Welcome to the ParaYoga Certification Information Guide
Certification in ParaYoga requires mastery of the teachings. Rod Stryker has developed a curriculum that gives students the opportunity to grow leaps and bounds in their own lives and the ability to pass that knowledge along to others. Candidates who demonstrate excellence integrating the lessons and the ability to teach them are rewarded with the benefits of Level I and Level II-III status.
The Certification Team is here to help guide you along the way. Once you have enrolled in ParaYoga and begin taking the Level I Master Trainings, you may start working on the requirements for Level I Certification. Once your requirements have been met, and you have completed all Six Level I Master Trainings, you may apply for the ParaYoga® Level I Certification Exam.
Requirements for Level I take a minimum of 2 years to complete. After one year, Level I Certified ParaYoga Teachers who have completed the Level II Master Trainings may apply for the Level II exam. Additional requirements are listed below.
The ParaYoga certification process has been developed to ensure that certified teachers have accomplished and/or met the following qualifications:
• Proficiency in teaching ParaYoga to all levels of students
• Skill in designing a variety of classes, as well as an ability to tailor them to the specific needs of individual students or groups
• Excellence and refinement of his or her own personal practice in the lineage of the ParaYoga
• ParaYoga Level II Certified Teachers, in addition to all of the above, are required to have more in-depth training as it relates to prescribing personal practices for individuals using the techniques of Pranayama, Asana, and specific meditation practices.
The ParaYoga® Master Trainings (PYMT)
Level I Certification:
1. VINYASA KRAMA: The Energetics of Sequencing
2. TANTRA SHAKTI: The Power and Radiant Soul of Yoga
3. SECRETS OF THE SUTRAS: Light on Self Mastery
4. PRANA SHAKTI: The Power and Path of Yoga
5. PARAYOGA MARMA: Principles of Enlightened Practice
6. THE FOUR DESIRES: Yoga of Fulfillment, 3-day
Level II Certification:
7. PARAYOGA NIDRA: The Sleep of Awakening
8. KOSHA, KRIYA, YOGA: Unleashing the Science of Soul
9. EMPOWER THE HEART: The Abode of Sacred Joy, Healing and Power
10. GURU PARAMPARA: Empowering the Teacher
While we prefer that you take the trainings in order to get the most out of your learning experience, we realize this isn’t always realistic. Guru Parampara has firm prerequisites.
Note: all of the ParaYoga online trainings count fully towards ParaYoga certification through the ParaYoga Master Training (PYMT) program and also count toward prerequisite requirements for other ParaYoga trainings.
Support along the way
The ParaYoga® Certification Facilitator is Level III ParaYoga Teacher Tricia Fiske; Tricia will aid you in your process and evaluate your exams. She will interface with you directly and mentor you in your evolution toward becoming certified. Tricia is dedicated and compassionate about supporting you in this tradition. You are encouraged to seek her out, to study with her and to utilize her counsel to help you grow in ParaYoga.
ParaYoga Certified Teacher Benefits
ParaYoga Level I Certified Teachers are entitled to:
• Hold the legal license to promote themselves as ParaYoga Level I Certified teachers
• Market classes as ParaYoga classes
• Use the ParaYoga logo to promote their classes
• A listing on the ParaYoga website Teacher Directory page
• Receive a 50% discount on tuition fees when repeating a PYMT (not accommodations and/or meals)
• Receive a 25% Discount on Para Yoga hosted workshops.
• Receive a 10% Discount on any of the ParaYoga Continuing Education Trainings (Sri Vidya and Gheranda Samhita)
ParaYoga® Level II and Level III Teacher Benefits:
• Hold the legal license to promote themselves as ParaYoga Level II/III Certified teachers
• Market classes, workshops, and retreats as ParaYoga events: workshops must conform to the list of approved workshop topics
• Use the ParaYoga logo to promote their classes, workshops, and retreats
• A listing on the ParaYoga website Teacher Directory page as a ParaYoga® Level II/III Certified Teacher along with their scheduled ParaYoga® classes
• Priority registration for all advanced ParaYoga events, including special trainings, retreats, intensives, and PYMT’s
• Receive a 70% discount on tuition fees when repeating a PYMT (not accommodations and/or meals). 70%!
