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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.

My goal was to tell the life side of the story. We have become a nation of voyeurs that expect sensationalism, and that offends me.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

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

– John Lennon

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

– Leo Jozef Suenens

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

– Thomas Edison

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

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

– Martha Beck

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

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

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

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 must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Edgar W. Howe

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

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

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

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

– Leonard Cohen

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

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

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

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

– Carlos Castaneda

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

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

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

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

– Basil King

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

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