Parallel Yoga, located in Abbotsford’s Parallel Marketplace, is the type of business that makes our heart sing. It, like most wonderful ideas, was conceived out of frustration and need. While that doesn’t necessarily sound like a good thing, these businesses tend to be very successful as they fill a void for something that was simply unavailable before.
Kara Coleman discovered yoga ten years ago while pregnant with her first child. For her, it was a chance to connect with her baby as well as with other new Moms. As time went on and more children joined her family, yoga became an escape, a time to unwind and focus on herself. A couple of years ago, Kara was driving up to 30 minutes from home in order to find the type of yoga classes she wanted to participate in. With a prompt from her husband, Kara decided it was time to bring the type of inclusive yoga environment and variety of classes she enjoyed to Abbotsford. In just 9 months she found the space, dreamt and designed the studio from scratch and opened the doors to Parallel Yoga in October 2011!
With 42 classes on the schedule each week, Parallel Yoga is a busy Abbotsford yoga studio! Almost 20 types of yoga classes are offered, including Candlelight Restorative, Fusion Yoga/Pilates, Gentle Flow, Power Hot and Yoga for Kids or Tweens. And to add a little extra spice to their schedule, Parallel Yoga also offers a fun Zumba class! This spacious studio fits a maximum of 24 people, so there is lots of space to practice your best Tadasana. New to yoga? Parallel Yoga would love to see you out for your first class – here are some great yoga tips for newbies.
Gents – you are invited to all classes, of course, but Parallel Yoga has something special just for you. ‘Bro’ga is a men-only yoga class offering a chance for you and your fellow bros to compliment your regular exercise routine and loosen up areas that are often tight in men.
Kara’s ‘inclusive yoga environment’ philosophy is apparent when you visit Parallel Yoga. It’s a bright, warm and cheerful environment where people of all shapes, sizes and skill levels are made to feel comfortable. There is a quaint, comfortable waiting area outside the studio where students gather to chat pre-class or to enjoy a quiet moment and a cup of tea afterwards.
Looking to update your workout wardrobe? You’ll find a great selection of yoga apparel and accessories here, including the popular Vancouver brands Tonic Lifestyle Apparel and Karma Athletics. Yoga mats, bags, bolsters and accessories are also available.
Recently Parallel Yoga was nominated for a Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Award through Abbotsford Community Services, on account of them being such an inclusive, welcoming environment. Kara set out to create a community of diverse local yoga lovers and, in a very short time, has succeeded in doing so.
Parallel Yoga would fit right into the middle of any big city, with its urban feel and amenities. However, the friendly Fraser Valley charm is captured here as well, making this a fabulous place for all to begin, restart or continue their yoga practice.
106-1900 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford