About

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 battered. 

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

Since completing the 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2007, I built a strong following of students who attend my Rocket classes, Active Yin/ Gravity Yoga classes and Workshops.

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 from them. Rocket 1 is the "Primary Series" of Rocket Yoga. Rocket 2 has extra focus on back with playful inversion options. Rocket 3 is a 2-3 hour "Workshop" practice.

Gravity 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 4:8 ( 4 Breath inhale: 8 Breath exhale ). This breathing taps into the para sympathetic nervous system and helps shut off 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 strength. I'm known for my focussed cueing, alignment, quality adjustments ( when possible ), and positive guidance.

25hr. Gravity Yoga - Lucas Rockwood - Barcelona

50hr. Rocket Training - Steve Pyka -Asta Yoga, San Fransisco

Baptiste Power Yoga Teacher Course - Vancouver, B.C.

200hr. Vinyasa Training - Eoin Finn  

Positive Force Alignment #1 & #2

50hr. Advanced Training - Eoin Finn

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

40hr. Yin Training - Jolene Bayda  

Sacred Story ( Yoga Mythology ) - Natalie Rousseau

Level 1 & 2 Anatomy Training - Dr. Paul Maximus

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

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