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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.

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

– Byron Katie

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

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

– John Quincy Adams

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

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

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

– Avenida Margarita

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

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

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

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

The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

– Henry Miller

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

– Eckhart Tolle

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

– Robert H. Schuller

To find what you seek in the road of life, leave no stone unturned.”

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

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

– Frederic Nietzsche

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

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

– Maureen Cook

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

– Booker T. Washington

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

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

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

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

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

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

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

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

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

– J.K. Rowling

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

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

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

– Tony Robbins

    Articles by Rod Stryker