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Yoga is for Athletes

Yoga is a wonderful compliment to all types of sports and athletic activities. Rocket Yoga classes can offer great cross training techniques for athletes. In addition to building core strength and flexibility, athletes will find yoga helps them improve their endurance with better breathing techniques.

Increased Range of Motion : All athletes know increased range of motion in the shoulders,back and hips result in more powerful strokes and swings. Golfers, tennis players, baseball players and hockey players are just to name a few who especially benefit from this type of flexibility.

Reduced Chance of Injury : Tight hamstrings and hip flexors plague all athletes but basketball players, soccer players and runners are especially at risk. The constant strengthening shortens the muscles, eventually reducing performance and increasing the chance of injury. Yoga keeps the muscles long,supple, and strong, preventing injuries and protecting the joints.

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Elbow Stand

The Elbow Stand is a super fun Rocket pose. Once you begin to get upper body strength you can begin to practice the elbow stand by the wall. This is a much safer approach to practice of headstand. Gaze is focused between the arms, core is engages and energy reaches up through the feet.

With Regular Rocket Yoga Practice both your feet will come up off the floor!!

The Dolphin

The Dolphin is one of the foundation poses in a Rocket Yoga Class. It provides the building blocks necessary for headstand, elbow stand and over all upper body strength. All Rocket classes at Yoga ah include 3 dolphin poses as you gain strength you can begin to practice more advanced variations of the pose by lifting your feet off the ground. Notice the gaze is at the thumbs this allows you to keep your head high off the floor. Core is drawn in and breath is strong.


New to Yoga?

If you are new to yoga you may feel overwhelmed choosing a studio. Many choose a studio based on location, what is closest to you. Yoga ah is an Ashtanga studio. Many yogis interested in yoga ask what is the difference between hot and Ashtanga Yoga? In Ashtanga Yoga we are using our ujjai breath and our core to create internal heat, as practiced in India. In hot yoga the room is usually heated and you begin to feel an outside experience making you sweat. At Yoga ah we encourage all yogis to build heat from within as a powerful tool to taping into your inner teacher. Yoga ah also offers routines or sequences of yoga poses in all of our classes, in practicing this way you can create consistency to improve your practice. Yoga ah is also a training school, meaning we train yoga instructors, this makes us a learning center for yoga. 

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Rocket Training July 10th - 15, 2015

Yoga ah is honored to announce that Amber Gean will be leading a Rocket Yoga Training to take place July 10th - July 15th 2015.

Rocket Yogis from all over the world will be coming together to study and practice Rocket yoga sequencing that was developed by Larry Schultz as means for beginners to experience advanced yoga poses. Amber Gean brings a mature voice to the Rocket. She studied with Larry for 10 years and the Rocket is the practice that sang to her heart. She is 100% committed to sharing these beautiful sequences with serious yoga students. It is through these teachings that Larry's Legacy continues

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)