Twice rising to #1 in the Canadian electronica charts, featuring to millions across Asia on Asia Pop 40 and YAN TV and having performed at notable venues such as New York City’s Madison Square Garden and Earl’s Court, London, Parvati writes, composes, produces and performs texturally rich pop songs, powerhouse dance anthems and electronic soundscapes with angelic vocals, that carry a profound and timeless message about life in the positive possibilities.
Parvati’s creative work rests on the solid foundation of her dedicated meditation and yoga practices. She is the co-founder of the Active Integration Holistic Education program at the University of Toronto and founder of YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine, a gentle yet deeply powerful form of yoga that blends chi-energy work with yoga poses.
As an activist, Parvati became the most northern musical performer when she performed at the North Pole to raise awareness of global warming. She is a recognized Climate Reality Leader, personally trained by former US Vice President Al Gore, and is the co-founder of the not-for-profit organization Parvati.org dedicated to realizing MAPS: the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary.
Parvati’s debut self-help book “Confessions of a Former Yoga Junkie”, now in its third edition, is a candid, compassionate and inspiring account of her near death experience and steps to living an authentic spiritual life. Parvati is the founder and editor in chief of Parvati Magazine, a monthly online magazine dedicated to awakened living that has featured Oprah guests, Deepak Chopra’s staff and New York Times bestselling authors.
Whether she is singing, performing, teaching or speaking, as a powerful force of nature, Parvati’s presence brings to life a brilliant field of interconnection, and a clear message of love for self, others and our planet. Parvati has been featured on radio and television talk shows, news and health and wellness magazines all over the world such as Entertainment Tonight, BPM TV and CBC Radio.
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A chart-topping, award-winning Canadian singer, composer, producer, yogi, activist and author, Parvati has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, BPM TV and CBC Radio. Her live shows have been televised nationally in Canada. She has performed at Madison Square Garden (NYC), Earls Court (London) and the former Club Maria (Berlin). Her electrifying stage presence brings to life for audiences a brilliant field of interconnection and a clear, unwavering message of love for self, others and our planet.
Earth Day 2014 marked Parvati’s ascension to #1 in the Canadian electronica charts, fitting given that Parvati dedicates her music to the well-being of all, including Mother Earth.
Parvati was conceived in a field of snow angels in Montreal and escorted into this world on New Year’s Eve by a man in a tuxedo. Inspired by the symphonic sounds of Nature, the laughter of the Buddha and the sound of the human spirit, Parvati composes and produces texturally rich electronic soundscapes, angelic vocals, powerhouse dance anthems and pop songs that carry a profound and timeless message about life in the positive possibilities.
Parvati’s background of study, not only as a musician and composer but as an architect, is reflected in the sonic structures she creates, combining a five-octave singing voice with effervescent, multi-layered sounds.
Parvati began her career in Montreal’s electronic underground. This quickly expanded to performing in the rave scene in Toronto, where she became an impresario for conscious, drug-free raves.
While teaching yoga at a fitness club in Toronto, Parvati heard her spoken instructions mixing with the beats of a dance song from the next room. This inspired her to write and produce her boundary-breaking song Yoga in the Nightclub, which brings ancient yogic wisdom into the everyday of the new millennium. Its cinematic, fan-funded video illustrates how our inner light can transform dark places through the story of a futuristic interpretation of the ancient Hindu goddess Durga. Parvati herself created its costumes and narrative, and co-directed the music video with Adam Nathan, an award winning MTV director. This video also features the work of HBO award winning cinematographer Roger Singh. Parvati says, “Yoga in the Nightclub reminds us that we can find awakened presence everywhere.” Still to be officially released, this track has already attracted significant attention from fans and industry alike.
