The Rocket sequences are dynamic routines structured by Larry Schultz, which are based on the traditional methods of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga — The Rocket practice differs in the order of the asanas, and its faster tempo. Larry began teaching Ashtanga in San Francisco Bay, where he noticed that most of the practitioners there could not approach the Ashtanga practice in a traditional way. This is why he decided to create the Rocket sequences, which works around a main group of joints, with the idea to open up the body and mind.
With this system, Larry breaks the idea or rule wherein a student of Ashtanga Vinyasa must first be able to master all the previous postures in order to be able to move forward in the sequence. With Rocket, Larry incorporates asanas from the Second Series and Third Series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa sequence — this way, these otherwise “unattainable” poses are accessible to students with different levels of yoga practices.
In the late ‘80s, Larry worked as a personal yoga teacher for a band named Grateful Dead, and he went on tour with them for 3 years. It was during this time that Larry began teaching them what is now known as The Rocket.
Was with the band where Larry and Bob Weird decided to name the routines The Rocket
After one class
Larry asked Bob Weird.
“How are we going to call this?”
“We are going to call to call it The Rocket,”
“Why The Rocket?” Larry asked.
Bob answers, “because it gets you there faster.”
“Good,” Larry said, “that is all I need to know.”
How does The Rocket get you there faster?
Unlike other yoga systems, Rocket has fixed sequences, depending on the day of the week. This method allows the practitioner to open different joints and muscle groups in a more balanced manner, which then results in better energy flow, which in turn translates to improved mobility, strength and health, But more than being able to improve physically, the Rocket practice is also an inward journey wherein you can realize your own potentials and limitations, which will help you create a framework on how to work on yourself as you move through the different routines of the Rocket system.
Over the years, Rocket has worked with he idea of openly inviting practitioners of different yoga practices and experiences into the practice. In this method, the Rocket yoga teacher offers many alternative modifications for each pose and transition, allowing the sequence to be customized in terms of difficulty, according to the students’ needs — this is one of the strengths of the system, which is one of the reasons why a lot of practitioners have fallen in love with The Rocket practice.
Larry used to say, “modify the practice until the practice fits into your body type.” You will realize the truth in this statement as you work with your limitations (not against it) and explore the practice an open-minded and gentler way to help your body open up and get stronger more efficiently. It is a great way to see the Rocket practice as an invitation to explore, play, and adapt, and do it with repetition (practicing six times a week!). But more than consistently practicing, one must also learn to enjoy the journey, as only the journey will give you the tools to move forward in the practice.