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Yudo Gaku Robert Yorga


Robert began formal zen practice in 2007 at Hokyoji with Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal of Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center in Minneapolis.

Curiosity about the gutsiness of Rinzai and the challenge of Rohatsu led him to Green Bay in 2009. That first Rohatsu was a turning point. Taking one's seat and realizing our angst is our liberation was so obvious and yet so foreign. The exquisite Mondo Zen process began the disassembling process and continued zazen and asana practice reconstructed a self based on simplicity and integrity.

At his second Rohatsu in 2010, he took Jukai. To bring these teachings to Minneapolis, he began Orchids & Bones in 2013 and was ordained a priest at Rohatsu in 2015.

He is a RYT-200 hour yoga teacher and currently completing his certification to become a personal trainer and health coach. Crafting an integral path for himself and his clients, as an expression of this he started Zen Heart Life Coaching. In his spare time, he is a bike messenger and a rock climber. He is married to Gina McKenzie. They live in Northeast Minneapolis.

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