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ParaYoga Nidra: Enlightened Sleep

Rod Stryker | February 13, 2023 - March 13, 2023

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ParaYoga Nidra: Enlightened Sleep

A 40-Hour Online ParaYoga Master Training & Immersion

Livestreams February 13 & 27 and March 13 || 11:00-12:15pm MT


ParaYoga Nidra is the sublime method where deep, dreamless, sleep leads one into the sublime heights of meditative experience. On the one hand, practice is a means to access a form of complete relaxation––the deepest physiological rest and a gateway to access total physical and mental healing and regeneration. On the other hand, it is potentially much more. In short, relaxation and deep rest is only the beginning of where the practice of Yoga Nidra can lead. In this immersion, you will discover how Yoga Nidra is less about relaxation, a nap or even sleep, and more about awakening, which is why yoga nidra––when approached systematically––can rightfully be called Enlightened Sleep.

Three practices a day are woven with deep study, self-reflection, and intention setting. We explore Yoga Nidra from a traditional approach (as an ancient practice, found in Buddhist, Tantrik, and Upanishadik texts). We progress through its five distinct aims and we explore various approaches and decipher some of the yogic knowledge that reveals its foundational principles.

This 40-hour online course allows you to learn at your own pace and still have access  to live-stream Q&A and discussion sessions.


What Sets ParaYoga Nidra (PYN) Apart from Different Styles of Yoga Nidra?

ParaYoga Nidra is one of the five leading approaches to Yoga Nidra in the West. The other four use an identical template and seem to be sourced from a singular source, one that was developed in the past 50 years by the Bihar Yoga school. ParaYoga Nidra is based on the Himalayan tradition; its roots can be traced to the ancient texts. The approach facilitates entering all four stages of Yoga Nidra and, unlike other systems, uses five different templates, depending on the aim of a particular session. These are some of the reasons why it is distinct from other leading approaches.

What to Expect During This Training:

We delve into Yoga Nidra in light of the timeless teachings of the Mandukya Upanishad. This is one of the most essential scriptures of the yoga tradition. In addition to explaining the mantra OM, it explores which explains the four states of consciousness: waking, dreaming, sleeping, and beyond. The scripture outlines key insights into ParaYoga Nidra and the process of entering the “4th state.”

We also draw on the wisdom of the koshas (the five layers of consciousness: physical, energetic, mental, intellect, and causal bodies) to inform both your teaching and practice as well as life off the mat. The course also includes subtle movement and breathing practices as preparation for ParaYoga Nidra. You will want to ensure that you are warm and comfortable lying down for extended periods and ideally practicing in a space that is relatively peaceful and conducive to quiet study––along with your mat, consider using extra padding to lie on, and a small pillow for your head, etc.

ParaYoga Nidra Certification:

In order to become certified as a ParaYoga Nidra Teacher, one must complete the requirements of the ParaYoga Nidra Certification Program. The program includes the following: this experiential 5-day ParaYoga Nidra, The Four Desires (offered multiple times per year), Secrets of the Sutras (offered online through our website), and the ParaYoga Master Training, Kosha: Unleashing the Science of Soul, along with the 50-hour ParaYoga Nidra Practicum & Certification course (coming in spring 2023).

Topics Covered

In this training, Yoga Nidra will be approached as a modality for:
  • Healing
  • Transformation
  • Sankalpa
  • Transcendence
  • Accessing the timeless wisdom of the sages––the most subtle application of yoga nidra

Other topics covered include:

  • The Four Levels of Yoga Nidra
  • The Gateways of practice: Homeostasis, Resilience, Coherence, and Enstasy
  • The Principles of Teaching 
  • Stages of Sleep
  • History of Yoga Nidra
  • Brainwaves
  • Beyond Waking, Dreaming and Deep Sleep  

Recommended Reading

Required ReadingEnlightenment Without God: Mandukya Upanishad by Swami Rama

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).


We are pleased to announce that the tuition for this comprehensive online training has been reduced
o help widen access to the wisdom and benefits of this course.

Tuition includes:

The course manual
12-week access to the course curriculum recordings (stream-only, previously recorded in January 2022)
3 live-stream Q&A sessions (and subsequent recordings) with Rod Stryker

This online version of ParaYoga Nidra counts fully toward the 300-hour ParaYoga Master Training Program and the ParaYoga Nidra Certification Program.


Program Cost: $495


Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable and includes access to the course curriculum recordings, the 3 lives-streams Q&A sessions with Rod, and the course manual.

  • Recordings will be stream-only, viewable on this website, and made available for twelve weeks. The 12 weeks begin with the first live-stream on February 13, so the sooner you sign up, the more time you have with them!
  • Zoom invitations are located within the online course instructions. Following each live-stream, a recording of the session will be shared, also with a 12-week access. Attending the three live-streams is recommended but not required for course credit.
  • The course manual is fully downloadable and yours to save on your local computer or print out.
  • Because access to recordings for this training is granted immediately upon registration, refunds are not possible. This cancellation policy is firm. If you have questions about the course content or format, please email info@parayoga.com before registering.
  • Online registration for this event closes February 13th!


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.
Click here to learn more.



Have you taken ParaYoga Nidra 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.


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.”

“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 sankalpa, it’s going to transform everything! I could never have arrived there on my own!”

“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.”