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, and informally celebrating the interconnectedness of all things since before he can remember. 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, permiculture, 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. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Yoga Therapy at the Viniyoga Instutute. In 2008 JP started the non-profit OmInvasion, teaching yoga, ethics, and coping skills in at-risk populations, addiction recovery centers, and youth and adult correctional facilities nationwide. Since moving to Portland, JP has completed StreetYoga’s teacher training and is continuing his work with juvenile detention centers and teen addiction recovery as well as teaching mantra and pranayama techniques to StreetYoga teachers.

Also a writer, JP 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” and while looking for a publisher has started his second work: “PURE: Be Who You Were Meant To Be with Ancient Yoga Cleansing Practices for the Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul”.

He teaches a wide variety of classes, from “Gentle Yoga for Seniors”, to “Advanced Backbending, Arm Balances, and Inversions” with many stops in between. JP also teaches therapeutic classes for specific physical and psyco-emotional benefits, like “Openings: Finding Space in Your Joints and Spine”, "Stoking the Digestive Fire: Easy Practices for Increased Metabolism, Immunity, and Kundalini Raising" and “Yoga for a Broken Heart” to individuals and groups.

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 acheive observable and quantifiable positive results in all aspects of his students' lives. Accessible to all and tailored to individual needs, strengths and weaknesses, his teaching style is 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.