SYTT 200: Yoga Teacher Training Program

Style: Rod Stryker's ParaYoga®
Instructor: Karina Ayn Mirsky, MA, ERYT
Certification: Licensed by State of Michigan
School Registration: National Yoga Alliance, RYS 200

The Sangha Yoga Teacher Training (SYTT) program is held in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Our program is hosted by Senior ParaYoga® Teacher, Devidas Karina Ayn Mirsky. Karina was featured in the March 2008 issue of Yoga Journal as one of 21 teachers under the age of 40 shaping the future of yoga in America. Today you can find her regularly in Yoga International. Lean more about Karina Ayn Mirsky.




About Rod Stryker's ParaYoga

(Video clip courtesy of the Himalayan Institute, 2010)

ParaYoga is rooted in the ancient spiritual tradition of yogic science. It aims to support and positively impact every aspect of modern life.  Classical Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra all inform this holistic and personalized approach to yoga practice. The ParaYoga system is widely respected for intelligently sequencing yoga postures to yield desired physical and energetic effects. It is also honored as one of the few American styles of yoga emphasizing meditation.



About this Training in Kalamazoo, MI

The goal of this program is to train yoga students to become exceptional yoga teachers with an ability to lead people (of all kinds) into practicing an authentic tradition of yoga. This program is open to all who are seeking a deeper understanding of yoga: dedicated practitioners, experienced yoga teachers, and those aspiring to teach.


Participants will learn how to:

  • Safely and systematically practice and instruct a wide range of yoga postures, vinyasa flows, breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques.

  • Become skillful at teaching a variety of levels of yoga practitioners and making hands on adjustments.

  • Create class sequences and unique themes for practice, (ie, categories of yoga poses, time of day, specific areas of the body).

  • Modify and adapt exercises for beginning students, people with aches and pains, stiff bodies, plus sized bodies, and pregnancy.

  • Help yoga students change their lives, by integrating authentic yoga philosophy into group classes and private lessons. read more here

This experience will change your life...

This program is an opportunity for dedicated yoga practitioners to delve deeply into their own practice and study. It is also a self transformation process. These 24 life-changing days provide opportunities for self-inquiry, personal growth and creative expression. Through intensive study and working closely in a closed group, the SYTT participants support one another as they become more self aware and face personal challenges.  During this personal empowerment process, trainees form a tight bond with each other. Together they learn how to become a positive force in their own lives and in their communities.



A Note from Devidas Karina Ayn

"I hope that you'll join me in this is a co-learning and shared healing process. It's the unique individuals within these groups who create some of the most valuable opportunities for us to learn and grow. Each participant's personal experiences, interests, and limitations are honored here. You are invited to come as you are, into a sacred space to awaken and "become"... Become more that just a "yoga instructor" going through the motions. Become a guide - a light to yourself and to others. Become a true teacher, become a Yoga Teacher."




Program Schedule

  • The format for this program is Three Training Tiers: 1) Foundation, 2) Progression, 3) Completion
  • All three training tiers must be completed sequentially.
  • Each tier runs from a Saturday to a Saturday (giving folks from out of state a day on either end to travel).
  • See the Daily Schedule, Reading List and other important details
  • Review the individual class themes for the Morning Practices in each training tier

Upcoming Section Dates:

Tier 1: September 5-12, 2015
Tier 2: January 2-9, 2016
Tier 3: April 2-9, 2016

Drop in's welcome for morning sessions

Accepting applications now!










Tuition & Payment Options

There is a $150 application fee to hold your place in the training; this amount applies toward the total payment.

The base tuition for this program is $2750, it includes all practice and lecture sessions, and training manual. No books, travel or lodging accommodations are included in this price.

There is a payment plan option available for this program. See Payment Options Here.

Pre-Requirements & Application

  1. At least six months of dedicated hatha yoga practice is required before participation in this program (one year is recommended) . Taking some of Karina's classes prior to enrollment is recommended if possible.

