A bit about Loren

Loren Crawford is first and foremost a student of yoga, tantra and Ayurveda. He attended his first yoga class in 1996 and embarked on formal studies in 2004 at which time he began teaching. Since then, Loren continued his studies, becoming a font of knowledge of these traditions.  

He shares with students and seekers alike the timeless wisdom of these traditions using his accessible and engaging voice. Like any great teacher, Loren has done the necessary work to embody these teachings which makes him an authentic and powerful force for change.

Loren’s primary teachers are Yogarupa Rod Stryker (ParaYoga) and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, Spiritual Head of the Himalayan Institute. Both these teachers awaken Loren’s curiosity to learn, grow and inspire others.


“I love sharing the profound teachings of these traditions, seeing them take root and the positive impacts they have on students’ lives. The popularization of yoga provides untold opportunities for people to achieve more freedom, fulfillment and joy, especially when they seek out teachers who can move them beyond the exercise aspects of yoga. My role is to serve these teachings and the sages who revealed them by being an excellent teacher.”

Loren's Credentials

1. ParaYoga Four Desires Trainer (2016)

2. ParaYoga Nidra Trainer (2019)

3. ParaYoga Level II Teacher Certification – 2009

  • Master-level certification by Yogarupa Rod Stryker of ParaYoga. Loren has the distinction of being Canada’s first Level II ParaYoga Certified Teacher.

4. Yoga Alliance Designation – 2007

  • E-RYT 500, YACEP
  • RYS 200
  • RYS 300

5. Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner – 2006

  • The Ayurveda Medical Centre of Canada. Teachers: Dr. Jim Lunney, MD CCFP(EM), Dr. Arpana Bapat, BAMS, Lianne McNamara, MEd.

6. Upward Dog 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training – 2004/5

  • Upward Dog, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Teachers: Yogi Vishvaketu, Chetana Jessica Torrens, E-RYT 500, Roxanne Joly, E-RYT 500.

When yoga is understood in its totality, it is neither a form of exercise, nor is it an esoteric philosophy or religion; it is a practical and comprehensive science for realizing life's ultimate aims.

Rod Stryker

Have you thought about having “a” yoga teacher?

You may have many teachers you enjoy, but when you start studying in a deeper way with a teacher who has embodied the teachings, your efforts will go much further.

I didn’t know I was looking for a teacher until I discovered my teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker. He is truly a master of Tantric Hatha Yoga. I knew immediately that if I studied with him my understanding of yoga would grow exponentially.

Listen to interview I did with Yogarupa on the role of the teacher. It may help you to understand this relationship more.