Rocket Yoga is a series of sequences which are in essence a blend of the Primary, Intermediate and Third series of ashtanga yoga. Described as the original form of power yoga, these sequences were developed in the late 80s/early 90s by Larry Schultz, a disenchanted ashtanga devotee, but it wasn’t until the mid 90s that they were labelled “The Rocket”. Schultz was touring with the band The Grateful Dead as their yoga teacher when he was asked what type of yoga he was teaching. When he didn’t have an answer, it was Bob Weir from the band who is reputed to have “I know, we’ll call it The Rocket!” When Larry asked why, Bob replied “because it gets you there faster!”
The seemingly gymnastic style of Rocket Yoga makes it easy to believe that it’s all about the asana, the physical practice, but this far from the truth. With the use of the breath at the centre of “the system”, The Rocket challenges us to discover that we are stronger than we think we are, both mentally and physically. We enter this via Prepare For Rocket, where there is myriad of modifications that we are able to use as we travel the path to the more advanced variations of the postures and in doing so, we learn to move away from our inner critic, delighting instead in what our inner teacher has to offer us.
Modified Primary Series (MPS) is an ashtanga-inspired class that is suitable for healthy yoga practitioners at all levels from beginner to advanced.
Following the Rocket Yoga tradition as conceptualised by Larry Shultz, MPS is a practice that features 34 postures from the full Ashtanga Primary Series and is designed to allow you to build strength, flexibility and focus through a 60-minutes meditation on movement and breath.
As a Rocket Yoga studio, MPS offers our Rocket Yoga practitioners an opportunity to return to and learn more about our Ashtanga roots in a structured and peaceful environment, as well as providing beginning yogis with an accessible introduction to yoga.
Known as “the quiet yoga”, Yin yoga is derived from the Chinese Taoist tradition rather than the more common Indian tradition.
Developed in the west by Yin masters Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers and Bernie Clark, Yin yoga focuses attention on our deeper connective tissue and joints, rather than the muscles exercised in yang yoga. Holding poses for several minutes rather than seconds, we not gradually increase the flexibility of this deeper, tougher tissue, we are also drawn to explore a range of sensations, feelings and emotions as we do so.
Calming rather than restorative in its approach, our Yin class is accessible whilst remaining challenging. Suitable for all levels.