Rocket Yoga

The Rocket Gets You There Faster, Says Bobby Weir of the Grateful Dead

Lakeside photos by Tim Bonn of B&B Productions

Rocket Yoga was formulated when Larry Schultz was traveling with the renown rock band, the Grateful Dead. Traditionally, Ashtanga Yoga was taught in a very set sequence where most people would never reach the more advanced arm balances and inversions. Well, Bobby Weir wanted to try the "fun stuff" because he knew the arm balances and inversions looked fun and gratifying. So Larry spent many nights in his room formulating a safe sequence for how to introduce practitioners of all levels, including new beginners to these more advanced postures. He came up with Bottle Rocket, Rocket 1, Rocket 2, and Rocket 3.  

Rocket incorporates a lot of core strengthening.  

Each of the sequences begins with sun salutations A & B which creates a deep heat from within the body. Following the sun salutations is a specific standing series, split series (a key component to the practice), seated series and finishing series. Each posture prepares you for the next building a beautiful balance of both strength and flexibility!  

When Larry formulated the series, he asked Bobby what they should name it and without hesitation Bobby said, "The Rocket." Larry smiled, nodded his head up and down and replied, "I like it, but... WHY?" Bobby laughed a little and said, "because it gets you there faster." It was a very true statement! Between each of the seated postures is some core strengthening and there are always a couple of dolphin poses, which also build core and shoulder strength preparing you for the arm balances and inversions. Within a year of regular disciplined Rocket Yoga practice 5-6 days a week, I was able to do the full splits. Now, I am not able to do them everyday, sometimes if I have not practiced I am immediately more stiff, but at least I know I am capable. The arm balances and inversions are incredibly fun and eventually those turn into your  transitions from one pose to the next flowing with grace. 

I LOVE LOVE LOVE teaching the Rocket practice!!! I Love to see people break the barrier of their fears and conquer things they did not believe were possible. Being upside down is truly terrifying for many people. But we take this very slowly and build up to it safely. You get used to being inverted in high dolphin, you can use the wall and other props, and by all means listen to your body! In the splits series we hold each of the three splits 6-10 breaths allowing the body to slowly sink into its natural stopping point. Each practice may take you a little deeper. Most importantly we practice self acceptance knowing that wherever we are is exactly where we are meant to be. Yoga is a journey. We practice to improve. Many many people will reach full splits in time. For some, it takes longer. For some, based on bone composition, it simply will not be possible, but those folks can still enjoy the practice!  

So hop aboard the Rocket Ship and prepare to take your body places you never thought possible. Take your mind to new levels and ultimately connect the body and mind through the practice creating the best version of yourself!  

I am more than happy to lead privates, semi privates, group and corporate classes! If you have any questions at all please let me know.   


Libby McAvoy

PS - I want to give a big shout-out and thank you to Amber Espelage!  Under her excellent teaching and guidance I became 100 hr certified to teach Rocket Yoga.

Yoga Fit Boutique is the "Yoga Studio of the Month" at Lululemon Athletica

                                                                                                 Photography by Morgan McAvoy

I had such a great time teaching the Sunday Yoga class this morning at Lululemon inside the Kenwood Towne Centre. I want to give a huge thank you to all of the wonderful yogis who participated. You guys are awesome!

I also want to thank Lululemon for making Yoga Fit Boutique the Yoga Studio of the Month for May. If you missed this morning's class, I will be teaching again at 11 am on the following  Sundays:

May 8th - Libby McAvoy - Treat yourself to gentle slow flow (Jaba Yoga) for Mother's Day.

May 15th - Wendy Riker from our studio will guide you through a fun Yoga Boot Camp class.

May 22nd - Libby McAvoy - Join me again for another energetic session of Rocket Yoga

May 29th - Benjamin Brjnulfson-Reardon will lead you through his Vinyasa Flow class.

Lululemon is located inside the Kenwood Towne Centre at 7875 Montgomery Road in Cincinnati, Ohio.  

If you can't make any of these dates, I invite you to join us for classes at Yoga Fit Boutique. Check out our schedule and register for a class today.

Libby McAvoy

Lululemon Athletica at the Kenwood Towne Centre in Cincinnati, Ohio