At Prague Yoga Collective we've got loads of Rocket Yoga on the schedule, including our newest addition, Rocket Mysore. Are you confused what it all means? How to practice, what it all is? We've got you covered in today's episode and Lisa & Alexs talks you through it all.
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Yeah, I know. Yeah, maybe I should say welcome to Asana etc. conversations about yoga. here without legs. Hi, guys. And today we are going to chat to you guys about Rocket yoga and specifically Rocket yoga at PYC at Prague Yoga Collective and Asana. etc.com, right?
Yeah. So what's Rocket Alex? You said it so nicely the other day? Should I just repeat this? Yes, please, Rocket
“Larry Schultz (founder of Rocket Yoga) thought we should all be able to access yoga poses all the time. So in Rocket, if you're not able to do a posture, all the way or perfect, you just do what you can, and you skip over it.” -Alex on Rocket Yoga
Rocket yoga. Okay, it's a series. It's three series. And it's derived from Ashtanga Yoga. And it's created by a guy, an American guy named Larry Shultz 8from San Francisco who was a a devout follower student of Pattabji Jois. But he didn't totally agree with his philosophy with his teachings in the fact that you have to perfect each pose before you move on to the next one. So in traditional Ashtanga, you go do a series you do your self-practice, you have people watching over you and adjusting you. And once you make it as far as you can, in the series to a pose, it's not working for your body, you're sent home, and you come back the next day, and you do the series, again, up to that point until you perfect that position, before you can move on to the next. So Larry was like, No, we should all be able to access all of these poses all the time. So in Rocket, if you're not able to do a posture, all the way or well, or perfect or whatever, you just do what you can, and you skip over it. He's also designed designed this series around joint health as well. So we have lots of forward folds. And we had lots of backbends. So lots of forward folds in the first series, lots of backbends in the second series. And he thought it was very important to be able to warm up these parts of the body before you do more difficult, more challenging poses. So he made that a point as well in the way that he kind of resequenced the series of Ashtanga and added in what he felt was appropriate. So it's makes for a very nice and well-rounded fun practice with a light hearted touch, much less militant than Ashtanga. That was a big explanation.
That was so good, though. You're just like covered the whole base. Good job. So we talked about this, we've talked about this a lot in our classes and and every time we do we do our Rocket practices just that it's it's our own, it's more more so to that day, sometimes what the body can do what the mind wants to do, and, and, and how important it is to sort of shape your practice on a daily basis rather than being so set on doing everything exactly the same all the time. So when when did you get in contact with Rocket? The first time, Alex.
the first time? I think I was with you. That was the first time I'd ever tried the series actually. I remember. Yes, it was thinking I'm getting it mixed up with forest yoga. Back in the day when I didn't know what I was doing. I was just visiting a bunch of different classes. But that was forest yoga. that's neither here nor there. Yeah. So it was with you when you return from Sicily. And you were so inspired and so excited about about this training that you had done. And yeah, so that was how many years ago for now four or three to four something like that.
Something Yeah, yeah. Yeah, it's been it's been a journey to get towards Rocket for me at least like I really like. I really sort of came home with a Rocket practice just because I really like square things, Stuff that's in order and stuff like that. And when it comes to when it came to Rocket, it was it wasn't as militant because I also don't like I mean, not like but I don't answer well to like authority, people telling me exactly what to do, I don't I like it so much. And then. So with the Rocket, it was like, here's the thing. Now shape it, take it and shape it with your body and your brain. And I really liked that about it.
Yeah, I never made that connection with you actually, that that does make a lot of sense. It's perfect middle-ground for you.
Exactly. It's true.
I remember, I was also doing this, like, I was practicing Ashtanga a lot, I had come back from a 500 hour advanced Ashtanga training. And it was like, I don't know, I really liked it with the structure, the order and the fact that you're following like, a lineage, you know, so lots of other people have practiced this would made you feel like, you know, part of a bigger community or bigger than just what you're doing that day on your mat for 90 minutes. You know, it's it's part of part of something bigger. But it's so it was so exciting when you brought Rocket back, because it was just this more fast-paced like, I don't know, like, happy thing, you know, and all of a sudden, we're doing that pose San Francisco twinkletoes, you know, and I'm like, there's no space in Ashtanga for San Francisco twinkle toes. So I felt really nice about these kinds of things. It just I don't know, it made it a lot more fun.
Yeah, for sure.
Yeah, and we've sort of shaped Rocket here over the years, because it's, it's a practice that gets shaped also from the teacher who teaches it. I've taken Rocket classes from many, many people around the world. And there, there are different, I would say schools of Rocket or I guess there's the original one that came from Larry Schultz. And then there's like, his students that have gone off and done their own thing. And they're all called the different versions of Rocket or Rocket vinyasa Rocket, this Rocket that and, and trying all of the different variations, we've sort of come to a conclusion here of what we do here. And that's quite exciting. We, we decided on doing this a little while ago that we were just like, because people had these questions like, What? What's that? And Alex does it this way. And Lisa, you do it this way. And then Betti, she has this little tweak on it. So. So we decided to, like narrow it down a little bit to not to a strict, strict thing. But to to how do you say this? Alex, right to like, more distilled version? Yeah, like a distilled version? That makes sense in the body? With a little bit of guidance towards how you build it safely, I guess. Is that it?
