The Lotus Pond is Now Offering 30-day Yoga Teacher Training Program On 700 Acre Nature Preserve

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This February, escape the cold northern winter and earn your Yoga Teacher Certification at The Lotus Pond's Peace River Retreat in Central Florida.

Lotus Pond Yoga Teacher Training Students

“Learning must be experiential, personally meaningful, and most of all fun"

To meet an increasing demand for a shorter yoga teacher training process, The Lotus Pond is pleased to announce the expansion of its teacher training programs to include a 30-day program to earn Yoga Alliance© approved 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification. This unique teacher training program will take place on a 700-acre ranch teeming with wildlife and intersected by the (perhaps appropriately named) Peace River in Central Florida. Students will be housed in a rustic lodge. Their bodies and minds will be kept nourished, sharp and prepared for hard work by chefs trained at The Natural Gourmet Institute of New York City.

Since its first graduating class of eight students in 2007, The Lotus Pond now graduates around 75 students annually and has a growing reputation among the most highly regarded training centers. The addition of the new 30-day teacher training program should see that number rise to 100 in 2014.

The goal of the new 30-day program is to reach geographically farther afield and make The Lotus Pond Yoga Teacher Training available to students outside of Central Florida. Registration is currently open, and training begins February 22, 2014.

Marking their 10th anniversary, The Lotus Pond was initially opened by Val Spies in 2004 as The Lotus Room near downtown Tampa. In 2006 Val purchased a 4800sq. ft. log cabin on 4.5 acres in Tampa to create the campus-like setting for The Lotus Pond. The Lotus Pond is now also home to The Florida Academy of Ayurveda (a holistic form of medicine often referred to as Yoga’s “sister” science).

As Owner and Program Director, Val developed unique and crucial skills before leaving the corporate world, as a creator of training curricula for Continental Airlines. “Learning must be experiential, personally meaningful, and most of all fun,” says Val. A meticulously planned curriculum combined with the talents of top teachers from around the country has driven the success of The Lotus Pond’s Yoga Teacher Training programs.

In the face of a challenging economy, it is not surprising that more and more people are re-evaluating that which is important to them and trying simpler more holistic practices and styles of living. In 2011 U.S. News & World Report identified teaching yoga classes as the fastest growing second career choice in America and yoga in the United States has never been more popular.
To learn more about The Lotus Pond Yoga teacher training programs call (813) 961- 3160, visit or request information at info(at)yogalotuspond(dot)com.

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