Yoga Teacher | @ryanleier

 

Why Him

Passionate and humble, he leads packed, inspiring classes at his own One Yoga studios, as well as at events all over the world. He also co-founded the non-profit Vinyasa Yoga for Youth, which fosters self-awareness, compassion and healthy living choices among young people.

 

Where does your drive come from?

I’m competitive and I used to thrive in competition. Now, I’m working to thrive in cooperation. My drive comes from wanting to be the best father, son, friend, student and teacher I can be, in order to make this planet better for everyone, myself included.

 

What daily habits keep you going?

Breathing deep, focusing especially on long exhalations. Sitting and standing tall, keeping my spine awake—I try not to slouch, but to sit tall and relax. Practicing yoga on and off the mat. Staying hydrated.

 

What would you say to your 20-year-old self?

Anything is possible. Have faith.

 

The best memories often result from going off the grid or off schedule. Describe one.

A jet ski ride in the Pacific Ocean turned into an epic swim with dolphins when I decided to jump off! The more I practice listening, the better I can decide when to go off the path and when to stay on.

 

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