Rod Stryker’s Four Desires (4D) Virtual Book Club.

Via on Sep 24, 2011

 

The Principles of “The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom” by Rod Stryker

A Virtual Book Club.

The Four Desires (4D) is a step-by-step process based on ancient yogic teachings that enable you to figure out your life purpose (your dharma. Yes, you do have one). Once you know your dharma, you can make the contribution to the world that only you can make, overcome the inherent resistance you have to it, achieve lasting happiness, and fulfill your destiny. The best part is that you can be brand spanking new to yoga and still benefit from this amazing book. Rod Stryker wrote 4D to share the best of his thirty years of teaching yoga and meditation to general audiences. Our vision for this book club is to build a community of active 4D readers that want to better understand its key teachings.

For every step in the 4D process, there are principles. That’s what we’re sticking to. It is not our intention to use this space to share the personal exercises in the book, as they are very revealing and may require more guidance than we are able to provide via this virtual space. That doesn’t mean don’t do the exercises. In fact, developing a better relationship with these ancient teachings will enhance working the process on your own.

Wherever you are in the process of The 4D, here you’ll find a discussion on each of its principles. A new principle will be introduced weekly, with previous discussions remaining open for continuing dialogue. Though it may be interesting to know what other traditions may think about dharma or desire, this forum was created to help 4D readers assimilate the ideas presented in the book. In the event that you are stuck or really want to talk to someone about your personal  process, please refrain from posting it as part of the conversation. Instead, sign up for a 4D workshop with author Rod Stryker or set up a private appointment with our expert 4D mentors Kathy O’Rourke and Certified ParaYoga Level II instructor, Sue Neufeld. Kathy and Sue will periodically jump into the action on this virtual book club and provide general guidance about the 4D principles.

Instructions: How the Book Club Works

  • -Get the book and read it
  • -Join in any time on our ongoing 4D discussions by clicking on the links below
  • -Scroll to the bottom of the discussion page and add or reply to a comment
  • -Enjoy life

Ongoing 4D Discussions:

Discussion: The Introduction
What inspires you in The Four Desires introduction?
Chapter 1: The Power of Desire
Let’s Define Desire
Chapter 2: Two Kinds of Fulfillment
Chapter 3: The Four Desires Desires For the Purpose of the Soul
Desire in My Head
Reflections on Warrior II
Experimenting with Virabhadrasana II
Chapter 4: Dharma ~ A Tree Bends Toward Light
Uncover Your Soul’s Purpose: What is Life’s Intelligence?
Chapter 5: Understanding Your Mighty Purpose
How Do You Serve Your Soul’s Purpose?
Chapter 6: What is Your Dharma Code?
How Do You Live YOUR Four Desires?
Chapter 7: Watch Your Mind Think–The Key to Being Guided All the Time
The Basic Practice of Meditation. Listening to Your Soul. 
Reflections on Upward-Facing Dog
Practicing Upward-Facing Dog.
Chapter 8: The Science of Manifesting Intention
A New Year’s Resolution Without Fail: Sankalpa
Chapter 9: What is a Right Desire
Finding Your Soul  
Chapter 10: The Sankalpa Exercise
7 Steps to Success
Reflections on Vasisthasana
Mind+Body+Breath=Practice
Chapter 11: The Formula for Fulfilling Your Desires
From Desire to Fulfillment
Chapter 12: How Much Do You Want What You Want?
How Bad Do You Want It? 
Chapter 13: Reducing Resistance That Stands Between You and Fulfilling Your Desire.
Weeding Your Unconscious 
Chapter 14: Relax Into Greatness.
Yogic Sleep
Chapter 15: Building Momentum to Achieve Your Sankalpa~The Departure Point.
What are Your Bad Habits? 
Chapter 16: How Intention Flowers into Fulfillment
How To Make Your Thoughts More Powerful.
Chapter 17: The Power To Know What To Do.
Honoring Your Intuition. 
Chapter 18: The Power To Do What You Know
Acting On Your Hearts Guidance.
Chapter 19: The Courage to Change.
What Does It Take To Be Courageous?
Reflections on Triangle Pose
Utthita Trikonasana
Chapter 2o: Man Proposes the Universe Disposes
Learning to let go all over again.
Chapter 21: Your Miracle Angle Stage One of Non-Attachment
Your Miracle Angle
Chapter 22: Fulfillment May Be Waiting for You (to Change) Stage Two of Non-Attachemnt 
Engaging Change
Chapter 23: Freedom & The fire of Self-Knowledge Stage Three of Non-Attachemnt
Letting go of “Me” 
Reflections on Head-to-Knee Pose
Janu Sirsasana
Chapter 24: The Endeavor to be “There”
The Art of Practice: Sustained Effort Leads You “There”
Chapter 25: No Adjustment, No Fulfillment  
Chapter 26: The Pain of Not Changing
Don’t Postpone Your Happiness
Chapter 27: Contentment Changes Everything
There Are No Short Cuts To Stilling The Mind. 
Chapter 28: The White Horse
Where is Your White Horse
?
Chapter 29: Your Sacred Journey
A Melody to Remember  
Reflections on Virabhadrasana III:
Everything is Impermanent.
Aloha,
Chanti 

Learn more about Rod Stryker and ParaYoga at RodStryker.com 
Read The Four Desires book review on Elephant Journal.
The Four Desires: YouTube talks with Rod Stryker
Rod Stryker travels to the largest spiritual pilgrimage in history in 2013. I’ll be there. Will you?


