TESTIMONIALS

WHAT OUR GRADUATES HAVE SAID...

“This program has changed my life, literally! I walked into the program just wanting to further my knowledge of yoga wanting to improve physically while curious about the ...history, and what certain things mean. What I gained on a personal level is hard to put into words... I’ve grown so much as a person...the whole practice of yoga...from the physical to the emotional/mental/spiritual...has changed me in a very positive way. And it all stemmed from this teacher training program :) Thank you!” Tanya Goodman

“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

“The best!!” Elynor Festa Makowski

“I too learned from Lara -14 years ago for my 60th Birthday. Still grateful for the blessings of the practice.” Kathleen Pello

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"One of the best decisions I ever made was become a yoga teacher. If you want to deepen your yoga practice even if you do not want to teach or if you are curious what is yoga really about, take this class. You will agree, it would also be one of the best choices you ever made. — with Lara Ward."  M. Kilpatrick

 “a beautiful journey to have studied under Lara Ward and grateful for the yoga sisterhood that emerged”🙏🏼💗Andrea Weinstein

“I graduated from Lotus Gardens in 2010. Lara not only gave me the gift of Yoga, she helped me find my true self. I continue to learn from my students, Yoga is a practice for a lifetime.” Larry Schmitt Thai Yoga

“Best decision I ever made. Thank you Lara for putting more yoga into the world.” Joellen Simons”I was a student of Lara’s 20 years ago and to this day yoga teachers tell me I have the best posture. I learned from the best! “ Janine Tesbir



"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

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"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

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"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




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

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"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

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