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The Art of Personal Transformation
200-hour Yoga Teacher Training & Certification
September 10th, 2024 - January 25th, 2025



Each and every one of us have the power to live to our fullest potential. The incredible body you're living this life in and through is your vehicle for consciousness. Our consciousness elevates when our bodies can hold higher levels of it. The question is, is your vehicle (your mind body complex) prepared to house the evolved and enhanced version of you that is yearning to be birthed?! 

If you're a YES! I am thrilled to invite you to our next cohort of 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) : The Art Of Personal Transformation, from September 10th, 2024 to January 25th, 2025.


Do not let "Yoga Teacher Training" scare you away! This immersion is designed to support your spiritual evolution. It is for YOU! But by the end of it, you may surprise yourself with the deep yearning to share once you experience this transformation for yourself. 


The process Emile and and the rest of the YTT educators have curated for you to journey through will not only support your spiritual evolution. It will help you tap into your personal power, give you a clear glimpse of what your heart's deepest desires as you peal back the layers of what you are NOT, and through that process, touch the space within you that reveals your Soul's calling. Countless times we've seen our students have consciousness awakening experiences where they gain incredible clarity on who they are on a deeper level and what their life's purpose is.  It is truly extraordinary! 


 Our immersive and interactive training curriculum guides serious practitioners and/or those aspiring to become yoga teachers through the fundamental steps of discovering your authentic expression of Self (your Truth), your voice, and your gifts. We do so by bridging the gaps between the physical and metaphysical planes through the embodiment of Yoga.

By immersing yourself in this training you are signing up to dive deep into the art of personal transformation where you'll learn techniques and practices that enhance the Mind Body & Spirit connection, expand consciousness, promote well-being, develop greater Self-awareness, increase intuition, broaden your horizon of possibility, and gives purpose and meaning to life. 

By showing up for yourself in this way you begin to embody more of your True Self. Your unique set of gifts begins to show and the yearning to share becomes inevitable! 

Our emphasis lies on discovering one’s unique path back home to their innermost authentic selves to be able to then share from a place of integrity and authenticity.

 You are in for a massive treat, because we are humbly grateful for the panel of amazing teachers that the universe has aligned us with (and you) for this training. 


We are feeling  extra grateful to have Gabriel Halpern on our 200YTT teach of educators. Gabriel studied directly under B.K.S. Iyengar and was named one of the Top 10 Most Influential Yoga Teachers in America (by YogaJournal ) and is often referred to as “The Grandfather” in the Chicago Yoga world where he’s been teaching for the past 48 years.

TEACHERS (read "Meet Your Teachers" below)

  • Emile Lisauskaite

  • Nicole Schneider

  • Gabriel Halpern

  • Rich Logan

  • Gina Antoun 

  • Karla Cain

  • Titi Joerres

  • Garry Johnson



September 10th, 2024 - January 25th, 2025 

Tuesdays: 6 :00- 9:00pm via Zoom 
Thursdays: 6:00 - 9:00pm In-studio (some days via Zoom)
Saturdays: 9:00am - 4:00pm In-studio

1 week off per month + off for the Holidays 





  • Dive into seminal yogic texts and their philosophical roots like the Vedas and Upanishads

  • Plunge into readings and discussions on the principles and evolution behind Hinduism

  • Patanjali's Yoga Sutras - The 8 Limbs of Yoga

  • Ethics of a Yoga Teacher

  • Gunas - Natures  3 Fundamental Forces 

  • Subtle Energy Body - Chakras, Koshas, Kleshas, Nadis, Vayus


  • Hatha Yoga

  • Vinyasa Yoga 101

  • Restorative Yoga 101

  • Prenatal Yoga 101

  • In-depth alignment 

  • In-depth cueing 

  • Use of props

  • Hands-on assisting students

  • How to modifying for those with physical challenges

  • Language sensitivity

  • Sequencing & class structure

  • How to theme classes & move towards an intended outcome 

  • Plenty of teaching time in small groups

  • Real-time teaching Yoga classes 

  • Learning to listen to your body, trust your intuition & be authentic 

  • Support in discovering/strengthening your Yoga practice & sharing from a space of personal embodiment

  • & more 


  • Focus on Language of Anatomy as it Relates to Yoga

  • Kinesiology and its Sanskrit equivalents

  • We will discuss in great detail superficial anatomy and corresponding bony landmarks

  • We will introduce common anatomical misalignments and how yoga may help

  • We will discuss the autonomic nervous system, and the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches

  • We will introduce the glandular system and how emotions and stress impact our health and well- being

