Facilitators

Ira Schneider founded Zen Den Yoga Studio in 2008 and Zen Den Yoga School in 2009.

Ira started to practice yoga consciously in 2007. He says consciously because, after getting his 200 hour certification he realized there were many parts to yoga besides the physical practice. These other paths of yoga (prana yama, meditation, positive thought) he had already been practicing from the time he was a little boy. This inward feeling of something larger then himself was always present through his years as an entrepreneur, teacher, consultant and individual being.

In 2007 his life took some major shifts and someone recommended trying yoga. He immediately accepted this idea as if he knew this was something he had to do. After his very first class Ira knew that this new practice in his life was not only going to be with him forever, but that it always had been with him and it was just time to start practicing again in this life time. Within three months Ira set out to become 200 hour certified in order to teach Yoga.

Upon completion of his 200 hr certification with School Yoga Institute, Ira immediately started to teach both private and large group classes in Boca Raton, Florida. Hence, the creation of Zen Den Yoga Studio. With an education background in college and always being in a consulting or educating position, Ira soon realized more of his dharma. He was enjoying the classes with his students, however, Ira wanted to get yoga out to more people. After just 11 months from his first certification, he went and got his 500 hour certification with School Yoga Institute in order to prepare to teach people how to teach yoga. This training was followed up with an 800 hour training certification and the opening of Zen Den Yoga School and Studio.

In 2013, Ira opened the Zen Den Yoga Retreats to share a journey of disconnect to reconnect with everybody, students of the 200 hour program and those just looking for a tropical get away. Ira makes sure that guests have everything they need to experience a pampered, yoga retreat no matter where it is located(Guatemala, Mexico, Florida, Nicaragua, Jamaica) including: onsite resort-style amenities, massages, fresh veggies and fruits, and the means to explore the local area and more. Ira invites all of our retreat guests to get the full experience by offering unlimited yoga, and meditation classes.

Ira and the School have continued to grow as the universe shows the way. He shares this light with all those he comes in contact with. He has been blessed with a daughter who is pure light who continues to teach her father, just how pure and loving the universe and our time here on this journey is.

 

 Valerie Leeds is a dynamic wellness entrepreneur teaching people to access their best selves in mind, body and spirit for over two decades. Valerie is Certified as a Bodywork & Energy Therapist, Dr. Sears Nutritional Health Coach, and RYT 200hr. Co-owner and facilitator of Zen Den Yoga School & Wellness Retreat Center with her husband, Ira, in Boca Raton, Florida, they guide guests in “disconnecting to reconnect.” Valerie has carefully cultivated a set of tools based on the premise that human potential is limited by our belief systems. She brings a fresh look at how your mind and consciousness can be adapted on a moment to moment basis to live life in greater mastery, and she teaches how to deepen our connection to what she calls our “internal barometer.” Giving the students and retreat guests an opportunity to understand how managing our mindsets can be life altering. When she is not handling communications and booking of guests, she's assisting in Ira's classes, teaching Language of Energy Class and Nutrition Class to the yoga training students, and giving healing massage and coaching for most retreat guests. If you are lucky to book far enough in advance she will share her “healthy eating always a real treat” cooking class with you.

 

Healthy Eating Always a Real Treat

 

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If you are suffering from toxin overload and nutritional deficiency it impacts your hormones, blood sugar, you may hold onto extra weight, and it can cause increasing pain levels throughout your body. Toxins and nutrition plays a crucial role in your energy, mood, and sex drive…learn how to detox and get those hormones back into alignment!

 

Valerie Leeds developed a Wellness & Food Program called H.E.A.R.T. “Healthy Eating Always a Real Treat” designed to help you improve your eating and well-being. Through a personal consultation and a fun interactive cooking class, Valerie guides you out of overwhelm, into knowing how to shop with ease, prepare and enjoy healthy food, and best of all feel good again!