ParaYoga Nidra: Enlightened Sleep

“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.” ––Jeanne Heileman

The ParaYoga Nidra Certification Program is designed for those students who would like to be able to become certified to teach and call their classes ParaYoga Nidra®

ParaYoga Nidra is the sublime science of enlightened sleep, rooted in a vast body of knowledge and ancient tradition. ParaYoga Nidra has five distinct aims or outcomes, thus, the template for the practice changes depending upon which one of these five you wish to achieve. 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.

ParaYoga Nidra is a potent modality for:

  • Healing
  • Transformation
  • Sankalpa
  • Transcendence
  • Accessing the timeless wisdom of the sages––the most subtle application of yoga nidra

The ParaYoga Nidra Certification Program: Details

In order become certified to teach ParaYoga Nidra practices, one must complete the following ParaYoga Master Trainings:

  1. The experiential 5-day ParaYoga Nidra Training. This ParaYoga Master Training is also part of The ParaYoga Master Training Program, a 300-hour yoga training. It is open to everyone interested in learning about and experiencing ParaYoga Nidra.
  2. The Four Desires – taught throughout the year by Rod and Certified Four Desires Trainers.
  3. Secrets of the Sutras – this PYMT is currently available online through the ParaYoga website.
  4. Kosha, Kriya, Yoga: Unleashing the Science of Soul.

These prerequisites prepare the student for the culminating live training, The 9-day ParaYoga Nidra Practicum and Certification Course.

Click here to go to the event calendar to see when these trainings will be offered next.

Note: the following trainings must be taken prior to attending the 9-day PYN Practicum and Certification Course: The 5-day PYN training AND The Four Desires Training
The other prerequisites for getting certified may be taken before or after the 9-day course. 

Getting Certified: A 40-day practice of a specific ParaYoga Nidra practice of your choosing from the Sanctuary App is recommended prior to taking the 9-day Course, with another 40-day practice––this time self-led–– required afterward for certification eligibility. Certification is based on attending all of the above trainings plus submitting 40-day practice notes, teaching and submitting evaluations for 20 yoga nidra classes, completing 2 case studies and a recording of you leading a PYN session. This is outlined in detail during the 9-day training.

Want to give ParaYoga Nidra a test drive? Check out this 10-hour online course with Yogarupa, hosted by Yoga International!

Practicing ParaYoga Nidra at Yogarupa’s annual retreat in Costa Rica. Photo Credit: DJ Pierce

Certified ParaYoga Nidra Teachers:

Sedona: Jeannette Okie

Frisco: Eileen Friars
Larkspur: Natasha Dooley
Pueblo: Marcee Gutman-Ballantyne
Silverthorne: Heidi Ihrke

Iowa, City: Fannie Hungerford – also a Level 2 Certified ParaYoga Teacher and Certified Four Desires Trainer

North Carolina
Charlotte: Eileen Friars – 8th Street Yoga Center

Boca Raton: Fern L. Conn
Miami: Leah Kinsella – also a Level 1 Certified ParaYoga Teacher

Silver Spring/Baltimore: Claudia Neuman –– also a Level 1 Certified ParaYoga Teacher
Takoma Park: Carol Mermey

Boston: Anne Marie Rodriguez

St. Louis: Linda Sandell

Reno: Kelly Aguilera

Dallas: Lisa Coyle

Charlottesville: Lynsie McKeown
Roanoke: Cathy Cannon

Port Washington: Tracy Arndt

Melbourne: Rayne Watkin
Windsor, Victoria: Sarah Machado

Burlington, Ontario: Shanine Dennill
Grimsby, Ontario: Natalie Workman

Vanvikan: July Huang

Zurich: Angelica Richardson
Zurich: Misty Richardson – also a Level 1 Certified ParaYoga Teacher