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YH Weekly | The Rocket Man & Studio Update



This week we welcome the Full Moon in Aries and say a thankful goodbye to Mercury Retrograde that has now ended. Aries rules the ‘Self’ so this is the perfect time to lean into your needs and desires and celebrate the Self! What have you accomplished recently? What are you proud of? It’s also a time to look at your boundaries. What are you letting creep in and what is stopping you from being true to yourself? 

At Yoga House we are filling our timetable up with new and different classes and great workshops to help you find the space to care and cultivate yourSELF. 

Continuing the space theme, this week are taking a look at Rocket Yoga and the man that founded it Larry Schultz. He went from an insurance man to changing the Ashtanga Series and a teacher to a Rock Band. We have an amazing Rocket Workshop in December being taught by one of Larry’s students Jamie Blowers. More Info below. 

Halloween is nearing and there are only a few spots left on Kate’s special Sound Healing Session on October 30th. Come and be spellbound by her beautiful bowls and spine tingling vocals. 

Last 10 days of our intro offer – Our back to routine offer is ending soon, you can get 2 classes for £18 here. You can use the classes over both studios for all timetable bookings including yoga, pilates and hot yoga, pregnancy and baby yoga. Terms apply (both classes to be taken up to one month after purchase).

Meet the Father Of Rocket Yoga

Larry Schultz was named ‘The Bad Boy of Ashtanga Yoga” by Pattabhi Jois. This was after Larry had studied under Pattabhi for 7 years and created Rocket Yoga. Rocket Yoga allows students to alter and modify poses in the Ashtanga Primary Series that they may be stuck on. Larry’s created Rocket sequence to make it more accessible to all students.
Larry was incredibly popular in California and opened the third yoga in San Francisco in 1989. He was the on-tour Yoga Teacher for the band The Grateful Dead and band member Bob Weir came up with the name Rocket Yoga because it apparently “takes you there faster”.
Larry with Pattabhi Jois
Yogi Band: Grateful Dead
At Yoga House, we have many passionate teachers who have studied Rocket Yoga – Lydia, Giovina, Junior, Louise, Charles and Kasia. We are thrilled to welcome Jamie Blowers to Catford on December 12th for a Rocket Fundamental Workshop. Jamie was blessed to have studied under Larry and kindly shares his love of Rocket Yoga and what it means to him below.

Introducing Jamie Blowers

My Rocket practice challenges and rewards my body in equal measure. Its like a good conversation with an interesting friend fuelled by caffeine  – full of challenges, epiphanies, growth and excitement.

My body and mind feel changed, strong and vitally stimulated with Rocket. In fact after Rocket practice I feel like I can take on the world! Rocket practice lifts us up literally and figuratively! 
The more gymnastic style transitions and moves rely on balance and strength more than the  extreme flexibility of the traditional Ashtanga system. This is why more diverse bodies respond to the Rocket and are reeling all the benefits. Rocket practice is playful and creative, vigorous and up lifting full of handstands opportunities and arm balances. We work on the back muscles too which is an over looked feature in many dynamic practices. 
In Larry’s words it shows you that you are stronger than you think you are. 

When I first started to practice Ashtanga there was a lot of hierarchy in the practice from the way teachers were trained down to the way the practitioner practiced. For me this was not a huge issue but not so enticing as creativity.
I come from a professional dance training back ground were I trained in both Ballet Technique and Contemporary Dance technique. For me the Ashtanga was very similar to how one trained in Ballet technique. But my passion was for the innovations and creativity of Contemporary dance, so, when I discovered Rocket yoga in San Francisco back in 2007 I could see this was were my heart was going to be be in Yoga. Unlike Ashtanga the Rocket was designed to dissolve the hierarchy of poses and simultaneously modify the poses. These two innovations then facilitated a diverse access to the benefits and joys of Ashtanga style practice and poses.
Balance and strength are more practically developed then extreme flexibility which often relies ultimately on the proportion of your bones as they articulate in their joints. Many practitioners that are not so flexible really respond to Rocket for this reason. That is not to say that Rocket practice does not develop greatly flexibility just that the practice ultimately does not point to that as its central feature.

Rocket was created by Larry Shultz, in the early 90’s it started to gain a following which has continued to grow internationally. Larry Shultz sadly passed away in 2011, Larry was my yoga teacher and nurtured my confidence to become a teacher trainer in the Rocket. We miss him but I am happy to be perpetuating his legacy through sharing the love of Rocket Practice! 

In three words This practice is fun, fast and fascinating!  The movement velocity is increased to create a cardio effect, we keep the energy high with regular handstands and the variations that lead beginners on that journey. We always bring the Rocket to land smoothly with Savasana and contemplation. 

Rocket Yoga Fundamentals Workshop with Jamie Blowers

Key fundamental Rocket asanas will be broken down through exploring regressions, progressions and transitions. This workshop can be an entry point for those new to Rocket, for current Rocket practitioners to learn some fresh interpretations or yoga teachers looking to expand their teaching practice repertoire.

Sunday 12th December | 12.45-3.35pm | £30 | Catford Studio 
Our Karma Yoga Team are essential to our Studios and Community. 
We ask our Karma Yogis to arrive 30 minutes before class to help set up and stay 30 minutes afterwards to clear down. In return, You get to practise for free. 

If you’d like to become a Karma Yogi, please email and we’ll send you all the information. 

It’s a great way to become part of the Yoga House Community. 


Lunch Time Flow 
12PM at Lee Studio
with Ania

Enjoy a break away from your desk with this 45 minute Lunch Time flow with Aina


6.30PM at Catford Studio
with Helen

Join Senior teacher Helen to end the week with this peaceful Hatha Class


Warm Yin
7.30PM at Catford Studio
with Giovina

The perfect way to end the week with a relaxing and opening warm yin class. The warmth will soothe your body and soul.


Join Lydia back for her first week at the Studio




Hot Yoga
10.30AM at Catford Studio
with Martyna

Heating up your weekend with a morning Hot Class from Martyna. You asked for this and we are thrilled to offer it.


Halloween Sound Bath
with Kate Young 
Join us for this special Halloween Sound Healing. The healing is hosted by the beautiful Kate Young. Kate creates a journey using quartz crystal bowls and her voice which thread together and unify in their own soul song.
Saturday 30th October | 5-6pm | £25* | Lee Studio 
*£25 per person or £40 for a pair booking
If booking for two, please email

Prenatal Yoga + Nutrition for Healthy Pregnancy Workshop
with Natalie & Zannie
Join us for an afternoon of Prenatal Restorative: gentle & supported yoga followed by Prenatal Nutrition.
This workshop will show you how to nourish and replenish body & Baby.
Saturday 20th November | 1.30-3.30pm | £20 | Lee Studio 

We are here for you, please get in touch and
Keep Practising!
LOVE from the YOGA HOUSE team

& Kasia x

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