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The System and Yoga Training

Yoga ah 200 hour training is the foundation for more advanced teachers training offered in our Rocket 500 hour program. Yoga ah is one of the only schools in the country that offers a beginners to advanced training in the Rocket developed by the late Larry Schultz.

Larry, created a system of practice based on a 6 day per week practice schedule that targets different body parts through out the week. This was the inspiration for what Larry would fondly call it "the system". The Rocket is part of a system that offers a wholistic approach to practicing Ashtanga and vinyasa yoga.

Yoga ah offers "the system", in Yoga ah teachers training you will study "the system". One of the first routines that you will study is called MDR or Minimum Daily Requirements which consisits of sun saluatations from Ashtanga yoga and mediatation practice. Then you will begin studying Primary series from Ashtanga yoga, from studying Primary Series you will learn to instruct a modified version that consisits of 34 poses. As part of the system you will also learn Bottle Rocket sequencing which is the foundation for Rocket sequences.

Our teachers training will give you the tools to develop a stronger home practice as well give you different routines that you will be able to teach after graduation.



Larry Schultz

Larry Schultz


Larry was an American yoga instructor. He studied traditional Ashtanga yoga with Pattabi Jois for a number of years and then began instructing in Austin TX and and after that in San Francisco. 

He was one of the first yoga instructors to develop a yoga teacher training program and 100’s of yogis traveled to San Francisco every year to learn “the system” as Larry fondly called it. 

Larry developed more beginner routines called the MDR or Minimum Daily Requirements and MPS or Modified Primary Series to make Ashtanga yoga suitable to the masses. Later he developed the Rocket while on tour with the Grateful Dead as there private yoga instructor. Named by Bobby Wier the sequences are known to help you progress your practice at a faster rate. Larry taught up into the time of him leaving his body in 2011. Today his most dedicated students continue his teachings.

Larry Schultz

Reverence and The Rocket

Rocket Yoga Training

"This is a humble path"

This is a humble path, the words rang out in our Rocket yoga training circle on the last day. After 5 days of intense asana practice and self-discovery, we all came together to sit in our Rocket circle and talk about, "what is our Rocket?" and what we discovered is the stronger you get on the mat the more humble you become. Humble to be able to practice the asanas, and humble to be able to share your love of the Rocket.

Most people don't know that the other day as I was leading Rocket one, when I spoke the words reverent to my class as they focused their dristi, a flood of love and gratitude swept over me as I remembered my friend and teacher Larry Schultz and everyone that I have met along the way. It just goes on and on, love and being reverent for being in the presence of beautiful people.

For me today, that is my Rocket, being humble as the world opens up its beautiful arms and nurtures me with such an amazing practice. Remember the practice will always give you what you need when you need it, have faith and stay true to your beliefs. In our system, the students become the teachers and the teachers become the students. So I am happy to report our 5 day Rocket yoga training we ALL learned something and we all became stronger, by working together and keeping our dristi focused.

The Rocket will give you the tools to be stronger on and off the mat. The Rocket will teach you how to focus. The Rocket helps us find ourselves and awaken our voice of the inner teacher on and off the mat. Like Larry said, "it keeps us in gear, moving towards our goals". So thank you all for coming together for our 5 day training. I was so happy to hear how many of you loved Cincinnati and found it fun and AFFORDABLE!! That is awesome, I am reverent for being able to share the practice with you and for you all making me a better person.

We all had a good laugh when we talked about how when you come to Rocket training you are really learning how to sweep the floors and light incense!

Our next Rocket 5 day in Cincinnati is July 8th - 12th, spread the word, share the love!! Amber Gean

Yoga ah and Rock and Roll

Yoga ah comes from the rock and roll world of yoga. In the late 80's Sting was traveling with an Ashtanga yoga instructor when the Grateful Dead caught wind of this they decided they too wanted to travel around with an Ashtanga yoga instructor. That was when they discovered Larry Schultz. Larry Schultz traveled with the Grateful Dead for 3 years as their private yoga instructor. Larry was a pioneer in introducing the ancient art of Ashtanga yoga to the masses. While he was on the road with the Grateful Dead he resequenced the poses around the joints of the body, inviting in more core strengthing ways to practice, this became known as the Rocket. In addition, to creating the Rocket Larry also began instructing a routine called The Modified Primary Series or MPS. The MPS is a way that new yoga students can learn the foundation of what Ashtanga yoga is without committing to a full Primary series.

We have adopted the rock and roll world of yoga at our studio. We often use terms like "go with the flow" and "relax and breathe" and at the same time all Yoga ah instructors are thoroughly trained and have experience in safe alignment practices. Even Madonna and Gwenyth Paltrow have practiced Ashtanga. In the beginning it may feel challenging and scary to do something new, however, our yoga community is so supportive of each other that you may find yourself laughing as you fall out of a crow pose. We know that the world is serious enough, we often say that Yoga ah is a play ground for adults. 

To keep things light and fun at the studio most of our classes have music playing, you may hear reggae or more recently David Bowie and of course Grateful Dead. 

Larry studied with Pattabi Jois so we are also part of a great lineage of teachers, you will see pictures of the great gurus around the studio. All the classes are comfortably warm and we promote sweating as a way to detox your body and mind. If you are curious at all, come check us out!     

The Attitude of Gratitude

As we are ending one year and looking towards a new one, many of us are taking time to reflect on the past as well as set goals for our future.

Reflecting back over at the past year so much has been happening at the AH! WE moved into our new location and began offering more classes than we ever have in the 8 years we have been open. We offered 3 Rocket yoga trainings and over the course of the year we had 3 different teacher training groups. We began posting more video on our Yoga ah You Tube channel and began to embrace the new age even more with beginning an Instagram account and every Wednesday at 5:00 eastern time we are broadcasting live Rocket 2 on Periscope. We have had a big year and a lot of growth. As we reflect we want to thank all of our amazing yogis that come back to the mat year after year and all the new ones that keep walking thru the door. There are so many politics about signage on our building that we still don't have our official signage and map quest sometimes directs students to our old location but somehow everyone finds Yoga ah. Of course, I think that not having a sign and how yogis just know where to show up is really cool and auspicious even tho this coming year we are hoping to have our sign up! 

In today's life, technology is moving faster and faster and we have an opportunity to expand the way we communicate we must keep in mind that nothing can replace human interaction, and clear direct communication with the people we surround ourselves with on a day to day basis. Yoga instructors at Yoga ah have to develop a positive script to communicate the instructions of the poses to the students. The heart of communication begins by being present with the people in our life, so even tho it may be easier to send a text, in the new year let's pick up the phone to hear the genuineness in someone's voice. 

One of our yoga friends in San Francisco reminded us that "there is more Ashtanga happening in Cincinnati then in San Francisco," and they are right. We are blessed, so lets practice together and have an attitude of gratitude in everything we do. Lets be present with our loved ones, lets express our wants and needs to each other and most importantly lets be grateful for our yoga community and this beautiful practice that keeps bringing us together. Practice, practice, practice ALL IS HERE!!

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)