Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom, to be published by Random House on July 26th, 2011. He has taught for more than thirty years and is widely considered to be one of the preeminent yoga, tantra, and meditation teachers in the United States. Rod teaches in an array of settingsfrom corporations to advanced teacher trainingsleading seminars, retreats, and workshops throughout the world.
Rod began his intensive study and practice of yoga, at the age of 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 of Yogiraj, master of Yoga. Rod met his current teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait Ph.D., spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute, in 1999.
In addition to being a regular contributor to the leading yoga publications, he has been featured on CNN and has taught alongside Deepak Chopra. Rod has created several award winning yoga videos series and has produced several highly acclaimed guided meditation CDs.
Rod has had a significant role in helping to popularize the ancient practice of yoga nidra, yogas systematic approach to complete relaxation, which in recent clinical studies, has proven to be highly effective in the treatment of various afflictions ranging from sleep disorders, to chronic pain, and anxiety. His CD, Relax into Greatness is one of the best selling in the field.
Rods teaching weaves together a profound breadth of knowledge and experience, along with his unique ability to make the deepest of the ancient teachings accessible to modern audiences and students from all walks of life.
Acclaimed Yogi, teacher, lecturer, and writer, Rods down-to-earth approach is 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.