Rod Stryker with ParaYogis Jeanne Heilemann and Tanya Boigenzahn Sowards
ParaYoga is rooted in ancient science. In fact, while doing a ParaYoga® practice you may not realize you're doing something special until the practice is over. That's often when we experience a quality of ease, enthusiasm, and fullness that helps to distinguish it from any other practice. ParaYoga® was founded by Yogarupa Rod Stryker and is an alchemy of many ancient teachings from both the Hatha and Classical styles of yoga and Ayurveda. Our director, Tanya, is one of the first ParaYoga® Level II Certified™ teachers in the tradition.
The 6 Gems© of ParaYoga®
How do we convey to the masses what we are doing? What is ParaYoga®? Our approach is rooted in the Six Gems©. These synthesize the whole of ancient Vedic and Tantric teachings that unlock “supreme” accomplishment in practice and life.
These are the short definitions:
1. Sva Dharma (Individual destiny or fulfillment) – realizing your individual destiny, who and what you were meant to be.
2. Tantra (Limitless) – self-mastery, thriving in all aspects of life, becoming whole and integrated enough so we can achieve “continuity”.
3. Vidya (Science) – the science, systematic framework and approach to gain that fulfillment.
4. Agni (Fire) – the force of creation, the source and power of transformation, the fire of self-knowledge, all-pervading intelligence, Shakti. Agni is that which reveals, that which allows us to see and be seen.
5. Sri (Resplendent) – experiencing life as beauty and goodness. Progression from individual destiny to ultimate outcome to experience life as beauty and goodness. Love, respect and appreciation for life and its source.
6. Parampara (From One to Another, tradition) – authenticity of the teachings, power of a living tradition, and illumination of others in the world, from your own
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About Tantra - abridged from LivingTantra.com
Tantra is a systematic, comprehensive approach to worldly and spiritual fulfillment. It incorporates the practices of hatha yoga, pranayama, mantra, yantra, mandala, kundalini yoga, mudra, ritual, alchemy, ayurveda, and astrology and uses them to awaken and channel our full potential.
"Tantra" is a compound of two words: "tan" and "tra." "Tan" means to expand, to grow, to become bigger, better, more beautiful, more powerful. "Tan" also means "to weave." So "Tantra" means to expand by the process of continuously weaving, reweaving, and expanding so that the tapestry of life becomes bigger, better, more powerful, more productive, more joyful, and more fulfilling. However, this expansion is to be accomplished in a manner follows the principle of "tra." "Tra" mean to protect, to keep from harm, to safeguard. Tantra is the art and science of growing, expanding developing, and prospering without harming yourself and without harming others. It is a joy-driven path, a path of active participation in life. It is the art of merging the mundane with the divine, the intellectual with experiential, and worldly achievement with spiritual fulfillment. Tantra embodies a series of teachings and techniques through which you gain a comprehensive understanding of yourself and the world around you.
Through centuries of investigation and practice, tantric masters have discovered countless principles, resources, and techniques for using all of our internal resources to make the world more beautiful and prosperous and all of the resources in the external world to create a healthy, joyful and spiritually illuminating inner world.