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ParaYoga Nidra: Enlightened Sleep – A ParaYoga Master Training & Retreat with Yogarupa Rod Stryker at Yoga Vidya Ashram in Bad Meinberg, Germany

Rod Stryker | May 12, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - May 17, 2020 @ 12:30 pm

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Save the Date! Registration Opens on September 12th, 2019

Prerequisites – suggested but not required:
Vinyasa Krama (either live or online) and The Four Desires

Seminarhaus Shanti in Bad Meinberg is a hidden treasure with powerful spiritual vibrations, located on the Yoga Vidya Ashram campus in the Teutoburger Forest of northern Germany. It is Europe’s largest seminar house, perfect for learning and practicing yoga in a natural setting with like-minded people while enjoying 100% organic and almost completely vegan meals. Yogarupa is looking forward to leading this master training at Seminarhaus Shanti, a serene and sacred location for diving into one of the most profound practices in the yoga tradition, yoga nidra.

ParaYoga Nidra® is the sublime science of complete relaxation. But, it is more than that. Rooted in a vast body of knowledge, ParaYoga Nidra has five different aims or outcomes. Depending upon which one of these five you wish to achieve, the approach changes. On the most basic level, ParaYoga Nidra is a comprehensive method for maximizing health and well being. On a deeper level, it is a profoundly spiritual practice and somewhere in between, it is one of the most profound and accessible ways to positively reshape the unconscious. In this master training, we outline several of the aims of nidra as well as the theory of sankalpa––how you bring thought into form. We then relate this to the concept of dharma and engage some specific exercises to help you achieve yours.

In addition, we delve into ParaYoga Nidra in light of the timeless teachings of the Mandukya Upanishad, which explains the three states of consciousness: waking, dreaming and sleeping. This scripture provides sublime insights into the practice of ParaYoga Nidra and the process of achieving the “fourth state”––transcending all the other states, and revealing the sublime experience of ParaYoga Nidra.

Throughout the course of this training, you can expect to be fully immersed in this profound tantric practice with 12-14 Nidra practices. We will draw on the wisdom of the koshas to inform both your teaching and practice as well as your life off the mat. Each day will include joint exercises and subtle movement practices to prepare you for ParaYoga Nidra. As this practice involves total relaxation on the floor, you will need to ensure that you are warm and comfortable lying down for extended periods. Along with your mat, consider bringing a thicker mat or extra padding to lie on, a small pillow for your head, etc.

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

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.”  ––Inge

“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 sankalpas, it’s going to transform everything! I could never have arrived there on my own! Also, the re-cap on how to teach yoga nidra on the last day was extremely valuable.”

“This training was divine. Its impact will inform both my teaching and practice and most importantly my life off of the mat.”

“A wonderful training! Thank you for devising a way to study and experience the deeper impacts of ParaYoga Nidra. I found the discussions and practices relating to the koshas to be so helpful, especially the clear, practical emphasis on the Inner Teacher. I have studied other PYMTs over a period of years and I found this training to be very integrative and “juicy,” pulling from the foundations.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

“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.”

“Any senior yoga teacher must graduate to the practice and understanding of ParaYoga Nidra. Rod teaches from the voices of the ancient teachers, bringing a rich tradition to life.”

“This was an excellent training. Most helpful was repeating the simple basics over and over because that is what everyone needs, that and the emphasis on healing. Yogis are used to advanced, stimulating, transformative practices but most people are not ready for that, and simply need healing and self-acceptance.  Rod’s “Inner Teacher” meditations were great for developing self-acceptance. Most brilliant was when we followed one of these meditations with a silent walk in nature, what a gift…thank you!”

Note: ParaYoga Nidra is a ParaYoga Master Training and so it’s part of our advanced, 10-part, 300 hour teacher training program. It is open to everyone interested in learning about and experiencing ParaYoga Nidra. It is not a standalone certification program for ParaYoga Nidra. In order become certified to teach ParaYoga Nidra practices, one must complete the larger ParaYoga Nidra Certification program. This program includes the following ParaYoga Master Trainings: the 5-day ParaYoga Nidra, The Four Desires (offered throughout the year by certified Four Desires Trainers), Secrets of the Sutras (offered online through Glo) and Koshas (offered in October 2019 and again in 2121), along with the 9-day ParaYoga Nidra Certification course (coming in 2020).