“Yeah, and we've sort of shaped rocket here over the years, because it's, it's a practice that gets shaped also from the teacher who teaches it.” -Lisa on Rocket Yoga
Yeah, I would think so. I mean, I've also taken it now over the years with a bunch of different teachers. And it is true, everyone does like a little bit of their own thing in it. Some people make it really in versioni. And really hands dandy, and some people make it a bit more Ashtanga style, you know, a little bit more straightforward front to back, you know, with this rhythm. So yeah, I think we, the three of us have come up with something from those little bits that we've put into it and, and made our own kind of like Prague Rocket series, which is, which is fun. It's nice. Yeah,
I think it's really fun. And out of out of that was born, maybe also out of lockdown was born, this self-practice group of people who wanted to learn the series to be able to do them at home on their own. And we just had our first class yesterday of something that we're calling Rocket Mysore, which is a blend of the Rocket and Ashtanga Vinyasa traditional practice of self-practice. And I took the first one yesterday, and I thought it was a lot of fun. Yeah, yeah. So basically, should we talk them through how it works?
Yeah, yeah. Let's, let's talk about how did this, I don't know, I want to talk about this idea for us about how it came to be. And I know, we all have a little bit of a different thing. But especially like in lockdown, it was still very important for all of us to keep our practice going. But as we know how difficult and how much discipline you have to have to be able to participate on zoom, right? Zoom classes can be nice, and you can still get a sense of community but it still takes a lot of self-discipline. So this like self-practice, I know that it kind of started with our with our meetings too, as well. Like, I know you've had this idea for a long time, but the three of us would get together and we would like put on a really good playlist and then just do our own self practice our own Rocket practice together in the same room and start when we start and finish when we finished and then have our meetings and it was Really nice like, was just a really nice way to come together. And I kind of extended that I know we all personally kind of extended that there was a few of our friends as well, that we started self practicing with together, you know, with candles and an incense and a good playlist and again, just sharing the space and sharing the energy together but without somebody actually teaching and leading. And this became a big part of my personal practice through lockdown, which there's something to be said about going on to your mat by yourself, you know, in the morning, when it's quiet, and no one's around and all that. But I personally love you know, the energy that I feel and share when I'm when I'm with other people. So yeah, so that's how this like this idea really got, or for me personally steam behind it to really want to share it with others how that feels?
How, what about you? How is this,
I think it's, I think it's the same, it's just this thing of, I think we also tried it out on zoom a few times in January itself practice, we did little bits of the series, and we started to look at the series, a little bit more in-depth, because in this city, we've taught a lot of the bottle Rocket series that we call it or the, it's like a, again, a very, like a shorter version of Rocket that you can do within the hour. But then the longer series, we haven't really done so much here. So we decided to look at those and break them down and see, you know, and go a little further with our practice. And then that thing was born where people, we would do standing series on our own, and we would share a playlist again, even though it was through computer. And then we'd get together and get to the floor and have a guided session. And, and that was really nice. I think I think also that, together with this self-practice and building practice next to each other during lockdown. I think it's it's such a, it's such an important thing to be able to build for yourself as a practitioner. I think it's always been the same. Or the next step rather, you know, when you come you start doing studio classes, and then after a while you're like, what, but what else is there? What, what can I do to further my practice, especially in your mind, and that's when self-practice comes in when you need that discipline to step on your mat and, and to breathe and move and, you know, with people without people, but it's always easier with people around you doing the same thing, right?
“After a while you're like, what, but what else is there? What can I do to further my practice, especially in your mind, and that's when self practice comes in when you need that discipline to step on your mat and, and to breathe and move and, you know, with people without people, but it's always easier with people around you doing the same thing.” -Lisa on self-practice and Rocket Yoga
So I think it came from there. And then we decided, let's just do it. And I don't know how many people I had yesterday, nine, I think nine people overall the whole morning. It just came in and went out when they were finished. And it was really lovely, really, really nice. And beginners to people who knew the series completely by heart, so so everybody was in the same room and breathing the same air, even though that's not a good comment to make these days. But, um, but it's important also to be able to practice next to somebody who's been doing this for a while. As a complete beginner, also, I think,
yeah, it's inspiring, for sure.
Yeah. And I think that's how we've built our Rocket classes are our vinyasa classes also here. Everything that we do at PYCs are levels. So when you come in, you're just, you know, a beginner next to an advanced person, whatever advanced means, but um, and then you can see, where can you go? What can you do? Yeah. So do you want to talk, talk us through how Rocket Mysore works, Alex.
