Rod Stryker

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Rod Stryker
Born (1957-10-19) October 19, 1957 (age 61)
OccupationYoga teacher
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Cheryl Tiegs (1998–2001)
Gina D'Orazio (2006–present)[1]
Parent(s)Joseph and Marion Gross[1]

Yogarupa Rod Stryker (born October 19, 1957) is the founder of ParaYoga® and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He has been teaching since 1982, dedicating his life to improving lives through his lectures, writing, creativity, leadership, service and family life.

Professional life[edit]

Stryker began studying and practicing yoga at the age nineteen. Two years later, he began studying[3] with Yoga master, Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger and his son, Yogiraj Alan Finger and achieved the title Yogiraj, or master of Yoga. In 1999, Stryker was initiated into the tantric tradition of Sri Vidya, by his current teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait Ph.D., spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. Stryker serves on several Advisory Boards, including the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living,[4] and the Give Back Yoga Foundation. Rod is currently a featured faculty member of Yoga International.

Personal life[edit]

Stryker is married to Gina D'Orazio.[1] The couple have four children. He is brother to ESPN mixed martial arts writer Josh Gross. He currently lives in Colorado.



  • Stryker, Rod (July 26, 2011). The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. Delacorte Press. p. 400. ISBN 0-553-80398-0.


  • Meditations for Inner & Outer Peace (Audio, 76 minutes)
  • Meditations for Life (Audio, 73 minutes)
  • Relax Into Greatness (Audio, 88 minutes)
  • Tantra: The Radiant Soul of Yoga (Audio 23-CD set)


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  1. ^ a b c "The Challis Messenger Online". Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  2. ^ "learn/rodstrykerbio". Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  3. ^ Anderson, Diane. "YJ Interview: Bold Soul". YogaJournal.
  4. ^ "Kripalu - Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living". Retrieved 18 January 2014.

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