28 Days 200-Hour Intensive Yoga Teacher Training in Florida

  • Zen Den Yoga School Wellness and Retreat Center, 2200 N. Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA


Intensive Yoga Teacher Training Florida

  • 26 days with instruction
  • Zen Den Yoga School is based in Boca Raton Florida. In conjunction with Yoga Institute's Yoga Teacher Training, Zen Den's programs provide everything you need in philosophy, anatomy, chanting, business, wisdom, sutras, kriyas, meditation, pranayama, adjustment, art of teaching and more.


    • Art of teaching workshops
    • Daily practice of pranayama
    • Introduction to the yoga business
    • In-depth study of select yoga sutras
    • Regular peer-teaching starting day one
    • Yoga anatomy and physiology for yoga teachers
    • Certificate upon successful completion
    • Daily breakfast, lunch, and snacks
    • 27 nights accommodation

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 12.


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    Located in East Boca Raton, Florida, the Zen Den Yoga School Wellness and Retreat Center is a peaceful place. Small intimate groups will enjoy a pampering experience in a shared or a private room.

    Zen Den Yoga School will do their best to match you with a roommate if you would like to share a twin-bedded room with another student of the same gender, otherwise, a single supplemental fee may apply.

    The house is surrounded by lovely tropical plants and vegetable gardens, a resort style pool and hot tub, and outdoor seating to enjoy the tropical climate. Inside, there is a lot of welcoming space to meditate, study, or socialize with other guests. The center also has a state of the art kitchen to cook dinners in, and bicycles for use during time off to relax at the beach or explore nearby attractions.

    At Zen Den Yoga School, they teach Sadhana Yoga, the yoga of personal spiritual practice, including both Ashtanga inspired Vinyasa and the truest traditional Sivananda Hatha flows taught in one-month intensive classes. The approach from Ira Ohm and his wife Valerie is contemporary and eclectic, they bring to life the ancient teachings of yoga through accessible spiritual lessons.

    One month intensive courses are Monday through Friday, and Sunday 07:45 to 15:30 with one hour lunch, and two 15 minute breaks throughout the day, you will also meet every Tuesday evening from 17:30 to 20:00. Saturdays students have off.

    The graduates commonly report receiving much more than a yoga certificate from the program. It is often described as a life-changing experience that provides an opportunity for individuals to know themselves and a deep and lasting way. Zen Den Yoga School offers the students the opportunity to embark on a journey that brings them to a place of deeper knowing.

    The yoga teacher training offers much more than the physical aspect of yoga, it guides you to a path of inner knowing. You will do a two-hour asana practice in the morning and in the afternoon you will do two to three hours of asana workshop. Then there is the asana and other practice for your homework daily. Be prepared for the challenges of this intensive on all levels - physically, mentally, and emotionally.

    The schedule includes multiple yoga classes, group discussions, as well as other training and bonding events. Before you arrive you will be required to begin your yoga anatomy online course. Upon arrival, you will receive the 200-hours yoga teacher training manual, The Bhagavad Gita, Ashtanga yoga - David Swenson, The Sivananda Companion to yoga, and Yoga Sutras.

    The students get the opportunity to practice asanas and the respective alignments; explore the meaning of the yoga sutras and Bhagavad Gita; experience and learn several meditation techniques, and perform regular peer-teaching. They also get introductions to the business and marketing of being a yoga teacher, including a thorough understanding of how to be advantageous in saturated markets.

    Many of the graduates continue to practice with Zen Den Yoga School after they graduate; some even teach at the studio, but all share a bond and stay in touch.


    • Learn to teach two sequences, Vinyasa and Hatha flows
    • Daily practice of pranayama
    • Understand many different meditation techniques
    • Yoga anatomy and physiology for yoga teachers
    • In-depth study of select yoga sutras
    • Understanding of the history of yoga
    • Focus on integrating yoga into your life through daily spiritual lessons
    • Language of Energy & Energy of Language
    • Nutrition
    • Introduction to the business of yoga
    • Improved personal yoga practice
    • Art of teaching workshops
    • Regular peer-teaching starting day one

    Requirements for the 200-hour yoga teacher training

    Zen Den Yoga School accepts participants worldwide of all levels and feels that all benefit from having a diverse group to learn with. However, they prefer an intimate experience so the students get the most from their training, so training programs will be capped at 12 participants. Zen Den Yoga School asks that participants make a commitment to complete the course, students are required attend all classes, teach 5 classes, and complete and hand in their exam in order to graduate.

