About

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Risto Duggan
Yoga Instructor

I am a Vancouver based yoga teacher with a focus on healing. My background as a semi-professional multi-sport athlete left my body broken and damaged!. 

On my 40th birthday I took my first yoga class and my life changed dramatically.

Since completing the 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2006, I built a strong following of students who attend my Rocket, Flexibility Yin, Active Yin classes, Workshops and Immersions.

Rocket Yoga is an Ashtanga based practice created by Larry Schultz in the late '80s. Larry took the first 3 sequences of Ashtanga Yoga and created 3 playful strong sequences.

 

Rocket 1 is the "Primary Series" of Rocket Yoga with a strong emphasis on forward folds. 

Rocket 2 has extra focus on back bending poses with a different hip sequence & playful optional inversions.  

Rocket 3 is a 2-3 hour "Workshop" practice.

Flexibility Yin Yoga is a targeted mobility training created by Lucas Rockwood in 2007 in Thailand.

He made 3 sequences ( Hips, Hamstrings, Back & Shoulders ).

Each sequence has 8-12 poses being held from 2-5 minutes with some functional mobility transitional postures.

The breathing is the GOLDEN NUGGET of this practice!

4:8 Breathing ( 4 Breath inhale nose: 8 Breath exhale mouth).

This breathing taps into the para sympathetic nervous system and helps to turn down your stress response.

This supplemental practice is the perfect compliment to The Rocket! 

Hanging out at your "edge"..... Makes your "edge" expand!

 

My main focus is on healing the body. Releasing tension through a strong practice focussing on the breath, and building true internal strength.

I'm known for my focussed cueing, alignment, quality adjustments when possible, levity and positive guidance.

25hr.Certified Yoga Flexibility Coach - Lucas Rockwood - Spain

50hr. Rocket Teacher Training - Steve Pyka - San Fransisco

200hr. Blissology Teacher Training - Eoin Finn - Vancouver  

300hr. Blissology Teacher Training - Eoin Finn - Ucluelet

50hr. Evolve - Advanced Teacher Training - Natalie Rousseau & Christine Price-Clark - Vancouver

40hr. Yin Teacher Training - Jolene Bayda - Vancouver  

Sacred Story ( Yoga Mythology ) - Natalie Rousseau - Pemberton

Level 1 & 2 Anatomy Training - Dr. Paul Maximus

Baptiste Power Yoga Teacher's Course - Vancouver

Intensives & Immersions - Dustin Fruson, Ryan Leier, Srivasta Ramaswami, Danny Paradise, Eddie Modestini, Dylan Bernstien, Pedro Franco, Suzanne Slocum-Gori, Shiva Rae, & Eoin Finn