Okay, so the way we have it set up now, the idea behind it is just have, we have just an open space for you guys to come in. For anyone to come in whenever they want, between the start and end time, and then leave when they would like to leave. So we'll be doing this every morning in one of the studios at least from seven to 9am. And you can follow like the Rocket Regiment, which is we have Rocket one on Mondays, Rocket two on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and then Rocket one again on Thursdays. And then we go Friday is going to be Ashtanga lead series. So when you come in and do your self practice, you'll get a little sheet with all of the positions on there so that if you're not familiar with the practice, or with the series by heart, then you can reference that and just go through it and you can choose it You don't necessarily have to follow this, you know, one two to one. idea. And maybe you only have time to do a 60 minute bottle Rocket but it's all there on the sheets that you can that you can follow. And so you start whenever you come in and start. And when you're finished, you take your Shavasana, and then you go home. But you have other people around you at different points in the series. practicing with each other next to each other. Yeah, that's it in a nutshell.
Yeah. And and you can come in, I think this is the biggest question I've had about this, since we put it on the schedule is our do, I have to come at seven and stay till nine? No, you don't, you can come whenever you want. And then you can finish at latest at 9am. So at the moment, we have two hours open for this practice in the mornings. And if this, if this grows, as we're hoping we might extend that period a little bit from maybe 6am to 930, or something that works for people, so that there's more space to come in, whenever it suits you. Before work, for example, in the morning. So basically, the doors are open, there's a signup sheet in them on the reception desk, can you just go there and you sign your name in. And you can drop your drop in payment in the box, or you can just write down that you have a membership and then you just good to go. You just walk into the studio roll out you mapped and there you are, and, and the teacher is there to support you. So if you need help remembering the series, or if you need a cheat sheet, you can grab one of those to look at or you can also ask the questions or
Or if you need help with your hand stand.
Yeah, exactly. Yeah, exactly. Or if you need any sort of assistance, that's what the teacher is there for. And the teacher will also walk around and just give random adjustments where they see see that it's needed as well. So you'll get someone to really pay attention to your practice and to to put their hands on you and help you further it and go a little bit deeper into your body, which is nice as well.
Yeah. And it gets its name. So it's called Rocket Mysore. So for those of you guys that aren't familiar, Mysore is a place in India, and it's kind of like the, the epicenter for Ashtanga Yoga. So this Mysore idea is is also from Ashtanga Yoga where you go in, do your own self practice, and you have experienced teachers around you to do all these things that Lisa just mentioned, to and to give you deeper adjustments, and also in Ashtanga to send you home once you've reached the position that you can't go further with, but that won't be happening in Rocket at all. This is, this is where the name comes from, as well. So this kind of practice this idea of how to practice. Have you been to Mysore? By the way?
I went there for a day, like when I was sorry, when I was 21. But I haven't gone there for yoga. I've just been in the city, you know. Okay, so No, I haven't been to practice. They're no been to the city. I don't know that counts. Maybe I should say no to that question. No, that counts more than a layover. So have you been? I haven't No, no. Maybe we should venture? That would be nice. Not this year, though. Next year, maybe? Yeah, yeah. So this is, this is it. And also, we want to mention that in the evenings in both studios, we will definitely Li be teaching their Rocket one and the Rocket, two classes series in a lead form as well. So you can always, you know, take a lead class and then go in and have a little bit more meat on your bones, you know, have knowledge before you start your self practice. Also, if you're feeling a little bit intimidated, and you don't know where to start, then it's a good idea to drop into some lead classes. And then the series will always be the same when we teach it, whether it's Betty or Alex or myself with a few little tweaks, of course, but there always be the same and we've we've done this so that you guys can really find that space to find them ourselves. Practice as well. Yeah. Right. Yeah. And also, we forgot Oh, sorry,
No, the big Rocket three on Saturdays.
Yeah, what I was gonna say too, we forgot about three. It's our happy hour on Saturday mornings, 930 to 11. But we always run overtime. It's the full series. The big one, the fun one. The sweaty one. And it's for everyone, even if you're a beginner, you can come check it out, see what happened, what's happening and build your practice, you know? Yeah,
It's a great series. It's Rocket three is basically it's the first and second series combined. So you have 90 poses and 90 minutes. And I think the three of us have yet to complete that.
Have you done it yet? Lisa, gotten all 90 poses in into nine minutes and 90 minutes.
I think I got it in 97 minutes. Nice.
But then like standing series was like, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. Yeah, that's okay. For sure. Yeah. So this is what we wanted to share with y'all today. Do you have anything to add? Alex? No.
I hope to see you guys in there in the mornings. I'm really looking forward to this this new exciting thing to share with you guys.
Yeah. Oh, we should also mention that we have our advanced teacher training coming up in July that option. So our advanced 100 our add on if you want to teach this beautiful Rocket series, this prog Rocket series that we have them, you can definitely learn how to do that with me and buddy and Alex, if you want. What is it? Nine days? Nine days? Right?
Yeah, nice full days and a weekend.
Yeah. And in July. So you can head to our website and check that out if you want. And if you have any questions about any of these things, don't hesitate to to approach us or send us an email or anything. And we're happy to answer all your questions about this. And about all other things, too, that we have knowledge of right, of course. All right. Do you have anything else Alex?
No, I think we covered it. Yeah,
We did very well. Okay, you guys, thank you for listening in and see you on the mat soon or we will see you next week on the podcast.