  2. Print and fill out the Program Application. Mail it to Karina with the $150 application fee.

  3. Applications must be submitted 30 days before the date of the first tier. Space is limited, register ASAP.

  4. Purchase the Required Reading List for this course.


Discounts & Scholarships

A $500 Scolarship is awarded to two participants in each training group.

  • Applicants must write an essay outlining: what yoga means to them, their financial need, why they want to teach yoga, and a proposal of Karma Yoga they plan to do in their community once their training is complete.

  • Scholarship applications are due along with the training application. Due to a high number of applications, it is recommended that scholarship applicants apply 3-4 months in advance. Contact us for more information.

  • NOTE: all discounts apply to the training fee after the Application Fee has been paid.





Starting in April 2015 Sangha Yoga Training School will have a new location:

People's Church
1758 North 10th St
Kalamazoo Township, MI 49009

Conveniently located right off the 131 ramp on West Main (M43). Directions here




A "host home" may be available so "out of towner's" can save some money. But rooms are limited and are not guaranteed, contact Rhonda Egidio, or contact Elizabeth Forest for minimal home rental fees.

Discounted rates at a hotel may be offered if we have a large enough group traveling in.



What to Bring carry

  • Yoga Mat
  • 8 foot long Yoga Strap
  • Water Bottle
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Required References (ie, Yoga for Wellness)
  • Meditation Cushion or Bolster, (if you have one and can easily travel with it. If not a few bolsters will be on site).


What is Provided by the School RYS

  • 4 inch foam Yoga Blocks
  • Mexican Blankets
  • Backjack Chairs (and standard chairs)
  • a few Blosters
  • Sandbags (for breath training)
  • Training Manual




The Morning Practices: (an alternative to the whole program)

smilesEach day of teacher training has a session which is open to the public:

  • Most sessions run from 8:30am-11:30am.

Consider Attending Just These Practice Sessions:

  • If you aren't interested in or able to attend the full training
  • If you want a taste of what the full training is like
  • If you want to deepen your personal practice
  • If you love ParaYoga (or Karina's workshops) and simply want to!!!

Drop in Sessions:

  • You can drop into any open class during any training tier for $30.
  • Each tier has a unique theme, See Titles.
  • See the exact dates of each tier on the Event's Schedule.



More Information
Karina Ayn Mirsky
Rod Stryker's ParaYoga

View photos on FaceBook
(see how much fun we have!)

(269) 910-0162

Our Director

Karina Ayn Mirsky was featured in Yoga Journal as one of 21 teachers under the age of 40 shaping the future of yoga in America. Learn more below:

Karina's Bio

Sangha Calendar

National Event Schedule


Sangha Yoga proudly supports the Himalayan Institute.

H.I. logo

Get $10 off a year long membership and a free subscription to Yoga International magazine.
Coupon Code: HISY51412

We share a lobby with Shanti

Seva means "service with selfless intention." Below are just some of the organizations that Sangha Yoga has raised funds for or offered services to:

Himalayan Institute
Ministry with Community
Toys for Tots
West Michigan Cancer Center
American Red Cross
World Yoga Fund
Youth Aids
The Red Tent
Pretty Lake Camp
SYTT Scholarship Fund


Start Learning Here
We carry many H.I. Press books at Sangha too!

Yoga Asana

Yoga for Wellness,
by Gary Krafstow

Classical Texts

1.Yoga Sutras
2. Hatha Yoga Pradipika
3. Bhagavad Gita  

Sangha Yoga
157 S. Kalamazoo Mall
Mall Plaza, Suite# 140
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Location Details

MapQuest Directions

Sangha Yoga, LLC.
Ph: (269) 910-0162
Fax: (269) 344-6469

List of Email Contacts

Bulletin Board

Updated Jan. 1, 2015

Upcoming Events

8 days of morning pracitces with Karina. For all levels of practitioners.

Studio Liquidation Sale


Keep up with Sangha Teachers in 2015
Sangha Staff!