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 the Yoga Circle in Chicago, IL in1985. 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. Under his guidance, the Yoga Circle was voted the “best traditional hatha studio” by Chicago magazine in 2016. Owing to the direct influence of BKS Iyengar and over 48 years continuous study and practice Gabriel’s teaching is all that is yoga: zeal in practice, science, art form, lifestyle, and mystical mentoring.

Gabriel’s Travel Itinerary 2019

April 5-6 Cara Mutert Woodstock, IL 815-337-9866

April 26-28 Nicole Kellogg Niles, MI 269-340-4990

May 1/8/15/22 Muriel Quinn Oak Park, IL 708-205-0568

Sept. 27-29 Ellen McKenzie Madison, WI 415-828-9020

Nov. 15-17 Tammy Mitchel Peoria, IL 309-231-9642


Feb. 22-29 Puerto Morelos, Mexico

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Gabriel Halpern named in Yoga Journal and Sonima

Read an article – Yoga & Diversity, Pt. 1: Visiting Chicago’s Yoga Circle – “Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out” – by Karla Velasco

Watch a dharma talk in “Om-cinitas”

Radio Show – Gabriel talks about the role of yoga in one’s life

Listen to Gabriel on Iyengar, being a Ritual Elder and the Initiatory Transitions of Life

Listen to a recording of Gabriel in Knoxville in 2013.

Listen to a talk Gabriel gave at Zen Center in Oak Park.

Enroll in Gabriel’s Yoga U Online Course: Yoga, Mentoring and Conscious Aging – Discovering Your Inner Warrior Sage

Check to see if his legs still look like the alabaster pillars of a Greek god!