Yoga Nidra Training with Rod Stryker
September 18-22, 2019
ParaYoga Nidra is the sublime science of complete relaxation. But, it is more than that. Rooted in a vast body of knowledge, ParaYoga Nidra has five different aims or outcomes. Depending upon which one of these five you wish to achieve, the approach changes. On the most basic level, ParaYoga Nidra is a comprehensive method for maximizing health and well being. On a deeper level, it is a profoundly spiritual practice and somewhere in between, it is one of the most profound and accessible ways to positively reshape the unconscious. In this master training, we outline several of the aims of yoga nidra as well as the theory of sankalpa––how you bring thought into form. We then relate this to the concept of dharma and engage some specific exercises to help you achieve yours.
In addition, we delve into ParaYoga Nidra in light of the timeless teachings of the Mandukya Upanishad, which explains the three states of consciousness: waking, dreaming and sleeping. This scripture provides sublime insights into the practice of ParaYoga Nidra and the process of achieving the “4th state”––transcending all the other states, and revealing the sublime experience of ParaYoga Nidra.
Over the 5 days of this training, you can expect to be fully immersed in this profound tantric practice with 12-14 Nidra practices. We will draw on the wisdom of the koshas to inform both your teaching and practice as well as your life off the mat. Each day will include joint exercises and subtle movement practices to prepare you for ParaYoga Nidra. As this practice involves total relaxation on the floor, you will need to ensure that you are warm and comfortable lying down for extended periods. Along with your mat, consider bringing a thicker mat or extra padding to lie on, a small pillow for your head, etc.
Yogarupa recommends that for that the month or two prior to the start of the training you begin or recommit to your meditation practice. It will be an invaluable aid to understanding the course curriculum as well as contributing to your overall experience of the training.
Prerequisites: suggested but not required: Vinyasa Krama (either live or online) and The Four Desires
What students are saying about ParaYoga Nidra:
“ParaYoga Nidra is deeply transformational. When the constrictions of breath and body and the stains of the mind dissolve, we can see clearly. When the source of suffering is revealed by our Soul and higher mind, we can plant the seeds of new ideas in the fertile field of consciousness. At the most elemental, ParaYoga Nidra relaxes and heals. At its most profound, you will be awakened to the fourth dimension, Turiya. Between those two, ParaYoga Nidra, when administered skillfully, serves as a tool to change unhelpful mental patterns and wrong self-perception and even heal the effects of trauma. Transformation is gradual but sometimes there are sudden leaps…I felt myself bursting out of the golden egg as a new person.” ––Inge
“This training has been profound for me on a healing level, I have had so many breakthroughs & deep insights. I’m very grateful that I came into this training with a background in yoga as that depth allowed me to access the layers I did. Recognizing, seeing and feeling “the stain” was revolutionary for me––I’m so excited to work with my new sankalps, it’s going to transform everything! I could never have arrived there on my own! Also, the re-cap on how to teach yoga nidra on the last day was extremely valuable.” ––Lindsay
“This training was divine. Its impact will inform both my teaching and practice and most importantly my life off of the mat.”
“A wonderful training! Thank you for divising a way to study and experience the deeper impacts of ParaYoga Nidra. I found the discussions and practices relating to the koshas to be so helpful, especially the clear, practical emphasis on the Inner Teacher. I have studied other PYMTs over a period of years and I found this training to be very integrative and “juicy,” pulling from the foundations. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
“I am extremely grateful that I was able to have this transcendent experience with Yogarupa. I am not a teacher, but the ParaYoga Nidra training gave me so many invaluable tools to use in my personal practice.”
“Any senior yoga teacher must graduate to the practice and understanding of ParaYoga Nidra. Rod teaches from the voices of the ancient teachers, bringing a rich tradition to life.” ––Jeanne
“This was an excellent training. Most helpful was repeating the simple basics over and over because that is what everyone needs, that and the emphasis on healing. Yogis are used to advanced, stimulating, transformative practices but most people are not ready for that, and simply need healing and self-acceptance. Rod’s “Inner Teacher” meditations were great for developing self-acceptance. Most brilliant was when we followed one of these meditations with a silent walk in nature, what a gift…thank you!”
Note: This training is open to everyone interested in learning about and experiencing ParaYoga Nidra. In order become certified to teach ParaYoga Nidra practices, one must complete the larger ParaYoga Nidra Certification program. This program includes the following ParaYoga Master Trainings: the 5-day ParaYoga Nidra, The Four Desires, Secrets of the Sutras and Koshas, along with the 9-day ParaYoga Nidra Certification course. ParaYoga Nidra is a ParaYoga Master Training and part of the ParaYoga 10-part, 300 hour teacher training program. In order to receive credit toward ParaYoga certification and Yoga Alliance RYT programs, as well as your certificate of completion for this training, you must complete a book report for this book, following our book report guidelines, and email it to us within six weeks following the completion of the training. You will not receive credit for submissions after the deadline; there are no make-up assignments.
Please plan to bring your own props to the event. A limited number of prop rental packages will be available for participants coming from out of town; call 206.325.8221 to reserve your package for the training (two blocks, one blanket, and one bolster for $45).
- Wednesday through Saturday: 9:00am-12:30pm and 2-6pm
- Sunday: 9:00am-1:00pm
Teacher: Rod Stryker
Location: THE SUMMIT
Cost: $845.00 for the 5-day training ($795.00 if you register AND pay in full by July 18th, 2019). This price covers the cost of tuition only. To be considered for a scholarship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration through ParaYoga, is now open. Please direct all questions to email@example.com.
This training can be taken as part of the 8 Limbs 500-hour Teacher Training, where you can join when you’re ready, finish at your own pace. 500-hour Teacher Training Participants, please use this registration link and email firstname.lastname@example.org when you have registered so that we add you to the 500-hour roster. Please use this same email to learn more about 8 Limbs Teacher Training Programs!
Cancellation Policy*: Early bird rate requires all tuition costs to be paid in full no later than 60 days prior to the event. If total costs are not paid in full 60 days prior to the event, participant is no longer eligible for the early bird discount, and course fees will revert to the regular (higher) cost.
Any cancellations done 31 days or more prior to event start: The deposit of $100.00 is non-refundable and non-transferable. The balance (total cost minus the deposit) is not refundable, but it is transferable to future ParaYoga sponsored events.
Any cancellations done 30 days or less prior to event start: All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.
*please note this is different from 8 Limbs Cancellation Policy
500-hour Teacher Training Hours:
- Techniques, Training and Practice: 14
- Teaching Methodology: 10
- Anatomy & Physiology: 2
- Yoga Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle: 10