The Rocket ® - Progressive Ashtanga Vinyasa since 1989
At all It’s Yoga Studios worldwide we honor each student’s potential and trust that the practice will support each individual in growing at the pace that best serves them. It’s Yoga was the first to develop a progressive practice designed for Western Practicitioners out of the much loved and admired Eastern Ashtanga Yoga practice. It’s Yoga dissolved the heirarchy of postures and invites beginners and advanced practitioners to practice in the same room heightening the energy and inspiration in the class. One student may be advanced in one posture, and beginner in the next pose. We have plenty of modifications for the advanced postures and invite everyone to participate and enjoy the power of the original Power Yoga Class, the Rocket!
Welcome To The Rocket
Larry Schultz created the Rocket Routines, a series of postures based on a modification of the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga primary and intermediate series. The perfect marriage of tempo and sequence. These advanced routines are appropriate for all levels levels of students. With plenty of ways to modify the classical poses, the benefits of the poses are transmitted equally to renew vitality and energy.
This vibrant routine is called the “Rocket” because, “it gets you there faster.” The Rocket is designed to wake up the nervous system and feed it the precious prana it craves while promoting a spirit of change and freedom in the practice.
Our intensive trainings are designed to share and breakdown the world famous Rocket Routines. They are physically awakening and mind soothing with enhanced drills, core routines and modifications to support students in deepening their experience with the advanced poses of the Ashtanga System. 5-day sessions explore the Rocket 1 and 2 routines. Certificates of completion are presented, and hours are counted towards IYI-500.
Meet It’s Yoga’s Founder
Larry Schultz, dubbed the Rocketman by his friends and students, studied with luminary Shri K Pattabhi Jois for seven years. Establishing It’s Yoga in 1989, he is known as one of the foremost Yoga enthusiasts in the West, and It’s Yoga one of the oldest Ashtanga schools. As the third yoga studio in San Francisco, It’s Yoga served to raise the torch by creating a vibrant hub for the yoga movement in the Bay Area. Larry taught tens of thousands of classes in his career at It’s Yoga SF, across the U.S. and abroad and shepherded more than 5,000 Ashtanga Vinyasa students through his life- affirming 200-hour It’s Yoga Teacher Training Course.
Born of his time sharing yoga to the band, “The Grateful Dead”, Larry developed his much beloved “Rocket” routines which are a variation of the classical first, second and third series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. He was one of first to step out of the box by stretching the boundaries of the classical Ashtanga System with modifications of the advanced poses. When looking for a name for the new routines, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, dubbed them the “Rocket” because, “it gets you there faster.”
Over the years, yoga students of all kinds flocked to his studios. He facilitated the opening of over 15 It’s Yoga studios and affiliates that teach the “Rocket Routines” and the “It’s Yoga Teacher Training Program.” Advanced students could join Larry practicing early morning, while new students that included Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, artists, students, and entertainers came to explore this mysteries practice. Larry could be found most days at 4:30 for Rocket classes. It’s Yoga served the community in San Francisco for twenty years, officially closing its doors in 2009.
From 2009 – 2011, Larry spent in “Nauliland,” his dream of the ultimate American Ashram. Days and nights were filled with yoga, outdoor life, and great food and friends in Sonoma, California. He achieved his goal, of love and health late in life.
He passed away February 27, 2011 in Toledo, Ohio while visiting his wife’s family. His memory will be eternal.
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