    Yoga Alliance recognition

    Zen Den Yoga School is a registered Yoga Alliance 200-hour school. As a graduate your teacher training certification is recognized by Yoga Alliance. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate from Zen Den Yoga School and be qualified to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).

    • 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 to yoga besides the physical practice. These other paths of yoga (prana yama, meditation, positive thought) he had already been practicing from the time he was a little boy. This inward feeling of something larger then himself was always present through his years as an entrepreneur, teacher, consultant and individual being.

    Boca Raton is one of the most fun and active cities in South Florida. In a tropical setting, beautiful homes line the streets around long stretches of white beaches. With tons of waterfront on the intra-coastal and Atlantic Ocean, you will find lots of biking paths, themed restaurants, shopping areas, and a great nightlife. All within a 10-minute bike ride, guests will discover shopping malls, art and marine life museums, libraries, beaches, water sports, grocery stores, and lots of restaurants and bars.

    Daily breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included in the price of the retreat.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Snacks

    For the best practical preparation, Zen Den Yoga School offers workshops throughout the training on weekends, after regularly scheduled classes have ended, for a nominal additional cost.

    In-between classes there is free time to disconnect; you may enjoy the sun at the salt water pool, bike to the infamous tropical blue beaches with a free rent bicycle, enjoy the local shops or soak in the hot tub which is always on.

    Other activities at an additional cost are paddle boarding (stand up and or yoga), interactive cooking class, golfing, snorkelling or diving, language of energy transformational clearing and life coaching, massage treatment, and acupuncture treatment.

    Massages and treatments are available for an extra fee upon request.

    • Acupuncture (60 minutes for 60 USD)
    • Chiropractic adjustment (60 minutes for 60 USD)
    • Massage (30 minutes for 40 USD, 60 minutes for 80 USD)
    • 27 nights accommodation
    • Certificate upon successful completion
    • Complete course curriculum
    • Daily breakfast, lunch, and snacks
    For information about the booking conditions, please send Zen Den Yoga School an inquiry.

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      Review by Maria Luisa S. Romance from United States
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      2.5 Overall impression

      2017-Apr-24 04:47:25

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      Review by Lucie Tabor from United States

      Great little getaway!

      CONS Cons: Was surprised that some of the classes were taught by the students, although they did really well.

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

      7.5 Value for money
      7.5 Accommodation & facilities
      7.5 Food
      7.5 Location
      7.5 Quality of activity
      7.5 Overall impression

      2017-Apr-22 00:16:37

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      Review by Armenia Gyalog from United States

      This is not a retreat in any means.

      CONS Cons: Everything else

      PROS Pros: I liked Valerie

      2.5 Value for money
      2.5 Accommodation & facilities
      2.5 Food
      7.5 Location
      2.5 Quality of activity
      2.5 Overall impression

      2017-Apr-16 12:14:07

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      Review by Anna Ilkovics from Belgium


      CONS Cons: Ce n'est pas une retraite, il s'agit d'une maison pour les étudiants qui passent leur brevet de prof de yoga. Ils partagent la maison, les taches ménagères et les devoirs. Cela a l'air bien pour eux. La "retraite" est juste une façon de remplir les chambres. Il n'y a aucun encadrement, on fait nos propres jus - les mêmes matin et midi tous les jours (le frigo est bien rempli de légumes et fruits). Le WE, il n'y a quasi pas de cours du tout (yoga dans un parc - gratuit ouvert à tous, meditation fait par un enregistrement, yoga festval dans un centre commercial...) donc en arrivant vendredi, je n'ai eu une vrai journée de cours que lundi et je repartais mardi! La maison est correcte mais le terrain/jardin délabré, la piscine sale et sans transat et le jacuzzi infecte. La salle de yoga est le living aménagé de la 2eme maison... bref pas un endroit où l'on se sent bien! Ira et Valerie sont fermés à toute discussion, j'ai demandé de partir plus tôt et de trouver un arrangement financier. Ils se sont fachés, m'ont dit que j'étais fermée à toute expeperience, que j'avais de trop hautes attentes, ils ont crié et quasi insulté (attitude pas commerciale sans mentionné le fait que ce n'est ni compatissant ni serein ce qu'ils enseignent dans les cours!) Bref une très mauvaise experience, Je suis partie plus stressée qu'à l'arrivée. En aucun moment, on m'a demandé pourquoi j'etais là, ce que je recherchais, comment rendre mon séjour plus agreable.. au contraire! (J'ai déjà fait 2 retraites: Soulshine à Ibiza, Life Source à Tulum... totalement différentes et positives!) Bref pour moi, il ne s'agit pas d'une retraite... mais une maison de formation. Et en aucun cas, un moment de bien-être. N'hesitez pas à me contacter pour plus d'information.

