Rocket Vinyasa is based on the traditional practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as prescribed by Sri. K. Patthabi Jois. Using postures from Primary, Intermediate and Third Series, Larry Schultz devised his own sequences that would allow students to access the full repertoire of postures. Known as ‘The Bad Man of Ashtanga’ he deviated from the traditional method of learning the Ashtanga system whereby you learn posture by posture. His teachings centred on the idea that it was beneficial to practice postures from all 3 series rather than have to complete the postures of Primary Series first, meaning that everyone could practice backbends and arm balances while working to open the hips and hamstrings.
“I see people take in the practice from various angles and develop, change and transcend their limitations, realise their possibilities.”Larry Schultz
Rocket Yoga is an Attitude
The practice provides for all practitioners, with loads of Rocket Yoga now online. There is something for everyone in terms ability, mood and energy levels. Rocket Vinyasa can be done as a gentle flow or can be an energetic and powerful practice. With options for all given throughout, the student is in control of how to play it. While the first half of the sequence is a meditative, heat building flow, the second half is uplifting and playful with heaps of opportunities for handstands, tripod transitions, fancy backbends and arm balances, non of which you have to do…..they are just there as possibilities. With an attitude of being ready for all eventualities, arrive on your mat and see what happens. Sometimes you will get the posture, sometimes you won’t. It doesn’t matter, it is just a posture…that is the attitude, an attitude that lends itself to beyond the mat. It is great to have aspirations, challenges and goals but if it’s not happening, so be it!!!
Rocket 1, 2 and 3
Rocket one is based in the Ashtanga Primary Series with heaps of forward folds to open the back chain of the body and a section of core and handstand drills thrown in to keep the energy high. Rocket 2 has all the arm balances and backbends. Rocket 3, saved for Fridays, is Rocket 1 plus Rocket 2 plus the ‘mad section’ from Ashtanga Primary Series. The Rocket Yoga Week will include an Ashtanga Primary Series Practice on Thursdays to manage the rising energetics of The Rocket. While the practice is not ideal for beginners, there is something for everyone. It would be considered an intermediate practice because of the stamina involved. Practitioners should never be dissuaded by some of the advanced postures….that’s the attitude, be open to the possibilities that are out there. The practice is well modified for all.
A 4 Beat Practice
While Ashtanga Yoga encourages Pratyahara through breath, drishti and bandas, Rocket encourages practitioners to immerse themselves into music. Sync your breath to a 4 beat count, the music is a big feature of the practice. With playlists coming from Marcus Veda and Hannah Whittingham, this is a super cool way to practice. Inhale 2, 3, 4, exhale 2, 3, 4………flow.
Practice with Julia
I am currently teaching online until we can get back into the studios/Palm Trees Yoga School in Goa. Join me for Saturday Classes, Rocket Weeks or a TTC. Upcoming dates are as follows:
Saturdays 8am, 100 mins, £8
8th to 12th February