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Meet The Founder

Laurie Walker empowers older adults to live with inner wellness to enhance personal joy, adaptability, resilience, connections to other people, and the meaningful aspects of their lives. She has a fierce desire to broaden personal and societal perceptions of aging.

As the founder of Namaste Connections, Laurie guides older adults through practices of mindfulness, yoga, and other modalities that create emotional and physical wellness. In her work with the Village to Village movement, she empowers older adults to stay connected to their meaning and purpose. 


Laurie is a longtime yoga practitioner and holds certifications in Integral, Subtle, and Vini (breath-centered) yoga styles as well as training in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors from the teachers at Duke Integrative Medicine. She has also studied with yoga teachers, Kristine Weber, Erich Schiffman, and Kira Sloane, and others who have influenced her style of sustaining, accessible yoga.

Through her work with world-renowned mindfulness teachers, Tara Brach, and Jack Kornfield, Laurie combined her interest in aging with traditional mindfulness practices to develop a mindfulness program that focuses on the unique issues of aging. It offers tools for calming the mind and body, finding purpose and joy, deepening a spiritual connection, managing conflict, and resolving long-held issues.

Laurie's home is in North Carolina where she lives with her Mom, husband, and three rescue dogs, and enjoys digging in the dirt!