Janet and Victor Parachin are founders of Yoga Spirit Academy

Janet and Victor have been life partners for 40 years. They share a love of spirituality as it is taught in all the world religions--Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam. Today they have a special interest in practicing and teaching Yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. They have lived in Chicago, Washington, DC, Virginia Beach, the Los Angeles area, and have called Tulsa home for the past 20 years. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.


Janet and Victor founded Yoga Spirit Academy in 2007, the first 200-hour yoga teacher training in Oklahoma. Beginning in 2015, Yoga Spirit Academy began to offer the first 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training Oklahoma.


Janet and Victor are also owners of Tulsa Yoga Meditation Center located in The Farm Office Building (51st and Sheridan). Please visit their website www.tulsayogameditationcenter.com

Click here to visit Victor's blog for spiritual insight

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Janet Parachin, PhD, C-IAYT, Director of Yoga Spirit Academy

summer 2013

Janet has been studying Yoga for over 20 years. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher (C.Y.T.) and Certified Yoga Therapist (C-I.A.Y.T.) with over 1700 hours training in yoga anatomy, restorative and therapeutic yoga, Ayurveda and Reiki. She is a Relax and Renew trainer certified by Judith Lasater, is certified by Peak Pilates to teach Pilates Reformer and Fitness Chair classes and by N.E.S.T.A. to teach Pilates Mat and Ball. She is a certified yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and a Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Consultant certified by the American Institute of Vedic Studies, and a Reiki Master teacher. She has degrees in religion, theological studies, and education and spirituality. Her book Engaged Spirituality (Chalice Press, 1999) is studied in seminaries, college classrooms and local congregations. She has pastored churches in the Chicago area, served as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy, and taught theology at the graduate level.

Victor Parachin, M.Div., C.Y.T., Instructor at Yoga Spirit Academy


Victor is a Vedic teacher, yoga instructor and Buddhist meditation teacher. He has completed over 1000 hours of training in philosophy, anatomy, Ayurveda, restorative and therapeutic yoga. He is a certified Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Consultant by the American Institute of Vedic Studies. He researches and writes extensively about eastern spiritual philosophy and is the author of numerous books including Stretch Yourself: 365 Good Reasons to Do Yoga; Swami Vivekananda: Essential Writings; Eastern Wisdom for Western Minds; Sit a Bit: Five Minute Meditations for Greater Health, Harmony and Happiness; How to Be Spiritual, Not Religious: 108 Pearls of Eastern Wisdom; Buddha U: 108 Mindfulness Lessons for Surviving Test Stress, Freshman 15, Friend Drama, Insane Roommates, Awkward Dates, Late Nights, Morning Lectures...and Other College Challenges.