Lori Gaspar, BFA, MA, 500 E-RYT, is the Director of Prairie Yoga Teacher Training. Lori has been practicing and teaching yoga for 16 years and has over 3,000 hours of extensive yoga study. She currently serves on the Ethics Development and Standards Advisory committees for Yoga Alliance. In 2006, she started Prairie Yoga with a 500 hour advanced level teacher training program when she saw the need for yoga teachers to learn more about adapting the yoga practice to make it accessible to a broader range of students. In our eighth year, Prairie Yoga has grown to include trainings in Illiinois, Indiana and Michigan.
Trainees appreciate Lori’s clear teaching, calm nature, caring spirit and professionalism. Lori has been a frequent contributor to YogaChicago magazine and has published nationally. To read some of her articles, click on the links under ARTICLES.
Lori has a B.F.A., magna cum laude, in visual communications and a M.A. in design management. In 1986, she was awarded a NIU Graduate Fellowship. She is certified by the Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL in Home Landscape Horticulture. She is very active in local issues and is currently serving as President, Board of Education, Community Consolidated School District 89. Lori shares her life with her husband, Don; their two children, Kim and Ben; and their dog, Emmy.
My two primary teachers are Tias Little, who is based in Santa Fe, NM and Gabriel Halpern of Chicago. I am very fortunate to have these two great teachers in my life. They have propelled me into the deep ocean of yoga, fueled my inner Light and continue to inspire me with their own personal evolution. Funny, but they both make me laugh– Tias with his clever wit and Gabriel with his outrageous, hit-the-nail-on-the-head pontifications. Their teachings are a reminder that the inner Self is indeed surrounded by the sheath of joy.
In addition to the many other local teachers and international master teachers that have inspired, challenged, encouraged and humored me, I have great reverence for the wisdom of the ancient texts and the significant contribution of contemporary yoga practitioners.