Rocket Yoga is a style with deep roots in the traditional Ashtanga Yoga System. Its reorganized into a dynamic, energizing yet accessible practice. Similar to Vinyasa in freedom of movement, Rocket encourages the art of modification and variation. Rocket or Rocket Vinyasa breaks the hierarchy of Ashtanga allowing students to progress and work towards poses from intermediate, 3rd and 4th series Ashtanga.
Like Ashtanga, Rocket is based in the concept of Tristana, which is focus on the breath, bandhas and drishti. We use Ujayi breathing to build a cleansing heat in the body and practice Pranaymas or breath work.
Rocket is a progression from the first practice on, working within set sequences based on primary and intermediate series of Ashtanga with inversions and playful arm balances. Over time and with practice these poses become accessible to everyone.
Rocket was invented by the late Larry Schultz in the 1980s when he was a touring yoga teacher with the Grateful Dead. Larry began to play with the sequences of Ashtanga and it was well received. Bob Weir coined it "The Rocket, because it gets you there faster." It is known as one of the first styles of power yoga.
Like Ashtanga Rocket begins with traditional Sun Salutations A and B, moves into standing postures and forward folds, twists, creative arm balance sequences and plenty of moments to play with inversions like forearm stand, headstand and handstand.
Rocket is a full body system, working every muscle, every tissue, every time. Rocket works on both the physical body and the subtle body energy system.