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Rod Stryker | August 17, 2018 - August 25, 2018
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Introducing the ParaYoga Nidra Certification Program.
Led by Yogarupa, Co-Facilitated by Tracee Stanley and Chanti Tacoronte-Perez

Registration is open!
Enrollment is limited to 50 students.

The ParaYoga Nidra: Enlighened Sleep Certification training is a nine-day educational and experiential immersion, created to prepare you to guide others into the full scope of ParaYoga Nidra. The course has been methodically designed as a rich and multi-faceted curriculum to ensure you possess the knowledge, skill and depth of experience required to lead any and all of the five distinct approaches to ParaYoga Nidra:  

  • Healing 
  • Cognition 
  • Transformation 
  • Resolution 
  • Spiritual unfoldment  

Once you’ve received your ParaYoga Nidra: Enlightened Sleep certification, you will be able to utilize the designation Certified ParaYoga Nidra Teacher. 

Over the course of the nine days, participants will be guided through a progression of various learning opportunities. These include lecture as well as guided practices by Yogarupa, question-and-answer sessions, self-led practices, practice teaching and feedback (from course leader and co-leaders), self-study, journaling, writing assignments as well as meditation and contemplative practices.  

Our intention is to ensure that you complete the training with the facility to guide the practices as well as those you will lead in the practices. The course will be transformative as well as informative, empowering you to complete the program with: 

  • a greater understanding of yourself 
  • comprehension of the principles behind the practice from both perspectives––ancient/metaphysical and the cutting edge of the latest scientific research
  • a clear understanding of why and how the practice(s) so profoundly affects the lives of those who experience it  
  • a sense of confidence that you are prepared to lead the practices with authority and skill 

As a participant, you will provided with a manual which will include as many as 10 copyrighted ParaYoga Nidra scripts for addressing each of the five outcomes. 

Each day we will draw upon, and weave together, four distinct areas of exploration: scholarship, experience, facilitation and self-study. The following is a partial list of subjects that will be covered in each of these areas: 


  • Origins and History of the Practice 
  • Lineage of ParaYoga Nidra 
  • Benefits of REM and NREM Sleep And Their Correlates To PYN 
  • Klesha (The Causes Of Affliction) 
  • Kosha (The Layers Of Consciousness)
  • Turiya: States Waking, Dream, Deep Sleep And Beyond 
  • Understanding Mind 
  • Karma Chakra (Experience; Memory; Action)   
  • Hypnosis vs. Yoga Nidra  
  • The Science of Sankalpa (Resolution) 


  • 3-4 ParaYoga Nidra practices daily (as taught by Yogarupa or co-facilitators) 
  • Daily ParaYoga Nidra practices (taught by fellow participants ) 
  • Daily Meditations  
  • Question and Answer Sessions
  • Group Discussion and Assignments 


  • Preparation: Joints and Glands Exercise or Movement w/o exercise 
  • Preparing the “Seat” for Parayoga Nidra: Props, Modifications, etc. 
  • Addressing Students’ Safety, Anxiety, etc. 
  • ParaYoga Nidra Copyrighted scripts 
  • Pacing 
  • Crafting Sankalpa   
  • Setting up your students, adaptations for Savasana (use of props)  
  • What To Do With Silence 
  • Creating Original Scripts  
  • Sleep Vs Yoga Nidra; Staying Awake During The Practice 
  • Self-led practices 
  • Leading Individuals And Small Groups 
  • Feedback Opportunities 


  • Finding your Voice 
  • Establishing Your Own Healing Images 
  • Mind Mapping  
  • Reflections and Journaling Exercises 
  • Understanding Your Unique Life Journey 

Certification is not awarded solely on the basis of attendance. Upon successful completion of all the prerequisite courses, book reports and post-course assignments (see below for details), students will be eligible for ParaYoga Nidra teacher certification. 

Course Requirements: 

Prerequisite to attending this 9-day training:  

  • The 5-day ParaYoga Nidra ParaYoga Master Training  must be taken before this training, no exceptions.

