About Us


Patricia Parsons 

“True Yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life.” AADIL PACKHIVALA

After many years of life in a stress filled corporate world,  Pat made a conscious shift towards yoga which helped ground her in dealing with stress and anxiety.  As well as the added health benefit of pain relief from years of suffering with scoliosis and arthritis.

After completing a 500RYT through South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA), she founded and created “Parmi Plus Yoga”, one of the first plus size yoga programs in Canada and leads teacher training programs and workshops across Canada.  Pat is a great advocate and truly believes yoga is for everyone, no matter what mobility issues may surface (physical, emotional or mental).  Pat's classes are gentle and meditative with extreme attention alignment and awareness.

Drawing on her love of teaching from many inspirational leaders and gurus she has had the privilege of studying with.  Teachers such as Marion (Mugs) McConnell, Chris Clancy, Amy Weintraub, Sri Dharma Mittra, Rod Stryker, Erich Schiffmann, Trudy Austin, Leslie Howard and Dr. Swami Satya Prakash to name a few.  Pat specializes in yoga for depression and anxiety (Mood management), Plus size yoga (body modifications) and Yoga for the Female Pelvic Floor.  

200 ERYT,  E500 RYT Yoga Alliance,  LFYP 1 (LifeForce Yoga), Gentle Hatha Yoga, Children's Yoga, Plus Size Yoga, Yoga for Chronic Pain,  Yoga for Depression and Anxiety Management, Yoga for the Female Pelvic floor.

 


Jody Misak

Jody is a compassionate, experienced yoga instructor, creating a life of purpose and committed to make a difference on and off the mat.

A mother of three, and dedicated student since discovering yoga and its trans-formative power. Jody passionately shares the healing benefits of yoga, through breathing tools, mindful movement, and techniques towards experiencing self awareness and self regulation. 

Jody has specialized in kids yoga for nearly ten years, and continues to weave yoga into classrooms, community centres and spring and summer camps for kids. Supporting a non judgmental and fun environment to optimize learning.

Jody completed her 500 ERYT through South Okanagan Yoga Academy ( SOYA ) and 800hr  Vijnana  International teacher training program with Chris Clancy and Gioia Irwin.

Jody has also trained in restorative yoga, pre-natal, yoga kids, Tensegrity Repair Series with Gioia Irwin and Shiva Bliss Meditation in India.

500 ERYT Yoga Alliance,  Gentle Hatha Yoga, Children's Yoga, Yoga for Chronic Pain, 800hr Vijnana Yoga and The Tensegrity Repair Series.


Edi Spanier

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Edi has been influenced by movement her whole life.  Growing up in a family of movement educators and coaches (sports), she began her formal movement training early in gymnastics, figure skating and dance.  A natural transition into teaching fitness classes in her twenties began Edi’s shift from sport to personal movement based practices.  Edi discovered yoga in her thirties but it wasn’t until transitioning through a significant life change that yoga embraced her ~    “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self” The Bhagavad Gita

 Edi’s personal practice and teaching style is exploratory and somatic in nature.  As no two bodies are alike, no two postures or movements are alike.  Finding balance in the body is essential.  Edi believes we need both gentle and strong practices to invite the body to remember what it is to rest and also what it is to grow.  Whether a gentle or strong practice, Edi teaches through somatic inquiry; What are you aware of as you rest in stillness or as you move?  How does sensation inform you?  We are each our own best teacher if we are willing to listen from within and let go of preconceived ideas of perfection.  When we listen deeply, allowing the body to inform us, it will learn to trust us again.

 Edi is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT500 hour certified yoga teacher, a YACEP (yoga alliance continuing education provider) and holds certifications in Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Somatic Yoga, Mat Pilates, Reiki and as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (life coach).


Karly Fazzino

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Yoga came into my life as a method of recovery from physical injury and as much as it helped with that, the greater recovery was that of my self, my perspective and my minds peace. Yoga provided me with answers to questions I didn't know I wanted or needed to ask and it's practices to me are the best way to truly understand life. From the use of the breath to still the mind for a moment so we can hear the truth calling to us. To the understanding of the strengths and difficulties in our lives embodied in how we are able to use our bodies. I believe everyone and everything is your teacher, if you are looking to learn, and that yoga creates opportunity and space for us to become a life long student that only grows up and out in knowledge, understanding and compassion. I enjoy teaching classes that invite in deep full breath and explore the sensations of new movement; from energetically moving hatha flow to slow, sumptuous and relaxing restorative all in the same class, giving the body some movement and some extra oxygen to supply all that love to the body. Yoga is best enjoyed when looked at as a way to nourish the mind, body and soul, I am a big advocate of the idea that sometimes we have to stop pushing forward and allow ourselves to just be. We are meant to be just as we are right now!  


Lynn Power

Lynn began practicing yoga about 14 years ago as a way to complement long distance running and gain some flexibility.  She fell in love with the practice and loved the quiet calmness it brought every time she stepped on her mat. No longer running, but active with bootcamp and hiking, yoga has become part of her life.
The desire to deepen her practice led her to complete her 200 hour training at Shibui Yoga under the direction of Leanne Kitteridge and more recently a restorative training with Carol Wray.  Lynn is eager to continue learning, training and sharing her love of yoga with others. She taught a beginners series, gentle flow, and restorative classes at Riverwise Studio.  Lynn believes yoga is for everybody and it is important to find a style of yoga that feels good in your body. She looks forward to seeing you in class! 

“Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down.” Jigar Gor


Maria Van Roode

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Maria is a devoted teacher and student of yoga. She teaches with a focus on increasing flexibility, strength and balance through stability. She encourages her students to be open and accepting of where they are today yet continuing to challenge them to strive beyond their boundaries. She teaches students to be observing of their own bodies and have greater alignment in their poses.

“My love of of Yoga brings me joy and an openness to learning. I wish to share this with others. When we are open and accepting of where we are today, it allows us to restore calm in our body, mind and soul so we can continue to grow.”




Jasmin Zeballos Serka

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