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Cincinnati Yoga Teacher Training • Rocket Vinyasa & Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training

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LEVEL 1: ASHTANGA YOGA TRAINING, 200 hours/8 weekends

NOW REGISTERING 2019/20
Fridays 5:30 – 7:30 pm; Saturdays 9 am – 4 pm; Sundays 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

  • SEP 28 and 29 Orientation Weekend (9 am – 3:30 pm)
  • OCT 4, 5, 6
  • OCT 18, 19, 20
  • NOV 8, 9, 10
  • NOV 15, 16, 17
  • DEC 13, 14, 15
  • JAN 10, 11, 12
  • JAN 24, 25 Graduation Weekend
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In addition to classes, you'll be required to:

  • observe 8 classes during the course
  • keep a practice log
  • keep a yoga journal
  • complete written work from manual
  • write a script for Modified Primary Series
  • make flash cards for 34 poses
  • instruct Sun Salutes to a real class
  • instruct the full MPS out-loud to your peers
  • assist in 3 classes with adjustments;

LEVEL 1 plants the seed of the inner teacher!  Offered in 8 weekends or a 1-month intensive, LEVEL 1 is designed for beginners who want to learn the history and foundations of yoga, with a focus on Ashtanga and Larry Schultz's Rocket. You will learn how to instruct the Modified Primary Series (MPS), which consists of 34 poses plus finishing series. Our teacher training program is designed to awaken your voice, give you a strong home practice and help you to feel confident about leading your own classes.You will also learn alignment and philosophy, the art of modifications and how the practice can be safely adapted for all levels and body types. You will have the opportunity to assist in real yoga classes at our studio plus you can enjoy unlimited yoga at Yoga ah during training.

Yoga ah training can be a very magical time—all you have to do is begin! You'll receive a 200-hour certificate upon graduation, allowing you to register with Yoga Alliance.
Questions? email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 513.542.9642

Included with Yoga ah 200-hour LEVEL 1 is a training workbook,  Rocket Yoga retreat day (location TBA), opportunity to instruct at a real studio and participate in the lineage of Krishnamacharya.

Tuition $2400, with $650 deposit required to hold your space.
Early bird: Pay deposit by August 1, 2019 and save $150! (no refunds)
Ask about work trade: You can work up to $500 off tuition and gain experience of how a studio operates!


After you have completed a LEVEL 1 Ashtanga 200-hour training, you can continue your education in the Rocket system with LEVEL 2. Rocket trainings are very specialized and only a few studios in the world are allowed to facilitate these trainings. They will give you a better understanding of more sequences and transitions. You will experience cross-training and strength-training to help you feel more confident in inversions and you will learn the 'Larry Schultz Philosophy' of why the Rocket works for beginners as well as advanced students. By the end of five days you will feel more strong and confident as a yoga instructor.

Rocket 1 (75 hours), Rocket 2 (75 hours) and Rocket 3 (150 hours) trainings can earn you up to 300 hours in the Rocket system. If Rocket is your passion and you would like to set up your own teacher training, we can also help you do that with our comprehensive LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 2 500-hour program.


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LEVEL 2: ROCKET ADVANCED YOGA TEACHER TRAINING, 300 Hours

Level 2 consists of three sessions of training: Rocket 1 (75 hours), Rocket 2 (75 hours) and Rocket 3 (150 hours)

NOW REGISTERING  5 DAY INTENSIVE, 75-hours 
NOV 15–19 Continuing education for current yoga instructors

Tuition $700. Register today and save $50!
Prior experience teaching is recommended to attend a 5-Day Rocket Yoga Intensive. Acceptance to this training is on an individual basis. For questions or to register, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Physical Components

  • Daily lead practice of Rocket 1, 2 and 3
  • Learn a basic Bottle Rocket for beginners
  • Sanskrit
  • Arm balances
  • Handstands, * elbow stand, *scorpion, *side crow, *crow, eight crooked limbs
  • Backbends
  • Wheel, one leg lifted wheel, camel, head on floor in back bend, kick overs
  • Twists
  • Abdominal strength exercises

