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Ashtanga and Rocket Vinyasa Yoga

What is the similarities and differences between Ashtanga Yoga and Rocket Vinyasa Yoga?

Ashtanga Yoga was found around 1930 written on a bundle of palm leaves in a library in south India. It was believed to be dated over 5000 years old. Ashtanga Yoga was practiced in a very specific sequence with a very specific breath count for each movement. Poses were meant to be held for 5 to 8 ujjai breaths, while focusing on your core to build internal heat. One poses had to be mastered before you could proceed to the next. Also traditional Ashtanga Yoga is taught thru what some may call very intense physical adjustments. Over time with regular practice Ashtanga Yoga leads you to a path of enlightenment and healing.

Rocket Vinyasa Yoga was created by changing the Ashtanga Yoga Sequence as a blend of simple to advance poses in one practice. Rocket Vinyasa Yoga blends poses from all The Ashtanga Yoga series, so a yogi can experience a broder range of poses in one week.

This allows the yogi to " get there faster ", becoming stronger and more flexible by revisiting advanced poses over and over again. In Rocket Vinyasa Yoga we also hold the poses for 5 to 8 ujjai breaths, while focusing on our core to create heat. However in a Rocket class you will only experience " two finger " adjustments, this allows the yogi to open up in a more natural, organic way. Rocket Yoga was birthed on the road while Larry Schultz was traveling with the grateful dead, in the 1980's. It was his solution how to teach Ashtanga Yoga to, at the time a modern day band. The first Rocket is called Rocket One. At Yoga ah we have broke down the Rocket One to a 50 minute routine that we call The Bottle Rocket. It is The Bottle Rocket that Amber Gean believes was the original routine that Larry taught to The Dead. When someone is talking about Rocket Yoga they are talking about a sequence that opens not only your body but also your mind. Over time in The Bay area The Rocket grew in popularity and became more and more challenging. Now we have Rocket one, two and three. Over time with regular Rocket practice you begin to do things you never believed you could do and ultimately heal from the inside out. 

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)