Lotus Gardens Yoga School 200 Hour Teacher Training

Meet Up & Learn about Lotus Gardens 200 Hour Training at Be Here Now Yoga on * Sun, May 19 5:30 (see workshop before) or Sat, June 15 9:30am or Sun, June 16 7pm * Contact Us for Details

Teacher Trainings 2019:

SUMMER INTENSIVE: July 8-31 * Monday-Friday 8am-7pm in New Milford, CT

FALL WEEKENDS IN CHESHIRE * September 14-May24 * 10:30-7 * at BE HERE NOW in CHESHIRE * Dates are: Sept 14 & 15, Oct 12 & 13, Nov 9 & 10, Dec 7 & 8, Jan 11 & 12 and 25, Feb 8 & 9 and 22, March 14 & 15 and 28,  April 24 & 25, May 9 and May 23 & 24

FALL WEEKENDS IN NEW MILFORD * October 4 - June 7 * Fridays 6-9:30, Sat 11:30-8 & Sun Noon-8 * at Ah Yoga NEW MILFORD * Dates are: Oct 4-6, Nov 1-3, Dec 6-8, Jan 3-5, Feb 1-3, March 6-8,  April 3-5, May 1-3 and June 5-7


ROOT: Traditions                        
18 Traditional Hatha Poses & Classic Sun Salute History, Culture & Development                             
Prana, Chakras, Nadis, Mudras & Bandhas

Breathing & Cleansing Techniques
Sanskrit, Mantras, And Traditional Texts
Benefits of Yoga on the Body Systems
Relaxation & Meditation and the Positive Effects on the Nervous System
Introduction to Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers

GROW: Asana & Sequencing
Foundations of Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Restorative, Nidra & Yin Yoga
2 Sun Salutations for Vinyasa Flow
Proper Alignment of 40 Postures
Art & Science of Sequencing
Postural Assessment & Hands On Assists
Smooth Transitions & Gentle Flows
Anatomy for Yoga Teachers

BLOOM: Teach What You Luv!
Honing Your Cues
Teaching Beginners
Developing Private Clients
Modifications for Various Levels
Business & Ethics

Lotus Gardens 200 Hr Teacher Training & Certifications (LGYS) is one of the first comparative study schools in the U.S. and Yoga Alliance approved in CT.  Our curriculum evolves with the needs of our ever blossoming yoga community.  We focus on preparing our teachers to guide clients and classes through teaching techniques, philosophy and methodology of the best styles brought to the US and taught today: Traditional Hatha, Alignment Based, Vinyasa Flow (strong & gentle),  Restorative, Yin and Yoga Nidra.  For over 18 years, Lotus Gardens Yoga School has always taught trainees to modify their teaching to work with clients varying levels of conditioning and physical abilities.  We prepare you to teach private sessions as well as group classes from beginners to dedicated yoga clients.  

Our teacher training is offered in 3 elements; Tradition & Roots; Asana & Sequencing; and Teach What You Love. The three elements (ROOT, GROW & BLOOM) cover a minimum of 180 class room hours, plus 20 hours of self study.  You may begin at ROOT or GROW, but must attend BLOOM last.

TUITION includes 7 BOOKS and BINDER. The current list is:  Anatomy of Hatha Yoga;  Insight Yoga, Yoga Sequencing; The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras, 30 Essential Poses and Sivanada Yoga Companion and Lotus Gardens Workbook Manual.  There are NO additional expenses!

TUITION FEES * Register Early to Save $275

EARLY REGISTER occurs when you pay deposit and 1st payment 60 DAYS BEFORE PROGRAM START: for summer intensive by May 8 and for Fall 2019 by July 14 (no exceptions!)


1. Download, complete & email your application or pickup/turn in your application at a class or Meet & Greet.   Applicants must have a minimum of one year yoga practice; home, studio or gym practice is acceptable. Consideration is made for those in compatible fields.  Please contact our office if you have questions regarding your eligibility before applying.  


2. Lara Ward, Director of LGYS, will contact you for a personal interview.  This is a great opportunity to review the program in detail and ask any questions you have regarding your YTT journey. 

