Karmady Yoga & Fitness 

Who are we?

At Karmady Yoga & Fitness, we believe that fitness is for everyone and all of our instructors have a passion for what they teach!!  Whether it's your first class, or you are a seasoned regular, our instructors work to make each class the highlight of your day!
So, Who are we?!

Lara Parkin, ATC, E-RYT -- Owner/Instructor
Lara has always been physically active, swimming competatively by the age of 6 in suburban Chicago.  Her love for sports led to her to the University of Illinois to pursue her degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training.  Early in her career as the Athletic Trainer for Brainerd High School, Lara found yoga.  She began to dive into her own personal practice, amazed at how yoga can provide a physical workout without beating up her body.  She enjoyed learning about the different styles and how yoga can positively help her athletes both rehab and prevent injuries.  Lara eventually made the decision to attend yoga teacher training and share her love of yoga with the Aitkin community.  She attended Amazing Yoga teacher trainings in both Costa Rica and Tulum Mexico and opened Karmady Yoga in May of 2013.  Lara teaches the senior fitness classes, gentle yoga, slow flow yoga, and hot power yoga.  She began leading yoga and wellness retreats in 2014 and now organizes multiple retreats a year.  Her husband Tom and 2 boys, Seth and Reed, reside South of Aitkin.

Melissa Bates
Melissa teaches TurboKick, PiYo, and Cise.  She is a homeschooling mom to 4 children ages 8-21 and enjoys spending time camping the beautiful state parks of Minnesota with her family.  Her love of fitness began five years ago when she lost 45 pounds by adding exercise into her daily routine.  today she has found her exercise groove as a Beachbody Live certified teacher.

Mary Jaeger
Pamela Mizner