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

      2.5 Value for money
      2.5 Accommodation & facilities
      2.5 Food
      2.5 Location
      5 Quality of activity
      2.5 Overall impression

      2017-Apr-07 08:05:19

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      Review by Elise Pak from United States

      Amazing spot for yoga, meditation, and relaxation

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

      10 Value for money
      7.5 Accommodation & facilities
      7.5 Food
      10 Location
      10 Quality of activity
      10 Overall impression

      2017-Apr-03 19:20:58

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      Review by Carmen Crowley from United States

      Amazing experience

      PROS Pros: 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.

      10 Value for money
      10 Accommodation & facilities
      7.5 Food
      10 Location
      10 Quality of activity
      10 Overall impression

      2017-Mar-30 00:26:53

    • Review by Christina Brodin from Malmö, 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 "

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    • Review by Ramata Eller from Washington, DC

      "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!"

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    • Review by Eszter Gottschall from Budapest, 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!"

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    • Review by Vanessa Stewart

      "Going to Zen Den was a peaceful experience. I won't go into too much details and spoil the adventure for anyone who hasn't been there before,but I will say that the various flavors of things we did helped me to getting better shape overall. I recommend Zen Den to anyone who wants to "disconnect to reconnect.""

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    • Review by Nadine from Frankfurt am Main, Germany

      "I had an amazing time at Zen Den Yoga school even without being prepared for living in a shared house with Yoga student (future instructors). Everyone involved me from my arrival onwards as being part of the family and the hosts Ira and Valerie were super caring about me!"

      "Both are so perfect in their professions: Ira in sharing his knowledge (not teaching as I learnt), holding the yoga classes in a special way and organizing a variety of different methods in meditations, only during this 6 days of my stay. And Valerie as a nutrition and energy flow specialist is a great synergy for all their visitors and students!"

      "For me being a retreat guest, only, they still passionately voluntary organised all activities surrounding such as acupuncture, massage, SUP and other special exclusive classes."

      "For all those of you who want to change their lives in terms of learning more about the yoga philosophy and meditation, getting to know more about your body & own behaviours, becoming grounded and still enjoying the beach, sun and the town of Boca Raton I highly recommend to stay at the Zen Den school. It's a magical place and will remain forever in my heart, same as all the friends I made there, totally unexpected.... I believe all was meant to happen (even without my usual ahead planning) and I returned home with a changed and super-positive mind-set!"

      "Namaste and thank you Ira and Valerie!"

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    • Review by Thao Ly

      "I did the 6-day retreat and extended 1 more days. It was a GREAT JOURNEY for me."

      "First, Boca Raton is a very nice city (I was amazed :) ). Very wealthy, clean, and beautiful. You can do so many things there - I tried good restaurants (recommended by Ira and Valerie), went to the beach almost every day, visited Boca Raton Museum of Art, explored different parks along the beach, etc. There are so many places to see and activities to do there. I feel 1 week stay is quite of sort, 1 month would be perfect to "breath and enjoy" Boca Raton :)"

      "Above the location, the hosts are the best part of my experience. Ira and Valerie are very kind and nice. They are there to help you make the best out of your journey. Yoga classes, nutrition coaching, meditation guiding, acupuncture, massage, breath work... Should try them all! You will be surprised of what it can help your body and your mind. "

      "Overall, I learned, practiced, and enjoyed every minute of my retreat. Hope you all will have a chance to experience it!"

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    • Review by Brenda Swanson from Charlotte, MI, U.S.A.

      "Zen Den Yoga retreat was exactly what I was hoping for. Valerie and Ira were great hosts. The house is well kept and tastefully put together. I found it relaxing, to hang out there, during down times. They also supply bikes for adventures away from the house; and it's a very short ride to stores, restaruants, ect. Uber is another way to venture further out. The morning classes were just right and Ira is very good at giving quality instructions during the classes to avoid injuries and achieve the poses. Very knowledgable, both of them. I plan to return."

