Secrets of the Sutras: Light on Self Mastery

with Rod Stryker

Introduction

This training unlocks the hidden wisdom and practices of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, the seminal text that threads together the diverse teachings of Yoga. Learn and experience from master teacher Rod Stryker, how the Yoga Sutra is so much more than "the eight limbs". Access the hidden teachings that illuminate the ultimate path for practitioners and teachers wishing to experience or be able to share the authentic heart of Yoga.

As human beings, our supreme potential unfolds in the state of Yoga. This state is the revelation of perfect clarity, limitless intelligence, lasting peace, and freedom in action. Yoga practice – culminating in the heights of wisdom and compassion – can be defined as those processes that enable us to become what in our heart of hearts we aspire to be. Written around 200 C.E., Patanjali's Yoga Sutra defines the journey of yoga more clearly and systematically than any text before or after.

The transcendent wisdom of the Yoga Sutra integrates the sciences of awakening body, mind, breath, soul, spirit, and creator. The word 'sutra' means "thread". The text is called the Yoga Sutra because it threads together all the diverse teachings of Yoga into a single body of knowledge. While the Yoga Sutra is intended to be practical, its scope and precision require the guidance of a teacher that can reveal its subtle and hidden power. Study of the Sutras accelerates the journey of personal growth as it deepens understanding of the Divine potential of Yoga and of life itself. By illuminating the practices, challenges, purpose and potential of Yoga as a spiritual journey, the Yoga Sutra maps the path to realizing life's most precious treasures.

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This course has been designed for dedicated students and teachers of all levels, who want to practice or teach more masterfully.

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103 videos
organized into
24 chapters

Each practice brings to life a key teaching of the Yoga Sutra. Emphasizing direct experience, these practices survey relevant and powerful themes of the Yoga Sutra, while weaving together dynamic asana, vinyasa, pranayama and meditation practices. Lecture content and additional practices deepen your exploration of the Yoga Sutra, allowing teachers (and dedicated students) the opportunity to unlock subtle and powerful revelations. This training outlines Yoga's path toward self–mastery. It illuminates how Yoga, if understood and practiced systematically, can remove any obstacle that keeps you from experiencing your highest aspirations. This is Yoga's ultimate promise. The Secrets of the Sutras training aims to exhalt teachers and non–teachers alike, providing a vision to see oneself and one's practice (and/or one's students' practice) with sublime understanding, compassion and crystal–like clarity.

The course features a synergistic blend of theory and practice, supporting materials, learning opportunities, automated quizzes and various assignments. Lectures progress systematically, focusing on translating the key insights of the ancient tradition and translating them into the practical knowledge you'll use to create exceptional classes. A downloadable 130+ page manual with cross-referencing to corresponding videos provides additional study content. Multiple practices that highlight specific approaches to asana, pranayama and meditation techniques have been partitioned throughout the course, allowing you to easily locate a practice and repeat it again and again. Each of these deepens your understanding of the breadth of possible outcomes and process for designing intentional practices.

A special feature on the online platform allows you to enter and save your personal notes as you view the content. Automated quizzes have been placed strategically throughout the course, allowing you to assess your comprehension of the main study points. A final assignment encapsulates the entirety of the course. A recommended reading assignment, The Secret of the Yoga Sutra by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, helps you to further your mastery of the program's concepts.

Successful completion of the course and a book report on the suggested reading makes you eligible for curriculum credit toward ParaYoga's Yoga Alliance approved 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training as well as ParaYoga Certification.

Comprehensive video lectures translate complex topics into user-friendly language.

Watch and learn with dynamic visual demonstrations.

Bring the teachings onto your mat through asana and meditation practices.

Link together in-depth philosophical concepts into historical context.