Yoga in the Nightclub will be the leadoff single from Parvati’s new self-produced New Age/Electronica album ETHOS. Inspired by Parvati’s life-changing trip to the North Pole, where she performed to raise awareness of the melting polar ice caps, ETHOSgives voice to our connection with each other and our planet, which Parvati sees as our collective mother. A concept album that blends traditional Sanskrit chants with lush soundscapes, electronic beats and soaring vocals, ETHOS will be available in stereo and 5.1 surround sound to feature Parvati’s immersive, audiophile production style.
Parvati’s previous works include her theatrical show Natamba, in a similar artistic current to David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and Peter Gabriel’s flower character. The narrative follows Natamba, an intergalactic being of liquid gold light, who comes to Earth to experience human form and share a message of love and interconnection. The show set a new direction for Parvati in live performance art, weaving together lights, video, fantastical costumes, music, poetry and electronic soundscapes. Natamba has attracted the attention of Cirque du Soleil directors, toured Europe and headlined significant US festivals since it was first piloted in 2007. Natamba the character returns in 2016 with the single I Am Light.
Parvati is the co-founder of the University of Toronto’s Active Integration and Holistic Education Program and founder of “YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine”, a gentle yet deeply powerful form of yoga that blends chi-energy work with yoga poses.
Parvati has been featured on radio and television talk shows, news and health and wellness magazines across North America, Europe and Australia, including CBC Radio, Canadian Musician, Yoga Magazine UK, Paradigm Shift, Yoga and Health, CTS Always Good News, Transformation Magazine, Yogi Times, Holistic Therapist Magazine, Mind Body Spirit and Yoga Magazine.
Since her first yoga teacher designation in India in 1993, Parvati has completed training programs in Hatha Yoga (Sivananda Yoga, India) and Scaravelli Yoga (Esther Myers, Canada). A perennial student who is aware of the depths and breadth of yogic science and healing arts, she has also carried out studies in a variety of fields, such as advanced Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Ayurvedic medicine, energy medicine and Chi Kung.
Gifted since she was a child with an innate ability to see the non-physical, Parvati’s skill in the subtle realms offers her clients profound and unique support along their yogic and healing journeys. Thanks to this ability, amplified after a life-changing near death experience in India, Parvati is able to see where people’s energy is stuck and provide precise insights into how they may gain greater ease, freedom and joy.
In the late 1990’s, Parvati created and opened “Equilibrium” yoga studios in Montreal and Toronto. As her music career takes her on tour, Parvati now shares her talents internationally at yoga studios, events, and festivals.
Parvati produces YEM instructional CDs and DVDs that sell internationally. In addition, she offers free yoga sequences on her website, parvati.tv.
Above all, she feels that her extensive daily meditation practice provides her with incomparable riches. It is her primary source of inspiration, and the foundation of all her creative and healing works. Her deep joy is to support all beings in realizing their true magnificence.
A keen writer, lyricist and poet since childhood, Parvati has gained international attention for the fresh, insightful and profound teachings in her blog “Life In the Positive Possibilities”. The blog began in 2010 as a way to share her insights on engaged spiritual living in the modern world. It encompasses love for self, love for others, love for the world, creativity, and yoga and spirituality. The blog also became the record of her 2010 journey to the North Pole, where she went to raise awareness of the melting polar ice caps, and the urgent call to stop polluting our outer and inner worlds.
When the tsunami struck Japan in March 2011, Parvati awoke in Toronto with a paralyzing spinal injury that left her bedridden for several months, yet full of new perspective on the world as she looked up at life while on her back. A friend, moved by the creative surge, began to transcribe her words and relay questions from others. Parvati’s blog shifted to a weekly “Ask Parvati” advice column that answered questions from all over the world with wisdom, clarity and compassion, even as Parvati herself lay immobilized. Once recovered, she inspired her readers with the story of her medically miraculous healing without surgical intervention.
Having realized during her creative expansion that she was one of many people she knew who was selflessly dedicated to making the world a better place, Parvati reached out to friends and colleagues to write and share articles inspiring an awakened world. Parvati Magazine was launched in September 2011. It features monthly content from leaders, teachers and seasoned practitioners around the world who give voice to the notion of loving self, loving others, and loving our world.
