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Gheranda Samhita: The Science of Hatha Yoga that Leads to the Highest – A ParaYoga Continuing Education Training with Yogarupa Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker | October 21 - October 25

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Explore and experience the depth of Tantric Hatha Yoga–and some of its secret teachings––in this 5-day training.  The Gheranda Samhita is one of the three primary texts of hatha yoga along with the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Shiva Samhita, and considered by many to be the most comprehensive.  Each day, students will be led through practices that highlight the essential teachings of this classic text and share its luminous and powerful wisdom. Yogarupa Rod Stryker is excited to offer this 5-day training, which along with the Sri Vidya training, are the advanced trainings that comprise the ParaYoga Continuing Education Series.

Click here to go to a Dropbox recording of Rod’s overview of
Gheranda Samhita from London in 2016

The Gheranda Samhita explores the full range of practices and principles that comprise the science of yoga. A distinct feature of this scripture is that it is made up of seven chapters, one of which focuses on asana. While this training certainly involve asana, students can expect to move into deeper practices, the majority of which require experience and some level of comfort with pranayama. Through the use of asana and pranayama as a base, the Gheranda Samhita then moves onto mudra, bandha and meditation practices that are profoundly rich and meaningful.

Each day, Yogarupa will lead practices that highlight the essential teachings of this classic text and share its luminous and powerful wisdom. This five-day practice and teacher training intensive is designed to enrich dedicated practitioners, aspiring teachers, or those already teaching.

Morning sessions will weave together dynamic asana, vinyasa, pranayama, and meditation practices. They are dedicated to enlivening your awareness of, and your connection to, the power of the pranic realm, as well as transforming how you see your practice, yourself, and your capacity in the world.

Afternoon sessions will deepen our exploration through additional practices, lectures, meditations and Q&A sessions.

Prior to this training, it is wise to integrate at least some pranayama and meditation into your regular yoga practice. Being comfortable with moderate breath retention will be of particular benefit. The practices in this training will not be beyond the reach of students who have some experience with these techniques, but the more comfortable you are with these yogic methods, the more you will be able to seamlessly flow through and benefit from this training.

Here’s what students are saying about the Gheranda Samhita training:

“The teachings of this training has taught me a systematic approach to how I can improve my capacity to connect with my own life force in order to achieve higher states of consciousness. I appreciated the emphasis on rudrani and its capacity for transforming the deepest aspect of my unconscious mind and also appreciated the reminder of the importance of keeping my personal practice simple but strong.”

“This training was so wonderful in helping me understand and access this deeper information, to coalesce it in a systematic way that will inform the way I can impart and guide my students towards more awareness, steadiness and shakti in their lives.  I also learned that it doesn’t take much movement to make a big impact or shift in one’s energetic landscape and that the smallest shifts, made with intention and consistency, can profoundly change someone’s life. These are powerful takeaways for me in terms of how I teach others.”

“Each time I come to study with Yogarupa, I not only deepen my knowledge of the subject matter but more importantly, I learn more about myself and where I am on this journey of growth, transformation and Spirit. I walk away with renewed resolve and commitment to my practice. I have greater awareness of all the blessings and goodness that have come out of my trials and tribulations and how I can use those personal struggles to help others and also be a force for change in the world.”

“Thank you for the deepening within the tradition…it unlocked certain areas which have only been seen, and then lost again. My body received the practices and I began to experience the depth to which these practices can go. Faith has kept me here, I am glad.”

“Gheranda Samhita has given me a respect, reverence and curiosity for the deeper practices. I’m excited to add these new levels to my practice and applying the sequential processes we learned.”

Topics Covered

The Gheranda Samhita, meaning “Gheranda’s collection”, is a manual of yoga taught by Gheranda to Chanda Kapali. Unlike other hatha yoga texts, the Gheranda Samhita speaks of a sevenfold yoga:

  • Shatkarma for purification
  • Asana for strengthening
  • Mudra for steadying
  • Pratyahara for calming
  • Pranayama for lightness
  • Dhyana for perception
  • Samādhi for isolation


Recommended Reading

Pure Yoga: Yogi Pranavananda by Tony Rodriguez and Kanshi Ram

Yogarupa also recommends that for that the month or two prior to the start of the training you begin or recommit to your meditation and pranayama practice. It will be an invaluable aid to understanding the course curriculum as well as contributing to your overall experience of the training.


Program Cost: $845.00 for the 5-day training ($795.00 if you register AND pay in full prior to August 21st, 2017).

The $100 deposit is due at time of registration. When you register, you may pay in full or only pay the deposit; the option to pay only the deposit appears at the final payment screen.  Any remaining balance is due by September 21st, 2017.

Please note the lower price of the training, as this training does not included catered lunches; see our Carbondale Resources page for restaurant recommendations. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch to enjoy at Flying Dog.

Cancellation Policy: PLEASE READ!

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.


Gheranda Samhita$845.00This tickets is for Gheranda Samhita's tuition only; no meals are included. Please make sure to read the cancellation policy on this event's webpage. We look forward to seeing you in October!


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Carbondale, CO 81623 United States
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Looking for someone to share a ride and/or housing? Read on…
The best place to seek or offer ride or room share information for ParaYoga events is on the Facebook group page specially created for your training. This ParaYoga group page also serves as a forum for discussion and sangha (community) after the training.  ParaYoga room or ride share information will be available only on the Facebook group page, not on the website. Upon your registration, we will automatically add you to this FB group.
If you’re not using Facebook, we recommend that you sign up for this free service since this is the only place where ParaYoga room or ride share information will be available and because this private group is a great place to continue discussing what you’ve learned. Please note that the ParaYoga office is not responsible for connections made on these Facebook pages or for their content.

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Daily Schedule

Saturday through Tuesday:
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Please note: After the training and once the book report has been received, students are eligible to receive a certificate of completion. However, it is not rewarded on the basis of enrollment. Attendance at all sessions and completion of all contact hours is required. Certificates can only be issued on the basis of hours completed by the close of the training.