“Rocket Yoga, lovingly referred to as ‘The Rocket’, is a style of yoga developed by Larry Schultz in San Francisco during the 1980s. Rocket Yoga is rooted in the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice of yoga.. It is combined with and restructured from the Primary and Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as well as key postures from the 3rd and 4th advanced series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga” – Source: Wikipedia.
Rocket Yoga is similar to Vinyasa Flow Yoga in a number of ways:
- Rocket style yoga provides an energetic yoga class.
- Postures are sequenced in transitions to open the body, challenge the muscles and free the mind.
- There is a breath focus.
- Rocket accommodates for all levels, including Beginners.
- Rocket is practised at room temperature.
Rocket is unlike Vinyasa flow in a numbers of ways too:
- Rocket yoga follows set sequences; like Ashtanga. These are called Bottle Rocket, Rocket I, II and III. The benefits of repetiting a set sequence include ease in learning, faster development and less thinking.
- Rocket yoga puts huge emphasis on finding your inner teacher. Listening to your body, feeling the poses and finding a confidence within you that you didn’t know existed!
- The sequences offer up the opportunity to try out the more seemingly ‘difficult’ postures including ‘Rocket Splits’, various fun and funky Rocket transitions and an inversion [This can all apply to Vinyasa Flow Yoga too, however in my Vinyasa Flow classes, although dynamic and energetic, there is a less frequent peppering of inversions and arm balances].
- The Rocket is a system. A well-engineered system of sequences, practised on different days of the week so that a 6-day-a-week practise delivers a huge amount of poses. The system is designed to safely guide your body through an energetic, strong practise and to work with muscle groups and bones to ensure a thorough and balanced flow.
Larry Schultz famously said that Rocket “gets you there faster” and he couldn’t be more right. How will you ever get the splits unless you take the tiny steps towards them? How will you handstand without first putting your hands on the floor and feeling your body weight in them? You have to start somewhere, so start now!
Rocket Yoga is PLAYFUL, FUN and LIBERATING – come find all the Rocket feels with me in a workshop or retreat one day soon!
See a guide to the 4 set Rocket sequences HERE
Summer 2016 I completed a 60hr Yoga Teacher Training in Rocket Yoga with a former student of Larry Schultz himself, now Senior Teacher Trainer, Amber Gean at Yoga Ah in Cincinnati.