and 6 days. I was in a sharing room. First for the price that I paid I got an amazing vacation, healthy meals (breakfast and lunch), acupuncture, energy healing, personalized yoga and meditation each morning including one day at the beach at sunrise. You can not beat this place for the price really. I looked at other retreats and they are were super expensive. Now if you are expecting Canyon Ranch which is $1700/night you will not get it here because you pay so much less. But if your expectations are in line with the price you pay you will be very very happy.

      Ira and Valerie are kind, patient, informative, caring. I really loved the time I spent with them but I also loved the time I spent on my own biking to the beach, meditating, reading countless books from their library on self development meeting other great guests and enjoying the sun.

      Five stars all around.

      Norma Tejada-foster

      from United States, December 2017

      "Great place to reset your life"

      Ira and Val make a great team. There were so many opportunities to learn to open my heart and heal from my recent life hurts. I liked Val's support in helping me change my diet and loved her support with realigning my energetic balance. The morning meditations outside on the deck were wonderful!

      Jaimi Vajda

      from United States, November 2017

      "exactly what I was looking for!"

      Ira and Valerie are gracious hosts. I instantly felt welcomed by them and their students. I had the pleasure to be there while they lead a group of six students in a 200hr instructor training course. They encouraged me to attend as many classes alongside their students. I was so happy about that because I wanted to learn all I could in the brief time I had. It was a very comfortable place to be (inside and outside of the classroom). It was clean and located in a wonderful area. Close to everything! I loved beach meditation, the intentions we set, the learning processes we all experienced and shared with each other. It felt like an open and safe place. The scheduled Acupuncture appointment was amazing and the Doctor is nice knowledgeable. The pool and hot tub we're awesome! Thank you for everything!

      Diane Christiansen

      from United States, July 2017

      "More than I expected!"

      Ira and Valerie are a great team and have so much to share with students and retreat guests alike. I was able to learn so much more to further my yoga practice, and the breathing techniques we were taught also helped immensely. The shamanic breath work was a Life changing experience that I will be forever thankful for. The people I met there made the whole retreat experience all that sweeter. Thank you Zen Den for changing my Life!

      Anonymous

      from United States, June 2017

      "Different than expected but a great learning experience."

      The yoga philosophy class and the breathwork class were both fantastic and the highlight of the retreat. I also loved the early morning beach meditation, the massage and energy work. The group of students living in the house while I was there were all lovely, incredibly welcoming, and promoted very positive energy. The food on offer in the area - while a bike, long walk or Uber ride away - was delicious. The house we stayed in had sufficient facilities and the hosts were very welcoming and helpful - I asked several questions and they were all followed up. The pool in the backyard was great for the Florida heat!

      Lucie Tabor

      from United States, April 2017

      "Great little getaway!"

      I got to join in on yoga classes along with yoga students. Met some very interesting people.

      Armenia Gyalog

      from United States, April 2017

      "This is not a retreat in any means. "

      I liked Valerie

      Elise Pak

      from United States, April 2017

      "Amazing spot for yoga, meditation, and relaxation"

      Val and Ira were such pleasant hosts and I felt like I got the relaxation I was seeking.

      Carmen Crowley

      from United States, March 2017

      "Amazing experience"

      It was more than I expected. I wanted meditation, yoga and some get away time. I got that and more. New friends and experiences that I will never forget. I'm taking a piece of them home with me. Ira is an awesome yoga instructor with such a great energy. His instruction is thorough and very easy to follow. He can quickly detail the important areas to focus on and your breathing. His voice and energy are so comfortable and supportive. Loved it and would recommend it to others.

      Ann Bossier

      from Belgium, November 2018

      "What a lovely surprise!"

      I had no odea what to expect when I arrived at Zen Den. And low and behold, here I was on my own at this retreat for quite some days. I had to get used to that idea at first but it happened quite quickly! Private yoga lessons twice a day and a house full of books, and a pool and kitchen for only me to use! I was in heaven :-) It made it all more relaxed for me and even though Val and Ira were going through a moving transition, I really felt there was time and attention (and some great chats Val!) to make my stay really fantastic.Thank you! I will definitely consider coming back if I am in the area!