Prerequisite to Certification: 

These ParaYoga Master Trainings may be taken before or after this 9-day training: 

Post ParaYoga Nidra Certification Training Requirements––to be completed within 1 year of the certification course: 

  • A 40 day consecutive practice of ParaYoga Nidra with one of the 8 PYN Practices
  • Reflection paper on the effect of the 40 day practice of ParaYoga Nidra—what transformed and transpired with your ParaYoga Nidra work  
  • ParaYoga Nidra Journal (to be submitted to the ParaYoga office) 
  • A recording of applicant leading a ParaYoga Nidra practice  
  • Case study submission––after teaching ParaYoga Nidra three times to one individual (observation, ParaYoga Nidra prescribed and why); form will be available online 

Please note: in order to participate in the ParaYoga Nidra: Enlightened Sleep Certification training, you must first complete five-day ParaYoga Nidra PYMT. It is also recommended that you complete as many of the prerequisite courses as possible prior to attending the 9-day training, but it is not mandatory. In other words: The Four Desires, Secrets of the Sutras and Koshas PYMTs can all be completed after the 9-day training. 


A Little About Co-Facilitators Chanti and Tracee:
(Yogarupa will be teaching no less than 6 hours and will be in the room all day, supporting you as well as Tracee and Chanti.)

Chanti Tacoronte-Perez, MA
Chanti’s passion is to inspire students to rediscover their creative self through personal inquiry, effortlessness, ritual, sangha and sadhana. She has been studying and teaching yoga in the Sri Vidya linage since 2005; initiated by her teacher Yogarupa Rod Stryker. Chanti has studied Restorative Yoga & the practical applications of yoga therapy with Judith Lasater. In 2015, Chanti completed her Masters degree at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Humanities with an emphasis on Depth Psychology, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Jungian Psychology and Archetypal Studies. Chanti believes that creativity is one of the most essential tools in guiding students towards living a joyous and purposeful life. She is masterful at ritualizing traditional teachings with creativity in order to explore the Self.
Level I ParaYoga Certified Teacher
Four Desires Certified Trainer
Tracee Stanley is a senior Para Yoga teacher and a devoted student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker since 2001. She is inspired to share  the practices of Yoga Nidra, self-inquiry and Tantra for self-empowerment, sankalpa, self-care and transformation. She is the creator of the Empowered Life Oracle Deck  and founder of Sankalpa Shakti Yoga School.
Level I ParaYoga Certified Teacher
Four Desires Certified Trainer

Recommended Reading

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Dreams by Matthew Walker, PhD

Article from International Journal of Yoga Therapy “Defining Yoga-Nidra: Traditional Accounts, Physiological Research, and Future Directions” by Stephen Parker, PsyD, E-RYT 500, Swami Veda Bharati, DLitt, Manuel Fernandez, PhD


Program Cost: $1895.00 for the 9-day training ($1695.00 if you register AND pay in full prior to June 17th, 2018)

$250.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is due at time of registration.  Any remaining balance is due by June 17th, 2018.

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 61 days or more prior to event start: The deposit of $250.00 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 60 days or less prior to event start: All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Meals Provided
See description for prerequisites


Flying Dog Ranch
1625 County Road 111
Carbondale, CO 81623 United States
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Click here to be led to the Carbondale Resources Page.  There you will find useful information on airports, rental cars, shuttles, accommodations, restaurants and more. Flying Dog Ranch does not offer lodging.

*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.  Here’s how to join the Facebook group:

Step 1: After you receive your email confirming your registration for the training, sign into your Facebook account and send a friend request to:


Step 2: On Facebook, send ParaYoga Pages a personal message with your name, the name of your training, the location, and the date.

Step 3: Wait a few days and you will be added to a private, closed group on Facebook for your specific training.

Step 4: Connect with your ParaYoga sangha (community) for room and ride shares, any other pre and post training communication with the other students in this course and to build the energy leading up to the training!

Please note that the ParaYoga office is not responsible for connections made on these Facebook pages or for their content.

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. Also, this private group is a great place to continue discussing what you’ve learned.

To join Facebook:
1) Go to www.Facebook.com.
2) Sign up and remember what name you choose to use.
3) Then follow steps 1-4 above
…and click the LIKE button on each of those pages.

Daily Schedule

Timing for the first 8 days: 9am – 6pm with a break for lunch, likely 1-3pm.  Expect to start promptly in the morning on Day 1, August 17th. There will be plenty of time to drive into town for lunch or you are welcome to bring your own lunch to enjoy at Flying Dog Ranch.

On the final day, August 25th, we will end at 3pm so that students flying in and out of Denver can drive to Denver for an August 26th flight home. Because the final day is shorter, the lunch break is shorter: instead of driving into town for lunch, we suggest bringing your lunch to Flying Dog Ranch that day in particular.