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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!     

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)