Lori Gaspar, BFA, MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, MovNat® Trainer Level 1, FMS Screener is the Founder and Director of Prairie Yoga. Lori is known as a "teacher of teachers" – passionate about training yoga teachers to better adapt the yoga practice so it is accessible to a broader range of students. This is why Lori founded Prairie Yoga in 2006 with its 500-hour advanced yoga teacher training program.


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Lori is trained in alignment-based yoga, ashtanga vinyasa, restorative, yoga therapy, and natural movement. An enthusiastic student and teacher, she has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, teaching yoga for 17 years and training yoga teachers for 16 years. Lori is a certified yoga therapist from the International Association of Yoga Therapy, a certified Relax and Renew® restorative yoga teacher from Judith Hanson Lasater, and holds certifications from Tias Little’s Prajna Yoga and Moksha Yoga Center. She apprenticed for many years under Gabriel Halpern, a life-long student of BKS Iyengar.

In addition to her expertise in yoga, Lori utilizes natural movement to build health and fitness. She is a certified MovNat® Level 1 Trainer, a certified Functional Movement SystemsTM Screener, and she 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 and mindful movement. 

Adding to Lori’s understanding of yoga is her study of Asian Classic Literature, Sanskrit and Eastern Philosophy at the University of Chicago. Her academic pursuits took her to India to study historic and current practices of yoga, Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.


Committed to Evolving the Classical Form of Yoga

Lori’s dynamic, evolutionary teaching emphasizes alignment of the body, mind and spirit and cultivating inner wisdom. Unfazed by the latest yoga craze, she guides students to look within to realize their dharma. Trainees appreciate Lori’s clear teaching, calm nature, caring spirit and professionalism.


Respected by the Yoga Community

Lori served on the Ethics Development and Standards Advisory committees for Yoga Alliance and was recognized as a reining woman yoga leader in the Chicago-area by Yoga Chicago. Read articles about Lori: Yoga Chicago.  Voyage Chicago, Yoga InternationalMantra Yoga+Health, Yoga Chicago, Yoga Teacher Magazine and Illumine. To read articles written by Lori, click on the links under ARTICLES.


Beyond Yoga

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 her community and served for 7 years as President, Board of Education, Community Consolidated School District 89 (12 years as a board member). Lori shares her life with her husband, Don; their two adult children, Kim and Ben; and their dog, Emmy.

Lori Gaspar - Teaching the Teachers, Serving the Community
by Sharon Steffensen | Yoga Chicago | September/October Teacher Profile 2016

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