Val Spies

Val Spies, E-RYT 500, Owner Director of the Lotus Pond Center.  
Val created The Lotus Room/Lotus Pond studios originally in 2005 and continues to expand her yoga centers and Teacher Training programs, offering high quality teachings for students and employment for many yoga teachers. Her main studies have been through the Kripalu Center, The Art of Living Center, and with master Iyengar teacher, Karin Stephan.

Karin Stephan

Karin Stephan, E-RYT500
Master teacher of the Lotus Pond Center, Karin’s classes are based on her extensive studies with B.K.S Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Dona Holleman and senior teachers of the B.K.S Iyengar Yoga system.  She has been teaching for over 40+ years and her disciplined focus of alignment based teachings guides students and yoga teachers to advance in their practice through working the body “intelligently”.

Larissa Carlson

Larissa Hall Carlson, E-RYT500
Former Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, Larissa is a Kripalu and Yee Yoga teacher, Yoga Teacher Training Director, Ayurveda Practitioner, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, Prenatal Yoga teacher, and Reiki practitioner.  She can be seen in the pages of Yoga Journal and Women’s Health magazines.

Melissa Carroll, E-RYT500, MFA
As a college instructor of creative writing, Melissa draws upon her love of philosophy, poetry, and healing modalities in her yoga classes, which are designed to help students find ease in their practice and their lives. Melissa is the author of three books of poetry and is the editor of “Going Om: Real-Life Stories on and off the Yoga Mat,” a must-read collection of heart-opening yoga stories. Melissa received her Reiki Master training in 2007 and has taught yoga to thousands of students for the past 11 years. She has led yoga and mindful writing retreats all over the world, and is dedicated to helping students uncover the inner peace within themselves.

Ryan Devin

Ryan Devin, E-RYT 500 


Ryan Devin has extensive training in intuitive alignment-based yoga, acrobatic yoga, pranayama (yogic breathing) and meditation. With over 2500 hours of experience in teaching, he is a passionate and enthusiastic leader with a patient and loving approach.  His co-teachers and students say he exudes wisdom and intuition beyond his years. With a Bachelor’s in Alternative Medicine, he merges an understanding of the human body and holistic practices into his teachings.

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing is so gentle as real strength.”

Manasa Kanithi

Manasa Kanithi, RYT 500
As a graduate the Lotus Pond 200hr and advanced teacher training, Manasa offers classes that take students right to the heart of yoga.  She is a student of medicine and certified in Ayurveda Studies.  She brings authentic teachings of Philosophy, Sanskrit, Mantra, and Ayurveda to the YTT programs.

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Tampa, FL 33625


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