Zen Den Yoga School & Studio

1740 costa del sol
BOCA RATON, FL 33431
United States
Average: 3.9 of 5 stars

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Average: 3.9 of 5 stars

10 Reviews

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Pricey
Great Value
Hip
Neighborly
Easygoing
Very Organized
Cozy & Humble
Exclusive & Fancy
Lots of Space
A Little Cramped
Worn-out Mats
Clean & Great Mats

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Average: 1.0 of 5 stars
Review from YTT at Zen Den Yoga School

It looks like my bad review was deleted so I will repost as I have every right to give a review of this business and it's extremely concerning that my 1 star review disappeared overnight.

Copying and pasting what I wrote back in the beginning of January 2017.

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I picked the Zen Den for my YTT after putting much thought into the 3 options I had found in the time frame I was hoping to get my RYT200 done and ready to teach by 2017. I flew from Philadelphia down to Florida with so much excitement as I was finally able to start learning what I needed in order to become a yoga teacher.

Upon arrival, I noticed that the yoga "school" is not what the pictures show on the website or anywhere else, it appears old images are being used to show a studio that I've never seen and unsure when it existed. Their school/studio is inside a home, a home the owners were living in up until our last week down in Florida where they moved outside the yoga house and across street from another house they had us students and retreat guests staying in.

The address that is listed/posted is not the address for the school, which is a school and not a yoga studio. Had I done more extensive research, I would not have chosen this location as there were costs/things that were not explained to us. I paid for breakfast and lunch prior to arriving and learned upon arrival that it was to do their juice plus sales pitch for the wife's business.

For someone who has "allergies" to foods- they sure don't understand the severity of REAL allergies. I told them prior to booking I am deathly allergic to peanuts and all treenuts and would be traveling with my Epi pen yet when I was having reactions the first few days down there- my health issues were minimized. Due to people traveling from all over and them not being organized- the "brand new" vitamix they purchased (and say they got it for me, sure) after days of me having to take Benadryl was NOT nut free or safe to use as the women in the house were using it because it was new and they liked it- without realizing my health was being put at risk. I paid money as mentioned for breakfast and lunch and only used their organic veggies and fruits to put into the shakes 5 times in total.

If you have any serious allergies- I would not recommend this program. While the wife is a "nutrition coach", I find it super odd that someone in the nutrition field chooses to sell pills instead of having someone actually eat their food to get all the nutrients we need to fuel our bodies.

As another former student wrote- a lot of the smoothies and "meals" that I paid for prior to arriving (and didn't even use after 3 straight days of bad reactions)- is just a Juice Plus sales pitch. I don't know any doctor or nutritionist in the health field who recommends pills over actual wholesome food. If you think it's no issue- no problem. The fact that they were giving me a product that was manufactured and packaged in a plant with nuts and didn't even check labels or share that information with me shows that you really have to stay on top of your own health and issues or you could end extremely sick, or even worse- dead.

I am grateful for the amazing women who were a part of my graduating class and I don't regret getting my RYT200 but I think it's safe to say you get what you pay for. When you decide to save money and pick the cheapest option, remind yourself why you want to save money before you sign up for something that isn't what it claims to be. If you are looking for a place with a large studio where you have mirrors like any other place so you can see- especially when learning- this is not the place for you. Hard to see your own alignment or learn how to give them when you cannot even see if you are doing something correctly.

I find it bizarre and odd that the Yoga Alliance doesn't require the owner of a yoga teacher training school to be a yoga teacher and the fact that this school is on their website, but there is no teacher(s) listed. From what I gather, people can either choose to have their personal profiles visible or hidden. I thought one of my classmates was lying and manipulative about certain aspects of this program and once home I learned that maybe she wasn't so far off. With further information gathered, I learned from other people that this is just a diploma mill. Those were words of someone else but thought relevant to share.

Did I express my gratitude to the owners for opening up their home to me and helping support me during times of anxiety or pain? Absolutely. I thanked them many times and meant it and still do despite my experiences; but it just felt like this is JUST business to them and I didn't sense any genuineness or authenticity from them toward me or anyone else for that matter. If I was more then just business for them- I think they would have made an effort to be a little more compassionate toward some of us whereas you could tell who they liked and who they didn't. Genuine love and empathy radiates from someone. Negative comments about my drinking a coffee or eating a bagel (god forbid you eat food before yoga or 3:30pm during training) and rape stories all the time were enough to make me want to leave many times throughout the program but I stuck it out because I worked too hard to walk away.

Rolling your eyes at people who are paying you exactly what you price your certification costs- is beyond unprofessional and quite telling of someone's true interest and intentions. To tell me that you don't care if someone comes there and you know they will be a terrible teacher but it doesn't matter because you are still getting paid shows that yoga isn't a passion of theirs. Business clearly is. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a great business but in the yoga world- I would have appreciated having a teacher who actually practiced with us.

To tell me you have "limitations" from a back injury, I can understand and have compassion for... but I have much more serious health issues then the owner and would be told by the owner that I don't have pain, it's all in my head, pain isn't real, I don't have a brain injury, I must not want to get better since I refused to fall into the MLM scheme of buying Juice Plus which was not safe because of my serious allergies yet they insisted I choose to be in pain because everything in life is a choice. I just wonder how they can say these things when he doesn't even practice because of a "disc" issue in his lumbar spine. This is not a competition but I have 2 herniations in my neck, 3 bulging discs and then 2 more disc protrusions in my lumbar spine. For someone to tell me they have limitations when I began my yoga to HEAL from a tragic accident is mind boggling. I survived a 22 foot fall over 3 years ago and yoga is what helped me heal and I got my RYT200 so I can pass on the beauty of yoga to others.

