300hrs ONLINE

Yoga In Depth Training & Certification

October 29th, 2020 - February 19th, 2021

Ultimate Mind Body & Spirit Healer: 300 Hrs Online Yoga  In Depth Teacher Training

~ Message from Gabriel Halpern Lead Teacher:
"The dharma of a yoga teacher is one of the greatest services that can be given to the world.
To that end, we have gathered a renown staff of instructors with decades of experience between them to launch you forward on a life path that is noble and so needed at this time in the world.
Their combined talents in asana, pranayama, meditation and anatomy present a formidable package of in-depth learning that will foster the best that you have within you.
A most unique aspect of my part of this training will be the increased amount of time practicing teaching asana and not just studying how to teach. Instead of overloading the trainees with too many poses to study, let alone learn how to teach those poses, we will concentrate on doing fewer poses and practicing more teaching. This way each attendee will have been vetted in the total curriculum and not receive a certification which did not check their ability to teach all of the poses that the curriculum had them study.
Another major focus will be therapeutic variations. It takes time to develop a healer’s perspective and the power to transmit what you know. But the truth is that from your very first class students will show up with a garden variety of ailments and a new teacher has to have at least some basic knowledge of what do to to help. Your proficiency with modifications and prop usage will expand exponentially. You will you learn specific responses to meet the needs the various conditions that show up in class. Your confidence in your ability to think on your feet and come up with an appropriate response with the new tools at your disposal will be taken to the next level.
The other veteran staff will gift you with their years of expertise in advanced asana, meditation, pranayama and a detailed study of anatomy that will transform your understanding of Yoga.
I am excited to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share the beauty and depth of the what we all love and aspire to live to the best of our abilities:

-This in depth and eye opening LIVE online 300 hour training and certification is for yoga teachers and advancing students.
Rising Lotus are deeply honored and privileged to hold space for a group of senior Yoga teachers & practitioners that have over 100 years of experience all together and have been positive influences all over the globe. These group of Yogis will be your teachers in Rising Lotus's 300hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Online Program.
This program's main concentration is on DEEPENING 200hr teachers' and experienced Yogi's practice and offerings.
We are offering an extensive and far-reaching program that has been intricately designed and weaved with love for the purpose of assisting you in fine tuning, strengthening, building onto and expanding your yoga teacher training to the next level. This training will not only guide you towards a deeper connection with yourself and your Truth but it will significantly advance your learning and understanding of the human body and therapeutics of yoga which will enable and qualify you to help treat a broader spectrum of health issues. You will become such a knowledgable and specialized yoga teacher who will finally be able to make a living in this field of work and passion. ♥

TEACHERS (read "Meet Your Teachers" below)

  • Gabriel Halpern

  • Richard Logan

  • Carla Douros

  • Per Erez

  • Karla Cain 

  • Gina Tortorello

  • Gina Slager 

  • Garry Johnson



Class meets Thursday to Sunday 11:00am- 2:00pm and 3:00pm- 6:00pm on ZOOM platform



• Dive deep 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.
• Study the Yamas and Niyamas on and off the mat.
• Realize the difficulty and challenge of being a role model while still working on oneself.
• Discussing and writing on the subject of self-study.
• Understand the gerontological issues not only of body and psychology, but also end of life issues.
• Learn how provide safer ways for older and elderly students to continue lifelong practice.
• Learn and understand adaptation, modification, and safety as keys factors to successfully designing a program to accommodate what older anatomies need.
• Train to learn how to work with people who have suffered extreme upheavals in life that require a nuanced approach to their special needs. Issues of abuse, violence, PTSD, etc. will be explored.
• Expand awareness and sensitivity to aspects of healing that the average student does not require but students with trauma backgrounds do.
• Learn the importance of restorative poses to manage stress and the role of how suffering in yoga philosophy can lead to freedom within one’s limitation will be taught.

• Earn to bring subjective and objective awareness to the technique of recognizing one’s own anatomy the misalignments.

