Rod Stryker

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Rod Stryker
Born Nimrod Gross
(1957-10-19) October 19, 1957 (age 59)
Occupation Yoga teacher
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Cheryl Tiegs (1998–2001)
Gina D'Orazio (2006-present)[1]
Children Jaden, Theo, Asha, Atreya[2]
Parent(s) Joseph and Marion Gross[1]

Rod Stryker (born Nimrod Gross;[3] October 19, 1957) is an American Yoga teacher. He is the founder of ParaYoga and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He has studied and taught yoga, tantra, and meditation for over thirty years.[citation needed]

Professional life[edit]

Stryker began studying and practicing yoga at the age nineteen. Two years later, he began studying[4] 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,[5] the Give Back Yoga Foundation, and the Advisory Board of Yoga International magazine.

Personal life[edit]

Stryker was married to model Cheryl Tiegs, with whom he had two children, from 1998 to 2001.[6] Stryker later married Gina D'Orazio.[1] 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)


  1. ^ a b c "The Challis Messenger Online". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "learn/rodstrykerbio". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Davidson, Sara (2008). Leap!: What Will We Do with the Rest of Our Lives?. Ballantine Books. p. 46. ISBN 0-345-47809-6. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Diane. "YJ Interview: Bold Soul". YogaJournal. 
  5. ^ "Kripalu - Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "People in the News". Associated Press. October 12, 2001. 

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