Lori Gaspar, C-IAYT, 500 E-RYT, MovNat Level 1 Trainer, is the Founder and Director of Prairie Yoga and 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.


Trained to Train

Lori carries certifications in yoga therapy (IAYT), alignment-based and vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga, natural movement and functional movement. An enthusiastic student and teacher, she has been practicing yoga for over 22 years and training yoga teachers for 18 years. Her primary teaching influences are Tias Little, Judith Hanson Lasater, Gabriel Halpern, MovNat® and 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 and their two adult children, Kim and Ben.

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

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