• Understanding the mechanism of neurological dysfunction using Parkinson’s and MS as frames of reference.
• Learn how to pacify over heated conditions, reduce impingements and re-learn how to relax overtaxed nervous system.
• Understand and learn how to sensitize and adapt to hormonal changes in women’s lives like mensuration, pregnancy, menopause (and more) and necessitate how practice needs to shift to accommodate the seasons of a woman’s life.
• Learn how to adapt the yoga system to oncological issues and major health crisis’s.
• Discover what poses are safe to do pose-operatively.
• Understand how to be of service to those facing cancer so that they not only survive but thrive through the process.
• Understand how the breath pathways get obstructed and what can a yoga teacher do as a pulmonary therapist to offer
alternatives to compliment allopathic approaches to COPD, emphysema, etc.
• Learn how to arrange restorative poses to open the lobes of the lungs passively and not force breathing exercises
prematurely on students who cannot breathe deeply.
• Many critiques exist about the American diet and how unhealthy it can be. Crohn’s, IBS, Diabetes, etc., all represent
digestive difficulties that can impact a person’s well being. Therefore, we will discuss the holistic lifestyle and how
food needs to become one’s medicine.
• Looking at the 3rd Chakra issues and how waring patters reflect personal power loss thereof.
• Learn to set up a sequence of poses that relax and strengthen the stomach and other core muscles.

• Advancing Asana in depth with alignment modifications including possible prep work and considerations for entry level positions for students.
• Teaching alignment of poses through seemingly advanced poses with modifications geared to all students.
• Learn to identify problem areas for each class of pose and explore myriad techniques to strengthen or stretch the
weak links in our own bodies wether joint, muscle or fascia, nervous system or emotional holding.
• Learn to assess which techniques might be best suitable for the students at hand.
• Review easier twists and alignment and see what level we can approach more difficult twists with modifications.
• Review of the basics and prop usage(wall, belt, blankets) to insure shoulder and neck safety.
• Continuing the deeper work with discussions on increasing the hips flexibility safely, honoring joint restrictions.
• Modifications will be explored utilizing the wall and chairs to take pressure off the neck.
• Talking on wrist, modifications to make these poses accessible. Strengthening the wrist will be highlighted
• Discussions and application of the Bandhas.
• &more

• We explore the autonomic nervous system, with its delicate balance of sympathetic and parasympathetic functions
that work to keep the body in balance.
• We discuss the vital role of neurotransmitters, the body’s chemical messengers.
• We examine the functions of specific areas of the brain and introduce the concept of neuroplasticity.
• We look at how hormones and neurotransmitters affect our emotions and how stress impacts our health and well-
• Learn the ways that yoga can help us regulate our emotions.
• We explore how building a strong, adaptable immune system is the underlying basis of health.
• We learn about the major deterrents to optimal immune function.
• 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
• 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



Learn and practice the families of breathing practices techniques: Dirgha, Kapalabhati, Ujayii

Learn and practice meditation techniques: Prana Vayus, Yoga Nidra, Brahaman Dharana (Shelf meditation)

 Learning and or deepening their own practice of core techniques facilitated.

 Provides program trainees with insights into best practices for considering including these techniques in their own teaching curriculum.

• Understanding the combined Yoga & Ayurveda history and philosophies within the Sankhya School of Ṣatdarśana

• Learn about the 3 Doṣa concepts, their characteristics, their cycles and discover your Doṣa.
• Learn about Māhā Guna (Ayurvedic Psychology).
• Discussing Yogic nutrition.
• Learning about Ayurveda pharmacology.
• Discover the he 5 Prana Vayus (movements) in the subtle body.
• Learn about yoga for Doṣa: Balancing Āsana, Prānāyāma and Dhyāna per Doṣa
• & more

• Learning how to journal through channeling Higher Self/Power/Intuition
• Discovering different journaling techniques
• Incorporative meditation into journaling
• Discovering effective journaling prompts
• Journaling from the subconscious
• Journaling for manifesting or creating from the quantum field
• &more

• Bhakti Yoga - the path of devotion
• The Benefits of Chanting
• Deities
• Poetry 
• Sanskrit Mantras
• Celebratory Kirtan 

• 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 mini class.
• 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

We are here to spark inspiration to Yogi’s who are ready to take it to the next level, ready to step into their own unique autonomy. This training will be the fuel that sparks your fire and your companion on your journey to embodying the teacher role who holds the lantern, who reminds other that what they’re looking for is looking through them. ♥

You will have the ability to hold space and be a divine guide who will be capable of empowering new yoga teachers on their journey and path.

