ParaYoga is a community of yogis led by Yogarupa Rod Stryker. ParaYoga teachers are trained to touch as many lives as possible with the power and wisdom of Yoga. As part of a spiritual tradition (Pandit Rajmani Tigunait is Rod’s teacher and spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute) we are able to enrich all aspects of modern life. The unique approach of ParaYoga, that separates it from all of the systems and styles of Yoga today, offers the depths of Yoga science to seekers. As a certified ParaYoga teacher, my role is to guide others to realize their highest potential through knowledge and the light of direct experience. ParaYoga actively and positively affects the evolution of individuals, Yoga, and the world.
“Para” means supreme, ancient, highest, the culmination of all effort. ParaYoga offers students of all levels access to the entire range and sacred power of Yoga. ParaYoga is based on the Six Gems©, ancient teachings that unlock “supreme” accomplishment in practice and life.
The ancient texts of the Hatha Yoga tradition (Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gherand Samahita) describe Yoga as a journey that culminates in sublime success and happiness. These teachings describe how through perfection of body, breath, mind, and spirit we access it. When understood and practiced accordingly, practice become “Para” (the supreme, highest, or the place where our very best efforts culminate).
Yoga includes all of the following: Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra, Visualization, Meditation, Chanting, Kriya, Mantra, Kundalini, along with a vast array of other practices. Rarely are these all taught in a single style of Yoga today. ParaYoga teaches these techniques as a seamless whole.
Moving beyond Asana, in the hands of a knowledgeable ParaYoga teacher, these techniques are made accessible, linking one to the very heart and true power of Yoga’s potential. That’s the eye-opening experience that ParaYoga provides. Experience leads to understanding and personal growth.
The first time you practice ParaYoga, you might be surprised. Much of the class might feel a lot like classes you’ve experienced before, featuring a particularly vibrant and satisfying Asana practice. It may not initially be apparent that the practice you’re doing is rooted in ancient science. But the intelligent weaving of the three threads of any ParaYoga class – sequencing, tejas and smarama – will leave an impression. The experience of a quality of ease, enthusiasm, and fullness distinguish it from any other practice.