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    • Review by Danielle Cohen

      "Zen Den Yoga was an amazing retreat. Upon arrival, Val and Ira give you a tour of the beautiful home. There is a pool and hot tub in the backyard (hot tup a definite plus, especially due to the soreness from all the yoga!). They also taught us how to make our breakfast and lunch shake, which were flavorful and made me feel great! There are multiple yoga classes offered each and every day. "

      "Val and Ira were amazing hosts. They made sure all of their guests were happy during their stay. They were able to recommend fantastic restaurants around the area. They also offered use of their bikes to get to the yoga studio, beach, restaurants, etc. Ira runs most of the meditation and yoga classes - which are all awesome! Val gave a wonderful massage. They set up the most relaxing acupuncture appointments for us. "

      "This stay was the best way to spend a vacation. Both mind opening and relaxing. Thanks Ira and Val!"

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    • Review by Zen Den Yoga School in response to Sarah Miller's review from Florida

      "What is the truth is always what it seems to each individual in each moment given our states of mind and being. We have had over 200 students graduate from our yoga teacher training's and over 200 retreat guests stay with us over the past two years. So we are writing to share feedback as to what took place with the retreat guest who didn't even stay the night to experience her retreat. This guest shared a tremendously long story of her personal life details, poured out her emotions and points of views to me for the half an hour ride where we had picked her up from the airport. She shared that she took herself off of her meds, that she practiced yoga once a week, and everything else was to much for her to handle given her mental state of mind and the events leading up to her coming to our retreat. We arrived at the house and I gave her a tour of our hydroponic vegetable garden in the front of the house. (Take a look at our pics on the website zendenyogaschool.com) I spent time describing how the timers, the feed barrels, and the pumps all worked around the clock to keep everything growing. I explained the difference between the tower grows, box garden and jack pots. We are currently growing cabbage, kale, carrots, tomatoes, arugula, spinach, onions, basil, sun flowers, cucumbers, kolrabi and more. All of these fresh organic vegetables are for our retreat guests and yoga teacher training students. We then entered the house and I brought her to her clean private room with organic cotton sheets, bedding an area rug, and an orchid. It is true this orchid didn't have flowers on it, however the orchid was far from dead. It is alive and well with four beautiful healthy large leaves and roots growing out absorbing the moisture from the pot and air. I am assuming this guest didn't know anything about the stages of orchid growth. In the common areas, we make a point to change our cut flowers out each week. On a daily basis we clean out the flowers that die along the way. I then made her an organic fruit and protein smoothie and gave her a tour of the rest of the house. The house is very zen with yogi quotes, paintings, Buddha statues, and a large Om adorning our walls. The bathroom mentioned above (there are 2 in the house) has a full tub and shower along with a sink and toilet. It is Italian tumbled marble on the floors and walls. The tub is not only a tub but also a jacuzzi. It is likely this guest mistakenly hit the close the drain button as if to have a bath but didn't know it. Among our many weekly guests, housekeeper, and ourselves, we would know right away if there was a bad drain in the shower and would fix it immediately. To continue, our sink counter is made of wood and granite, with a big bowl sink made from stainless steel. The toilet is an efficient water use toilet and the bathroom door is wood with frosted glass. The entire retreat house has wall to wall Italian porcelain floors, an open window floor plan with lots of natural light, a state of the art kitchen with European appliances all stainless steal, stove, microwave, appliances, and oven. Our dishwasher and refrigerator are top of the line, and we have a Vitamix, a commercial grade juicer, as well as full set of pots, pans, coffee maker etc. It's possible the pool could have had some leaves in it because we have bamboo trees around the pool and it is often breezy here by the beach. We personally skim the leaves twice a day, and we have a pool maintenance person come once a week to keep our salt water pool running in tip-top condition. It is possible the hot tub cover may have some dirt on it from time to time due again to the beach breezes, however we can assure you the hot tub is very clean, and it is even an ionized hot tub so we do not use chlorine. "

