Risto Duggan Yoga
Risto Duggan Yoga
Practice and Breathe with Balance and Grace.


The Healing Power of  Yoga

Classes • Workshops • RAD Yoga Surf Retreats • RAD Yoga Gear


Upcoming RAD Yoga Surf Retreats


Practice, Breathe & Surf - Nicaragua #3

Costa dulce beach bungalows and resort
November 10 - 17,2018

An invigorating seven day retreat at a secluded coastal get away close to San Juan Del Sur called Costa Dulce. Wake up in your own beach bungalow with breath taking ocean views, fresh fruit, amazing coffee and Risto's signature 90 minute Rocket/Ashtanga class followed by a day spent surfing, hiking, or relaxing. Evening Acro / Yin yoga and fresh healthy meals are the cherry on top for a week of movement, relaxation, and transformation.

Practice, Breathe & Surf - Tofino #9

Tofino botanical gardens and ecolodge/long beach
August 31 - September 3, 2018

The ninth-annual Tofino retreat packs a ton of goodness into just three days - 8 raw, vegan,vegetarian meals, 8 yoga classes, 3 nights accommodation and 2 days of surfing. You'll get to workshop inversions, try acro-yoga, and experience evening yin classes with live music. It's a refreshing way to spend labour day weekend in Canada's Pacific playground paradise.



About Risto

Risto Duggan is a Vancouver based yoga teacher with a focus on healing through alignment, power, and breath. His background as a semi-professional multi-sport athlete left his body broken and battered. With 9 broken bones, a bad hip and an arthritic back he was in need of some mindful healing. On his 40th birthday he took his first yoga class and his life changed dramatically.

Since completing his 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2007, he has built a strong following of students who attend his Rocket, Ashtanga, and Yin classes. The main focus is on healing the body, releasing tension through deep stretches, focussing on the breath, and building true strength. Risto's known for his quality adjustments, positive guidance, and playful inversions.

200hr. Vinyasa Training - Eoin Finn   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 - Paul Maximus

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



Immersive training sessions for yogi's who want to elevate their practice, and for certified teachers who want to learn how to teach The Rocket. Risto's workshops range from Inversions & Arm Balances, Yin with Live Music, and The Rocket.

Private sessions are also available. $90 for 90 min



Risto teaches at One Yoga, Stretch, and YYoga Yaletown throughout the week.

 One yoga for the people Vancouver

Tuesday - 7am - 815am -Rocket #1

Thursday - 545pm - 715pm - Rocket #2

Saturday - 415pm - 530pm - Rocket #2

Saturday - 545pm - 7pm - Yin


Stretch vancouver

Monday - 7am - 8am - Ashtanga

Tuesday - 6pm - 715pm - The Rocket

Tuesday - 730pm - 845pm - Alignment Yin

Thursday - 7am - 8am - Ashtanga

Friday - 7am - 8am - Rocket


YYoga Yaletown

Saturday - 9am - 1030am - Rocket #1

Sunday - 9am - 1030am - Rocket #2

Sunday - 545pm - 7pm - Rocket #2



RAD Yoga Gear

Risto's power classes are demanding, and he needed a pair of yoga shorts that could perform well with all the arm balances and stay fitted. So he designed and had the RAD Power Shorts made locally in Richmond B.C.

RAD Yoga Bags have been a labour of love since 2000. Risto handcrafts every bag himself with heavy cotton fabrics, industrial hardware, and they are large enough to carry a full size Manduka 27' wide.

RAD Yoga Gear now includes handcrafted bags, sweaters, and tanks, and is growing with love here in Vancouver.


The Rocket


What is Rocket yoga?

The Rocket is an invigorating style of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga  that heals and strengthens the body with a rhythmic power flow, playful (optional) inversions, and deep hip stretches. Each pose prepares the body for the next pose, which is why it is such an effective practice for healing and building strength.

Who is it for?

Anyone can benefit from The Rocket, and what I love most about it is that beginners can practice beside experienced yogi’s, and everyone is learning and progressing. All the arm balances and inversions are optional, and you practice with the wall as a partner. Also breaks are encouraged, so if your body feels fatigued, just hang out in child’s pose or down dog.

What's the Story?

Larry Schultz trained with Pattabhi Jois '82 - '89, and took the 3 series of Ashtanga and created "Rocket Yoga" in his home of San Fransisco in the 90's.

Larry was The Grateful Dead's yoga teacher. Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead suggested the name "Rocket" while Larry was teaching the band, because "it gets you there faster" - so it's great for anyone who wants to get to another level in their yoga ability, build a strong core, and heal their body.


Check my schedule to find when and where I teach Rocket, and come give it a shot! 


Reach Out

Contact Risto: 

Privates ($90 for 90min.), to book a spot on upcoming RAD Yoga Surf Retreats, reserve Workshops at your Studio, pick up some RAD Yoga Gear, or just to say hi.