Remember, this program is for those who
• Seek to advance their knowledge on Yoga and go deeper into their personal practice and teachings
• Want to be of service to the community
• Long to discover or re-discover their spiritual path and purpose within the context of teaching
• Are ready to combine their passion of Yoga with financial abundance
• Is prepared to flourish and blossom as a yoga teacher!

This mind expanding and eye opening 300 hour certification for yoga teachers and advancing students will start on October 29th 2020. This entirely online program will have LIVE zoom classrooms with your educators, as well as reading and study from videos, books and other resources marries with self-paced study and community engagement.
At the current moment this 300YTT program is under the review of Yoga Alliance. We GUARANTEE that we will go above and beyond all of Yoga Alliance requirement!!! :) You will absolutely not regret it!

Training takes place Oct 29- Feb 19 on ZOOM Platform
Thursday - Sunday 11-2pm & 3-6pm
Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year weeks are OFF

Early Bird $2850 - paid by September 30th, 2020
$3150 - paid by October 29th, 2020
Payment plan is available
$500 non-refundable deposit (including in Tuition) required upon registration

Required Books (students's expenses):
- The Upanishads & The Bhagavad Gita (Penguin edition edited by Juan Mascaro)
- Yoga Sutras translated by Edwin Bryant
- Yoga Freedom Immortality by Mircea Eliade
- Yoga Anatomy Leslie Kaminoff

Required Props (student's expenses):
1 mat, 2 blocks, 1 chair, 1 belt, 3 blankets, 1 bolster
Optional: sandbags/weights/eye pillow


Meet Our Teachers

Lead Teacher: Gabriel Halpern

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. Owing to the direct influence of BKS Iyengar and 50 years of continuous practice and study, 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

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.

Carla Douros

I believe that yoga can change the world - one heart at a time. Yoga can bring strength, flexibility and balance to your body, as well as enhance your immune system. More importantly, yoga empowers you - mind, body and spirit - to take responsibility for your health and control of your destiny. Yoga is not the only path, but it has been an important part of my journey since I was 19. I have had a wonderful life of adventure and travel. I was a paramedic on the Chicago Fire Department and earned a Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I traveled around the world, studying Tai Chi in Thailand, Tibetan medicine in Nepal and acupressure massage in Malaysia. I became a certified yoga instructor in 2001 and am so happy to have found my niche. My training at both the 200 and 500 hour levels has been at Kripalu. My approach to yoga is a blend of Kripalu and Iyengar disciplines; breathing into postures, focusing on alignment, and pausing to receive the benefits. I continue to study and teach aspects of the mind/body/spirit relationship and am passionate about sharing my experience with yoga students and teachers. I am in awe of the human body and consider it a blessing to be able to teach anatomy and physiology to yoga teachers in training. I am currently putting the finishing touches on my book Anatomy of a Yogi before releasing it for publication. I am excited to share my experience and knowledge with fellow practitioners.

Per Erez

Per has practiced and studied conscious movement disciplines for over 30 years. The bulk of his time has been dedicated to deepening his own learning in several embodied professional training programs. He holds accreditations as a Professional Integrative Yoga Therapist, Tai Chi Chi'h (TCC) Instructor, and Nosara Pranassage Practitioner. Per has studied extensively in Ayurveda, Tantra, and his own form of facilitated somatic table work, amongst other disciplines. His formal somatic education includes a year-long professional development program, Somatic Yoga, followed by a continued three-year-long additional commitment studying with Dr. Eleanor Criswell and staff at the Novato Institute for Hanna Clinical Somatic Education. The program's conclusion is expected in January 2021 in California.

Most recently, his evolution in wellness & spirituality has included in-depth exploration in the Japanese dance form, Butoh. Butoh emphasizes experiential movement, body intuition, and invites a witnessing approach to the intellect in the movement process. 

