Experience. The Lotus Pond Yoga Teacher Training has been offering uplifting, comprehensive, & inspiring 

200hr programs for 14 years -- the longest in the area.

Expertise. Our renowned teachers have devoted their lives to the study and practice of Yoga. Our master teacher, Karin Stephan, has been teaching for more than 40 years and helped bring Iyengar Yoga to America in the 1970s.


Soulful Energy. There's a feeling you get when you walk into The Lotus Pond: many have described it as feeling at home. Our welcoming atmosphere, down-to-earth community, and heartfelt spirit are all designed to do just that ~ bring you back home to your True Self.


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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Hear from our Students:

Michelle Figga Burgroff Jan 05, 2017

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

Tracy Sweet Jan 04, 2017

"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. I feel I received the best YTT program in the Tampa Bay area and recommend it often!"

Heather Filipowicz Nov 07, 2016

"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."

Questions? Get answers in an info session every Wednesday at 6:15pm!
Call us at 813-961-3160, or Val at 813-956-3506 to save your spot.

6201 Lynn Road

Tampa, FL 33625


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