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Rod Stryker, author, "The Four Desires"

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Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He also blogs for The Huffington Post.

Rod is widely considered to be one of the preeminent yoga, tantra, and meditation teachers in the United States.

He is renowned for his depth of knowledge, practical wisdom, and unique ability to transmit the deepest aspect of the teachings and practices to modern audiences and students from all walks of life. Rod has taught for more than thirty years, training teachers and leading corporate seminars, yoga retreats, and workshops throughout the world.

Stryker began his intensive study and practice of yoga, at the age eighteen. Two years later he began a nearly two-decade-long apprenticeship with internationally renowned Yoga master Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger and his son, Yogiraj Alan Finger.

Eventually, he would become his teachers’ only American disciple to be given the title Yogiraj, master of Yoga. Rod met his current teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait Ph.D., spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute, in 1999.

Acclaimed as a leading voice for the ancient traditions, accomplished Yogi, teacher, lecturer, and writer, Rod has a down-to-earth approach informed as much by his mastery of the sublime teachings, as it is by his love of life and devotion to his wife and four children. Rod lives with his family in Colorado.

For more information, visit www.rodstryker.com.

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re stumped, because sometimes you really can’t be expected to handle everything alone.”

– Martha Beck

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leon Joseph Suenens

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

– Steven Schussler

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

4oz tequila + 1oz TripleSec + 2oz lime juice + 1oz simple syrup (sugar=water), 1 cup crushed ice. Shake + dance around the kitchen.

– Avenida Margarita

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
of the dreams you want to realize.
 The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.”

– Sonia Croquette

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation that indicate opportunities for success.”

– Peter F. Drucker

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

    Articles by Rod Stryker