Explore Your Dharma 

The writings of the Bhagavad Gita tell us:


“It is better to fail in the pursuance of your own dharma than to succeed at the dharma of

someone else. 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.”

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. 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.


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







"I feel so proud to be studying at the Lotus Pond. The quality and planning that goes into our curriculum is top of the line. Several times I have been humbled by how little I know despite all the time and energy I’ve spent studying so far. Looking forward to growth and expansion in this art and science." —Michele


"What a great meditation weekend – I feel as though I came away with lots of new valuable information and insights to help my own meditation practice and those of my students." —Linda


"The meditation weekend was fantastic, I would have to travel all over to get what was brought together right here in one weekend." —Andrea



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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