Learn Rocket Vinyasa Sequences

  • Bottle Rocket for beginners
  • Rocket 1, 2, 3 for advanced
  • Advanced sequencing around the joints of the body
  • Arm balance transitions, jumping into yoga push up and jumping into poses
  • Improve timing and tempo of practice
  • Strength and cross-training bootcamps
  • Deep stretching
  • Handstand training exercises
  • Learn how to assist/spot handstands, inversions, arm balance and backbends
  • Learn the art of flying
  • Fine tune your Rocket instructing and practice

Mental Components

  • Review of Its Yoga/Yoga ah philosophy developed by Larry Schultz
  • Develop more focus
  • Strengthen mind
  • Mind body journaling
  • Study the Rocket 6 day per week sequences and philosophy

Spiritual Components

  • Practice self study
  • Open the way to become a teacher of teachers
  • Awaken spiritual fire
  • Yoga Sutras
  • Tune up intuition
  • Learning “The System”
  • History of the Rocket
  • 6 day a week practice schedule
  • Larry Schultz Philosophy
  • Pacing and tempo

Learning the Mechanics of Flight

  • weight transfer into the hands
  • floating back and forth in the Sun Salutations
  • jump backs from seated postures
  • inversions and handstands from standing postures
  • arm balances and inversions from seated positions
  • creating fluid movement throughout your practice
  • floating with control vs. ballistics

Keeping a practice log to record hours 


Yoga ah! Teacher Training Mission

Yoga ah has been training yogis the art of instructing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga since we opened in 2007. Our yoga training methods have deep roots in India and honor the lineage of Krishnamacharya, and at the same time meet the demands of a modern lifestyle. We offer practical methods of modifying the practice, making it more accessible to the masses. You will be offered tools for awakening your voice as a teacher as well as creating a home practice. You will also learn safe approaches to alignment and adjusting poses.

Ashtanga Yoga Training is 200 hours. It is an Ashtanga Yoga training you will learn how to teach beginners ashtanga yoga as you develop your practice and philosophy you will be able to instruct more advanced students. It is offered over 8 weekends or the summer intensive which is 28 days.

Rocket Advanced 5 day intensive can lead to becoming a certified Rocket Yoga instructor thru Amber Gean. You will train in Rocket 1, 2 and 3 sequences as well as a beginner sequence called Bottle Rocket so you will be able to instruct all levels of Rocket yogis. We will also give you at home programs to continue your development after training. This Rocket Training is blessed under Larry Schultz's, the creator, before he left his body.

Why Ashtanga Teacher Training at Yoga ah?

  1. Ashtanga Yoga Training is how yoga was taught in India, It has the foundation for Power Yoga, Rocket Yoga and all Vinyasa style.
  2. Our program gives you the tools for home practice, instructing others, option to become a yoga teacher trainer and or open a studio.
  3. Work/study program at Yoga ah can allow you to trade for part of your training, while getting more experience.
  4. You will be able to teach a wide range of students and classes. Some of our graduates go on to teach hatha, hot, vinyasa and even meditation classes.

Amber Espelage is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. This accreditation demonstrates excellent standards as set by Yoga Alliance Professionals. Our training school has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance Professionals, demonstrating that our courses are of the highest standard and that our graduates may register with Yoga Alliance Professionals to use their relevant membership level designation, as a sign of quality training.

Often people walk into It’s Yoga with worry, stress and tiredness written all over their faces but when they leave, they show the effects of Ashtanga Yoga: they feel better and look better, lighter, freer, more relaxed and energized. This is why to me, teaching Ashtanga Yoga is a kind of self-realization; every time I lead class I, as a teacher, grow and express the insights of my own yoga. I see people take in the practice from various angles and develop, change and transcend their limitations, realize their possibilities.

In Memoriam: Larry Schultz, YogaDragonden (1950-2011)