Anya Yoga Colorado Springs classes
Rocket Yoga was founded by the late Larry Schultz as a way to make Ashtanga accessible to the west. He created the 3 beloved Rocket sequences we know today while on tour with the Grateful Dead. Bob Weir coined it the Rocket because "it gets you there faster" We practice Rocket in three set sequences that begin to become fluid with practice. The Rocket routines renew energy and vitality in the body by working directly on the joints and stimulating all of our bodies system.
Larry designed this system of postures based on a modification of the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Primary and Intermediate series. Larry designed these 3 sequences to invigorate and stegnthen students with advanced postures while still staying accessible through modifications and practicing acceptance of the bodies present abilities. While a modification of Ashtanga, Rocket still embodies the core values and teachings of Ashtanga Vinyasa.
Rocket provides an opportunity to work on poses that those focusing on traditional Ashtanga method only might not ever get to experience.
Ashtanga Yoga is a system of 6 set series, each progressing upon the previous. Ashtanga is the mother of all flow styles seen today. It is known as the 8 limb path of yoga.
Beginning with Primary series, known as yoga chikitsa, or yoga therapy. When we develop a consistent practice in Ashtanga we begin to purify the body, organs and lymphatic system. We build strength, increase flexibility and range of motion by focusing on deep forward folds and hip openers.
We offer both Ashtanga LED classes (traditional guided class with Vinyasa Counts), beginners Ashtanga (modified primary series) and Mysore style.
Mysore is the traditional way to learn the Ashtanga System, named after Mysore India, where the practice originated. You will be introduced to the Ashtanga breathing techniques and primary series. This is a self paced class. Students receive one on one instruction within the group. This class is not LED (guided) by an instructor which allows your instructors to help each student. This is the easiest way to learn Ashtanga. We have sheets available to use. The teacher will work with you individually in this class, teaching you and providing assists. At first and in beginners Mysore you can expect a shortened practice.
LED class is using the traditional counted method with very minimal cues. Students should have experience in Mysore and/or beginners Ashtanga as a prerequisite to LED class to learn the sequence. Poses and vinyasa count is in Sanskrit. In LED classes students practice synchronized to the teachers vinyasa count.
Here we provide a modified primary series suitable for beginners and those that wish to have a shorter practice. This class will have explanations, demos, assisting and adjusting to help you begin to learn Ashtanga. Here you will become familiar with the sequence, the Sanskrit names and learn modifications for your body.
Welcome to Anya Yoga Colorado Springs! FAQs and etiquette
Yoga Community Shala
Shala is a Sanskrit word meaning, "home" We are a gathering space for students of yoga to practice, share, experience and grow.
We offer classes from beginners to advanced with a home for everyone.
We are located on S 8th street near downtown Colorado Springs, The Westside and Cheyenne Mounatin.
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Our friendly teachers will teach you, inspire you and are committed to helping you on your path.
Rocket and Ashtanga Yoga
Our main styles and love. All of our teachers have multiple trainings in these styles, dedicated practices and a deep love and apperception for both to share with you.
Is Ashtanga for me?
This is a very traditional practice that is the root of all flow styles seen today including Vinyasa and Power Yoga. Ashtanga is a very grounding practice, it's quiet and provides an opportunity to build a strong, dedicated practice. Great for both students and teachers looking to find inspiration to enrich their practice and teaching. Ashtanga is a dynamic style yet also provides mental clarity. We learn to focus our awareness during our practice with our breath and gaze, this helps us still our mind.
Is Rocket for me?
This style is great if you like to experiment in class, practice and learn inversions, you want to build strength and flexibility on the mat or are looking for inspiration in your personal practice. Rocket is a very uplifting, creative and inspiring practice. Great for yoga teachers and students wanting to learn to practice and teach inversions and arm balancing.
Rocket is an Ashtanga Yoga System with the same foundations of practice.
Why these styles?
We believe in the transformative qualities of these sister practices. If you are looking to fly, develop a home practice, find a meditative practice, heal, deepen your practice or inspire yourself, we have you covered.
These styles provide the student a complete system to practice each week, providing balance, growth and potential to each student.
We are not a heated yoga studio. Our studio is gently warmed to 70-80 degrees. We utilize internal breath work in Ashtanga and Rocket yoga that produces a strong internal, cleansing and purifying heat.
Let's be mindful of other practitioners and teachers; please be on time and don't talk during class. Let teachers know of injuries and preferences regarding assisting and adjusting. Children over 16 allowed with parent or guardian.