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The Four Desires

Rod Stryker

"Desire is here to stay. The challenge we all face, and which I intend to guide you through, is to learn how to take into account the full measure of who you are and use the positive force of all four of your soul's desires to lead you to your best life."
-Rod Stryker

According to ancient Yogic tradition, your soul has four distinct desires:

  • The desire for purpose, the drive to become who you are meant to be
  • The desire for the means (money, security, health) to prosper in this world
  • The desire for pleasures like intimacy, beauty, and love
  • The desire for spiritual fulfillment and lasting freedom

Learning to honor these four desires is the key to happiness, and to a complete and balanced life. But how can you discern what will truly satisfy your desires? How can you increase your capacity to achieve them? What if your desires seem to conflict with one another? Is it really possible to live a spiritual life while also wanting material pleasures and success?

Product Details

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Copyright: 2011
ISBN: 978-0553803983
Hardcover
352 pages
6.5" x 9.4"

More on The Four Desires

For more than three decades, master teacher Rod Stryker has taught yoga in the context of its deepest philosophy. His course, called The Yoga of Fulfillment, has helped thousands recognize their soul's call to greatness and to achieve their dreams. Now, in this wise and richly practical book, he has distilled those broad teachings into a roadmap for becoming the person you were meant to be. It is filled with revealing true stories, provocative exercises, and practices for unlocking your inner guidance. And even if you've never done a yoga pose, you can follow this step-by-step process to:

  • Discover your soul's unique purpose - the one you came into this world to fulfill.
  • Recognize the goal(s) you need to focus on at any given time and enliven your capacity to reach them.
  • Overcome self-defeating ideas and behavior.
  • Recruit your deepest energies and strengthen your resolve to meet any challenge.
  • Learn to live with joy at every stage of your growth.


The Four Desires is nothing less than a complete path toward living your best life possible - a life that is rich in meaning and in means, a life that attracts and emanates happiness, a life that is your unique gift to yourself and the world.

About the Author

Founder of ParaYoga®, Rod Stryker is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on the ancient traditions of yoga, tantra, and meditation. Rod’s teaching weaves together his depth of understanding, experience, and ability to make the ancient teachings and practices accessible to students of all levels. Rod has trained teachers for over 25 years and leads retreats, workshops, and trainings worldwide. He lives in the mountains of Colorado with his wife and four children.

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