  • We discover how yoga and pranayama directly affect heart function

  • We look at the structure and function of the digestive tract, with discussion of consumption, absorption, and elimination

  • Learning about the microbiome and delineate the benefits of conscious eating and the role that yoga can play

  • We focus on the urinary tract, including the roles of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra in the body’s detoxification process

  • We look at the process through which the balance of fluids affects blood pressure

  • Learn reproductive anatomy and function of females and males from puberty through the aging process and the benefits of supporting life changes with yoga

  • Discuss and identify the form and function of the skeleton and how joints work and why we need to protect them in our yoga practice 

  • We explore structural differences between individuals and ways that yoga can promote structural alignment and stimulate bone health 

  • Identify selected muscles by their location, shape, size, and action and the importance of connective tissue.

  • & more


  • Techniques, Effects & Adaptations 

  • Breath-Work Sequencing 

  • The Power of Tapping & EFT

  • In depth journey into the Energy Centers/Chakras

  • Neuroscience & Meditation

  • Quantum Physics & Meditation

  • Law of Attraction & Meditation

  • Plenty of teaching time in small groups

  • & more


  • Trainees will demonstrate what they’ve learned.

  • Trainees will get a chance to get final critiques on presentation of the course material with the trainee teaching a 60 minute Yoga class at Rising Lotus

  • Learning about how to run a business in studio and online.

  • Learn different branding and marketing tools.

  • Gain the ability to develop a loyal following of students who will pay for whatever you have to offer.

  • Learning how personal heath and business health go hand in hand.

  • Learning how to connect with community and advertise your offerings.

  • Learn how to think and grow rich.

  • & more


  • Ayurveda 101

  • Mantra & Mudra 101


  • Mentorship Program

  • Free Empowered Yogi's unlimited membership at Rising Lotus during training period ($500 value)

  • Become an intimate part of a conscious, supportive and loving community

Required Books (students's expenses):

  • Heart of Yoga by T.V.K Desikachar

  • The Upanishads & The Bhagavad Gita (Penguin edition edited by Juan Mascaro)

  • Yoga Freedom Immortality by Mircea Eliade

  • The Only Dance There Is by Ram Dass

  • The Creative Act: A Way of Begin by Rick  Rubin

Required Props (student's expenses):

  • 1 Yoga mat with good grip ​

  • 2 blocks

  • 1 long yoga strap

  • 1 Mexican blanket

  • 1 bolster

Need to know details:

  • Application fee $500 - due at time of application (not refundable, included in tuition)

  • Early Bird Price - $2800 paid by June 30th, 2024 

  • Additional $100 discount to active Empowered Yogi Membership holders

  • FULL Tuition Price - $3100 paid by September 10th, 2024 

  • Bridge Program - $1950 (must present completed 200hrs YTT certification) paid by September 10th, 2024

  • Call 708-559-5644 to discuss personalized payment plans

Pre-register through the link below or contact us by calling 708-559-5644 or emailing

Read the Reviews! Link below:


Meet Our Teachers

Lead Teacher: Emile Lisauskaite


Emile's holistic living journey began with self-mastery in meditation, subconscious reprogramming & Yoga in 2014 at age 18. She has been expanding her horizons since. 


Emile is the owner of Rising Lotus Healing Center, Founder of/Creator for YOGAEM LLC, Experienced & Certified Yoga Teacher, Global & International Retreat Host, Lead Trainer of the Rising Lotus School of Yoga & Wellness 200-hour Teacher Training Program, Master Reiki Healer, Certified Sound Vibrational Therapist, Meditation/Visualization Guide, Channeler, Psychology Graduate, Holistic & Spiritual Living Devotee & Enthusiast.

"We are beings of evolutions. We are products of an evolutionary process. It is our duty to move towards evolution of the Self by nurturing this creative spark of the Divine, expanding it, and live in service to it. The way this creative energy is expressed is unique to each of us. This expression is our most authentic state. You fulfill your part by being true to you and what lights you up. No one else is here to be you, but you. Your authentic expression is medicine to the world. I am here to help you live in alignment with what feels expansive and moves you towards your evolution. There is no limit to your evolution." - Emile

Emile's Training & Certifications:

  • E-RYT 200-hrs of Hatha Yoga - Trained by Vita Sireikis in 2017

  • Graduated with a BA in General Psychology - University of Illinois, Chicago in 2018

  • RYT 200-hrs of Kundalini Yoga - Trained by Samadhi Banks in 2020

  • RYT 300-hrs of In Depth Iyengar Yoga (Yoga Therapy Focused) - Trained by Gabriel Halpern in 2022

