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ParaYoga Nidra: Enlightened Sleep Certification Training with Yogarupa Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker | October 10 - October 18

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This is the 9-Day ParaYoga Nidra Certification Training:
the practicum part of the PYN Certification Program.

Registration is scheduled to open in May, date TBD
Note: This opening date may be slightly delayed as we determine if this training
will happen via Zoom and possibly be broken into 2-3 weekends.
Click here to submit your preference! https://forms.gle/tjswTLeA9GDaPquQ9

Enrollment is limited to 50 students.

Led by Yogarupa, Co-Facilitated by René Quenell and Fannie Hungerford

The ParaYoga Nidra: Enlightened 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. 

René Quenell is a master teacher, mother, traveler and true believer in the power of yoga to transform lives. Based in LA, René has studied with Yogarupa Rod Stryker for over 18 years and has received her Level III Para Yoga certification, Four Desires certification and is now the first Certified ParaYoga Nidra Teacher. A teacher of teachers, René currently serves as the Director of all Para Yoga Certification programs. She is also one of only seven people in the world certified by Yogarupa to teach Para Yoga Master Trainings.

Fannie Hungerford, 500 RYT, 200 E-YRT, Level II ParaYoga Teacher, Certified ParaYoga Nidra Teacher and Certified Four Desires Trainer, is a yoga and meditation teacher based in Iowa City. She is Iowa’s only ParaYoga certified teacher. She is a firm believer in the time-tested power of the ancient practices of yoga. A lover of people and with a great interest in the human condition, her teaching is grounded in the energetics and psychology of yoga, and provides experiences for the Soul alongside tools for leading a less-burdened life.

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

There is no book report nor quiz required for this training.


Program Cost: $1895.00 for the 9-day training ($1795.00 if you register AND pay in full prior to August 10th, 2020) PRICING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE IF THIS TRAINING CONVERTS TO ZOOM TO $1695.00 for the 9-day training ($1595.00 if you register AND pay in full prior to August 10th, 2020)

$250.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is due at time of registration.  Any remaining balance is due by September 10th, 2020.

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.


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.*

Important tip for flying during months when snow is likely: the closest airport in Colorado that is the least affected by weather is Grand Junction. We strongly suggest GJT as your destination airport if possible.

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

9am – 6pm with a break for lunch, likely 1-3pm.