Para Yoga

Jack Utermoehl

Para yoga is an integrative style of yoga that combines traditional yoga practices with modern insights to create a comprehensive approach to physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Developed by Rod Stryker, this style of yoga emphasizes the power of techniques from the 8-limbs of yoga such as asana (physical postures), pranayama (breath control), meditation, and visualization to unlock the full potential of the practitioner.

What sets Para yoga apart is its holistic approach that integrates various aspects of traditional yoga, tantra, and Ayurveda to tailor practices to the individual's needs. This allows practitioners to achieve happiness, prosperity, and freedom.

Origins of Para Yoga

Para yoga was founded by Rod Stryker, a renowned teacher who studied under several influential yoga practitioners. Drawing from his extensive knowledge of classical yoga, tantra, and Ayurveda, Stryker developed Para yoga to adapt ancient wisdom to contemporary life.

The philosophy of Para yoga is rooted in the teachings of the Vedas, Upanishads, and Tantric texts, emphasizing the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit. It integrates the principles of these ancient traditions to create a holistic approach to self-discovery and empowerment.

Para Yoga Practice

Para Yoga is built on the principles of self-awareness, balance, and transformation. The practice involves:

  • Asana: Physical postures to enhance strength, flexibility, and energy flow.
  • Pranayama: Breath control techniques to balance and vitalize the body's energy.
  • Meditation: Techniques to calm the mind and deepen self-awareness.
  • Visualization: Guided imagery to harness the power of the mind for healing and personal growth.

Common Poses: Mountain Pose (Tadasana), Warrior Poses (Virabhadrasana I, II, III), Tree Pose (Vrikshasana), Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)

Suitability

Experience Level: Mixed Level (Suitable for All)

Physical Demand: Balanced Activity

Mind-Body Engagement: Balanced Mind-Body

Adaptability: Highly Adaptable

Focus Area: Comprehensive Fitness and Spiritual Growth

Notes

Practicing Para yoga can enhance physical strength, flexibility, and vitality. It also promotes mental clarity, emotional stability, and spiritual growth. The integrative approach of Para Yoga helps practitioners achieve a balanced and harmonious life.

Similar Styles

Related Styles: Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Ayurveda Yoga

Equipment Needed

Required: Yoga Mat

Nice to Have: Yoga Blocks

Optional: Yoga Strap, Bolster, Blanket

References

"The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom" by Rod Stryker

"Relax into Greatness" by Rod Stryker

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.

Be a Supporter

Please consider donating to support our efforts and future content.

It is because of you that we are able to share this knowledge.

Thank You

Gratitude and Blessings

Donate Links

  • Ayurveda Yoga

    Ayurveda yoga combines the principles of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, with the practices of yoga to create a holistic approach to health and well-being. This integrated practice...

    Ayurveda Yoga

    Ayurveda yoga combines the principles of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, with the practices of yoga to create a holistic approach to health and well-being. This integrated practice...

  • Yoga Nidra

    Yoga Nidra, also known as "yogic sleep," is a guided meditation practice that induces deep relaxation and conscious awareness during a state between wakefulness and sleep. It systematically guides practitioners...

    Yoga Nidra

    Yoga Nidra, also known as "yogic sleep," is a guided meditation practice that induces deep relaxation and conscious awareness during a state between wakefulness and sleep. It systematically guides practitioners...

  • Tantra Yoga

    Tantra yoga is an ancient practice that integrates various techniques to unify the body, mind, and spirit. It focuses on expanding consciousness and liberating energy through rituals, asanas (physical postures),...

    Tantra Yoga

    Tantra yoga is an ancient practice that integrates various techniques to unify the body, mind, and spirit. It focuses on expanding consciousness and liberating energy through rituals, asanas (physical postures),...

1 of 3