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Prerequisites: We strongly recommend you take
Tantra Shakti prior to attending this course, either live or online.
If possible: the completion of at least 3 ParaYoga Master Trainings including Tantra Shakti; this CAN include the PYMTs hosted by Glo).
“As one opens a door with a key, so the Yogi should open the gate to liberation with the Kundalini”
–Hatha Yoga Pradipika
All spiritual practice aims to awaken man’s Divine potential. In the Tantric tradition this indwelling spirit or capacity – in its dormant state – is called Kundalini. Once awakened, kundalini is known as shakti and is considered to be the force behind the attributes of genius, talent, grace and all significant accomplishments. Thus an awakened Kundalini is as much the stuff inspiring great poets, artists, composers, and mathematicians, as it is the most accomplished yogis. But it is yogis who know it and perhaps revere the most directly, seeing a fully awakened Kundalini as the vessel that carries a select few to rest on the shore of life’s ultimate aim – self-realization.
Hatha Yoga – first expounded upon in written form fifteen centuries ago – was originally a science intended to lead to nothing short of the ascent to the Divine power of Kundalini. According to these ancient scriptures, asana, pranayama, bandha, kriya, and meditation are the necessary preparation for realizing the highest states of human achievement and spiritual attainment. Yet beyond the physical practices related to yoga are the truly sublime practices of mantra, bhakti, kriya, and yajna (fire worship). The whole of these practices, from the physical to the meditative are dedicated to Kundalini and offer the experienced Yogi the most profound of all of Yoga’s teachings.
Designed to enrich dedicated practitioners, aspiring teachers, or those already teaching, the training consists of 5 days led by Yogarupa Rod Stryker, in which sessions weave together dynamic asana, vinyasa, pranayama, and meditation practices. They are dedicated to enlivening awareness of and your connection to the power of the Pranic realm, as well as, transforming how you see practice, yourself, and your capacity in the world.
The heart of these sessions is a dynamic and transformative practice: Vinyasa, holdings, teachings on alignment, contemplation, pranayama, meditation, and plenty of theory. Sequences highlight the core themes of the training.
The training is open to all interested and committed students who have completed the prerequisites – teachers and non-teachers alike are welcome. All sessions include lecture, asana practices, meditation, group work and Q & A sessions.
Yogarupa recommends that for 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.
Due to the progressive nature of this training, we strongly recommend that you take the sessions in sequence. This applies especially to our students in different time zones who may be tempted to take the afternoon sessions live and then watch the morning session’s recording afterwards.
Yogarupa’s Thoughts On Converting Kundalini to an Online Training During COVID-19
I pray that you and your close ones are doing well in the midst of these changing times. Your health and well-being is of the highest priority to us. In lieu of COVID-19, we have been closely monitoring global protocols. It is clear from science-based recommendations that many parts of the world are still suggesting limited travel and extending social distancing practices. Indeed, many countries continue to ban anything but “essential travel.”
Here is what we have determined: it has been a very difficult decision to make. Bali, we will miss you!
Kundalini will now take place via Zoom on the MDT United States Time Zone. We have plans to create training experiences specifically for those of you in the Bali/AU and other time zones (see the Schedule at the bottom of the page to learn more about these Follow Up Q&A Sessions).
Recordings will be made available to participants so that you can view at your convenience, regardless of whether you participate live or with the recordings. They will be available for those who attend for 4 months after training is complete.
The entirety of the program (lectures, Q&A and practices) will be available via these stream-only recordings; you will have access to them for four months after the wrap of the training, so that you can continue learning from them. In their online form, both Marma and Kundalini will count toward our ParaYoga Certification Program as well as toward our Yoga Alliance 300-hour program and Yoga Alliance continuing education.
- The tuition for this course has been discounted: instead of the $750 it was originally when it was scheduled to be held in Bali, it is now $550.In spring 2020, I led four such trainings. This has given me the opportunity to reaffirm the viability of presenting and interacting digitally and refine learning strategies. In many ways, it has proven itself to be as effective as if I had taught live. At the end of each training we have received a lot of feedback from participants, thanking us for conducting the events digitally.Zoom makes it possible, without traveling or gathering in large groups, to interface individually and collectively with the group. Sangha (group engagement and fellowship of like-minded seekers) is possible and encouraged in this way. Through the live Q&A sessions and breakout sessions, participants have the opportunity to work closely with others, sharing their experiences and insights. I have been heartened to watch this deepen participant’s overall experience, create community and provide interactivity.
The most meaningful feedback I received were the expressions of gratitude, specifically the value of doing the program in lieu of the profound challenges of the global climate at present. People were relieved and reinvigorated by having the teachings take center stage in their life.
These days, I find myself repeating: “Now, more than ever.” In times like these it is possible that steeping yourself in these teachings could be even more impactful, both in the short and long-term, than they might be otherwise.
Black Yoga Teachers Alliance
ParaYoga is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application.
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