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

Recommended Reading

Required ReadingEnlightenment Without God: Mandukya Upanishad by Swami Rama

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 short google form quiz for this book, submitting 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. The google form will be sent out by the ParaYoga office the month the training takes place.


Program Cost: $800 for the 5-day training ($750 if you register AND pay in full by February 12th, 2020). This price covers the cost of tuition and the manual you will receive when you check in on the first day.

Note: Your room/board must be booked directly through Seminarhaus Shanti, independent of the tuition for the course. Here’s how it works: When you register and pay the tuition, please let us know in the “Notes” section of your order which room category you prefer, the name of your roommate if you have one, and your arrival and departure dates. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, please let us know that as well. We will communicate this information to Seminarhaus Shanti and they will send you a booking confirmation email with details about your stay and payment options (wire transfer in advance or cash upon arrival, they do not accept credit cards).

The $100 non-refundable, non-transferable 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 12th, 2020.

Cancellation Policy: PLEASE READ!

Early bird rate requires all tuition costs to be paid in full no later than 90 days prior to the event. If total costs are not paid in full 90 days prior to this 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 $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 60 days or less prior to event start: All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Seminarhaus Shanti
Campus Yoga Vidya e.V., Yogaweg 1
Horn-Bad Meinberg, 32805 Germany
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Room and Board must be paid directly to Seminarhaus Shanti, via wire transfer in advance or cash on arrival: upon registering and paying tuition for this training we will send your information to them and they will reach out to you directly with an email to confirm the details of your stay.

Rates for May 12-17, includes dinner on May 12th, lunch on May 17th and all meals in between:

Single Room 312.50 euros

Double Occupancy Twin Beds 232.50 euros per person

Dorm 188.75 euros per person

Camper/Tent 162.50 euros per person

*There is a 5 euro surcharge during weekend nights, added to your bill.
*Bed linens and towels can be rented for a small fee or you can bring your own.

Note: if you plan to arrive earlier than May 12th or stay on at the ashram after the training ends, they will provide you with separate pricing for those days (they will send you two different booking confirmations and therefore two invoices, one for the training dates and the other for the additional days). Here are the a la carte prices, per day:

Single room: €84

Double room: €67 per person

Dorm: €51

Camper/Tent: €38 per person


From Seminarhaus Shanti:
“We invite you to stay in a peaceful environment where you can gain new insights, access to your intuition, and rediscover your inner resources of happiness. Enjoy the rejuvenating tranquillity and closeness to Mother Nature as you replenish your energy and relax completely. In addition to lectures and workshops, there are two meditation sessions and two yoga exercise classes offered daily.

Seminarhaus Shanti also offers many leisure activities such as cycling (bicycles can be borrowed without charge), hiking in the adjoining forests and valleys, swimming, sauna, excursions that you can take to a variety of local points of interest. It is suitable for retreats, workshops and conferences with spiritual and/or alternative topics, idyllically located at the edge of a big forest to give you a break from everyday life. 

We offer a purely vegetarian diet and an alcohol-free and smoke-free environment. Enjoy the food at one of Germany’s biggest certified organic and vegetarian/vegan dining facility and treat your guests and yourself to delicious meals.

We aim to save resources. Our warm water and electricity for our entire campus is generated by the solar panels on the roofs and a nearby biogas plant.

You can make use of the professional services offered by Europe’s biggest yoga conference center, some of which are free and others can easily be booked for an additional fee.”

Link to learn more about Seminarhaus Shanti at Haus Yoga Vidya:

How to get to Seminar House Shanti, Haus Yoga Vidya: https://www.yoga-vidya.de/center/haus-bad-meinberg/start/wegbeschreibung/

Looking for someone to share a ride to Bad Meinberg or a roommate during the training? 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. It helps us to find you if you “like” the ParaYoga and Rod Stryker pages.
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 our pages on Facebook:
We have two main pages on FB.  To stay up do date with all Rod Stryker and ParaYoga events as well as to receive a steady stream of inspiration for your practice, be sure to search for and then like the following pages:

Daily Schedule

Tuesday Evening: a welcome gathering and orientation after dinner, 7:30pm

9:o0 AM – 12:30 PM
2:30 PM – 6:30 PM

8:30am- 12:30 PM

Please note: After the training and once the google form for the book has been passed, 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.