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What is the Purpose of Holding Long Poses in Yoga?

In On Teaching Yoga on December 4, 2010 at 8:24 am

God seems such a mystery, so far away, the provenance of a select few. Want it to be different? Then STOP. Notice the speed by which everything is changing. Now, sense the Reality, that by virtue of it being still, allows you to perceive all that is in flux. Expand your awareness of this bold, merciful and fiery field of stillness till it is boundless. Lastly, feel It, the Source of everything, separate from nothing.

Yogarupa Rod Stryker

This Week's Focus: Kriya Basics

In On Teaching Yoga on June 7, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I just realized something. “Yoga focus” is redundant! *smile* But focus I shall, because that is a quality I see blooming in my students in our ParaYoga classes!

This week (June 7, 2010) in Sonoma we will be focusing on the basics of Kriya Yoga.

The excellent text, Yoga and Kriya: A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques by Swami Satyananda Saraswati introduces kriya this way:

Many people are unhappy in the world, dissatisfied and yet not sure what is lacking in their lives. The basic reason for this unhappiness is our attachment to the material plane of existence. Once we gain a glimpse of higher spheres of consciousness, then our unhappiness and discontent automatically fade away….a system is required which progressively leads a person to deeper states of relaxation, until concentration becomes the spontaneous activity of consciousness. This system is kriya yoga.

The place to start is alternate nostril breath, or nadi sodhana. This week’s classes will include this practice, and begin to build on its many variations of pranayama.

Get ready to let go of lack!

See you in class!

The Truth About Tantra

In On Teaching Yoga, Yoga on June 7, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Tantric Hatha Yoga, that is.

The truth about Tantric Hatha Yoga is, it is not about that. What it is is an extraordinary (and delightful) approach to yoga that is the true “power yoga.” That is, it uncovers the true power of our potential to prosper in every area of life.

My teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, puts it this way:

As described in the various tantric texts, Hatha Yoga includes the following practices: asana, pranayama, bandha, kriya, mudra, mantra, meditation as well as practices pertaining to kundalini awakening, along with a seemingly endless array of other techniques and knowledge.

Tantra, by providing infinite ways to expand the reach and power yoga, is its most complete and sublime approach. Incorporating the wisdom of ayurveda and the whole of brahma vidya (“supreme science”) or knowledge of the underlying reality, tantra provides a direct and accelerated path to achieving life’s ultimate aims.

Tantra’s core principle asserts that through self-knowledge and the cultivation of our innate power, we can unfold our fullest potential and thus achieve both worldly and spiritual prosperity.

If you’d like to hear more about Tantra, listen in on a panel discussion with Rod and others on Tantra at the January 2010 Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco. Here’s a link.

I would love to share these amazing practices with you. My classes at Yoga Community in Sonoma are Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-10:30 a.m. and Wednesday 5:3-7:00 p.m.

Teaching Yoga: What is Most Essential?

In On Teaching Yoga on January 19, 2010 at 11:35 am

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.

Camp WannaYoga 2009

In On Teaching Yoga on August 19, 2009 at 9:43 am

At Feathered Pipe Ranch, Montana, August 21-24.

Camp WannaYoga

I’ll be leading some of my favorite ParaYoga practices, including Yoga Nidra, Prana Mudra, and some Prana Vayu Meditation.

Of course, a little asana just to prepare the spine for the transmittal of energy!

James Baldwin quote

In It's Not About the Asana, On Teaching Yoga, Writings on July 30, 2009 at 5:33 pm

I come back to this one time and again.

Sometimes as a cue when teaching yoga.

Over times, when curating, it is my intention. “Hey, look at this!”

And in the True moment, with a lover, with a friend:

The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see.

Camp WannaYoga© at Feathered Pipe Ranch in Montana

In On Teaching Yoga on June 25, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I am so tickled to announce the

First Annual Camp WannaYoga© at Feathered Pipe Ranch in Montana,

August 21-24, 2009. 


on the famous rope swing at Feathered Pipe Ranch, Montana

on the famous rope swing at Feathered Pipe Ranch, Montana



This very spontaneous and grassroots yoga event is gonna be swell. Anyone at all can come, don’t even have to do yoga, you can just camp, eat, swim, play, hike, hangout…we will have yoga from teachers in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, eastern Washington, and western Canada. Only $250, yoga, room, and board included!

Let me know if you would like to come or participate in any way!


A teachers' teacher

In On Teaching Yoga on November 18, 2008 at 12:14 am

I shared this on the Feathered Pipe’s blog, take a peek: