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The Four Desires: The Yoga of Fulfillment – An Online ParaYoga Master Training/Immersion

Rod Stryker | October 8, 2022

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the four desires workshop

“A human being is born to dive deep into the stream of life, find the hidden treasure and attain eternal fulfillment.” -The Upanishads






The ultimate purpose of yoga practice is simple: Do yoga to know what to do when you are not doing yoga.

Indeed, how well you live is the true measure of your yoga. This principal is at the heart of one of the greatest and most universal messages of the yoga tradition: practice to clear your mind and refine your perception––both in relation to yourself and the world––so that you act as consistently as possible in ways that support the fullest version of you. This is the key to fulfilling our highest purpose and serving the greater good, of which we are
each a part.

The message is that living consciously is the greatest gift that we can give ourselves and the world. Thus, a life of meaning––where we are able to rise above our circumstances and challenges and become our best self can only be realized by illuminating our conscience.

More than 20 years ago, inspired by the time-tested wisdom of the yoga tradition, Rod Stryker created a process (and wrote a book) about how to ensure that we each embody its sacred intent. He called the process The Four Desires.
At its core is the principle of Dharma (Natural Law, intelligence, order, that which pervades/sustains the whole). The principle of Dharma is straightforward: by living in a way that is consistent with the intelligence that pervades the world, you will fulfill your life’s purpose; your life will have meaning; you will realize your rightful place in the universe––the one that only you can occupy.

Each of us has a unique Dharma; each of us is a note in the symphony of creation. Your Dharma is unlike anyone else’s.
“What is my Dharma?” “Where to turn to know it?” “How do I live it?” These are some of our life’s most important questions. Your individual Dharma is innate; it was already in place at the moment of your birth. In fact, it was the guiding force that sparked you into existence. Like a sunflower seed that has all the knowledge it requires to fully become a sunflower plant––with its roots, stem, leaves and blossoms, your Dharma is innate Thus, the work of discovering yours must involve a turning inward. It is a process of uncovering and discovering.

The Four Desires walks you step-by-step through these vital questions so that you arrive at their life-transforming answers. The process empowers you to find meaning and direction no matter your circumstances and it allows you to walk away from patterns and non-constructive patterns that may have shaped your life in the past.

This is a yoga course unlike any other. Whether you practice or have never practiced yoga, join us for The Four Desires and step into the fullest and freest version of you.

This 25-hour online/pre-recorded* 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. Rod will lead live-stream lectures and Q&A on the following dates: October 1st, 8th, and 15th (10:00am-11:15pm MDT).


We are pleased to announce that the tuition for this comprehensive online training has been reduced
to help widen access to the life-changing process of The Four Desires


*The pre-recorded lectures are from the online Four Desires training in February 2022.


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

This online version of The Four Desires counts fully toward
the 300-hour ParaYoga Master Training Program and
the ParaYoga Nidra Certification Program!





(Additional information about Embodying the Four Desires workshop in November)


Throughout the immersion, Rod will guide you through yogic methods of vichara (self-reflection exercises to help you find answers to your life’s most vital questions), short yoga/meditation practices, and yoga nidra (complete physical, emotional, and psychic relaxation). He will also provide you with tools to ensure that you stay on your soul’s brightest path long after the immersion is over. In short, this course will empower you to fulfill your highest destiny.

The Four Desires is Rod’s best-selling book, a workbook, and meditation CD, but it all began and continues to be a powerful and truly life-changing process that he teaches at live events throughout the year.

According to ancient wisdom, the four aims of life: purpose, prosperity, pleasure, and freedom provide the roadmap to achieving your most fulfilling, joyful, and meaningful life. Achieving all of these desires is the key to lasting happiness.


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

The journey of learning to fulfill these four desires is how each of us creates our unique path to lasting happiness and, at the same time, how we each achieve our most vibrant, creative, and meaningful contribution to the world.


A Note from Rod:
“We’ll be 
diving into the work right from the beginning and asking you to search yourself for the big answers to your life. I will require you to be focused, open and willing. The rewards are big but they ask a lot of you. The best way to prepare for this, in addition to reading the introduction of the book and Parts I-III, would be to think about where you have been and what you have learned, where you are now, and where you want to go. This course will help you answer these questions and much more. Looking forward to seeing you on the live-streams.”    


Four Desires Book
To purchase the book, workbook, or 2-CD practice set click 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.



Topics Covered

The Four Desires is a step-by-step process that will enable you to:

  • Uncover your life’s unique purpose
  • Discover your heart’s desires and increase your capacity to fulfill them
  • Understand and transform your non-constructive patterns
  • Access lasting peace
  • Overcome future challenges
  • Live more joyfully and intentionally
  • Tap into the healing and strengthening power of deep meditation and systematic, complete relaxation
  • Heighten your intuition
  • Make your most creative and meaningful contribution to the world



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 ParaYoga Master Training 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
Program Cost when bundled with Embodying The Four Desires: $550

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 6 weeks begin with the first live-stream on October 1, so the sooner you sign up, the more time you have with them!
  • 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.
  • Because access to recordings for this training is granted immediately upon registration, refunds are not possible. This cancellation policy is firm. If you have questions about the course content or format, please email info@parayoga.com before registering.
  • Online registration for this event closes September 16th!


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.



Bundled tuition of $550 when you purchase both this training and Embodying The Four Desires at same time.


Have you taken TFD before with Yogarupa 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.





Looking to connect with your fellow students during online events?

The ParaYoga group page for this training serves as a forum for discussion and sangha (community) during and even after the training.  Following your registration, we will share a link to this Facebook group and you can click “Request to Join.”

To join Facebook:
1) Go to www.Facebook.com.
2) Follow the prompts to sign up!

To join our pages on Facebook:
We have two main pages on FB.  To stay up to 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

Live-Streams with Rod will take place in US Mountain Time zone (MDT)

Saturdays: October 1st, 8th & 15th 10:00-11:15 MDT

Find out what time this is in your time zone here: https://www.timeanddate.com/