  • 100-hrs of Yoga Nidra - Trained by Caley Alyssa 

  • Master Reiki Healer - Trained by Jenni Maes & Shaman Jay

  • Sound Vibrational Therapist  - Trained by Shaman Jay

  • 80 hours of "Living Wisdom" - Bridge Between Yoga & Activism - Trained by Bex Tyrer

  • 80 hours of "Unwind the Feminine" - Specialized Yoga Training  - Trained by Bex Tyrer

  • 12 hours of Para Yoga - Trained by Rod Stryker

  • 10 hours of "Yoga on a Quantum Level" - Trained by Gina Antoun

  • 10 hours of the "Foundations of Meditation" - Trained by Gina Antoun

Nicole Schneider


Nicole Schneider is a full-time traveling yoga teacher, 500HR RYT, YACEP, with training in multiple Hatha styles. Along with her full teaching schedule, Nicole assists in leading Yoga Teaching programs, leads private and corporate yoga sessions, supports community efforts through yoga fundraising events, and shares her teachings online, in after school programs, outdoor classes, yoga workshops and trainings across the Chicagoland area. Nicole has developed her own Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Program and is passionate about training other teachers and students in the art of relaxation. With a global finance background and Northwestern MBA, Nicole understands the stress of corporate life and enjoys helping others cultivate their own peace and balance through yoga and meditation.

Visit to learn more about Nicole and her yoga offerings.

Gabriel Halpern

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Gabriel Halpern holds a BA in Philosophy, an MA in Health Psychology, and was trained at the Iyengar Yoga Institutes
in San Francisco and Pune, India. Gabriel has practiced since 1970 and gives workshops nationally. He founded and directed the Yoga Circle in Chicago, IL from 1985 until 2018. For over twenty years he was a core performance faculty member at De Paul University’s Theater Department. In 2011, he was awarded the Elder/Mentor of the Year by the Mankind Project. Gabriel studied directly under B.K.S. Iyengar and was named one of the Top 10 Most Influential Yoga Teachers in America (by YogaJournal ) and is often referred to as “The Grandfather” in the Chicago Yoga world where he’s been teaching for the past  50 years.

Gabriel’s teaching is all that is yoga: zeal in practice, science, art form, lifestyle, and mystical mentoring. At 72, he has finally turned into the ritual elder he has been seeking his whole life.

Rich Logan

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Rich Logan has traveled the world studying and teaching massage therapy and Yoga. He has been on faculty at the Chicago School of Massage therapy and The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. As well he has taught in the Indian based Teacher Training group Rishikul in their Nepal program.  He teaches yoga anatomy for several teacher trainings in Chicagoland as well as workshops in the surrounding area. Rich has also been a guest speaker on Western massage techniques at the Auyurvedic College in Mysore, India. He has also taught adjustment and anatomy oriented yoga courses for yoga teachers in Hamburg, Germany.  He has presented at Wanderlust Chicago, teaching well over a thousand students in Grant Park.  He was also a featured yoga presenter at Bhakti fest Midwest in Madison.  He also has been performing with Kirtan groups in Chicago since 2002 as a guitarist and fronts his own group with a revolving band of world-class musicians called Akoustikirtan.  A serious student of Yoga since 1998, teaching since 2001 and a meditation practitioner since 1978, Rich incorporates his knowledge of anatomy and physiology with a unique understanding of spirituality in the modern world. Rich has studied at the prestigious Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Madras, India with TKV Desikachar among others presiding, The Atma Vikasa in Mysore with Yogacharya V. Venkatesha and wife Acharye Hema, The Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Center near Dharamsala with Sharat Arora.  Rich's significant teachers have been, Kim Shwartz, Tias Little, Aadil Palkhivala, Gabriel Halpern and Anna Forrest. Rich has also assisted Tias Little in workshops as well as his Esalen retreat in 08. He continues to study at the Yoga Circle under the tutelage of the enigmatic and brilliant Gabriel Halpern in the Iyengar tradition.  Rich has an eclectic teaching style focusing on the seeming basics to allow for a deeper practice by sitting in some poses for extended periods and moving through other postures smoothly with deliberation attention on placing ourselves in the pose as opposed to habitual patterns and gravity running the show.  A mindful practice is focused on, bringing us to the edge of ‘experience’ to ‘witness’ the moment unfold and realize it is us who is the unfolding.

Gina Marie Antoun 


Through her own spiritual awakening, & altruistic Aquarian nature, Gina has dedicated her life to sacred service. Her curiosity, along with a Sagittarius moon placement sparks her passion for higher learning & esoteric study which she infuses in all of her offerings. Gina is a certified yoga teacher, and offers her expertise in yoga teacher training modules. She serves as a meditation guide, Reiki energy practitioner & ceremony facilitator of lunar rituals & sacred rites. She has hosted local & international retreats, workshops, women’s circles, specialized courses and events that promote higher consciousness, well being and community connection.


