Align Your Self

Celebrating 12 years of yoga teacher training!

4701 Auvergne Avenue | Suite 104 |  Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 968-3216     prairieyoga@comcast.net

Multi-style Yoga 2-3


This class is taught by:

Marinda Stopforth

Marinda Stopforth, 500 CYT, is a graduate of Prairie Yoga and has been teaching at the studio since 2009. Marinda is a life-long student of yoga and has studied with Gabriel Halpern, Tias Little, Aadil Palkhivala, Kathleen Wright and is inspired by the teaching of Ramanand Patel. Her teaching style presents the wisdom of the "mind-heart-body" connection and offers students a deeper understanding of anatomy and alignment. She continues to explore the application of yoga as a therapeutic tool and teaches courses in both basic and advance anatomy for yogis (teacher training certification requirements). Marinda is a faculty member for Prairie Yoga's Advanced Teacher Training Program. As a CE provider through Yoga Alliance, Marinda enjoys teaching workshops on the topics of adjustments, sequencing and the use of yoga props, like the chair and the rope wall. She is certified in aromatherapy, reflexology and is a Reiki Master Teacher. She is a residential trainer in the study of consciousness for The Monroe Institute in VA, with her husband, Bob, and is a certified 1:1 Provider for the Institute of HartMath, CA.
Marinda shares her life with her husband and two Rottweilers, Bismarck and Chloe. She welcomes yoga students of all levels with enthusiasm and holds the seat of the teacher with gratitude.
Her motto: "When One person teaches, Two people learn."

Lori Gaspar

Lori Gaspar is the Founder and Director of Prairie Yoga. Known as a "teacher of teachers" – she is passionate about training yoga teachers to better adapt the yoga practice so it is accessible to a broader range of students. Lori is a certified yoga therapist, served on Yoga Alliance’s Ethics and Standards Advisory committees and was named by Yoga Chicago as an outstanding woman leader in Chicago’s yoga community. She has been featured in Yoga International, Voyage Chicago, Mantra Yoga+Health, Yoga Chicago, and Yoga Teacher Magazine.
 
Lori has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 20 years. She developed the curriculum and manuals for Prairie Yoga's 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training programs. Her primary yoga influencers are Tias Little, Judith Hanson Lasater, and Gabriel Halpern. Interested in all modalities related to mindful movement, she became a certified MovNat® Level 1 Trainer and a Functional Movement Systems Screener in 2017, utilizing natural movement to build health and fitness, and completed a year long program with Katy Bowman in Nutritious Movement™. She has many thousands of hours of study and experience and continues to be a life-long student of yoga.
 
Lori’s dynamic teaching emphasizes alignment of the body, mind and spirit; mindfulness; and cultivating inner wisdom. Unfazed by the latest yoga craze, she guides students to look within to realize their dharma. 
 
Lori has a B.F.A., magna cum laude, in visual communications and a M.A. in design management. She is certified by the Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL in Home Landscape Horticulture. She is very active in local issues and served for seven years as President, Board of Education, Community Consolidated School District 89. 
 
Lori Gaspar, BFA, MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, MovNat® Trainer Level 1, Functional Movement Systems Screener

Rebecca Stiles

Rebecca Stiles, 200 CYT has been practicing yoga since 2006. After leaving her job as a Registered Dietitian in 2011 to spend more time with her two sons, she delved deeper into her yoga practice and eventually found Prairie Yoga and completed her 200 hour certification. Rebecca is now an assistant teacher in Prairie’s 200 hour yoga teacher training where she enjoys being able to support and mentor trainees on their journey to become yoga teachers. She believes the practice of yoga is first and foremost a lot of fun, and also provides the opportunity for self-discovery and self-acceptance. She is currently continuing her studies in Prairie's 500 hour program.
In this multi-style class, experience a variety of intermediate to advanced yoga techniques and sequences  to challenge yourself and deepen your practice. Class emphasizes fine-tuning alignment in asana, moving with the breath, innovative sequences and the exploration of the more subtle aspects of practice. May include pranayama, inversions, arm balances, and back bends. Easier levels and modifications are provided for students to progress safely. For healthy, experienced students only.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Sep 26 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Marinda Stopforth
  • Tue Oct 02 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Lori Gaspar
  • Wed Oct 03 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Marinda Stopforth
  • Tue Oct 09 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Lori Gaspar
  • Wed Oct 10 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Marinda Stopforth
  • Tue Oct 16 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Rebecca Stiles
  • Wed Oct 17 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Marinda Stopforth
  • Tue Oct 23 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Lori Gaspar
  • Wed Oct 24 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Marinda Stopforth
  • Tue Oct 30 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Lori Gaspar
  • Wed Oct 31 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Marinda Stopforth
  • Wed Nov 07 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Marinda Stopforth
  • Tue Nov 13 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Lori Gaspar
  • Wed Nov 14 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Marinda Stopforth
  • Tue Nov 20 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Lori Gaspar
  • Wed Nov 21 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Marinda Stopforth
  • Tue Nov 27 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Lori Gaspar
  • Wed Nov 28 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Marinda Stopforth