This training counts toward the ParaYoga Master Training program.

At least 5,000 years ago tantric visionaries, inspired by the deepest reverence and passion for unveiling the sacred beauty and mysteries of life, developed what we know as the practice of Hatha Yoga.

As described in the various tantric texts, Hatha Yoga includes the following practices: asana, pranayama, bandha, kriya, mudra, mantra, meditation as well as practices pertaining to kundalini awakening, along with a seemingly endless array of other techniques and knowledge.

Tantra, by providing infinite ways to expand the reach and power yoga, is its most complete and sublime approach. Incorporating the wisdom of ayurveda and the whole of brahma vidya (“supreme science”) or knowledge of the underlying reality, tantra provides a direct and accelerated path to achieving life’s ultimate aims.

Tantra’s core principle asserts that through self-knowledge and the cultivation of our innate power, we can unfold our fullest potential and thus achieve both worldly and spiritual prosperity.

This training is open to practitioners and teachers of all levels. ParaYoga® Level III teacher René Quenell, will lead students, through theory and practice, on a journey of self-empowerment and discovery. The training will demystify the tantric approach to yoga and explore its key touchstones of practice and wisdom that open the doorway to thriving: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

This Master Training is open to all interested students: dedicated practitioners, aspiring teachers, or those already teaching. Using the traditional tools of Hatha as our foundation we explore, through practice and theory, Tantra as the full flowering of yoga, as well as, its uniquely profound approaches to meditation.

Practices will weave together dynamic vinyasa flow, asana, bandhas, and mudra in combination with breath work, meditation, and visualization techniques.

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Purpose and Tradition

Our goal is to help you find the inner teacher and radiant personality that are uniquely yours. Our course is inspiring, uplifting, fun and follows the true purpose of this heart-opening work – to give you the tools to live your happiest life possible, be of service and help shape a society based in love and compassion.

We are so very proud of our program, now entering its ninth year. It is truly an in-depth master teaching that can transform you and your knowledge of this healing art. Not just about the asanas, we delve into philosophy and spirituality and yoga therapy. Any level can benefit, from gentle to advanced. Based in the tradition of ParaYoga and the teachings of Rod Stryker and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, with influences from Mukunda Stiles, Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffmann and more, our training is comprehensive, thorough and of the highest standard.

We offer a smaller, intimate setting, and each candidate receives generous amounts of attention from, and spends valuable time with, the teachers. We would truly love to guide you on a journey of a lifetime.

About your leaders

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René Quenell is an E-RYT 500, ParaYoga Certified Level III, IAYT-certified Structural Yoga Therapist, Reiki Master, Certified Four Desires Trainer, Director of Certification for Para Yoga, and Owner and Founder of Yoga Madre. With more than 20 years of practice and 16 years of teaching experience, René has a wealth of knowledge to share in the classical yoga tradition, Tantra, Ayurveda, and the healing arts, as well as the business of yoga.

René embodies the teachings of yoga through her dedicated practice and mentorship of countless yoga teachers and practitioners. Skillfully, René guides students beyond the physical and toward deep inner awareness and specializes in advanced practices of meditation, pranayama, and kriya.  She is one of the select few to offer The Parayoga Master Trainings:  Vinyassa Krama, Tantra and The Four Desires.  

As founder of Yoga Madre International, René leads retreats and trainings  in Costa Rica, Belize, India, California, and more.  She was initiated into the Sri Vidya tradition by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD. She continues to study with him at the Himalayan Institute as well as with her teachers Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Sally Kempton. René also studies at the California College of Ayurveda.  

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Paulette Gloria Harwood is the Co-owner/Director along with her husband Steven Rigo of Science and Soul Wellness in Ambergris Caye, San Pedro Belize.

Paulette is an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance with over 10,000 hours of teaching and 1500 hours of education. The Director, Trainer and Primary Instructor of Sacred Space Yoga School, 200, 300, Prenatal and CEU Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School, Paulette is a constant learner. With her primary training and focus in Parayoga she has completed over 700 hours of advanced study in Parayoga Master Training with Yogarupa Rod Stryker since 2011.  Paulette is a coach and personal guide and facilitator in The Four Desires, a masterful guide and book by her teacher Rod Stryker. 

Facilitator/coach/participant of group and private one on one yoga teacher trainings, intensives, workshops and retreats in Belize, Vieques, Costa Rica, Bali, Maui and Vermont. Himalayan Institute graduate: Master the Art of 200-Hour Teacher Training: Advanced Certification Program for Training Teachers she is passionate about guiding yoga practitioners to a place of self knowledge and impeccable skill. Qualities and skills paulette possesses from client testimonies are that she allows all to awaken and realize their full potential, has unbounded positive energy and instills self worth and the true meaning of self-love. Her passion for minimalism and wellness is infectious and inspirational. 

In addition Paulette is a certified birth doula- bringing Yoga Birth Method support to women throughout pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum. With training and experience in Pilates, Reiki, Thai Bodywork, Macrobiotic cooking and counseling through The Kushi Institute Paulette brings a strength and breadth to her ability to help her clients heal.

Working with Paulette in whatever capacity suits your needs will change your life for the best. Her outgoing friendly attitude and nature will help guide you to your own authentic happiness, serenity and sense of fulfillment.



Please call René at (626) 355-2010 or email at for accommodation recommendations.



Regular students: $849 ($50 early bird discount prior to September 7th)

$250 deposit (refundable up to 2 months prior to training, then non-refundable)



9:00am-12:30pm           2:00pm-5:00pm    This training will be taught in a retreat setting.     There will be some afternoons off TBA.

Topics Covered in this Training:                                                   

  • – The Prana of Asana
  • – Yoga and the Meridian System
  • – Spirituality and the Subtle Body
  • – Pranayama – The Bridge to Clear Perception
  • – Awakening the Spirit (Shakti) of Practice
  • – Ayurveda and Yoga
  • – Kundalini – the Power of Evolution
  • – Meditation in the Tantric tradition
  • – The Science and Application of Mantra
  • – Awakening the Spirit (Shakti) of Practice
  • – Laya Yoga––the science of the chakras
  • – Meditation in the Tantric tradition
  • – Yoga Nidra
  • – The Meaning and Purpose of Life according to Tantra

Recommended Reading

Tantra Unveiled by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

It is recommended that you read it before the workshop begins.

For those of you interested in receiving course credit for your Level I or II Certification with ParaYoga and/or the Yoga Alliance RYT program, the reading and its corresponding book report is mandatory.

Your book report for this training needs to be submitted to us (via email) within six weeks after the completion of the training.  You will not receive credit for submissions after the deadline; there are no make-up assignments.

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