      "After I made her the smoothie and gave her the tour, I showed her the map we have of the area. Around that time some other happy jovial guests came into the house, grabbed some things and jumped on the bikes we offer for use and went to the beach. This said she just wished to settle in, then she changed her mind and said she would go take a walk. She was a very nervous woman. I assured her she was safe in East Boca Raton, we are one of the wealthiest zip codes in the entire USA. Our own daughter who is 10 rides her bike on the same roads this woman took her walk on, and so do all of our guests who are 98% women. I then left the house and went to my store. About 15 minutes later this guest walked in our store, which is just two blocks from the retreat. I said hello and introduced her to my store manager. She left shortly after. On my way back to my own home, two blocks away and one house behind the yoga retreat house, I saw her walking. I honked and waived and she waived back, we are guessing based on her review that she has poor vision and confused me with a stranger. Four hours later at 7pm, she did not show up for class. I asked our other guests if she was coming and they mentioned that they saw her get into a cab. I called her to see that she was okay, particularly as it concerned me that she was off her medication and seemed so nervous. I reached her on the phone, and she explained she was having panic attacks and a break down. She said was afraid she was going to lose all rights to her baby because she abandoned her to come to South Florida for a retreat. She then told me she rented a car and was driving back to Jacksonville, Florida. She told me not worry about the money, she said that she was not ready to leave her comfortable environment and that this was all her fault. I assured her that when she was ready that she had credit with us and we would always welcome her here. She thanked me and got off the phone."

      "Sarah we are truly sorry you are going through so much challenge in your life right now. Be assured that everything will work out, just focus on the good. When we are not healthy our mind is a hard adversary instead of a good team mate coloring everything we experience. We wish you the best during your recovery from your traumatic experiences with your family. We really wished to have been able to support you through this as we do with so many people who come to us from all over the world. Namaste."

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    • Review by Sarah Miller

      "I had a horrible experience there and did not even stay the first night. The quotes healing environment, is right off of a very busy, loud road. The house is very hectic and nothing is state of the art. The only decoration in my entire blank room was a dead, rotting orchid. There was also a huge vase of a variety of dead, wilted flowers in the entrance to greet you. Very bad energy wise. The pool was covered in leaves, the hot tub was filthy with dirt. I took a shower in the one, very small bathroom for three people to share and the shower backed up water to my calves before draining. I tried to take a peaceful walk and was honked and hollered at by so many men I felt nervous and went back to the house. It is not in a safe area for a woman to walk alone. Nothing about this environment was healing, peaceful or Zen like and I feel truly duped. When I fled by taxi without sleeping in my bed or taking any yoga courses, five hours after I arrived Ira Shneider Ohm told me I had already been charged and not to expect any refund. I plan on contacting the Better Business Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce. I was in a very vulnerable emotional state and was really seeking peace. "

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    • Review by Catherine from Toronto, Canada

      "Step away from your daily routine and offer yourself a different kind of vacation... combined it with a retreat that focuses on health, wellness, meditation,yoga, and more, joined with walks and sunbathing on the beaches of Florida. (It would be good to have a car to explore the beaches or you can take one of the bicycles available at the house). Zen Den Yoga School offered all of that which is what attracted me to it. You can go on your own or with a partner, friend, parent, or group, and experience life for as many days as you choose in a zen-like house with saltwater pool and hot-tub. If you are open to learning and to new experiences, and if you believe that life is a journey of expanding and discovering more about who you are, then you have come to the right place! Both Valerie and Ira, your hosts, have big hearts and aim at providing a holistic experience so that you come away feeling more knowledgeable and grounded than when you first arrived."

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    • Review by Dan from Cornwall, United Kingdom

      "“Ira and Valerie were great and helped me with so much. This retreat with all the yoga and meditation was just what I needed. The house was nice and well equipped and also only a short walk from the studio. I came away from the retreat feeling completely revitalized and knowing things about myself that I previously didn't know!”"

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    • Review by Estella from Chicago, U.S.A.

      "“The retreat at Zen Den Yoga was filled with yoga and other classes. Ira is a patient and knowledgeable teacher. The acupuncture and massage treatments helped to refresh and energize me, and the shakes were nourishing. It was an enjoyable and worthwhile retreat with my friends.”"

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    • Review by Emily Mann

      "A friend of mine referred me to Zen Den Yoga School. These classes have helped me find my peace. After taking many of Ira's classes, I was able to learn how to focus and most of all let go of my stress. I was never really a big yoga person, but now I have converted and it feels amazing."