• Receive a 30% Discount on Para Yoga hosted workshops
•Receive a 20% Discount on any of the ParaYoga Continuing Education Trainings (Sri Vidya and Gheranda Samhita)
Steps to Certification Summary:
Requirements for ParaYoga Level I Certification:
• Take the six Level I trainings
• Submit required book reports within 6 weeks of each PYMT (see Resources Page for book report form)
• Have a private session with a ParaYoga Level II or III teacher
• 2 years minimum practicing Para Yoga (trainings, classes and workshops)
• 2 years regular ParaYoga home practice
• 2 years regular ParaYoga home meditation
• 1 year teaching ParaYoga influenced classes (see Resources Page for teaching history form)
• 125,000 repetitions Gayatri, MMM or Guru mantras
• Memorize and be able to recite ParaYoga Invocation, Gayatri, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. Prana Pratishta, Invocation to Patanjali and Vishve Deva mantras
• 30-day consecutive practice of Cave of the Heart and Bhuta Shuddhi kriyas
Level I Certification Exam:
• Send in application for Level I Certification
• Pay the $350 exam fee
• Request Level I exam (10 days to complete it)
• Within 30 days receive notification from the exam facilitator
•If pass – receive an email with instructions for submission of your teaching video (6 months to complete)
•If you do not pass the first time – receive a PYCAP (ParaYoga Certification Action Plan) from the facilitator and submit a $125 retake fee
• Submit video
•If pass – You will be sent the ParaYoga Licensing Agreement to sign and return
•Submit a $150 licensing fee (may be pro-rated depending on the time of year you certify)
•Submit bio, headshot, and contact information for ParaYoga Website Teacher Directory
• Submit a signed copy of the ParaYoga Code of Ethics, Code of Ethics
Requirements for ParaYoga Level II Certification
• Complete remaining four Level II trainings
• Complete at least one more year practicing Para Yoga® for 3 years total of:
documenting your personal asana practice, meditation practice and teaching history of Para Yoga® influenced classes (see Resources page for all submission forms)
• 30-day consecutive practices of Manas Pujas, Color Purification, and Tattwa Shuddhi kriyas
• Begin 2 case studies to be turned in with the Level II exam. Requirements can be sent to you as early as six months after Level 1 completion
• After minimum of one year as a Level I Certified teacher you may submit a Level II application
Level II Certification Exam
• Send in an application for Level II certification
• Pay the $350 exam fee
• Request Level II exam (14 days to complete it)
• Submit case studies
•Within 30 days receive notification from the exam facilitator
•If pass – receive an email with Level II Licensing Agreement, sign and return
•Update bio, Bio Page Submission Form
•If you do not pass the first time – receive a PYCAP (Para Yoga Certification Action Plan) from the facilitator and submit a $125 retake fee
Requirements for Maintaining Accredited Status for Level I, Level II and Level III Certified Teachers
• Complete a minimum 12 hours of continuing education every two years with Rod Stryker (this can also include assisting at Rod Stryker-led ParaYoga® events).
• Submit annual dues of $75. This fee covers licensing fees and website listing of classes and workshops.
• Follow all ethical guidelines outlined in the ParaYoga® Code of Ethics
The following activities are not acceptable and may result in losing your status as a ParaYoga® Level I, Level II or Level III Certified Teacher:
• Any involvement in romantic and/or sexual relations with current students. It should be understood that this is strictly prohibited.
• Using and distributing printed teaching material included in ParaYoga Master Teacher manuals without permission.
• Not following the ParaYoga Class Blueprint for Vinyasa Krama (i.e. shoulder stand at the end of class).
• Publicly disputing or dishonoring the validity of any other style, teacher or practice of Yoga.
• Teaching and/or promoting ParaYoga workshops prior to being a ParaYoga Level II Certified Teacher. PY Level I Teachers may offer branded workshops with prior permission. A workshop outline must be submitted to the office and approved prior to promoting it.
Standards and Requirements for all Classes Titled ParaYoga
In order to uphold the highest standards, intention, and consistency, all classes designated as ParaYoga® must adhere to the following guidelines and principles:
• The ParaYoga Class Blueprint––this framework for sequencing is one of the most critical elements that defines a ParaYoga class and is outlined in Vinyasa Krama.
• Each class led by Level I Certified Teachers adheres to the general format of one 6 of the six ParaYoga Asana sequences, modified as necessary to teach beginners. Level II Certified Teachers are given more creative freedom in the sequences they teach provided their classes have a clear theme and intention while applying the principle of sequencing for an apex pose (themes are derived from at least one of the Six Gems© of ParaYoga).
• Each class must include the principles of Vinyasa Krama, Tejas and Smarana.
• Each class must include an appropriate time for Savasana.
• Each class must include meditation and pranayama.
• Each class honors the tradition and source of the teachings.
*Yoga Alliance RYT status through ParaYoga
300 RYT Eligibility:
• Upon completion of the ParaYoga 300-hour training, when added to an already existing 200-hour YTT certification, you will have the credentials you need to be registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level.
• All book quizzes must have been completed on time.
• Request the ParaYoga 300-hour, Yoga Alliance Certificate of Completion from the ParaYoga office.
