Aaron Stryker stumbled into deep meditation practice at a young age and has since thrown himself into this training. Aaron began practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 2014 and began formal Zen training in 2016. He spent many of his breaks during college on retreat, before graduating and beginning residency at the Ann Arbor Zen Buddhist Temple and now the Monastic Academy where he is currently living. After seeing the power of traditions of embodied practice to change our lives and the world, Aaron helped found Dharma Gates to open pathways into deep practice for young people. His aspiration is that more of us come to see the state of our minds as directly related to the state of the world - purifying our minds will be vital to facing the myriad crises ahead with love and skill.