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Koshas: Unleashing the Science of Soul – A ParaYoga Master Training with Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker | April 28, 2017 - May 2, 2017

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Designed for dedicated practitioners, aspiring teachers, or those already teaching, the program’s focus is the Koshas – the five coverings of the soul. The ancient teachings of the koshas describe, and are the basis of, yoga as a holistic practice. The wisdom behind them is meant to empower us to flourish at every level of being – to become a master of our inner and outer worlds. Through theory and practice, we explore the insight of these vital teachings and highlight the specific practices that touch each individual kosha and which lead to greater balance, wisdom, and freedom.

Each morning session will be a dedicated practice (asana, pranayama, and meditation) that addresses one of the five koshas. These experiential journeys are the stepping stones to our understanding of the specific potential of our practice or that of our students’. The afternoon and evening sessions will deepen our exploration through additional practices, lectures, and Q & A sessions.

The completion of at least one other PYMT is
strongly recommended prior to attending this course, but not required.

Topics Covered

Some of the areas covered will include:
• Holistic sequencing – accessing the hidden powers of the whole person
• Making a physical practice spiritual
• The interplay of body and mind – how to change the body through mindfulness, and mind through specific asanas and sequences of asanas.
• The interplay between mind and energy
• Bandhas and mudras – the tantric yoga approaches to transforming mental patterns
• Self-reflection techniques that strengthen and embolden a constructive personality
• Antarkarana – the structure of mind – a vision of yogic perception
• Specific approaches to relaxation practices (yoga nidra) that awaken buddhi – the inner knower.
• Meditation beyond bliss – how to transform the seeds of destiny

Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading: YOGA AND PSYCHOTHERAPY by Swami Rama

This book can be purchased on Amazon; it is recommended that you read this prior to the training.

Note: 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.

  • All reports need to be submitted in Word (.doc) or Adobe (.pdf) format.
  • Please make sure your file is titled in the same format as the following example: (Your Name)_(name of training)(the year you did the training).doc (i.e. Ganesh B. Happy_Koshas_2017.doc).
  • When you are ready to submit your book report, please email it as an attached Word document to bookreports@parayoga.com.
  • Please make sure to include: your full name, title and date of training, and “book report” in your subject line.


Program Cost: $945.00 for the 5-day training ($895.00 if you register AND pay in full prior to February 28th, 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 March 28th, 2017.  Price includes delicious lunches each day: all food served at our trainings is vegetarian, organic and prepared with love!

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.


ParaYoga & Missouri Heights Schoolhouse
498 County Rd 102
Carbondale, CO 81623 United States
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Click here to be led to the Carbondale Resources Page.  There you will find essential information on airports, rental cars, accommodations, restaurants and more.

*Please, do not make any travel arrangements before receiving confirmation of registration.*

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.

To join Facebook:
1) Go to www.Facebook.com.
2) Follow the prompts to sign up!

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Daily Schedule

Friday through Monday:
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Training concludes with lunch on the final day.

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.