01
Yoga Sutra—The Preeminent Teaching on Yoga
3 Lectures
02
Yoga Sutra—The Preeminent Teaching on Yoga
1 Practice 5 Lectures 1 quiz
03
The Foundations of Asana (Sutras 2:46–2:48)
3 Lectures 2 Practices 1 assignment
04
Yoga Sutra: The Full Spectrum of Practice
3 Lectures 1 quiz
05
Patanjali and the Roots of the Sutras
3 Lectures 1 Practice 1 quiz
06
Practice, It's All About Practice (Sutras 1:1–1:11)
4 Lectures
07
The Two-Fold Path to Spiritual Mastery (Sutras 1:12–1:16)
3 Lectures 1 quiz
08
The Path to Samadhi (Sutras 1:17–1:22)
2 Practices 1 assignment 5 Lectures 1 quiz
09
Know Thy Mind: The Inner Instrument
1 Practice 3 Lectures
10
On Mastering Asana (Sutra 2:47)
2 Lectures 2 Practices 1 assignment 1 quiz
11
Ishwara—The Highest Truth (Sutras 1:23–1:33)
7 Lectures 1 quiz
12
Gateway to the Luminous (Sutras 1:34–1:41)
6 Lectures 2 Practices 1 assignment 1 quiz
13
Samadhi and the Stages of Revelation (Sutras 1:42–1:51)
3 Lectures 2 Practices 1 assignment 1 quiz
14
Kriya Yoga: The Action of Yoga (Sutras 2:1–2:2)
3 Lectures 2 Practices 1 assignment 1 quiz
15
The Anatomy of Suffering (Sutras 2:3–2:14)
7 Lectures
16
Toward a Joyous and Luminous Future (Sutras 2:15–2:16)
3 Lectures 1 quiz
17
Ultimate Fulfillment and Freedom (Sutras 2:17–2:19)
2 Lectures
18
Cave of the Heart Meditation
2 Lectures 2 Practices 1 assignment 1 quiz
19
More on Avoiding Pain (Sutras 2:20–2:27)
3 Lectures 1 quiz
20
The Great Disciplines: Ashtanga Yoga (Sutras 2:28–2:55)
4 Lectures 2 Practices 1 assignment 1 quiz
21
Higher Consciousness Dawns (Sutras 3:1–3:7, 3:16–3:50)
2 Lectures
22
Into the Height of Yogic Powers (Sutras 3:16–3:50)
3 Lectures 2 Practices 1 assignment 1 quiz
23
Designing A Personal Practice
2 Lectures 1 assignment
24
Going Forward: Anchored to the Treasures of Yoga
1 Lecture 1 assignment

This course is
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Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga and widely considered to be one of the West's leading authorities on the ancient traditions of yoga, tantra, and meditation. He has taught for nearly thirty-five years and authored, "The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity and Freedom" as well as countless articles on yoga and me...

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How long do I have access to this course?

You will have access at any time, no matter when you purchase or begin the course, for the life of the course. The course and all included materials are accessible anytime and can be completed on your schedule.

How does it work?

  • The course content is delivered to you via streaming video on Glo's state-of-the-art online learning platform.
  • You will access your downloadable 78 page manual, filled with in-depth supporting documents and images. This copyrighted material is yours to keep and use forever.
  • Lectures, practices and specific assignments, all of which have been meticulously organized into 24 chapters with 94 instructional videos total, progressively lead you through the course.
  • You will be able to repeat all or part of nine distinct asana, pranayama and meditation practices, each of which has been designed to complement the lecture content.
  • The course includes interspersed quizzes with automated features, providing you with instant feedback about your comprehension of the main study points.
  • At the end of the course, you'll have the option of turning in a final assignment that will be reviewed by a senior member of the ParaYoga teaching team, who will provide you with feedback.
  • An online forum, moderated by a senior teacher as well as a regular live video chat with Rod provide further opportunities for interacting and integration of the content.
  • You will have access to Secrets of the Sutras for the life of the course. The course and all included materials are accessible anytime and can be completed on your schedule, across computers and mobile devices.
  • You will be eligible for full course credit toward becoming a ParaYoga Certified teacher upon satisfactory completion of the course, final assignment and book report on the suggested reading for the course, The Secret of the Yoga Sutra by Panditji Rajmani Tigunait.

The total running time is 25 hours and 20 minutes.

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Secrets of the Sutras: Light on Self Mastery

with Rod Stryker