In 2021, Gina began an in depth course of study in Mystery School teachings of the Desert Rose, receiving her ordination as a Priestess of Mary Magdalene, upholding the mystical feminine teachings & rituals of the Rosa Mystica. She infuses Egyptian energy medicine practices & lunar wisdom from this lineage in her ongoing offerings.


Gina is co-founder, along with her husband Joe, of Inspiritus Alchemy, a magickal cottage in Willow Springs where Gina runs a holistic hair salon business offering energy infused, conscious hair services. The upstairs loft of IA is a temple space, fondly dubbed, The Red Temple where she offers Magdalene Alchemy Meditation Practices, Shabbat, Women's Circles, Private Empowerment Sessions and Psychedelic Integration mentorship


You can connect with Gina every Tuesday morning at Rising Lotus for her signature Light Body Activation class, as well as monthly community New Moon Rituals.

Stay connected on socials @InspiritusAlchemy or stay tuned at Ahava, Gina

Titi Joerres


Having first discovered yoga on television through a PBS special in the early 2000s, Titi has been a dedicated student for almost two decades. As an avid learner, she has learned to apply yoga in all aspects of her life, on the mat and off the mat. Always a student first and a natural-born teacher, Titi was led to teach yoga through paths of fate. Known for her terrible dad jokes and her childlike spirit, the space she creates allows her students to be playful, let go, and connect to their true sense of Self. Mentored by Gabriel Halpern, Chicago’s Grandfather of Yoga, she sets herself apart from other yoga teachers by aspiring to stay true to yoga’s original roots by finding ways to incorporate all eight limbs of yoga in class. She goes above and beyond to ensure that all students have access to yoga practices regardless of background, in hopes that all students walk away with their most authentic selves.


  • E-RYT 200 hours of Vinyasa Yoga with Luna Pierson and Linda Lehovec

  • RYT 300 hours of Yoga Therapy Focused Iyengar Yoga with Gabriel Halpern

  • 200 hours of Qi Gong Teacher Training with Christopher Grant

  • 50 hours of Fascia Training with Joanne Avison

  • 50 hours of Yoga Nidra Training with Ram Jain

  • 6 hours of Restorative Yoga Training with Cyndi Lee

  • B.S. Natural Sciences - St. Norbert College

  • M.A. Early Childhood Education - Northwestern State University

Karla Cain


In 2010 Karla discovered Ayurveda.

"I was overjoyed to discover that all of my thoughts and feelings about humanity the world at large, along with all that I had learned about healthy eating, had a NAME. I love and wholeheartedly believe in this practice. It has brought me back to my beginnings and allowed me to be in tune with nature and the ancient healing of my ancestors."


Karla is extremely passionate about bringing the healing power of the Ayurvedic lifestyle to her community.

Karla A. Cain, CAP

  • National Ayurvedic Medical Association Professional Member

  • NAMA Board-Certified Āyurveda Practitioner

  • NCCBAM Certified Āyurveda Clinical Supervisor

  • Āyurveda Body Therapeutics

  • ERYT1000, Yoga Alliance CE Provider

  • Vedic Psychology, ACE Behavioral Change Specialist

  • Holistic Business Mentor & Consultant

  • President, Āyurveda Professionals of Arizona

  • Board of Directors, National Consortium of Āyurveda Medicine

  • Adjunct Faculty, Ānanda Āyurveda Academy - Willowbrook, IL

Garry Johnson


We are brining in a Business Growth & Marketing Specialist Garry Johnson from Hip & Cool Marketing Inc., to help you understand and establish the skills, tools and mind set to be a successful Yoga Instructor.

His holistic and unique approach to growing a Yoga Business is a perfect match for the Yogi/Yogini who wants to have full classes with the ability to develop a loyal following of students who will pay for whatever you have to offer.

Garry brings over 26 years of experience and success in building from scratch, growing and even running businesses in the fitness and health and wellness industry. As a direct result of his coaching, marketing, sales and innovative business systems he has helped Entrepreneurs generate over $100 Million in product and services.

He is a retired Master Hypnotherapist who logged over 20,000 individual sessions in his career, taught and certified some of North America's top Hypnotherapists and is an accomplished Instructor Level Black Belt in 2 different Kung Fu Systems. 

He is an International Speaker, Author and Father of 3 beautiful girls, ages 7, 16 and 29.


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