Following this success, Parvati wrote her debut self-help book “Confessions of a Former Yoga Junkie”, a candid, compassionate and inspiring account of her near death experience while pursuing yoga in India and steps to living an authentic spiritual life. The first two editions sold out within weeks and gave rise to “Revolutionary Life Makeover” workshops and e-courses. The third edition is forthcoming in 2016.
In the fall of 2010, after a recurring dream of being called by a blue whale, Parvati postponed her planned music tour in Japan and instead traveled to the North Pole where she became the northernmost musical performer ever, to help raise awareness of the melting polar ice.
In 2014, Parvati co-founded the not-for-profit organization parvati.org, in which she and others volunteer their time to stop seismic testing in the Arctic Ocean and work to bring about a Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS). Parvati.org has taken the unprecedented step of developing the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary Treaty which, with the signatures of 99 member countries of the United Nations, will enter into force and establish the waters north of the Arctic Circle as an international marine peace park in perpetuity, free from all commercial exploitation or military activity.
Parvati was made aware at a young age of the many needs in the world around her for food, clothing, shelter, justice and love. Growing up in a household where volunteer work, prayer and awareness of those less fortunate was part of daily living, Parvati came naturally to activism. She began by serving the poor, elderly and needy in local soup kitchens, hospices and shelters. Parvati became more aware of global politics and worldwide activism on a pivotal journey to Parliament Hill in Canada’s capital city to protest nuclear energy. For this trip, Parvati was invited to join her neighbours, documentary filmmaker Bonnie Klein, best known for her anti-pornography film Not a Love Story, and Bonnie’s daughter Naomi Klein, now known for her best-seller books No Logo and This Changes Everything. These early years of activism and service shaped the trajectory of Parvati’s life.
Parvati is passionate about each individual’s ability to use their life and voice for the greater good of all. Due to the unprecedented power of media, she feels that artists and others in prominence have a responsibility to use their reach, public presence and message with awakened awareness of the impact they have globally. Parvati knows each of our thoughts, words and actions affect the greater whole. She says, “No one is an island. We are all connected as one Earth family.”
Parvati has devoted her time to a variety of projects such as raising awareness of the melting polar ice caps; leading guided prayers and meditations to help ease the suffering of Japan’s tsunami victims and cool the reactors of Fukushima; and writing and performing songs that support healing and love, such her song You Gotta Believe, written and later performed for New York City in the wake of 9/11.
Concerned about the ecological impact we leave on the world, she ensures her shows and tours have a low carbon footprint, chooses to carry eco-friendly merchandise, offers booth space at her shows to not-for-profit organizations, donates to reforestation, and actively supports the work of the global charity Embracing the World.
Parvati’s activism has been covered by Radio-Canada, Daytime, Always Good News, Nunavut News, and Cashbox Canada.
For Parvati, the world is sound. Be it seen in the patterns on a butterfly’s wing, in the shapes of the clouds, or sensed in the pulse of the blooming rose or heard in the subtle sparkle of a dancing stream, the orchestral symphony that exists in the natural world is a humbling and selfless resource and field of creative and spiritual inspiration.
Parvati’s singing voice has been one of her ways to touch and dance in the world beyond form. Having said since childhood that she sings for the angels, she feels that the human voice is a bridge between the inner and outer world. Her sound healing practice is based on the knowing of the voice as an instrument within our physical self that resounds, shifts and creates sonic information in the outer world. It draws out transparent, non-verbal honesty and refuses to let secrets hide. It is a resonator that mirrors our soul’s truths and our deepest resistance.
Parvati’s relationship with sound is informed beyond her extensive classical music training (voice, piano, clarinet, woodwinds and composition), through her graduate studies in architecture. For her, musical compositions are sonic architecture, landscapes and ephemeral structures unbound by gravity.
