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This event will now be conducted via Zoom, Mountain Time (MDT):
Recordings will be made available + 20% off your next ParaYoga Hosted Training!
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Prerequisites – suggested but not required:
Vinyasa Krama (either live or online) and The Four Desires
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 “4th state”––transcending all the other states, and revealing the sublime experience of ParaYoga Nidra.
Over the 5 days 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 that 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.
Yogarupa’s thoughts on COVID-19 and the need to offer this training via Zoom:
“Now more than ever” it remains critical we do all we can to (collectively and individually) to stay healthy, which necessarily includes minimizing stress levels, continuing to practice social distancing and, unfortunately, to minimize travel.
With that said, we have concluded that, to most elegantly serve the greater good, I will not be conducting these trainings live in Colorado. This has been an very difficult decision to make. However, technology makes it possible for us to meet, conduct the training and still dive into the practices and teachings, digitally.
I have led trainings this way in the past, most recently in March. This gave me the opportunity to reaffirm the viability of presenting and interacting digitally. In many ways it was at least as effective as if I had taught it live. This was a full three-day workshop originally intended to be held in Minneapolis. The subject matter––the Brihadaranyaka Upanisha––is profound. The material is an opportunity to venture deep into the wisdom, as is the content for your scheduled Nidra training.
At the end of the workshop we received a lot of feedback from participants of the program, thanking us for conducting it. Zoom makes it possible to interface individually and collectively with the group. Along with Question and Answer sessions, it also allows us to do breakout sessions, in which participants have the opportunity to work closely with others, sharing their experiences and insights. This helps to deepen the overall experience, create intimacy and provide interactivity to ensure the content is relevant and practical as we explore the training’s content. Additionally, we are pleased with Zoom’s new security measures, and will be using those measures so that the sessions of the training are open only to participants.
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 sankalps, 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 divising 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 (to be offered live in Colorado, 2021), along with the 9-day ParaYoga Nidra Certification course (October 10-18, 2020).