      Also, if you get a chance, do the paddle yoga and also the one on one with Val! She's a gem!

      Fernanda Alvarez

      from United States, October 2017

      "Excelente!!; 100% recomendable"

      Me encantaron las clases, los batidos detox (verde y sobre todo el de proteina) y la casa, espaciosa, limpia, con ambiente tranquilo. Además es un lugar muy central por lo que cuando uno queria salir a conocer era facil desplazarse

      Carolina Laursen

      from United States, July 2017

      "Super recomendadisimo!! Volveremos pronto"

      Valerie and Ira were the best host in the world! We learned a lot in just 4 days!!

      Anna Ilkovics

      from Belgium, April 2017

      "ccececeeede"

      Les quelques cours de yoga que j'ai eue étaient bien, la "massage" (energy healing) et l'acupuncture étaient super.

      Christina Brodin

      from Sweden,

      Starting from the beginning. When I started looking for a school I had already been practising and teaching yoga and mediation for a few years but wanted to get a longer and more extensive training to get a better knowledge about all the parts of yoga. I found Zen Den Yoga Schools training on bookyogaretreats and something in my gut told me it would fit me. Said and done I booked the training. Before arrival I had some questions and they were all answered, maybe not as extensively as I would have wished but I was content with the replies.

      I arrived at Zen Den by Uber in the middle of the night and it was easy to find for my driver. The other three girls living in the house were pretty much asleep and I tried to sneak in. The house we stayed in was a 4 bedroom, 10 bed house with a big kitchen and living room (no dining table/study table), 2 bathrooms, washing machine and dryer, patio, garden with fresh grown veggies (!), pool and a jacuzzi. With us as teacher trainees stayed retreat guests that stayed anywhere from 1-10 days. All of them were super lovely and it was great with some new energy winds mixing with us as students. (This is however different now as I think that the students live in one house and the retreat guests in another). Ira and Val, the teachers, live in the house next doors, which was great, I felt that their door was always open for questions and whatever we needed.

      So in my training there was accommodation, books and manual, teacher training as well as breakfast and lunch included. You have the choice to not live and eat in the house as well and then you pay a smaller fee, for only the training. Beforehand I read what this breakfast and lunch contained and it was a green smoothie in the morning and a fruitier protein smoothie for lunch. They provide the ingredients for this and almost all of it was organic, so wonderful. This suited me perfectly as I don't like to practise yoga with a full stomach (who does?) as well as that I eat vegan and gluten free so these smoothies fit great into that. I did for eg replace the banana for example and Val and Ira were so attentive that they even went into detail explaining how they had built the ingredients list and for me to be cautious that I add something else with the same vitamin and nutrient contents. It was really lovely of them. With the smoothies I usually added some avocados, oats or something like that to make it a bit more filling so feel free to do that. Or maybe have something with them? The you choose your own dinner but I do recommend you eat healthy hearty food, you will need it.

      The shala (the place to practise) was located in the house next doors (in total the were three houses with our house, the shala house and Val and Iras home). About a 1 minutes walk and there we could both practise and have lectures inside as well as have lectures outside which was awesome. The shala is a cute wooden floored room that would probably fit 15 people (just guessing, can't remember exactly) and we had great pillow options, blankets, blocks etc which was great as you will notice, which ever teacher training you choose, there is a lot of sitting and lecturing. We had a daily schedule starting usually at 8 am with the first sadhana (practise) of the day, a 20 minute meditation (different kinds) followed by pranayama (breathing exercises) and yoga asana (yoga poses). after that we had breaks, lectures, and more yoga asanas alternating during the day. We had a good amount of alone time as well (important for me). We usually ended at 5 pm if I recall correctly and after that we had some homework to do. Although the schedule was not exactly the same every day, they planned sunrise meditations, outside yoga, movie and documentary time etc for us to make it easier for us as 20+ days is intense. As I learn more and more about yoga, I realise that yoga is about being flexible in not only body but mind and attitude as well.

