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Cincinnati Yoga Teacher Training • Vinyasa & Ashtanga Yoga Classes • Yoga ah! Studio

Yoga ah specializes in the Rocket system as taught by Larry Schultz. The Rocket is based in Ashtanga yoga. The Rocket is a system of yoga that’s meant to “get you there faster,” adding in lots of supportive moves and fun transitions. We also offer Medicine yoga that is suitable for all levels.

Yoga ah offers Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training to all levels of practitioners. Basic 200-hour teacher training is for those who want to deepen their practice and begin their journey of learning the art of instructing. Advanced Rocket Training is also offered for those who have been instructing for awhile and want to refine and expand into more advanced training methods. 

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

registernowNOW REGISTERING  5 -DAY INTENSIVE, 75-hours 
APR 17-21, 2020 Continuing education for current yoga instructors

Cost is $650: $150 deposit required by 3/17/20 to reserve your spot.
$40 Early bird discount if you pay in full by 3/1/20!
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You will be taken through all Rocket routines. Extra emphasis is placed on  Rocket 1 poses as well as Bottle Rocket 1. A great training for those newer to the Rocket who want a full 5-day intensive experience, including practicing Rocket 1, 2 and 3. Every training includes practicum on assists and adjusting, Larry Schultz Philosophy as well as shortened versions of the Rocket 1 for beginners called Bottle Rocket.

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 

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)

About Yoga ah! • Cincinnati Yoga Studio • Vinyasa & Ashtanga Yoga Classes • Yoga Teacher Trainnig

Yoga ah! was opened in the summer of 2007 by Amber Gean Espelage. She had a vision of having an all Ashtanga studio which featured The Rocket sequences.

The Rocket was created by Larry Schultz. Larry is known for creating a language for the ashtanga yoga practice and creating modifications so all levels of students can experience this sometimes physically demanding practice. While Larry was traveling with The Grateful Dead he created The Rocket which refers to sequencing the poses around the joints of the body and the days of the week. Amber studied with Larry from May 2000 - until he left his body in February of 2011. For over 10 years, she studied the routines of The Rocket over and over again thru constant practice and regularly going out to visit Larry at It's Yoga San Francisco.

Amber also began getting involved in leading and facilitating Yoga Teacher Training. At the time of Larry Schultz's passing out of the human body she was in deep discussions with him about Rocket Yoga and creating an Advanced Teacher Training Program. Before Larry passed he told Amber Gean that she could facilitate Rocket Yoga Training, however those materials were yet to be written. Amber felt called to continue Larry's work. She began and still is in the process of creating more training materials for advanced methods. She is also through her experience of training yoga instructors refining level one trainings so that each and every trainer that walks through the door at Yoga ah will receive an authentic experience and have all the tools they need to become an effective safe yoga instructor upon graduation.