3. Make Your NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $150 (159.53 with tax) Click PayPal link or contact us for cash/check payments.

PAYPAL DEPOSIT LINK: 1st step to becoming a certified yoga teacher

4. Commitment Letter is emailed to you with helpful information. And you're first book and reading list is sent.

5. Week Before Training Begins: May Payment in full, or 1st Payments (remember all books and deposit are included in tuition). CLICK PAYPAL LINK BELOW OR CONTACT US TO PAY BY CHECK OR CASH

EARLY PAY IN FULL $2,550 (+tax) or PAY IN FULL $2,825 (+tax)


3 PAYMENTS of $985 (+tax) = $3,105 (+ tax) 

Payment 1 (with tax is $1,047.54) due on 1st day of training/ for summer intensive 3 payments on each Monday until paid in full

Payment 2 due 1st day of GROW element

Payment 3 due 1st day of TEACH element


8 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $400(+ tax) =  $3,200 (+ tax) Due before each training month until paid in full. Not available for summer intensive.

PAY PAL LINK FOR Pay in Full or Payment Plan Payments:
200hr Tuition Options


"Every time I teach a Gentle Yoga Class I remember a coaching word or phrase from one of your Yoga Teacher Training Classes. You inspired me to reach into everything I've ever learned and intuitively teach so that the student has the optimum experience." Kathleen Greco

"You always pushed us to think and probe deeper into our studies and findings. I feel very grateful to have had you as a teacher!" Ela Legasse, co-owner Yoga Center of Collinsville & Natural Awakenings Hartford

"Thank you Lara for sharing your wonderful skills as a teacher, your patience and most of all your spirit. Thanks for a great experience. I hope to always have a piece of you in my life." Darlene Carmen

"I really admire Lara. She made the practice and training really fun." Missy Gregson

"Learning philosophies, Gita and Sturas opened a huge door for me.  I gained a better understanding of myself and honoring life."  Stephanie D'Aniello

"I don't think you left any stone unturned, you have equipped us with plenty of everything we'll need." Holly Gillotti

"I feel I am extremely well prepared thanks to the program.  The manual was excellent.  And the content and presentation were great."  Stephanie Mancini

"What an amazing foundation. I feel so fortunate to have had such a wonderfully comprehensive training." Elena Schreiber

"My biggest gain was coming to truly understand what it takes to be a good teacher. In large part, that example was learned through watching Lara. Also, the camaraderie with fellow students, sharing of ideas and experiences was so helpful in broadening my perceptions of teaching and yoga." Dorrie Dugan

"I am personally pleased to have completed the program. I learned so much about the history, anatomy, sequencing and philosophy of yoga. I want to continue to learn and grow with all that I have learned as a foundation. I feel my own practice has improved and I have an even greater appreciation for all who have taught me all that is involved." Trish Cannizzaro


"I am blessed to be a yoga teacher." Patty Oliviero

"This teacher training was more thought out and organized than most of my college classes. Lara, you changed my life in such a positive way! I definitely feel more complete as a woman. I am so grateful for all of your wonderful knowledge, compassion and love of yoga!" Trina Gustavson

"I gained a well-rounded description, and knowledge of yoga-philosophy, asanas and meditation. We did a lot of work on adjustments which will be very helpful in my teaching."  Laura Hartwig

"My knowledge of yoga, of the various branches and spiritual origins has been deepened dramatically.  The exploration of the muscles and skeletal structure will be invaluable."   Susan Linsley

"I feel that my yoga practice has progressed so many times over since starting this training."  Kate Forte

"I am thankful for all you taught me.  Wow so much deeper than the yoga I knew when I first stepped through the studio doors for training."  Becky Thomspon, LMT


"Now I know that yoga is a life style, not just a physical activity!" Lilia Wills, Owner Bliss Yoga


all photos taken during Lotus Gardens Yoga Teacher Training

all photos taken during Lotus Gardens Yoga Teacher Training

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“Great Lectures. I loved how different they (the teachers) all were.” It definitely had an impact on me in ways I can’t describe.” Nancy Bennett-Morganstern

