#5 – The Power of Yoga and Mediation


Lourdes Paredes is our special guest today. Lourdes began practicing yoga back when she was living in New York attending grad school. She wanted to find something that would help center and calm her. Now, nearly 20 years later, she’s a beloved Chicago yoga teacher who has lead classes all around the city.

Throughout her time in Chicago, Lourdes met many really neat people and she wanted to help them share their messages. So, she created an inspired living magazine called Illumine. The name Illumine comes from her image of someone who’s living a healthy, happy life in line with their purpose. It’s about people being lit up from within because we are all drawn to people who are shining bright. In today’s interview, Lourdes shares tips and wisdom on how you can also live an “Illumined” life.

Here’s a recap of the show:

1:00 Meet Lourdes

5:07 What spirituality means to Lourdes

5:40 Inspiration for Illumine Magazine

11:50 How she connects to her inner strength

15:00 Learning to live with stress

16:45 Discovering how life should feel

21:25 Yoga seeps into your entire day

24:30 Recommendations for the those of you who aren’t bendy

26:25 Is meditation woo woo?

31:08 Tips for getting started with yoga and meditation

35:00 Take your practice to another level

38:55 How Lourdes spends 5 minutes to create better wellness

Connect with Lourdes:


Illumine Magazine

Illumine on Facebook

Resources Mentioned:

Teacher Training Program with Lourdes

Retreat to Mexico


Conquest of The Mind – Eknath Easwaran


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