The Rocket Vinyasa system or otherwise “The Rocket” (a name given by Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead because as he discovered: “It gets you there faster!”) consists of the Rocket 1, 2 & 3 series which have their roots in traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. These series are adaptations of the classic 1st (Primary) & 2nd (Intermediate) series of Ashtanga Vinyasa, including the key positions from the 3rd & 4th series. They are series that renew the energy and vitality of the body and mind.
Shaped so that each body can respond to its present state, Rocket gives the practitioner and teacher control and freedom for their own creative practice. A base on which to develop and experiment. Always respecting the core and traditional principles of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
The structure of the practice remains that of Ashtanga Vinyasa starting with sun salutations (Surya Namaskar A & B), continuing with standing poses (Standing Poses), then seated poses (Seated Poses) and concluding with the traditional closing (Finishing Sequence). Its pace is fast and requires the practitioner to focus on the constant changes of body alignment and center of gravity. Maintaining the flow of the breath (Ujjayi), the neuromuscular locks (Bandhas) and the stability of the gaze (Dristti).
A key feature of Rocket that we should not forget is its modifications, which is why it is called “The Art of Modifications”. Practitioners are encouraged to try variations and use aids when they feel unable to perform an asana, modifying the classic sequence and adapting it to their specific musculoskeletal needs. So they don’t stop the practice when they can’t perform an asana perfectly, but adapt it and continue avoiding injuries and enjoying the flow of the whole practice. This way they have access to all the postures, work on them and develop them thus reaping the benefits of the entire series, without interruption.
It is a rich practice that works on: pranayama, forward folds, back bends, spinal twists, hip openers, arm balances, standing balances, inversions, handstands and headstands, quickly increasing the endurance, strength, flexibility of the body, but and the connection to inner strength, patience, discipline and focus of mind.
If you haven’t tried it, don’t waste time!