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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.

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

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

– Muhammad Yunus

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

– Steven Schussler

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

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

– Carl Rogers

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

– Carlos Castaneda

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Bruce Lee

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

– Thomas Carlyle

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Martin Luther King Jr.

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

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

– Martha Beck

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

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

– Optimism rules

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

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

– J.K. Rowling

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

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

– Charles Dickens

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

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

– Aristotle

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

– Maureen Cook

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

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

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

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

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

– Tony Robbins

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

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

– Oprah Winfrey

    Articles by Rod Stryker