Larry Schultz found Rocket Yoga in the early 1980’s. He wanted to create a more accessible option to the Ashtanga Practice. Because of this Larry 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 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”.
Rocket Yoga has become widely accessible, enabling even those with physical problems to try it. It is a smooth process of breath and movement. It may look like a purely physical process, but it helps clear your mind as well.
What makes Rocket Yoga stand apart is that it breaks the concept of hierarchy. You can pick and choose the asanas and practice them without necessarily following a linear format.