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Empowering The Heart: The Abode of Sacred Joy, Healing and Power

Rod Stryker | March 18, 2023 - April 2, 2023

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Empowering The Heart: The Abode of Sacred Joy, Healing and Power

A 40-Hour Online ParaYoga Master Training & Immersion

March 18 & 19, 26 and April 1 & 2 || Daily Schedule: 9:30-12:30pm MT & 2:30-5:30pm MT


Spiritual traditions as varied as yogic, Buddhist, tantrick, Kashmir Shaivite and Judeo-Christian describe awakening to the spiritual heart as the culmination of spiritual practice. Indeed, through the process, the veils that darken our heart––and that are the source of so much of our turmoil––are lifted. This leads to the discovery of the seat of higher wisdom, the inner teacher, and incomparable joy. This is where individual self and Creator are one––the fountainhead of compassion, wisdom and self-mastery. Most practically, these are the teachings that show the way to rise above the discord, anger, sadness and fear that plagues so many––including long-term yoga practitioners.

Indeed, the heart lights the path to auspiciousness (both worldly and spiritual) and most profoundly, the diminishment of self-caused suffering and turmoil.

According to the ancient scriptures, entering the sacred ground of the heart is a process, one that occurs in stages. To those ends, specific yogic and tantric practices provide the stepping stones to an evermore profound experience of knowing the essence of our own heart/soul.

Join Rod Stryker for this journey into your heart as he guides you progressively through increasingly subtle stages of your heart’s sublime nature. In each session you will be led through practices (including asana, pranayama, and meditation) that draw from the complementary yogic scriptures and practices of Samkhya, the Yoga Sutra, Upanishads, Shiva Sutra, Tantra and Sri Vidya.

During times of pervasive confusion, grief, sadness, uncertainty and anger, where does one turn to rise above the fray, to live with freedom and embody what has been described as the “highest fortune?” The answer is: your heart.

This five-day immersion is designed for all dedicated yoga practitioners and aspiring and experienced yoga teachers (prior yoga and meditation experience is strongly recommended). Each day will weave lecture and practice, asana, pranayama and meditation, contemplative and self-reflection practices.

Participants will leave with treasured experiences and practical tools that will change how you see yourself and life. At the end of these five days, you will know that you are never alone, that any struggle can be resolved by understanding the great truths that reside within your heart. You will know your heart’s guiding light.

Topics Covered

This exploration will unlock the essence of yoga and life. You will explore the heart’s unique gifts and experience the path to:

  • Abide in Unconditional Joy
  • Live from Your Heart’s Innate Virtues
  • Find and Remain Calm in the Midst of Turmoil
  • Discover the Sublime Terrain of the Indescribable
  • Dissolve Grief
  • Awaken the Eight Unique Powers of the Heart
  • Achieve Mastery Over Mind
  • Access the Highest Insight
  • Tap into Inner Guidance, Intuition and Wisdom
  • Realize a Life of the “Highest Fortune”

Recommended Reading

Required Reading:

Siva Sutras: The Yoga Of Supreme Identity: recommended commentary by Jaideva Singh

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 short google form quiz for this book, submitting it to us within six weeks following the completion of the training.

Once you have viewed all recordings and submitted both quizzes (the link to take the second course quiz will be sent to you upon completion), you are eligible to receive a certificate of completion which counts fully toward Yoga Alliance continuing education credits (40 hours total).


Please read this section thoroughly, which includes our cancellation policy.

Program Cost: $650 for the 5-day training if paid before March 1st. Afterwards tuition is $750. All payments are due in full by March 5.

The $100 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is due at the time of registration. When you register, you may pay in full or only pay the deposit; the option to pay only the deposit appears on the final payment screen.

RECORDINGS are included in the tuition price. You can attend this course live or learn from the recordings only; both count fully toward the completion of the program. Recordings will be stream-only and made available for twelve weeks following the training.

Here is how we share recordings: we send out Zoom links daily during the training, as soon as Zoom has them ready for us. After the training, we share a link to the Dropbox location of these stream-only recordings for the 12-week access.


Any cancellations done 31 days or more prior to event start: The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. The balance (total cost minus the deposit) is transferable to future ParaYoga-sponsored live, online and live-stream events.

Any cancellations done 30 days or less prior to event start: All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Black Yoga Teachers Alliance

Since 2018, ParaYoga has been pleased to offer scholarships for this training through the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance whose mission is to support the educational and professional development of black yoga teachers, establish a standard of excellence and elevate the presence of black yoga teachers in the world. Please email info@parayoga.com to request an application. You must be a member of BYTA and have completed prerequisites in order to apply.
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Have you taken Empowering The Heart before and would like to take it again? You get 25% off!

Are you a Certified ParaYoga Teacher or Certified ParaYoga Nidra Teacher and repeating this training?
You get between 50 and 70% off!

Partial Scholarships are also available.

Just email info@parayoga.com to request a discount code to use when you register or the scholarship application to fill out and submit.



Daily Schedule

AM SESSION: 9:00-12:30pm MST

PM SESSION: 2:00-5:00pm MST

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