About Chanti Tacoronte-Perez

As a traveler and painter Chanti has grounded her roots in the path of yoga wherever she has landed. Chanti began practicing Yoga during her first year in college & continued when she left for Hampshire College to complete her BA in Painting/Fine Arts and Special Education. From 2001-2004 she lived and worked in Havana, Cuba as the Hampshire College Cuba Program Coordinator where she studied Iyengar Yoga. Chanti has been studying and teaching yoga in the Tantric Hatha Linage since 2005 with her teacher Rod Stryker, founder of Para Yoga. He has taught her that everyone has the ability to know their destination and find that road to walk on. She has currently completed the Para Yoga Certification (level I) & her Restorative Yoga training with Judith Handson Lasater. Her study of Sacred Art and Yantra Painting merge her love of Yoga with her passion for painting and education. http://www.ohanashakti.com

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72 Responses to “Rod Stryker’s Four Desires (4D) Virtual Book Club.”

  1. Vanita says:

    I am so excited about this!!

  2. I'm in. We are pleased and proud to welcome you to Elephant. I've got the book already, and, as you know, Rod was one of my earliest influences. The Four Desires is one of the books I recommend in Yoga Demystified.

    Will you posting ongoing information about this Virtual Book Club on the Four Desires Facebook page?

    I also want to call everyone's attention to the excellent review of Four Desired on Elephant by the inimitable Jessica Durivage. (Same as your link on the title above, but I want to make sure readers don't miss it). Read this if you want to get really excited about this Virtual Book Club!

    I look forward to participating in the weekly discussion.

    Bob W.
    Editor

    • Chanti says:

      Hi Bob,
      Thanks again for all your expert help! Yes it is our intention to post information and updates on the book club on the 4D Facebook page. There is also a link to the Four Desires Book review by jessica, on the page!

  3. Love this idea and I am in for sure. Great book, great teacher and a fantastic way to share. Nice!

  4. I am looking forward to recommend this learning opportunity to my students, friends and family! they have witnessed how the 4D process has changed my life, helped me feel more at home within myself. Sharing this process with others will create such a richness and support… many thanks to all who have offered us their time and this opportunity for surrendering those patterns that no longer serve us… and a chance to embrace our dharma!!

    • Chanti says:

      Well Said Kathryn!!!! Thanks for sharing how it changed your life…..The principles that will be discussed in this forum will help guide people working though the process and hopefully embracing and living their dharma

  5. Tanya Lee Markul Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

  6. Patrick says:

    I am so all about the 4D ! :-) The 1st weekend of January '12, I will be doing a weekend workshop with Rod here in Hawaii.

    xo,

    Patrick

  7. Nicole Linehan says:

    I'm so excited about this book club! Psyched to have a place to discuss the principles with others who are going through the process.

  8. Aloha Chanti, looking forward to interacting on this exciting book club, sharing and learning!
    XXXOOO
    Mom

  9. I just started a new 200 Hour ParaYoga Teacher Training program in Kalamazoo, MI. I have added The Four Desires to the list of books trainees can write a book report on for credit toward their certification! The book club will be a great resource for yoga teachers in training! ~ Thanks to everyone in support of Rod and ParaYoga. ~ Blessings, Devidas

  10. Tanya Lee Markul Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Just posted to "Popular Lately" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

  11. Kara Aubin says:

    What a great opportunity to have some company through the principles. Thank you Para Yogis for the support!

  12. DaveTelf says:

    Had the pleasure to meet Rod this past weekend at the YJ Conference in Estes Park. Seeing this now makes me wish I'd bought his book in addition to shaking his hand and chatting him up about NudeFood. Never too late! Thanks!

  13. ARCreated says:

    LOVING The book. Took two classes with Rod at YJC estes and will be seeing him @true nature in Carbondale end of this month. Very much looking forward to the book club :)

  14. yogiclarebear says:

    Just got started on this book/journey, count me in! I'll appreciate the support and will offer what I can.

  15. Irina says:

    Thank you for organizing this! Looking forward to an insightful discussion.

  16. when will this club start, I am about a 1/4 way through the book now?

  17. Chanti says:

    See you all on the 15th!!!

  18. missmiapark says:

    can't wait, chanti!

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