Beyond her music training, she first consciously forayed into the world of sound healing through private shamanic vocal work in Montreal with Patricia Pope in 1995. From 1997 through 2001, Parvati studied the expansive range of the voice in the tradition of Alfred Wolfson and Roy Hart, with Fides Krucker (Toronto) and Richard Armstrong (New York City).
Through this period, she co-founded the band Liquid Crystal Oscillator with Toronto-based sound healer and composer Michael Moon. They performed at festivals and healing events, and facilitated sound healing sessions with private clients from 1996 to 2000. Parvati went on to co-found the Active Integration and Holistic Education program at the University of Toronto in 2001 and the Sound Healing program at the Transformational Arts College of Toronto in 2003.
Based on years of meditation and natural intuitive gifts, Parvati creates sound information to soften, reshape, dislodge and transform energy stuck in unhealthy patterns, and ultimately, reflect and support each individual’s journey of evolution.
Parvati combines the keen ear of an audiophile, the sensitivity of a classically trained musician, the insights gained from her years of experience as a healer, and profound intuitive gifts to create a broad, unrestricted palette of sounds and to inspire workshop participants to do the same.
Each person’s unique voice offers an exquisite gateway to his or her soul journey, which is why Parvati focuses on the embodied voice as a healing tool in her fun, effervescent and popular workshops “The Healing Power of Sound”.
Her sonic expressions live at the juncture between art and healing, sacrificing neither and excelling in both.
Parvati is part of the next generation of new thought leaders. Following a near death experience in 1993 while pursuing her love of music and yoga in India, Parvati has dedicated her life to inspiring magnificence. As she returned through the ‘tunnel of light’, Parvati was charged with a message to share: “We are all interconnected as one Earth family. What we do affects the whole, while we are continuously supported by the whole. This life is an immeasurable and unconditional gift of love.”
After this life-changing experience, Parvati’s profound natural psychic gifts, present since childhood, emerged stronger than ever. Inundated with insights and messages from the non-physical realms, she began practicing as an intuitive healer so that she could assist others and encourage them to see life as the gift she deeply understands it to be.
Parvati’s ability to understand the source of, and therefore help undo, physical and energetic blockages has allowed people to shift from patterns of ill health or unhappiness to freedom, joy and abundance.
Today, her one-on-one and group sessions on YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine, healing and personal growth, and her intuitive guidance, have enabled thousands of people to heal and transform their lives. She brings clear, compassionate insight into the suffering clients may be experiencing, and gives kind and practical suggestions for how to release them.
Parvati has always felt a deep understanding of, and connection with, the wisdom and intelligence present in nature. She co-creates consciously with Nature intelligence to produce her music and other creative works, to support her clients’ evolutionary journey during intuitive counselling sessions, and for personal healing.
When we think of nature, we may think at first of flowers, fields, mountains and animals. However, Parvati uses the word in a more traditional yogic sense, in reference to Prakrti, the goddess of all that has form. Prakrti embodies the totality of an intelligent presence that is in everything that has visible form (matter) and unseen form (such as thoughts, intentions and subtle energies). The force of nature is an underlying intelligence that exists within all form.
Parvati knows that living in alignment with nature lets us tap into the power and creativity of the very life force that continually creates the universe. She says, “Being conscious of our relationship with nature provides us with essential support along our spiritual journey. We move into greater awareness of our limited self that is compassionately and constantly held within the greater whole. In so doing, we access energy far beyond what we initially perceive as being available to us. Our relationship to life changes from a feeling of ‘it is happening to me’ to a powerful, fun and energizing place of love, support and possibility. In turn, our experience of life changes from monochrome to technicolour, from the three-dimensional to the multi-dimensional.”
When the tsunami hit Japan in March 2011, Parvati woke up in Toronto with a spinal injury that left her bedridden and paralyzed for months. Turning away from doctors who recommended surgery and gave her a 50/50 chance to walk and dance again, Parvati applied the principles she knew from developing YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine and tapped into Nature’s power to heal. She also connected with the spirit of the great blue whale, a guide that had called her on her 2010 journey to the North Pole. In June 2011, following a shamanic healing journey, Parvati stood again for the first time. By October of 2011, she danced and sang in performance. Her recovery was considered medically miraculous.
