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Louise M. Hamlin-Laird

Certified Yoga Instructor

Louise, has a B.S. in Human Services from SIUE specializing in deviant behavioral studies. She is an E-RYT 200, RYT 500 and YACEP with over 50 years of experience with breath work, athletics, mindful movement and social justice. A lifelong career working with at risk youth and families, combined with extensive training and experience in crisis management, de-escalation, and hostage negotiations inspire and inform her practice and ability to see and communicate the potentially lifesaving benefits of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and breath work. Louise is trained in Breath to Heal with Max Strom, Yoga Shred with Sadie Nardini and is currently working on her Master Reiki Certification. Additionally, she is certified in Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Trauma-Informed Yoga. Louise specializes in Adaptive and Trauma-Informed Yoga with a focus on reducing stress, anxiety, and depression while increasing resilience.

She enjoys water activities, traveling, gardening, reading, learning, and outdoor adventures. Her practice is inspired by her understanding that, “the benefits of yoga are phenomenal, not just for the individual – for the world.” Louise loves bringing yoga to people and meeting them where they are – mind, body, spirit. Expect a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, playfulness, and exploration in her classes. Louise teaches Restorative, Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa, ViniYoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga & Breath Work, Yoga Nidra, Trauma Informed, and diverse workshops. Additionally, she offers yoga to Junior High and High School students, Teachers, Mental Health Care professionals, McKendree Cross Country Track & Field team and private yoga sessions. You can find some of Louise’s classes at Studio Gaia, River Bend Yoga Studio, Vive Yoga Studio and SIUE Online and Continuing Education, Lewis & Clark Community College. Contact at for additional details and private rates.

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