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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.
The maximum participants in the group is 12.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.