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Spiritual Practice

In It's Not About the Asana on October 30, 2010 at 10:46 am

How do you embody yoga’s lofty promises? Simple: spiritual practice. A yogi’s relationship to spirit is either a thriving connection or it is nothing. To talk to spirit, forget what you heard yesterday, drop the attitude, never mind the pithy words for the day or the fact you have a teacher. Your life will resemble gold by drying up your juicy ego and being still enough to hear spirit sing today.

Yogarupa Rod Stryker


Subtle Energy Vinyasa Yoga. Come. Hear your soul.


Ultimate Yoga

In It's Not About the Asana on October 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Your soul longs for the richest kind of fulfillment,

one that includes both spiritual contentment as well as worldly happiness.

The ultimate practice of yoga is to let the light of your soul guide you

to achieve the life you are meant to live.

Yogarupa Rod Stryker


Blessings in the Mala Beads

In It's Not About the Asana on October 28, 2010 at 8:16 am

As I sat in japa meditation this tranquil fall morning,

with each turn of the bead, I saw my life flash before me,

each bead another brilliant moment of love remembered.

One a dear friend from long ago, the next a day at the pool,

30 years ago. The face of my ishta devata, a house, a gathering

of fellow yogis…my japa was a rotation of divine consciousness of love.

Bead by bead, I wear my love like Heaven.

Coral With Turquoise Wrist


Today's Lesson

In It's Not About the Asana, Truisms on October 26, 2010 at 10:41 am


Uncomfortable situations make you focus on your own values.

Subtle Energy Vinyasa Yoga. Come. Hear your Soul.

Divine Answer to a Prayer

In It's Not About the Asana on October 17, 2010 at 9:02 am

You know you have found the right teacher, the right path, when you receive just the message you need (and/or kick in the pants), just when you need it most. Thank you, Yogarupa, for this Dharma Pearl:


The gold in meditation is often fleeting. Sadly once that flash, delicious as all get out, is gone, mind once again is a blind miner fumbling with a dull pick and tired hammer. Understand this: meditation is a mirror. Under the influence of unhelpful choices mind becomes too drunk to see the stream of quiet Glory in front of it. Time to consider your choices. If you are going to be truly rich you need a sharp tool.

Are You Full of Yourself?

In It's Not About the Asana on July 14, 2010 at 4:45 pm

“You’re full of yourself.”

Have you ever been told the above? Or thought it about someone else? Uttered the words, perhaps in sarcasm?

The sentiment “You’re full of yourself” is typically meant as a put-down, a reprimand. I think the expression has received a very bad–and misperceived–rap. To be full of your true Self is the best thing you can be! In fact, to be anything less than full of your Self is selfish. Think about it. To be less than full of yourself is to hold back, restrain, avoid, deny, not represent your truth, and ultimately to suffer.

I say, Be full of yourself. That is, be you. The world will love you for it. And that sentiment is reciprocal.

Om Tat Sat.

Alice Walker, Rod Stryker, Tantric Hatha Yoga & Synchronicity

In It's Not About the Asana, Truisms on July 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Yesterday, I heard Alice Walker on City Arts and Lectures. Among her other salient, clear, gorgeous words were:

‎”The key to living life fully is to not fear being yourself.”

This morning, I read my teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker’s Dharma Pearl on ParaYoga’s Facebook page:

Preoccupied with the finite, mind is tainted by strange and borrowed ideas, all of them having to do with a very small I: “can’t,” “need,” “hope,” “want,” “will never,” “If only” and on and on. Only when the Infinite is seen does perception become beautifully original, allowing us to recognize the Dance, where everything can be seen as a celebration of love, an endless teaching on how to find and embody the One.

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Both are Tantric world views. I can personally attest to “both” (the quotes a nod to non-dualism) ways of living. One, exactly that, trying to live. The “other” exactly that. Living.

On Silence

In It's Not About the Asana on July 11, 2010 at 1:07 pm

“Silence cures all.”

To Free the Spirit, or Free the Mind?

In It's Not About the Asana, Today's Practice on January 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm

For those unfamiliar with the sub-species of skiing, skate skiing is a type of Nordic, or cross-country skiing wherein the heels of the ski boots are not locked onto the skis (unlike Alpine, or downhill skiing where the entire boot is clipped down). The toe is clipped in, the heel is unattached. Free.

We Nordic skiers have a credo: Free the Heel, Free the Mind. Recently I overheard a fellow skier put a slight spin on it, Free the Heel, Free the Spirit. Both sound like a good plan, right? As I pondered the alternative take on cross-country skiing’s rallying cry, it hit me: It’s free the mind. Our spirit (soul) is already free!

Granted, our spirit at times feels locked in, fearful, or broken. The reality is, the soul is always free, unperturbed. The mind misconstrues. Often. It can and does read the world as oppressive, fearful, discombobulated. But our soul (purusha) is inherently whole, and knows no sorrow. The tricky part is, the soul must look through the mind, misguided and muddled as it can be, to see what the world looks like. If we learn (better yet, remember) to free the mind, it and the soul can just ride…seamless…unblemished.

Free the Mind, Free the Soul! If you want to pry this “puzzle” a bit more, and learn more about how ever to free the mind, drop me a line. Better yet (both/and) go straight to my source, my teacher, Rod Stryker. Friend him on Facebook. There, Yogarupa offers daily “dharma pearls” that re-mind my soul everyday.


Rod Stryker's Daily Dharma Pearl

In It's Not About the Asana, On Teaching Yoga on January 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm

The Tantras says the world is inherently beautiful and blissful.

Yogarupa Rod Stryker’s daily Dharma Pearls on his Facebook page are evidence! His few words/grand world view color my day, and as such I want to share them with you…always timely, kind, appropriate, and needed.

January 14 2010

Yogarupa Rod Stryker

Do yogis cry? Yes and laugh too. Their tears and joy however come with no strings attached––part of embracing the knowledge that soul is partnered with a mortal coil for the dance of this lifetime. Yoga is accepting life’s traumas and elation as passing flashes like so many shooting starts; come morning when the sun of Spirit rises you’ll see the stars recede and your soul’s light, the Eternal presence, fill the sky.