Jean-Pierre Parent has been studying yoga postures, breathing, chanting, and meditation since he found a Bhagavad Gita in a park at ten years old. He has been informally celebrating the organizing principal of the universe since before he can remember, convincing his family to convert from Judaism to Buddhism so they’d drive him to meditations when he was 9. He’s studied many styles of yoga in-depth in the US and India, including Vinyasa, Power, Ashtanaga, Iyengar, Hatha, Kundalini, Nidra (deep relaxation) and Nada (the yoga of sound), achieving his 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification through Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, yoga’s birthplace in the Himalayan mountains and a Yoga Alliance International-registered course.
Jean-Pierre attended the University of Arizona with a double major in biochemistry and nutrition, and continues a passionate studies of physics, biochemistry, religion, nutrition, permaculture, vedanta, bacteriology (the study of the life forms that quite literally run the Earth) and both eastern and western medicine, looking for evidence-based, practical wisdom that can be applied to everyday life. A life-long student, he’s currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Yoga Therapy with Gary Kraftsow at the American Viniyoga Institute.
JP started an N.P.O called “OmInvasion” in California, teaching yoga, ethics, and coping skills in at-risk populations, addiction recovery centers, and youth and adult correctional facilities nationwide. “In Los Angeles, there was a meditation group working in prisons but as far as I know I was the only one doing anything like this with kids in detention. One of the first things that put Portland on my radar is that in this ‘little’ town there are TWO organizations doing stuff like this!” Since moving to Portland, he’s aligned with Street Yoga, working in the Multnomah Juvenile Detention Center and Teen Drug and Alcohol Recovery Unit, and has begun training Street Yoga Teachers in the use of mantra, meditation, and sound in trauma and recovery treatment.” www.OmInvasion.org
Jean-Pierre has recently finished his first book: “Kitchen Sink Farming – Easily and Cheaply Grow and Ferment Your Own Food for a Healthier Now and Greener Future” (look for it on Amazon in the summer) and has started his second: “PURE: Be Who You Were Meant To Be with Yoga Cleansing Practices for the Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul”. He’s also a raw food chef and caterer, fermenter (with a probiotic beverage bottling company called SOMA), and Ayurvedic nutritional counselor.
JP has taught athletes, kids, the elderly, the incarcerated, and returning soldiers suffering from PTSD, and his classes and workshops draw from a wide variety of traditions to achieve observable and quantifiable positive results in all aspects of students’ lives. Accessible to all and tailored to individual needs, strengths and weaknesses, his teaching style has been called “simultaneously irreverently fun and deeply spiritual, fostering playful curiosity, community, and self-discipline.” In his free time, JP enjoys long walks on the beach and sarcasm.