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The Four Desires: Uncovering Your Soul’s Purpose

| July 27, 2023 @ 11:00 am - August 10, 2023 @ 12:30 pm

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The Four Desires:

Bridging The Best of Yoga and Life

Online | Livestreams on Thursdays July 27, August 3 & 10  11:00-12:30PM MT


Life is challenging, perhaps more than ever. Amidst so much change and uncertainty, real fulfillment­­––and fulfilling your capacity––is all about being guided by your unique and mighty purpose. The intent of yoga practice is knowing the ineffable peace of your soul. This course takes you to the next and most important steps: ensuring your life reflects your soul’s strength, timeless wisdom, and aspiration.

The Four Desires is a potent process informed by the most essential teachings of yoga philosophy. Its proven steps will help you uncover the purpose you came into this world to fulfill. Combining specific meditation and yoga nidra practices, along with guided personal exploration and self-inquiry, it will enable you to uncover (and act on) your life purpose, as well as to identify the unconscious patterns that keep you from living for it. Learn to grow in your capacity to act on your inner wisdom so that you live with clarity, purpose and confidence.

In this course you’ll:

  • Uncover your soul’s unique blueprint, the purpose you came into this world to fulfill
  • Answer life’s most critical questions according to the yoga tradition
  • Be led through a step-by-step process of self-inquiry so that you feel directed and inspired––no matter your circumstance
  • Learn to identify non-constructive patterns that may have shaped your life in the past and thus, walk away from them
  • Work with tools that clear your mind and enhance your intuition––so that you can see both yourself and the world clearly and act as consistently as possible in ways that support the fullest version of you
  • Embrace the totality of you (your soul’s) four desires that create your unique path to lasting happiness, as well as most vibrant, creative, and meaningful contribution to the world

This 25-hour course consists of:

  • 15+ hours of pre-recorded lessons.
  • Weekly emails to help guide you through the process
  • An invitation to a private online platform to share ideas and ask questions
  • Three live-stream Q&A/ discussion sessions on July 27, August 3 & 10
  • Access to The Four Desires workbook

The Four Desires is based on the ancient insight that your soul has four distinct desires:

Dharma—the desire for purpose, the drive to become who you are meant to be

Artha—the desire for the means (health, security, finances) to prosper materially

Kama—the desire for pleasures like intimacy, beauty, and love

Moksha—the desire for spiritual fulfillment and lasting freedom

This course allows you to learn at your own pace and still have access to three live-stream Q+A/ discussion sessions with Rod. Participants will have 6-week access to the stream-only recordings of the entire course.


Four Desires Book
Purchase the book, workbook, or 2-CD practice set in our STORE. Or subscribe to stream the meditations from the book HERE.


Note: This training, while not asana based, does include small amounts of asana, pranayama, and meditation, and so we suggest that you have your yoga mat available.

Recommended Reading

The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom by Rod Stryker

To prepare for the course we strongly recommend you read The Four Desires beforehand (at a minimum, the introduction and Chapters 1-11).

This book can be purchased on our website or via Amazon; it is recommended that you read this prior to the training. You will also need the workbook for this course; it is available on our website, on Amazon, and also available in a Kindle version. You do not need to read the workbook prior to the course. The book and the workbook must be purchased as they are not included in the tuition price.

This training counts for 25 CEU with Yoga Alliance and also counts fully toward the our 300-Hour Teacher Training, the ParaYoga Certification Program and the ParaYoga Nidra Certification Program.

Homework: Please submit this google form at the end of the training: https://forms.gle/eM8VTfvQeQrwwGdc7

Once you have viewed all recordings and submitted the form, you are eligible to receive a certificate of completion which counts fully toward Yoga Alliance continuing education credits (25 hours total). Email info@parayoga.com to request your certificate.


Program Cost: $250

Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable and includes access to the course curriculum recordings plus the 3 lives-streams Q&A sessions with Rod and their subsequent recordings. Book and workbook must be purchased separately.

  • Recordings will be stream-only and made available for six weeks. The six weeks begin with the first live-stream.
  • A Zoom invitation will be sent to all participants the day before each live-stream. Following each live-stream, a recording of the session will be shared, also with a 6-week access. Attending the three live-streams is recommended but not required for course credit.
  • This cancellation policy is firm. If you have questions about the course content or format, please email info@parayoga.com before registering.

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 TFD before with Rod and would like to take it again? You get 25% off!

Are you a Certified ParaYoga Teacher or Four Desires Trainer and repeating TFD? You get between 50 and 70% off!

Email info@parayoga.com for the discount code to use when you register for The Four Desires.


Tuition includes:
6-week access to the course curriculum recordings (stream-only) starting July 27
3 live-stream Q&A sessions (and subsequent recordings) with Rod Stryker