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    • Review by Edely Mussa

      "Amazing class. The restorative class is the most popular (and I can tell); well of course, after a hard day of work we need to be restored physical and mentally!"

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    • Review by Diana Fernandez

      "The Zen Den Yoga School teacher training program was great. I´m practicing everything what I learned, and my students are really happy. Ira is very good teacher, and he knows all the things related with the program that he offers. It is a very good choice to become a yoga teacher. The price is good and the yoga house has everything to make the study time very nice! I highly recommend it."

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    • Review by Maylin Ramirez

      "Teacher training experience at this studio has been a very interesting journey! Joe'class is great. Everybody at the studio shares an amazing energy and I look forward to come back every week. Thank you Ira."

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    • Review by Traveler

      "Zen Den Yoga & Wellness Retreat - great experience w/great hosts! Very transformative experience - many different and unique activities like acupuncture, shamanic breath work (one of my personal favorites), Tai Chi, Qigong, Bars, massage. All this plus bike-riding to the beach (15 minutes away), and Mizner Park shopping and restaurants. Valerie and Ira were wonderful hosts - both with their own expertise. They were professional and personal at the same time. I'm certain I'll be back in the near future!"

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    • Review by Traveler

      "Zen Den Yoga was an amazing retreat. Upon arrival, Val and Ira give you a tour of the beautiful home. There is a pool and hot tub in the backyard (hot tub a definite plus, especially due to the soreness from all the yoga!). They also taught us how to make our breakfast and lunch shake, which were flavourful and made me feel great! There are multiple yoga classes offered each and every day. "

      "Val and Ira were amazing hosts. They made sure all of their guests were happy during their stay. They were able to recommend fantastic restaurants around the area. They also offered use of their bikes to get to the yoga studio, beach, restaurants, etc. Ira runs most of the meditation and yoga classes - which are all awesome! Val gave a wonderful massage. They set up the most relaxing acupuncture appointments for us. "

      "This stay was the best way to spend a vacation. Both mind opening and relaxing. Thanks Ira and Val! "

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    • Review by Patricia Grullon

      "I finally made it to Zen Den Yoga School and I also spent 4 days in their yoga retreat. Val and Ira are so helpful and the classes are unlike any other yoga classes I've been to because they make sure you get so much out of it rather than focusing on themselves. This was the most important part of my journey, to be able to be supported rather than seeing people growing and feeling left behind."

      "I also spent 4 days in their yoga retreat and I love that you are away but at the same time within walking distance to shops and good restaurants. I had a much needed healing and deep tissue session with Val and I was impressed how strong she is. I am so glad I did this, you showed me I was ready for this journey. Thank you Val and Ira!"

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    • Review by Katherine KCzyzewski

      "I took a chance with a friend and went to Zen Den Yoga School for my spring break this year. I have been practicing yoga for a few years now, but am still learning. On the first day, Val and Ira were super welcoming! They greeted us and showed us around their beautiful home where we would be staying. I stayed in the "beach" room, which had great open windows with picturesque trees. "

      "Yoga classes are offered in the morning and afternoons, with morning meditation. I learned how to make smoothies for breakfast and lunch, which definitely kept me nourished during yoga classes."

      "I felt that I was able to experience the best of both worlds. I practiced yoga, relaxed and also took in the sites and restaurants Boca Raton had to offer as well. "

      "Ira was able to teach me how to correctly position my yoga poses, and I really enjoy the small class atmosphere. I felt like I had made new friends quickly in both Val and Ira and other guests staying at the retreat. Val's massage and energy therapy was absolutely amazing. She is a true talent. "

      "I would recommend staying and would love to travel to Zen Den again in the future. Namaste :)"

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    • Review by Rose Ericson-Caen

      "My Zen Den Yoga School 200 Hour experience has been everything that i Had hoped for and more. I decided to take the 30 Day Intensive and intense it is! My main concern when choosing a school was finding one that supported my yogic beliefs, one that was inline with the way i was introduced to yoga by the amazing instructors at my home studio. I am happy to report that Zen Den Yoga School answered all my desires plus more. Not only was traditional yoga asana covered with an emphasis on alignment, meditation, anatomy and physiology, sacred text (yoga sutras and bagavad gita) we also were taught nutrition, and were introduced to other cultural beliefs and helped to understand how all are similarly related. The learning environment is one of structure and flexibility with open discussions and no one ever being right or wrong. Zen Den offers housing at their Yoga House. Although i live locally and had no need to stay there, we would have some lectures at the house and it was comfortable and serene environment and the ladies that stayed there seemed to enjoy it very much. I would highly recommend this school for anyone interested in becoming a yoga instructor or even for deepening one’s own practice. I do intend, and at some point in the future on returning to pursue my 500 hour training with Zen Den Yoga School, Many thanks to Ira and Val."