Note: When submitting your paperwork to the Yoga Alliance for 300hr Certification, you will need to obtain a 300 hr Certificate of Completion from ParaYoga as proof of having completed the requirements through us. The 5-day ParaYoga Certificates of completion that one obtains at the end of a particular training will not be sufficient to submit to them.
*Please Note: ParaYoga courses are not set up to diagnose, treat, or cure health conditions. Rather, our focus is on improving general health and well-being, avoiding injury to those with health conditions, and empowering our students to thrive.
Required Reading Google Quizzes: for certification in Para Yoga®, candidates must read and submit required reading google form quizzes; a link to the quiz sent out by the PY office prior to live trainings; quizz links are also available on the Resources Page and right here: https://www.parayoga.com/required-reading/. Please submit quiz within 6 weeks of completing the related training.
Teaching History Documentation
Documentation is required for ParaYoga® Accredited teacher status:
•A minimum of 75 teaching hours for ParaYoga® Level I Certified Teachers (ParaYoga-influenced classes).
•A minimum of 150 teaching hours for ParaYoga® Level II Certified Teacher status (must be ParaYoga-style classes).
Asana practice requirements: Two years of documented asana practice are required for Level I certification and 3 years of asana for Level II. Your home practice needs to consist of at least one half-hour, three times per week. You are encouraged to keep a journal to document your practice. This journal should be used exclusively for the purpose of recording your practices, not to submit to the ParaYoga office.
Once you begin the process of journaling, fill in each day including those days you do not practice. If you do not practice on a given day, simply enter the date and leave the rest blank. Describe what you did along with a brief reflection on your experience doing it. You might focus on a particular insight, the general quality of the practice itself, or anything that seems relevant about your experience on that given day. Don’t force your reflections: they don’t have to be groundbreaking, profound, or even different each time. You are encouraged to be honest, straightforward, and practical.
Applying for ParaYoga Level I Certified Teacher status requires a year of journaling about your ongoing practice. Applying for ParaYoga Level II Certified Teacher status requires three years of journaling about your ongoing practice.
Meditation practice requirements: A minimum of two years regular meditation practice in the ParaYoga tradition is required for Level I certification. A minimum of three years of regular meditation practice is required for Level II Certification.
Ok, so you’ve decided you want to get certified. Great news! Here is the breakdown of the certification process, already mentioned above, with even greater detail.
Requirements for Level I Certification:
1. Practice ParaYoga – You must have at least two years of practicing ParaYoga. This includes classes, workshops, PYMT’s and retreats taught by Rod Stryker and/or a ParaYoga Level II or Level III Certified Teacher.
3. Meditate – You must complete a minimum of two years of regular, ParaYoga based meditation practice of at least 15 minutes per day, six days per week.
4. Practice japa – Each student must complete 125,000 repetitions of either the Gayatri, Maha Mrityunjaya, or Guru Mantra (given at initiation).
5. Practice at home – It is required that you have a minimum of two years of regular home asana practice. Documentation must be provided at the time of your application showing a practice of at least 30 minutes per day, 3 days per week. We highly suggest you record your practices in a journal on an ongoing basis to track your daily practice.
6. Teach ParaYoga – Students must teach ParaYoga influenced classes for a minimum of one year (That is 75 hours of teaching or one 1.5 hour class for 50 weeks). Documentation of teaching history should be submitted with your Level I application. Please use the Teaching History Form found on the Resources Page.
7. Complete all Level I PYMT’s – Complete all six Level I ParaYoga® Master Trainings, Vinyasa Krama, Tantra Shakti, Secrets of the Sutras, Prana Shakti, ParaYogaMarma and the 3-Day training, The Four Desires.
8. Turn in your book quizzes – There are reading assignments for each PYMT; please submit each within 6 weeks of completing the training.
9. Meet with a teacher – An essential part of your ParaYoga journey is your own personal practice. Your Level II or Level III teacher can direct you to an asana and meditation practice, specifically designed for you. You can use the teacher directory on the ParaYoga website to help you find the right teacher. You may contact them directly, or if you are not sure who to choose you can call the office and we will help you. Private session fees differ from teacher to teacher. Be sure to ask upfront how you can meet (in person or by Zoom) and how to handle payment for your session.
10. Learn the mantras and invocations – All students must be able to recite the following mantras and invocations found in your manual: The ParaYoga Invocation, The Gayatri Mantra, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (MMM), Prana Pratishta, Invocation to Patanjali, and Vishve Deva mantra.
11. 30-Day Kriya Practices –You will need a minimum 30-day practice (consecutive) of Cave of the Heart and Bhuta Shuddhi Kriyas. These kriyas are given in the trainings.
