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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.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”

– Anna Pavlova

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

– Robert Frost

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

– Barack Obama

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

– Peter F. Drucker

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

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

– Groucho Marx

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

– Michelle Sedas

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

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

– Martha Beck

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

– Martha Beck

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

– Martin Luther King Jr.

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

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

– Steve Jobs

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

– Virginia Woolf

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

– John Lennon

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

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

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Leo Jozef Suenens

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

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

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

– Annie Dillard

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

– Charles R. Swindoll

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

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

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

– Jalaluddin Rumi

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

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

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

– Jim Butcher, White Night

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

– William Jennings Bryan

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

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

– Woodrow Wilson

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

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

– Thomas Edison

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

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

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

– Marcel Proust

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

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

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

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

– Aristotle

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

– Zig Ziglar

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

    Articles by Rod Stryker