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    • Review by Devin Yannie

      "To my Yogi Family, It has been a pleasure attending the 200 hour yoga teacher training and getting to create a bond with such beautiful people! The universe brought us together for a reason and i want to thank all for being a part of my growth. Ira, I want to thank you for taking your time with me and helping me awaken my soul. This is the beginning of a new book to put on my shelf and it is truly a blessing to have started at Zen Den. I want to thank of you at Zen Den for the atmosphere you created and the ever lasting impression that has been left on my heart and soul. I love you guys and i am forever grateful! This is not good bye or a farewell; it is a connection that will be lasting and more memories that will be made."

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    • Review by Esther Goette

      "Hi Val! Hi Ira! Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful time! I do apologize for not having properly said goodbye, I left Miami too late, (we were having fun) and missed Friday night's class. Sarah and I went out that night, she probably told you. ;-) I arrived in Geneva with a fit body and a rested mind, with lots of intentions to come back! I really enjoyed my time at the retreat, the classes and the interaction with you two and the rest of the folks. Have a great start of the year, and hope to see you again! Warmly, Esther"

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    • Review by M.M.

      "I really enjoyed this retreat! I learned so much! To name a few: Meditation, chakra clearing, yoga sequences, healthy lifestyle and eating habits! Come and see for yourself! You will feel energized, relaxed and happy when you leave! Val and Ira will nurture and support you on your journey to find inner peace and Zen!"

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    • Review by Alex Torres

      "I just completed my 200 hr yoga teacher training at zen den yoga school with Ira Ohm. My time spent was truly a trans-formative experience. I have learned so much in regards to mind, body, and soul connections. This course was so much more than just learning and being able to teach yoga; it was an in depth dive into the history and life style of yoga and a deep soul searching moment. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to get certified to teach at the 200 hr level or anyone just wanting to strengthen their practice. Truly and whole hearted blessed to have had the opportunity to grow within the teachings of Zen Den Yoga School. Namaste."

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    • Review by P. Wilson

      "Going to Zen Den is always a great experience whether it is for a class or an event. The atmosphere and people in the den are very welcoming and knowledgeable."

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    • Review by Bill Wilson

      "I have been practicing with Ira and his teachers for the past 4 years. Ira is an amazing teacher. It’s has been a great pleasure to practice along with many of his students during teach trainings. I have seen incredible changes in many of his students."

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    • Review by A. Hills from Florida, U.S.A.

      "Zen Den has been like a second home since I moved to Florida. Between the innovative teachers, exciting workshops and classes there is little to do but enjoy yourself in this beautiful space. As a newly certified 200 hour teacher and practitioner of Ira Ohm's for almost 2 years I can say with gratitude and confidence that Zen Den has changed my life."

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    • Review by Jenny Murphy

      "I recently visited Zen Den. Very glad I went. Valerie and Ira are knowledgeable coaches and treat you with respect. Loved the Yoga house and the surrounding area. Great value."

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    • Review by K. Parekh

      "Zen Den Yoga is the place which clearly translates the definition of Mind, Body and Soul. Had an amazing experience at the retreat and yoga classes connecting and rejuvenating with self. Val and Ira are so much full of knowledge and experience with health and wellness. Can't wait to go back whenever time and opportunity arises. So much to learn and gain yet from this amazing yoga school."

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    • Review by Nadine Lauterbach from Germany

      "I took the Zen Den Yoga Teacher Training in August 2014 and since I´m from Germany I had to stay at the beautiful Yoga House for the whole month. I have to admit: it was the best time I ever had. Was it challenging? Totally! Was it worth it? More than that! It was an awesome experience, I met great people there, the energy was unbelievable and I´m still thinking back on the time I had there! I´m grateful I took the chance and the challenge to fulfill my dream which I am now working with everyday! Get your Yoga on, it´s totally worth it! Namste."

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