Application and Instructions for ParaYoga Level I Certification
1. Apply – Upon completion of all requirements, you may submit the following to the ParaYoga office:
•Level I Certification Application
•A signed copy of the ParaYoga Code of Ethics
•Certification Fee of $350
2. Request the exam – After submitting all the necessary documentation and fees to the ParaYoga office, you may request the exam. You will have 10 days to complete it. This test demonstrates your understanding of and ability to apply the fundamental principles of ParaYoga, with particular emphasis on sequencing, correct application and adaptation of Asana, Pranayama, and meditation as well as their energetic effects (i.e. Prana Vayus, Gunas, and Doshas. You will then be contacted within 30 days by your PYCT reviewer, to discuss the results of your written test. Please note: if the results of your written test are less than satisfactory, you will be guided as to how to prepare to retake the exam. A $125 fee will be charged for retakes.
3. Film your video – After passing the written exam, you must submit a video of your teaching for review. The video, in digital format, should demonstrate your proficiency in teaching a ParaYoga class. You will receive documents that provide detailed instructions regarding the requirements of your teaching video. Please be certain you have read and feel prepared to implement these requirements before you start filming. You will have 6 months to submit your video (via Dropbox to the PY office) after passing your written exam and receiving the guideline documents. After your video has been reviewed you will be contacted within 30 days to discuss it. If the video is not approved, you will receive detailed feedback and guidance as to what aspects of your teaching need improvement and a ParaYoga Certification Action Plan (PYCAP) from your evaluator. A second video can be submitted no less than six months from the review and requires an additional processing fee of $125.
4. Get Licensed – After passing your video exam, you will be sent the ParaYoga Licensing Agreement, which you must sign and email back, along with your $150 Licensing Fee (to be pro-rated, depending on the time of year you certify).
5. Get Listed – After receiving your signed agreement and fees, you will then be listed on the ParaYoga Teacher Directory on the ParaYoga website; please email the ParaYoga office your bio, headshot and contact information
6. Congratulations! You will be sent your ParaYoga Level I Certificate of Completion.
Requirements for Level II Certification:
1. Complete all Level II PYMT’s – You must finish all ten ParaYoga Master Teacher Trainings in order and associated reading assignments and book quizzes to be eligible for Level II.
2. Practice ParaYoga – All candidates must have been practicing ParaYoga for at least three years. This includes classes, workshops, PYMT’s and retreats taught by Rod Stryker and/or a ParaYoga Level II Certified Teacher. You must have been a Level I ParaYoga Certified Teacher for a minimum of one year.
3. Teach – Continue teaching another year of ParaYoga-style classes. (Minimum 150 hours or one 1.5 hour class for 100 weeks over two years). Documentation of teaching history should be submitted with the Level II application. Please use the Teaching History form found on the Resources Page.
4. Practice at home – Continue another year, for a total of three years of regular home asana practice. Documentation must be provided showing a practice of at least 30 minutes per day, 3 days per week.
5. Meditate – Keep meditating for another year for a total of three years of regular meditation practice (in the ParaYoga tradition). This practice requirement must be documented.
6. Complete two case studies – You will be required to work privately with at least two individuals and document your results. Candidates need to show proficiency in working with individual client needs. Case studies must be submitted using the Case Study Form, which will be sent to you 6 months after completion of Level I Certification, if requested.
7. 30 more days of kriyas – you must complete a minimum 30-day practice (consecutive) of the following ParaYoga® meditation/kriya practices: Bhuta Shuddhi, Cave of the Heart, Manas Puja, Tibetan Color Purification, and Tattwa Shuddhi (Dark Man of Sin).
8. Know the mantras – You must be able to recite the following mantras and invocations: ParaYoga Invocation, Gayatri Mantra, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, Prana Pratishta, Invocation to Patanjali and Vishve Deva mantra.
9. Have another private consultation – Another private session with Yogarupa Rod Stryker or a Level III Certified ParaYoga Teacher is necessary for the completion of your training.
Application and Instructions for Para Yoga Level II Certification:
1. Apply – Once all of the above requirements have been met, you may submit an application for Level II Certification. All required documents must be submitted to the ParaYoga office. Please review this checklist so that your submission is complete:
• Teaching History form
• Certification Fee of $350.00 (non-refundable)
2. Request the exam – You will have 14 days to complete it, at which time you will submit the completed test and completed case studies to the ParaYoga office via email. You will then be contacted within 30 days by your PYCT reviewer to discuss the results of your written test. In the event that you do not pass the exam, you will be coached as to how to prepare to retake it, and be given specific guidance. An additional fee of $125 will be required to retake the exam.
3. Get Licensed – After passing your written exam, you will be sent the ParaYoga Licensing Agreement, which you must sign and email back, along with your $75 Licensing Fee.
4. Get Listed – After receiving your signed agreement and fees, you will then be listed on the ParaYoga® Teacher Directory on the Para Yoga website as a Level II teacher.
5. Congratulations! You will be sent your ParaYoga Level II Certificate of Completion.