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Ashtanga Teacher Training

50 HR Rocket

50 Hour Rocket Vinyasa Teacher Training

Level II Advanced Yoga Certification

Important Information! Due to our extensive travel schedule we will not be holding any classes nor teacher training sessions in Las Vegas for 2015 or 2016. Once we resume sessions we will be sure to post dates ASAP! However, not all is lost for excellent training awaits in San Francisco at Asta Yoga! Visit for a training studio near you. Namaste. 

What is The Rocket ? The Rocket is the original Power Yoga. Ashtanga is the original Vinyasa Flow.

Larry Schultz, who created the world-famous Rocket Series, was looking for a way to make the practice of Ashtanga accessible to a Western practitioner. Larry’s system was informed by over nine years of dedicated Ashtanga practice with his teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the founder of Ashtanga Yoga. The routines are intelligently structured to open the body in a natural way and work through the joints systematically. While the series take on a new form, they retain the same core principles of Ashtanga- breath, bandhas and drishti. 

Inside of the Rocket routines, you will find a template, a core sequence, that always exists. The Rocket I reorders, but closely follows, the traditional Primary Series of Ashtanga. The Rocket II follows the Second Series, and the Rocket III brings the I and II together for an invigorating 90 poses in 90 minutes. Traditionally in Ashtanga, you progress in a linear fashion, receiving poses as your teacher allows them. The Rocket takes away the hierarchy of this system and empowers practitioners of all levels with access to postures found in the more advanced Ashtanga series. This innovation earned Larry the reputation as the “Bad Man of Ashtanga,” a fact he loved to share with the thousands of people who fell in love with the Rocket, and Ashtanga, through his teaching. 

A principle of this practice, and the practice of Ashtanga, is that repetition brings success. This is not an aphorism, it is the truth. When you commit to this practice, you will come to know the sequences. Over time, you become able to guide yourself through the practice rather than having a dependency upon a teacher. Rather than an exercise routine that values spontaneity, Yoga can become an inward journey when you’re not waiting to find out from someone else what’s next. Hot Yoga is also extremely popular, but we know that you can learn to stoke your own internal fire with your breath. We like to create sweat organically, and we can teach you how to build the heat from the inside out. Anybody can sweat in a hot room.

Though the Rocket has a reputation for being challenging, it is accessible to everyone. Showing up to the mat with a spirit of humility, a willingness to look within and work through whatever comes up is going to positively transform every aspect of your life, in ways you may not even perceive in the beginning. The commitment that will serve you best is three days a week. Your mind will make so many excuses why you can’t do it today, but just commit to showing up. Once you start moving, the practice takes care of itself and you leave feeling better than when you came in every single time. There is nothing you have to accomplish. You just show up, breathe, do your best and let the Yoga do you.


Learn the Rocket

Larry Schultz created the Rocket routine, 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.

Teach the Rocket

Our intensives our 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 break down the Rocket 1 and 2 routines.

Purpose Statement

The Purpose of this training is to invite students into the mechanical brainwork of the Rocket Series. Appropriately dubbed the “feel-good” routine, the sequence and philosophy are well thought out, and proven to be effective over years of experience practicing in this system. These ground-breaking routines approach the Ashtanga Vinyasa system in an open, fun and challenging way.

The Training

You will learn the Rocket routine in detail, learn the mechanics of “flying”, and learn the method and nuances helpful in teaching the Rocket. A Rocket video and training manual come as part of the curriculum. The daily schedule will be:

  • 10:00-11:30: Silent Practice/Follow the Yogi
  • 11:30-12:30 lunch break
  • 12:30-4:30: Practicum
  • 5:00-6:30: Practice 

Program Components

Flying is made possible by combining multiple aspects of yoga that when put together allow you to move and maintain a sense of levitation or flight in your practice. Principals you will learn include:

  • Breath
  • Forward and backward bends
  • Scripting techniques
  • The first chapter of the Sutras of Patanjali
  • Adjustments
  • Practice drills
  • 140 Ashtanga postures in the Rocket system sequenced by days of the week Abdominal strength and control, Full body strengthening including hand, wrist, shoulder, and back development, Stacking methods for inversions, Drishti (the integration of eye focus into your practice).

Learning the “Mechanics of Flight”

Flying is the ability to move fluidly through your practice in sections that require balancing on your hands while your feet are off the ground: Areas covered include:

  • Floating back and forth in the Sun Salutations
  • Jump backs from seated postures
  • Inversions and handstands from standing postures
  • Arm balances and inversions from seated positions
  • Creating fluid movement throughout you practice
  • Floating with control vs. ballistics

Arm Balancing and Inversions

Balancing on your hands has many invigorating benefits. Some of the arm balancing and inversion techniques taught include:

  • Headstand
  • elbow stand
  • scorpion
  • handstands (multiple variations)
  • crow posture
  • side crow
  • one legged crow
  • “crazy eight” posture
  • tripod headstand
  • peacock posture, and much more

The Rocket Trainings consist mostly of students from our 200-hour Teacher Training Program since the training’s inception over 10 years ago. These trainings are a great opportunity to put in some hours of practice without distraction and open up to new routines, new ideas and a new way of living. Credits toward toward 500 hour Yoga Alliance certification and continued education.

 Rocket Teacher Training Course Materials

The Rocket Manuel

The Rocket DVD

Yoga Teacher Training Graduation Details


Homework, written essays, quizzes, a final practical & written exam and payments must be completed prior to certification.


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