Inside the Carry On of Yoga Teacher Ryan Leier —

Magic kit included.

The Saskatoon–based Lululemon ambassador and founder of One Yoga studios opens his bag before a trip to teach at a New Orleans Saints practice.

December 20, 2019
A colourful, indigenous inspired jacket
An open spiral ringed book called Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

Jacket One of my students gave me this after he won his first championship with the Hoop Dancers, an Indigenous basketball team. Wearing it is just one way I pay tribute to the community and their culture.

Book This version of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, based on the teachings of yoga master Srivatsa Ramaswami, teaches how to be kind, truthful and generous. My copy is full of notes – it’s like the book is alive.

A grey, partially rolled up Lululemon yoga mat

Yoga mat I will often leave this extra–lightweight Lululemon mat as a gift for someone at the hotel or airport at the end of a trip. I give it away because I believe in karma; I know it’s coming back to me.

A magic-themed colouring book
A Polaroid photo of Kiyah

Magic kit Bringing out my magic colouring book and trick cards acts as an icebreaker when I’m teaching. It takes the pretention out of yoga, and I can shift the energy by performing a sleight of hand.

Photo of Kiyah Just seeing this picture of my 17–year–old daughter when she was 9 or 10 keeps me focused when I’m travelling. She inspires me to be a better human being.