Inspired by the co-creative work that founded the intentional community in Findhorn, Scotland and using the Perelandra coning and soil-less garden method as developed by Machaelle Small Wright as a starting point, Parvati regularly accesses her extensive intuitive gifts to collaborate with teams of devas, nature spirits and Cosmic Intelligence to develop and manifest her day to day work and all her creative projects .
Directly through her intuitive sessions and workshop facilitation, and indirectly through her musical offerings, Parvati guides participants to tune into the potential of Nature’s wisdom and co-create with it, even if they do not feel an immediate sense of communication with the unseen.
Parvati encourages everyone to acknowledge, respect and learn to listen to the tremendous wisdom of Nature through all that they do, so that we may live in a more healthy and co-creative world. As she says, nature is lovingly and patiently waiting for us to simply say “yes!” to this divine creative partnership.
Having lectured at the University of Toronto, delivered sermons as a lay minister in the United Church of Canada and given talks at Mensa, Parvati is a natural and engaging public speaker. She speaks at universities and colleges, to private and corporate groups, at yoga classes and workshops, and at festivals and self-help seminars.
Parvati speaks French and English with native fluency, and is conversant in Spanish, Italian and German. Informed on a wide range of topics including music, yoga, meditation, wellness, sound healing, creativity, intuition, authentic movement, art therapy, personal empowerment, architecture, stress management, alternative medicine, nature co-creation and spiritual activism, she weaves in compelling anecdotes from her life, including a near-death experience in India, a transformational journey to the North Pole, and a miraculous healing from a devastating spinal injury that left her paralyzed for four months.
Through her extensive world travels, Parvati has reached out to touch the colourful landscapes of our world. Through her long-standing meditation practice and commitment to personal awakening, she has also gone deeply within to witness the varied territories of the psyche. Parvati is equally at home in our beautiful physical world, the rich inner domain of the human psyche and soul, and the many realms unseen. Fans and audience members say it is as though she has a PhD in life.
Adept in understanding the needs of her listeners, and with a rich depth of experience to draw on, Parvati is able to align her talks to serve and inspire a wide variety of audiences, from mainstream corporate to academic to the New Age community. Her dynamic, candid and profound presentations are both practical and inspiring.
The singer, composer, producer, yogi, activist and author Parvati is affectionately known as the “Positive Possibilities Lady”. She often says that the universe vibrates at a frequency of joy, to which we can align.
Parvati explains, “Living in the Positive Possibilities is not about ‘being positive’, an attitude that willfully conjures up a state of mind to overcome, with effort, a sense of adversity, such as ‘I feel lousy, but I will try to be positive’. A world based on the Positive Possibilities is a world where each one of us knows that we are a loved, welcomed and integral part of a much greater intelligent whole. Our very essence is experienced as love, which is the energy of life itself.”
In this spirit, Parvati founded the company Positive Possibilities Unlimited in 2009.
Positive Possibilities creates and distributes products and media content, and produces events, that support people living healthy and awakened lives. It brings together market leaders in the holistic and entertainment industries.
Positive Possibilities products are ecologically, ethically and spiritually responsible and are sweatshop-free. Positive Possibilities supports sustainability and seeks win-win relationships with its partners, making sure that all parties involved benefit in shared projects. A percentage of proceeds goes towards supporting conscious initiatives globally, such as reforestation, disaster relief and feeding the hungry.
Positive Possibilities currently acts as the media production company to realize the content on Parvati.TV. Positive Possibilities looks after Parvati’s public appearances and runs the distribution for Parvati’s products. In the medium and long term, Positive Possibilities’ goals include a radio and TV channel, the creation of meditation centres and hospitals that focus on holistic healing and conscious living, and organic agriculture.
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