|What the heck is the Rocket?
The Rocket routine was created by Larry Schultz and named by Bobby Weir of the Grateful Dead. It is based on the traditional sequences of Ashtanga Yoga.
Larry had been practicing Traditional Ashtanga for seven years, mostly primary series. After seven years of practice he was shown the "splits" or hanumanasana. His hips were three feet off the ground and he thought to himself, "Why wasn''t I shown this pose seven years ago?" This was the beginning of developing the Rocket.
With regular practice you begin to do things you didn''t know you could!
The Rocket, as the name indicates, gets you there faster. Larry says, "It''s like an invisible force of energy, to help us reach our dreams and our goals." It adds in more strengthening abdominal moves, inversions, hip openers, backbends and twists.
This routine leaves you with the feeling of being stronger, lighter and more flexible. Sweating is encouraged to purify and reshape your body.
The Rocket awakens your full
potential on and off the mat.
We consider the Rocket to be Ashtanga yoga because we study our self through breath, bandha and dristi.
Every Rocket class begins with sun salutations (view them here), followed by standing poses and then seated and finishing poses. However, Rocket adds in abdominal strengthening, transitions, inversions and arm balances.
By breathing consciously, you are able to reveal a greater degree of awareness and truth.
Practice all three Rocket sequences to experience a full range of poses each week.
Focus on legs and forward bending poses.
Focus on a seated series that layers in
more shoulder strength, backbends, twists and abdominals.
Combine poses from Rocket 1 and Rocket 2.
Learn to put your head below your heart to rejuvenate your mind, purify the thyroid, and give your heart a much-needed rest.