About.

Authentic. Creative. Connected

Lourdes Paredes has been a pillar in the Chicago wellness community for more than 20 years.

Originally from California, Lourdes discovered yoga while attending Columbia University in New York in the early 1990’s (before the big wave of yoga). She became a student at Integral Yoga in Greenwich Village. It became a refuge from the intensity of the City and her studies. She found the practice a satisfying way to physically engage her spiritual side.

After moving to Chicago she become a certified yoga instructor in Chicago in the late 1990s and went on to study under such notable instructors as Gary Kraftsow, Donna Farhi, Andrey Lappa, and 3- year apprenticeship with Shiva Rea, She began teaching classes at Chicago’s major studios such as Moksha Yoga Center, Yogaview,and Exhale Spa.

Lourdes quickly became a respected leader in Chicago’s wellness community and has always looked beyond the yoga mat to help people live their best lives. She leads workshops on Living Yoga, created the House of Shanti Yoga Teacher Training, and leads international retreats, urban retreats, and creates video series. She has been invited to lead classes at national and international gatherings.

Lourdes teaches an impressive number of private clients who are high performing professionals, including civic leaders and executives. She currently teaches one public class at Namaskar Yoga on Sundays 9:30-11am. 

RECENT PROJECTS.

In 2013, after years of sharing information and insights through classes, workshops, retreats, email and word of mouth, Lourdes created Illumine Chicago, a print and digital resource for Chicago’s wellness-minded community. She is an advocate for businesses that are mission-driven. 

Lourdes’ vision for Illumine is to be both inspirational and educational, simultaneously enriching and actionable, connecting the public with businesses that help others grow and succeed in every part of life, and contributing to a healthier community and a more vibrant world.

Illumine Magazine has since evolved, recognized as Chicago’s premier health and wellness publication, and includes a dynamic and growing online community. In 2018, the first illumine Life Directory was printed, and is known as THE trusted resource for discovering wellness-minded businesses in the Chicagoland area. 

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