Explore Your Dharma 

The writings of the Bhagavad Gita tell us:


See the divine within yourself. Within everyone. And act accordingly.

Your actions will be effortlessly noble and will create happiness for you and those around you.”

The 300hr Yoga Teacher Training at the Lotus Pond in Tampa, Florida is the longest-running & most well-established yoga training in the Tampa area. Our Master Teacher, Karin Stephan, has been teaching yoga for 45 years and was a pioneer in bringing Iyengar Yoga to the United States. Larissa Carlson, former Dean of Ayurveda at Kripalu and frequent contributor to Yoga Journal, also brings her exceptional teachings to The Lotus Pond. Along with our incredible teachers, we provide a welcoming atmosphere and beautiful sanctuary in North Tampa to deepen your journey.


Our program allows you to take your time and select workshops that support your yoga teaching path.

About the Program​: 

Once you receive your 200hr YTT Certification, you can sign up for the 300hr YTT Program. The 300hr certification is an additional credential as a yoga teacher and holds more weight when pursuing specialty positions and teaching workshops.  


The lineage of The Lotus Pond 300hr YTT Program is inspired by the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar and the Kripalu method. However, the variety offered in the 300hr program invites teachings of various lineages into our session: we offer annual workshops in Yin Yoga, Yoga for Seniors, Teaching Private Yoga Classes, the Business of Teaching Yoga, and more


Payments & Hours:

There is an initial registration fee of $50 to begin training at your own pace (take up to 4 years). Pay for each workshop as you sign up to attend, so you can pay as you go! As a student, you receive a 10% discount code for all Teacher Training Workshops.


You must complete 6 Required Sessions, each of which are offered annually at the Lotus Pond. In addition to the required workshops, you will need logged hours at accredited elective sessions and workshops to accrue the required 270 hours.


Accredited elective sessions and workshops are offered on a continuous basis all throughout the year. Please see the Workshop page on The Lotus Pond website and click on Teacher Training Workshops to view the topic and dates for accredited elective workshops and programs provided throughout the year.  


Upon completion of the 270 contact hours, students pay a $35 completion fee paid upon graduation. You will receive your 300hr certificate from The Lotus Pond that qualifies you to register with Yoga Alliance as a 500RYT. This level of registration combines the completed 200 and 300hr trainings.

Take Your Time and Pay as You Go:

  • Initial registration fee of $50.

  • Complete your training at your own pace (time span from 2 to 4 years).

  • Must complete 6 Required Sessions, which are offered yearly at the Lotus Pond.

  • To complete contact hours, choose from workshops offered all throughout the year. These workshops can be found on our website on the "Teacher Training Workshops" page.  

  • 10% discount on all Teacher Training Workshops.

  • Workshops will be offered on a continuous basis, watch for new additions throughout the year.

  • $35 completion fee paid upon graduation.

"I will forever be grateful of the experiences I gained at Lotus Pond. After researching yoga schools in my area, The Lotus Pond was by far the most comprehensive, organized and professional. The teachers are very knowledgable, understanding and compassionate. "

~ Michelle Figga Burgroff 2017

"I feel I received the best YTT program in the Tampa Bay area and recommend it often! The Lotus Pond YTT was an extremely informative curriculum and practicum. The master teachers are well versed in many techniques, knowledge of yoga texts and teaching modalities."

~ Tracy Sweet

"The Lotus Pond Teacher Training program was extensive, impressive and enabled me to become confident in my abilities to teach yoga in a safe manner. Every single instructor was extremely experienced and helpful for this deeply personal journey. I can't say enough about how this experience changed my life."

~ Heather Filipowicz


Offered annually, attend all 6 sessions listed below plus attend elective sessions that suit you path.

Workshops are all priced separately; see Training Workshop page for details.

Val Spies & Manasa Kanithi – Meditation Unveiled

March 8-10, 2019
(18 credit hours) Learn about Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Mindfulness and how to introduce meditation to mainstream America and lead guided meditations for experienced practitioners

Karin Stephan – Teaching Advanced Asana

March 22-24, 2019
(15 credit hours) Learn to Assess Students’ Abilities, Understand the Asymetric Body,

Teach multi-level Classes, and advance to the next level of your practice

Larissa Carlson – Ayurveda and the Subtle Body

April 26-28, 2019
(15 credit hours) Learn about the health science of yoga and its effect on lifestyle

and energetic well-being.

Anne Curtis & Dr. Jennifer Swaringen  – Perspectives on Anatomy for Yoga

 July 26-28, 2019
(15 credit hours) Learn Anatomy of Asana and Pranayama, Muscle Activation

and Function, Contraindications and Individualization.

 Val Spies & Melissa Carroll – Grow Your Yoga Business

August 9-11, 2019

(20 credit hours) Learn how to create Specialty classes including Corporate/Chair yoga,

Classes addressing Back Pain, Private Sessions, Lead Workshops, improve your

Marketing and Business strategies.

Larissa Carlson – Advanced Pranayama

September 13-17, 2019

(25.5 credit hours) Learn advanced techniques of breathwork and the bandhas and their influence on

the Vayus & the Subtle Body.

In addition to the the six mandatory workshops and elective training workshops, you can also earn hours toward your training by attending:

  • Art of Living Retreats in Boone, North Carolina (56 hours, April 26-May 3)

  • Attend private sessions or retreats with Karin Stephan

  • Get an Ayurveda Consultation with Dr. Sushma 

Have questions? Click below for answers to FAQs





For More Information
Contact Val Spies at 813-956-3506 or the Lotus Pond Center at 813-961-3160

6201 Lynn Road

Tampa, FL 33625


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