The Art of Asana (PDF) | Himalayan Institute

The Art of Asana (PDF)

Deepen Your Practice
with Rod Stryker

In the first of its master class series, Yoga International has teamed up with Rod Stryker, the founder of ParaYoga, to help readers apply the timeless teachings of yoga to their daily practice. Rod Stryker is widely considered to be one of the preeminent yoga 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 30 years, training teachers leading corporate seminars, yoga retreats, and workshops throughout the world.

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 2012
Pages/Length: 22 pages, 30+ detailed photots
Format: Digital Download 

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About the Author

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 PhD, 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.

Excerpt from The Art of Asana:

The ancient masters saw the body as a bridge to the infinite. Their exploration of how it can be used to access Spirit's sublime beauty and power is what we know today as hatha yoga. The approach of these masters was based on two key insights: all the forces of nature are contained in our physical form, and fulfillment -- both material and spiritual -- follows effortlessly as we develop mastery over these forces within the body.

We often judge our practice by what our body can or can't do: the number of sun salutations, how deep we are in a pose, how long we can hold it, even which cross-legged seat we use for meditation. None of these are true barometers of practice. While the body is indeed where the journey of yoga begins for many of us, perfection of the body is not the goal. In yoga your body is a means, not the end.

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