North Yoga is a wellness collective for the Sea to Sky Community, with the vision of creating a gathering space to heal through the practice of yoga.
We are teachers and students committed to integrating yoga into the fabric of the community. We are incredibly grateful for the affect that yoga has had on our lives. We feel that anyone with a strong desire should have access to a regular yoga practice. We will make our classes and space available to committed practitioners through our karma/work trade program. We encourage you to contact us with ideas for partnerships & collaborations, with input, and with feedback: we sincerely appreciate your insights and we want to hear from you (yes, YOU)!
Gabriel Shamash and Jasmin Parkin
Directors of North Yoga
Gabriel’s yoga journey began in 2003 when a dear friend brought him to a beginner Bikram hot yoga class. She didn’t say much about what hot yoga was…or anything at all, really. It was exactly what he was looking for, challenging and incredibly invigorating.
Coming from a background in sports, dance, and martial arts, he was intuitively drawn to the harmony of movement and breath that the yoga techniques required. He soon began a regular Hatha yoga practice, in order to heal his reoccurring, sports-related injuries.
The yoga practice, he soon realized, is consistently effective as a tool for physical health, mental well-being and spiritual growth. He developed a thirst for knowledge and his practice deepened. To help quench his thirst, he delved into the postures as well as sacred texts such as the Yoga Sūtras by Patañjali, the Bhagdavat Gita, and Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.
The effects of yoga began to reconfigure his life goals: he now felt a deep desire to share with others the therapeutic benefits of yoga that he, himself, was experiencing. He attended his first teacher training spring 2009 in California. Following the training, he travelled across the USA, Europe, South America, and Canada, teaching and practicing yoga.
His classes are both challenging and fun. He loves teaching beginners and equipping students with the tools they need to gain and maintain radiant health, a better understanding of their own anatomy, and heightened perception and intuition. He is sincerely grateful to his teachers and their lineage, his students, and is honoured to share the teachings, to hold space for others, and to serve in the spirit of yoga.
Jasmin is a musician and yogi who has always had a great love for people and the healing arts. She found yoga while in music school in 2007. After years of practicing the piano and doing various jobs that stressed both her wrists and hands, she began to realize that she needed a form of exercise that would strengthen her muscles and joints. She started devoting herself to a serious yoga practice in 2011. While she was initially curious about hot yoga, she eventually found that her true love and passion was for Vinyasa Yoga. As she experienced increased physical strength and flexibility, she also felt a strengthening of mind and spirit. Furthermore, through regular practice, she discovered that she could bring the peace and calm of the mat into her day-to-day life. As a touring musician, she is constantly dealing with an incredibly demanding schedule and a hectic pace of life. She had therefore never experienced the kind of centered calm that yoga offers before. Yoga has helped her to heal from both physical and emotional deterioration, and she is eternally grateful.
As a teacher, Jasmin hopes to help others find their own path into yoga, healing, and physical freedom: to accompany them as the physical and spiritual sides of the practice come together in their lives, as they did in hers.
Jasmin has studied with Tina Pashumati James, Emerson Lim, Michael Olivatto, and most recently Chris Clancy and Jolene Bayda. Her current focus of study is in bio-tensegrity based yoga, which looks at the body as one whole interconnected web. She believes deeply in helping students cultivate awareness of the body from the inside, and moving through asana practice from a place of true connection to self.