Zen Den Yoga School

Zen Den Yoga School offers pampering yoga retreats, enlightening 200-hour YTT, fun dynamic yoga workshops, spiritual growth, health, and wellness to everyone.

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28 Days 200-Hour Intensive Yoga Teacher Training in Florida

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    Instructors (2)

    Ira Schneider

    Ira started to practice yoga consciously in 2007. He says consciously because, after getting his 200-hour certification, he realized there were many parts of yoga besides the physical practice. These other paths of yoga (pranayama, meditation, and positive thought), he had already been practicing from the time he was a little boy. This inward feeling of something larger than himself was always present through his years as an entrepreneur, teacher, consultant, and individual being.

    Valerie Leeds

    Valerie is a certified bodywork and energy therapist for two decades. She is also Dr. Sears certified health coach and previous owner of lifestyle center personal training studio in Soho, New York City. Valerie Leeds developed a wellness and food program called H. E. A. R. T. which stands for healthy eating always a real treat, designed to help you improve your eating and well-being.

    Reviews (40)

    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 Republic of 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.

    Amanda White

    from Great Britain, 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.

    Testimonials (5)

    Christine Hurta

    Zen Den Yoga School website

    Experience @ Zen Den

    Transforming, enlightening - mind/body/spirit connection, finding the soul/self. I enjoyed the teaching/experience/hospitality. The retreat center & studio are super cute! Great enviroment! Met so many amazing people & felt like a little family here. Unity <3 Helpful tools to cope with mental/physical/emotional pain - lots of release through energy work/shamanic breath/practice. Teaching Vinyasa to the class I felt confident & supported - instructed well! Continued journey to the Self. Lovely experience/yoga teacher training. Fun and light hearted.

    3 things that could improve:

    Treat all students equally, be careful with favorites.

    2. Make sure to give all Juice Plus info not to be misleading. Make clear that it’s not vegetarian & that 3 additional installments will automatically come out (that they have your card info)

    Be careful with appropriate/inappropriate comments - be professional - certain students won’t mind but others will who will potentially mention these things in reviews.

    Tell students ahead about additional activities involving more. Grateful for the experience!!!

    Daniela Romero Montes

    Zen Den Yoga School website

    Thank you for the hospitality! I felt welcomed and very happy. Congrats on what you are doing. You all are amazing.

    Gaynor

    Zen Den Yoga School website

    Zen Den Yoga School has been a very unique and unforgettable experience for me.

    Having lived a single life for many years, I thought it might be challenging to live in a house with 4 otehrs; however I have loved every moment of sharing, what I have become to consider, a home.

    The deep and close connection during the yoga practise, meditations and workshops have lifted my spirits and I surprised myself when I took the plunge to ride a bike for the first time in forty years! This was very empowering and I intend to continue to do this when I return to the UK.

    Sum the experience up as a journey, within a journey, within a journey.

    Kate

    Zen Den Yoga School website

    One of my best memories thus far at Zen Den Yoga School occurred during the second week of the intensive teacher training program. After having spent all day in the studio practising our breath work and Vinyasa sequence, a few of us decided to study after hours at the beach.

    Being one who learns by doing, I took my practise to the shoreline, alone. After spending nearly two hours practising the sequence and cues that Ira had been teaching us for the past 2 weeks I walked upshore and returned to the group.

    I could see that they were excited to tell me something. The girls approached me with pictures, showing me that I had inspired several individuals to go into yoga poses on their own, behind me as I practised. This deepened my desire and inspired me further to become a yoga teacher.

    Alex Bourguignon

    Zen Den Yoga School website

    I was not convinced I was ready or even wanted to do yoga teacher training, I did not think I would be the right fit or have the ability and wasn’t planning on teaching afterwards, just having the experience to improve my own personal practise. Now at the end of the month I have changed in a way I wasn’t expecting. Starting with Val and Ira and the other twelve people in my class, they shared and opened up with so much trust, love and respect that is hard to find. This was an intense month with many ups and downs but the environment at Zen Den is contagious and everyone is so positive and supportive, after the first few days we all felt like family. This was much more than what I was expecting. I did not just enhance my knowledge of postures and sanskrit words, but really learned a lot about all the mind, body, and spirit yoga truly is. I’m leaving with more confidence and with the desire to teach and share that I did not have before. This was a life-changing experience and I am so grateful and feel so privileged to know the beautiful people here and to have so many memories. Namaste.

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