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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.

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

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

– Henry David Thoreau

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

– John Quincy Adams

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

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

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

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

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

– Groucho Marx

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

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

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

– Charles Dickens

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

– Arthur Rubinstein

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

– Louisa May Alcott

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

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

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

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

– Jalaluddin Rumi

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

– Victor Kiam

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

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

– Oscar Wilde

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

– The Dalai Lama

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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

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

– Leo Jozef Suenens

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

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

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

– Chinese Proverb

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

– Edgar W. Howe

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

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

– Brian Tracy

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

– Benjamin Franklin

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

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

– Marcel Proust

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

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

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

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

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

    Articles by Rod Stryker