I don't let my pain stop me or define me. I let it empower me. I let it motivate me to strive for better. Maybe you should try.

**And when you write a review about your own business with your own name..it's tacky, unethical and clearly trying to make up for the reviews that aren't what you like. I'm editing my post to include info I originally thought I shouldn't include because it wasn't necessary. When you see the owner posting a 5 star review of his own place from an already posted review of a former student from 2015/2016- that should be telling/obvious that something is WAY off about this entire place.

Zen Den Yoga School Wellness and Retreat Center real address is 425 NE 20th Street, Boca Raton Florida 33431

Average: 1.0 of 5 stars
NEW TIMES ARE HERE !

Yoga has changed my life, I am so much strong and happy since I started doing it,
I wish Zen Den long life, and I am always sharing my believes with my friends and trying to bring them over to enjoy this hourly retreat that brings me so much satisfaction and health. But not everybody is ready for this great mind exercise.
But I am here to stay! NASMASTE

Average: 4.0 of 5 stars
Very cozy space!

Zen Den is one of the most beautiful and cozy spaces to practice in the area! The instructors are knowledgable and helpful.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Zen den love

The zen den yoga school is such a warm, welcoming place for anyone and everyone. The atmosphere is as you would imagine very zen. You always walk out of there feeling amazing. The school gives you so much room for growth and opportunity. The flows that are taught there are truely good for all three mind, body and soul. This place is awesome and there is something there for everyone.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

Loved my experience!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Zen Den Yoga is your Om away from Om!

A cozy, inviting, peaceful space is what you'll find at Ira Ohm's Zen Den Yoga School & Studio in Boca Raton, FL! All levels are welcome, with classes for those who prefer to spend their time in Child's Pose to head-standing yogis and yoginis.

Ira's gentle, non-judgmental approach encourages practitioners to challenge themselves to their edge and beyond, as well as to take their practices beyond the edges of their mats and into all aspects of their lives.

I highly recommend Zen Den Yoga School & Studio to all who seek inner peace and spiritual growth through yoga!

Average: 3.0 of 5 stars

The clases and teachers are great. However, when I used to go here a while back (I no longer live in the area) classes were getting canceled a lot without notice.

Ira SchneiderJune 6, 2014
Class schedule balance.

Hi Kristen,

I'm sorry you had trouble with our schedule. A recent transitional period included the changing of several teachers' schedules and Ira, who normally teaches or fills in when an instructor cancels class, had the flu. Our schedule now has a wonderful foundation of hatha, vinyasa, restorative and meditative flows.

We hope that you had a fulfilling experience when you were attending our classes and would love to have you come back and join us once again.

Namaste,
Zen Den Yoga

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Peace & Health with a Really Really Sweet Way to Look Up

The Zen Den is such an intimate and beautiful space to practice yoga! I was not sure what to expect of South Florida yoga after moving down here, and stepping into Zen Den really changed my perception for the best. Ira is a fantastic teacher who cares about personally healing each student. Whether one has a particular sensitivity (like I do with my left shoulder and wrist), or any other sort of imbalance, Ira cares about making sure that you leave the space whole and in peace...

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and obviously, very joyful. He is funny. Classes are a lot of fun. Oh! And the ceiling is really artistic and expanding. I never realized how much a ceiling can enhance one's space, and in this studio it makes the experience of looking up so rewarding. Also... I do have to say that before taking classes at Zen Den, there was no way that I was able (nor thought that I was capable) of clasping my hands in a reverse twist. Well, Ira showed me how to link my hands through and it has been my biggest accomplishment in my yoga practice thus far! I have taken classes with two other instructors, which is where I realized that the experience transcends throughout the yogi community because they also were wonderful instructors. I like the mix of having a hands-on instructor and having someone lead the class by being a part of the practice. Not everyone can bring both worlds to a space. I just felt really good and accepted when I am at the studio knowing here is only more growth and harmony from here. Anyway, after realizing that I had this opportunity to review Zen Den, it is my pleasure to definitely recommend it to anyone from the person who has yet to step into a studio and is looking for a place to be accepted and learn the basics to the practiced-yogi who is looking for a community to call home. Zen Den is an unexpected bliss in the heart of Boca Raton. Thank you.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Zen Den Yoga in Boca Raton, FL

Love Ira and his instructors. They are very flexible and adapt class to students' skill levels. Ira excels at getting me into the moment, and I leave feeling spiritually happy and relaxed. Ira explains the philosophy behind the movements and has a deep respect for the spiritual aspects of yoga. I highly recommend Zen Den for anyone looking for a hands-on, relaxed and open studio. I would say they are a warm & fuzzy, happy environment.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Past Graduate

I participated in the one month 200 hour teacher training in late summer 2013. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and very life changing. From classes and group discussions, bonding with my fellow classmates and Ira, the class facilitator, to the yoga practice itself. I traveled from Missouri and stayed the month in Boca Raton and so happy that I choose Zen Den. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.

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Ira created a great program that was easy to follow and not rushed. If there was ever confusion or uncertainty, then we discussed and practiced until there was clarification and understanding. The program was authentic and filled with love. It was a space for trust, communication, and lightheartedness. If I could do it all again, I would in a heartbeat. I am currently teaching yoga at a local studio and am having success from what I learned at Zen Den. Much love and light!

Ira SchneiderMay 29, 2014
Thank you, Joann.

We're so happy you had a positive experience with us. What you describe is exactly the environment Ira strives to create and maintain with each new class. We're so happy to hear that you're having success teaching back home! Please let us know if we can help with any online reviews or promotions and if anyone close to your home comes to visit, we'll be sure to send them your way.

Wishing you all the best.
Namaste
Zen Den Yoga