"It is difficult to express in words everything I have gained from this program.  I was exposed to incredible people and concepts throughout that contributed to a powerful personal transformation. The program and the instruction were excellent. I appreciate Lara's extensive knowledge base and experience, as well as her natural ability to create a respectful and safe learning environment.   I appreciated learning from so many different people who each had their own areas of passion and own teaching style.“ - Kristina Foye

"Everyone was amazing. I learned so much from each person and everyone had something different to offer/share. Very inspiring! " Nicole Quatrella

"I enjoyed every teacher, appreciated their different styles and learned so much from each professional." Sherri Sosensky

I cannot believe it's been 10 years since I took your teacher training. The time I spent in your wonderful program was truly a highlight of my life and will always remain so."  Gail Fiero

"I gained a better understanding of myself. I want to also express my deepest appreciation for all the hard work and time you gave us."  Beth Garrett

"I have been a stay at home Mom for 14 years so to do something for myself has been great.  It has given me more confidence outside the role of Mom.  Your course has enable me to grow and become a better person"  Amy Doyle"

I never thought I would have the confidence to teach, but you prepared me perfectly to gain that confidence. I love that we learned about many styles of yoga and can now follow whatever path we choose.” Elaina Weiser, Owner Blue Lotus Yoga

This program is phenomenal. I like the small intimate size.  I would absolutely recommend Lotus Gardens Training to others." Michelle Wenis

"Still teaching and LOVING it.  I am eternally grateful for you and your training program." Terri Jennings

"When I decided to take the YTT, I looked around at different places and I'm so happy I chose this one."  Alex Attolino, LMT

"Thanks for a new beginning in my life."  Penny Cidri, Penny for Your Fitness

"I thank you for the wonderful training from you five years ago.  You gave me a strong practice that has stayed with me... I feel like I am teaching and learning every day. " BJ Mocarski

"This comparative approach makes it very valuable to make the best decision of what path to walk on as a teacher."  Cuahtemoc Dominquez

"This program gave me the tools to broaden my own practice and my teaching ability.  My love for yoga blossomed so much more than I thought possible. I feel like the program opened so many doors for me physically, mentally and spiritually." Bri Sherer

"I understand now how teaching others can reveal the truth of myself. " Joy Nagle

"I feel that through training with you, I developed a wonderful foundation of of knowledge that's continually growing, expanding and deepening." Charlie Berman, LMT

"Thank you for such a wonderful training. You are very real and have a gift in your teaching skills – especially for up-and-coming yoginis and yogis. You are firm but understanding and are a real inspiration to me." Marianne Adamo

"You truly are a gifted yoga teacher. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and heart with us all. Thank you for an incredible experience. In so many ways the journey has just begun." Gloria Swiger

"The knowledge conveyed really provided me with the confidence to teach something I love. Lots of personal insight came along with the information & practice." Andrea Sutton

"Very few other experiences in my life afforded so many lasting friendships, such a shift in my thinking and employment and such happy memories.  LOTUS GARDENS ROCKS!" Karin Terrebessy

"I particularly appreciated the vast knowledge and experience that Lara brought to the training." Nan Monochi

" I could not have asked for a better teacher." Suzanne Blum

"Wonderful people to share the journey with."  Anne Falcone

"I couldn't have picked a better program.  Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!" Maria Calo

"You truly changed my views on yoga and becoming a teacher.  You are a fantastic instructor and a great support system."Jennifer Lizotte

"This was an AMAZING experience!  I will forever be changed!" Jennifer Alfaro-Martinez

"I gained the body awareness I was missing!"  Kate O'Brien

"It was the best experience of my life."  Tracey O'hara

"I gained a deeper knowledge of what yoga truly means to me and others."  Jodi Mastriano, LMT

"What started out to be something to increase my knowledge about yoga turned out to be a life-changing experience. I believe I'm a better and calmer person because of it."  Maureen Consiglio

"I knew going into this program that I had made the right choice. It solidified my love for yoga and attributed to my confidence in teaching. Thank you!" Kristi Gunnarshaug