      What will you learn? You'll learn about asanas, pranayama, the yogic attitude, the history of yoga, about the Sutras, about adjustments, about shamanic work, about giving, about opening your heart, about forgiving and so so so much more. I left knowing 3 full 1.5 hours sequences by heart with endless variations which was great. Oh and when you've completed a training at Zen Den you are always welcome to host retreats there for your own students, how great is that! And we got so much practical teaching, it was fantastic. Day in and day out we practised teaching. You're afraid? Of course, so are we all but we are there to learn. I could write a book about all the things we did, learned, experienced but I will leave some for you to experience as well. Val and Ira are so helpful, caring and knowledgable. Time and time again I saw how they supported, aided, gave space and more for us as students, it was pretty cool, I'm not sure I could do what they do, day in and day out, year after year. But there is one thing they are not and that is that they are not mind readers. So play with open cards, tell them what is in your heart, otherwise they cannot help you.

      I did get everything I expected from my training and thanks party to my co-students as well as my teachers and myself, so much more. Not everyone in my group were ready mentally, physically and spiritually for a teacher training and this created friction, as you can imagine. This however taught me so much about myself, I am so grateful. Sometimes nothing you do helps, if you do this it's wrong, that is wrong as well as the third and fourth thing. Val and Ira did, in my opinion, as I was watching for the outside, everything they could, with all the information they had. I am happy to have been a part of this collective transformation that any good teacher training is. But as I said, they are not mind readers, so open up and share everything with them. They can handle it.

      There are a few thing I want to add and they are the following. Don't go to a teacher training, any teacher training, of you are not ready in body and soul. With ready I mean ready to change, ready to learn new ways and ready to let people in. Without that, in my opinion, you are not ready to be a yoga teacher and not ready to deliver yoga to others. Further, follow the guidelines, they are there for a reason, eat well, you will need it, rest, you will need it, do the homework, it's not to much, it's what you need to learn. And most important of all, change your mindset. It's not hard, impossible or heavy. It's a challenge and do it with a smile! You attitude will shape your results and that is all on you! Val and Ira will do everything the can to aid you on you way, but you have to do the work.

      Namaste and lots of love

      Christina

      Ramata Eller

      from United States,

      "Going to this retreat is the best decision I've ever made! It exceeded by far my expectations"

      Wow! I don't even know where to start. I'm still overwhelmed by the emotions from all the transforming healing experiences I've made. Going to this retreat is the best decision I've ever made! It exceeded by far my expectations. I fought I would be doing some yoga near the beach and meet interesting people, little did I know, I would get in touch with my soul and all of humanity.

      I could write at length about the nice amenities, the beautiful surroundings, the farm to table smoothies, the nice restaurants in the area, the beach a 10 minute bike ride away but I'll focus on the people. Starting with the wonderful hosts and teachers Ira and Val: they are amazing, warm, welcoming and spiritual people who will rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit and purely on the yoga side: Ira is the best yoga teacher I've ever had. I also felt fortunate to meet and bond with other retreat participants and future yoga teachers from all the over the US and the world.

      The meditations, the yoga sessions, the chanting, the acupuncture, the energetic massage and the extraordinary shamanic breath-work will bring you closer to yourself and others. I can't believe I've experienced so much in just 4 days! It has been life changing for me. Now I have a lot of work to do to answer my soul ;) Thank you for everything and hopefully till next time!

      Eszter Gottschall

      from Hungary,

      I had an amazing time at my 200 hour RYT with Ira, Valerie and my fellow students. Ira's knowledge about the eight limbs of yoga is so inspiring and he made sure all of us leave the program ready to teach. The school is intense but we had a great time with sunset meditation, weekly breakfast together etc. If you're looking for a teacher training that will set you apart as a teachers this is the school to choose. I already miss my little Zen Den family!