Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga and has taught tantra, meditation, and hatha yoga for more than 30 years. Rod’s study of yoga began at the age 19. Three years later he began an intensive apprenticeship with internationally renowned yoga master Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger. Rod became a dedicated part of this spiritual lineage that included some of India’s leading yoga masters of the past century: Paramahamsa Yogananda, Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, Kaviyogi Maharshi Shuddhananda Bharati, and Ramana Maharishi. In addition to his discipleship with Mani, Rod studied closely under Mani’s son, Yogiraj Alan Finger. Eventually Rod would become his teachers’ only American disciple to be given the title Yogiraj, master of Yoga.
In 1999, Rod met Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute and successor to Sri Swami Rama. Rod became Panditji’s student and was welcomed into the tradition of the Himalayan Masters. Their close relationship has continued to grow, and in recent years Rod has taught alongside Panditji at various seminars, workshops, and retreats. In 2004, Panditji initiated him as “Yogarupa” (which means “essence” or “embodiment” of Yoga) in the ceremony of the Sacred Thread. Their meeting helped inspire and consolidate Rod’s previous two decades of study of study and practice.
Rod is author of The Four Desires, a much acclaimed book released in 2011. He is also on the advisory board of Yoga International magazine, and on the board of directors of the Himalayan Institute.
His knowledge, insight and the whole dynamic and structure of the intensive is, for me, without parallel.A Yogacampus student, Vinyasa Krama intensive, May 2010
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