Rocket Yoga is a progressive series of set sequences based on traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa. Before the 1980s, Rocket didn’t even exist! In the 80’s, Pattabhi Jois’ student Larry Schultz, while studying in India, found himself unsatisfied with the rigid rules for progressing through a series. In traditional Ashtanga, a student can’t progress to the next Asana (posture) or series without permission from their teacher; Permission being given once a posture perfected. Wanting to practice harder postures and move on in the series more quickly than allowed by his teacher, Schultz chose to develop his own Ashtanga based practice. Schultz’ creation was only later dubbed Rocket (after his popularity grew) by Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead because “It gets you there faster.”
To honor the Ashtanga tradition, Schultz used postures found in the traditional Ashtanga sequences, the order is just different and he maintained the usage of traditional Sanskrit names for postures. Schultz modernized the practice by adding music and including more advanced inversions into the primary and intermediate Rocket series. Through the ‘Art of Modification’ Larry also allowed for students to modify poses on which they may get stuck to make traditional Ashtanga more accessible to less advanced students.
Maybe it was the Rockstar connection, or maybe just a little stroke of luck, but this modern twist on the traditional, has become one of the fastest growing yogic methods in coastal cities of the continental US and also in large European cities. The popularity hasn’t quite reached Colorado yet, but that’s why Evolve Yoga Denver exists: To introduce yogis of all levels to the incredible benefits of the Ashtanga and Rocket methods.
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