His artistic experience, as an "accidental" Butoh teacher, as well as a recent turn towards non-professional dance, are a direct out-cropping of his theatre performance background in college. 

Per was one of the first teachers in the Chicago region to expand the use of Yoga Nidra as a stand-alone practice, or coupled with Yoga posture work, for the general public. He held teaching positions in yoga centers, corporations, health clubs, hospitals, and social service agencies throughout Chicago, including a stint at Harpo Studios with Oprah Winfrey.

His formal education is in the Humanities, specifically focusing on Communications and Theatre Arts. Former notable teachers include Hannah Hedricks, Steven Cope, Russill Paul, Dr. Rudy Ballentine, Amba & Don Stapleton, and Joseph & Lillian LePage, amongst others.

Gina Tortorello 

Gina’s altruistic nature and intuitiveness has led her to share the practice of yoga and conscious raising wisdom with others. The profound awakening of realizing her own divinity inspires Gina to share in helping her brothers and sisters of planet Earth to remember their own.


“Because it’s time for us to raise our vibration and the vibration of the human collective. The work we are doing here is important. It’s time for us to remember who we are and I’m overjoyed to be part of the light-workers who are helping others reunite with their authentic Self”

Her curiosity sparks passion for growth and learning. Gina is dedicated to higher living and loves sharing it withbothers. She received her E-RYT 200 Hr. Yoga certification from Soderworld Wellness Center in 2013, a Reiki practitioner, Circle Space Holder, Creatrix of Becoming:The Science & Practices of Becoming Your Higher Self, brainwave entrainment mentor & self employed hair stylist who volunteers teaching yoga and leading hikes through the Cook County forest preserves is dedicated to higher living and loves sharing it with others.

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.

NAMA* Board-Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor

E-RYT-200 Yoga Instructor

Ayurveda Panchakarma Body Therapist

ACE Certified Fitness Instructor

Secretary, The Council for Ayurveda Credentialing

Faculty, Ananda Ayurveda Academy 

Gina Slager

My heart’s offering is devoted to awakening women to their Sovereign Divinity, guiding women to connect more deeply to their inner relationship with the truth of who they are, and connecting women to their feminine essence. I carefully listen to my Divine light guidance and guide women individually and collectively through Women’s Temples. I am a Women’s Temple circle facilitator, trained Level 1 and level 2 by Chameli Ardagh from the Awakening Women’s Institute Nevada City, California. My temples include ritual, sacred dance, anointing, chanting, gentle touch, deep sensuality, sacred song, sharing, silence, and prayer. The journey is inward, returning to the natural forms of healing ourselves from a place of divinity and deep love. I prepare temple space for women with deep presence, love and
intimacy witnessing the transformation that happens when we come together in circle to offer our hearts and prayers. I am dedicated to the softening of my own heart, opening myself to my own sensuality and the liberating myself from my own limiting beliefs – so I can fully walk the earth with genuine love and share this legacy of love with other beautiful women
I am also the spiritual force and creator behind TruSelf Empowerment, LLC for preteen and teen girls – A program I developed out of my own low self worth as a preteen and teen girl. I felt I had no direction or ground to stand on. By planting seeds of empowerment, I help girls learn to love themselves early in life. TruSelf Empowerment is designed to inspire girls ages 10-13 to acknowledge, to accept, and to become the best versions of their true selves Gina’s passion is Kirtan Sacred Music that started over 19 years ago at the Midwest Yoga Conference, Detroit, MI. She delved into Sacred Chant Music and has been listening, attending and facilitating Kirtans for the last 19 years with many extremely talented artists like Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band. She went on to study sacred chanting with David Newman at the Kashi Ashram and attended his Kirtan College in 2011 and 2012. Other than being a back up
singer for international Kirtan Artist David Newman and Brenda Mcmorrow she also holds monthly Kirtans in the Midwest. Gina write her own sacred chants and gives her heart and voice to the divine love that lives her my heart. She truly loves sharing sacred music with others and seeing the beauty that comes from each person’s unique voice. Some of Gina’s Credentials: Devoted mother of Three beautiful Children 1996, 2004, 2007 Benjamin, Henry and Fiona (my greatest teachers)

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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