Rocket Vinyasa Yoga
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. Practicing in set sequences allows you to uncover a depth of practice.
While energetic, Rocket is also slow with breath counts and allows space for moving meditation. With practice we begin to move with ease, fluid like an ocean wave. This practice is truly transformative. Rocket is encouraged to be a 6 day a week practice with focus on Ashtanga practice both LED and Mysore. Ashtanga is considered to be the paint pallet we create from.
These are classes taught by new Rocket Yoga teachers with only their first 50 hours before becoming a Rocket Level 1 teacher with 100 hours. They are considered Rocket Inspired. These teachers are learning to teach the full Rocket Sequences with the support of our Rocket teachers behind them to guide them.
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 focus deeply on tristana (breath, bandhas and drishti) and start to balance our nervous system, creating a cleansing heat from the inside out. This method of practice taught in Ashtanga yoga is known as "vinyasa" and encourages the blood to circulate properly allowing for the removal of toxins, the gaze helps us develop our moving meditation having a profound impact on our mental steadiness.
Mysore style is named after Mysore, India where the Ashtanga Practice originated. This is an open practice time to come learn Ashtanga Yoga. You can arrive anytime to begin practice. The teacher is available to you to teach you the sequence pose by pose and breath by breath. The focus is on individual attention to each student. Those that know the sequence will be self-practicing as you will be soon! All levels are welcome with newer students receiving more guidance. Since the class is not led by an instructor, students begin to follow their own breath and pace, deepening your focus and meditation skills. This is a unique opportunity to progress one on one with a teacher.
Beginners Rocket and Ashtanga
These classes are shortened, modified versions of Rocket 1 and 2 as well as Primary Series Ashtanga. These shortened set sequences allow more time for alignment and instruction in poses, how to practice with our breath, beginning to progress your practice. These classes are more therapeutic in nature and are perfect for beginners, practitioners coming from different styles like Power or Vinyasa or Rocket/Ashtanga students that want a shorter practice.
Inversion Conditioning and Arm Balance Play
These one hour classes focus on building strength to achieve inversions and hold arm balances comfortably. We will focus on core strength and specific drills for each posture. As well as variations, transitions and safety. More workshop style, these classes are interactive and will help any practitioner progress in their practice.
Modern Vinyasa Flow is also born out of the Ashtanga Vinyasa System.
Vinyasa sequences are crafted with care by teachers using intelligent sequencing. Each class is unique and specific the individual teacher.
Vinyasa means, to place in a special way and like Ashtanga, Rocket and Power yoga, Vinyasa links breath to movement. To take a vinyasa class means you will link poses with a vinyasa, which is moving through chaturanga (low push up) up dog and down dog, creating a class that moves, breathes and flows.
We have Vinyasa classes including Gentle Vinyasa, Slow Flow and Movement and Meditation.