Set Higher Standards by Ravi

Ramblings from a 30-something ultra-marathoning yogi with a day job.

About Ravi

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Hey there! My name is Ravi Raman and I’m a yogi, distance runner, long-time Microsoft employee and author.

After graduating from Penn State University, I have spent the past a decade leading teams in various business development, product management and planning roles at Microsoft. I am actively involved in personal development and growth communities in the Seattle area, and created the Seattle PowerGroup – a 200+ member strong group of personal growth enthusiasts.

I practice and teach Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga at Shakti Vinyasa in Bellevue, WA. I am a two-time Ironman Triathlete (training for my third in 2011), Boston Marathon qualifier and tend to jump into crazy acts of endurance just for the fun of it – like biking from Seattle to Portland in a single day, and swimming across Puget Sound. Nowadays I’ve taken up ultra-distance running – and am training for a 50 mile trail race in the Copper Canyon region of Northwestern Mexico.

I study and practice advaita vedanta and have been a student of Swami Dayananda Saraswati from a very young age. I actively support of AIM for Seva, and over the course of the past 10 years have helped to build several schools and boarding facilities for rural communities in South India.

Enjoy your time on the site, please do subscribe and contact me (Ravi) with any questions or comments at

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Written by Ravi Raman

December 6, 2008 at 3:54 am

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  1. Hi Ravi, just said I’d let you know I’m enjoying your website….keep up the good work….thanks, Hazel. :-)

    Hazel Slattery

    August 23, 2012 at 3:32 pm

  2. Hi Ravi,

    Hope this post finds you in good health. I have landed to your blog through Google. I would like to make a request to you. Do you think it is feasible for you to review in your blog. We want an honest opinion on the product and business model. Let me know if this topic interest you? Any information you need, I’ll be happy to provide back.

    Thanks in advance!
    Best regards

    Ajay Pandey

    August 16, 2012 at 11:17 pm

  3. [...] With special thanks to Ravi Raman [...]

  4. While we are talking about About Set Higher Standards, Green Smoothies are easy to make, very nutrient-dense and one of the best ways to increase your greens intake significantly. They also crowd out the desire to eat less nutritious foods. You can make them very sweet, with the right mix of fruit and greens, so they satisfy sweet cravings and provide the real nutrition that your body is craving.

    green smoothies

    June 30, 2010 at 10:38 am

  5. About section: After graduating among the top of his class at Penn State Univesity


    December 20, 2009 at 7:31 pm

  6. Yoga, Seva & Africa
    Hi Ravi – I’m reaching out to the yoga community for support…

    For my ’09 Seva Challenge Goal I am dedicated to make a positive difference for those in need in the poorest regions of Uganda ~

    I launched Yoga+ on-line fundraising auction. The auction can be found at & items run through 12/2, 12/3 or 12/4 – just in time for the gift-giving season! Can you please help me by checking out the auction and/or sharing it with others?

    There are many fabulous auction items ~
    Shiva Rea Yoga DVDs & Music
    Organic chocolate, tea & coffee,
    Eco-Yoga mats & eco-jewelry,
    An amazing handcrafted Tibetan Yoga Prayer Wheel!
    Organic Shea Butter w/ biodegrable jar,
    African Bolga market baskets,
    African drum & backpack guitar,
    Tibetan singing bowl,
    Yoga tees & messenger sling bags and lots more!

    Hope this finds you relaxing into the spirit of the holidays,
    With love & gratitude, Kristi Moseley (Bellingham, WA)

    100% of the proceeds from auction support at-risk youth yoga programs in the U.S. and will build a school, teacher housing, a community center, a birthing & midwife training center, a permaculture farm, access clean water and provide HIV/AIDS education to those in the poorest regions of Uganda! Your purchase will make a sustainable and positive impact in many lives.

    Thank you so much for your support, generosity and helping me create a positive change in our world. With gratitude, Kristi Moseley

    To make additional contributions please visit

    kristi moseley

    December 1, 2009 at 8:43 pm

  7. I’m also using Thesis Theme.

    Which plugin are you using for the newsletter?

    What did you modify on it in order to get the background in grey color?

    How did you add the yellow square text message on the front page (Welcome to SETHIGHERSTANDARDS.COM. I am Ravi Raman and am here to share tips on how to live a healthier and more joyful life!)

    I’m building a blog for a friend and would like to make some small changes.

    Thank you! ;)

    Anuncios Clasificados BCN

    September 22, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    • Check out the thesis blog…that is where I learned how to do all this stuff. I can’t remember exactly what I did so I can’t tell you off the top of my head. You just modify/add some text in a few of the theme files. In terms of newsletter…I just use feedburner and they provide an option to subscribe to RSS/posts via e-mail. I don’t have any other newsletter at this time.

      Ravi Raman

      September 22, 2009 at 8:42 pm

  8. Hi Ravi,
    We were in Teacher Training 1 together last summer & I was googling Baron & I came across your site. It’s very impressive…I really mean that. I’ve had a rough couple of weeks & I found your site to be extremely uplifting. Take care & maybe I’ll see you at another Baron retreat!!!


    July 20, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    • Hey Christina, of course I remember you! Thanks for visiting my blog. All the best and hope our paths cross again.

      Ravi Raman

      July 22, 2009 at 12:21 pm

  9. Hi –
    We hope you make it back to the Run of the Mill 5K this year.
    Thanks for mentioning us on your website/blog – very much appreciated!
    Steve Knox

    Steve Knox

    June 20, 2009 at 11:00 pm

  10. Ravi,

    I’d love to connect sometime and share thoughts on our similar quests & interests.

    Hope to chat soon.

    Ryan Graves

    June 8, 2009 at 3:29 pm

  11. Hi Ravi,
    Nice site… you rock buddy!
    We will miss you on Wednesday, have fun Snowboarding!
    Keep in touch!


    January 27, 2009 at 3:16 pm

  12. Hi, Ravi. I have just read some of your blogs. Very interesting! I like your writing style. Keep on writing!!!

    So you were an ironman triathlete??? Wow!!!!
    No wonder you looked so fit!

    I also checked out the vegan bodybuilders link from yr blog. Interesting. I remember watching Tony’s video about ‘static contraction’ weight lifting system. It’s soooooo interesting. What do you think of that?

    I checked about raw veganism and browsed some raw food recipes, coz I am curious how do you make soup without heating, how you make lasagna without heating. Wow! very interesting techniques.

    Once again, great meeting you and Anastasia and Brent today. You all make my day.



    January 21, 2007 at 6:51 am

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    Warm Regards



    December 5, 2006 at 5:45 pm

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