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Patanjali

codified, or compiled in a systematic way, the art and science of Yoga in the Yoga Sutras. The Yoga Sutras succinctly outlines the art and science of Yoga for Self-Realization.

Nothing new was created with the Yoga Sutras, but rather the ancient practices were summarized in an extremely organized and terse way.

While the Yoga Sutra itself is ancient, archaeological evidence and other texts suggest that the methods described in the Yoga Sutras were being practiced as early as 3000 BCE. Oral tradition states that the date may be even earlier. We may at a later date fill in more information on Patanjali, but instead would like refer you out of this website to study on this great master throughout the numerous sites that already exsit. Namaste

Krishnamacharya

In the West, Krishnamacharya is mostly known for his contribution to the revival of the more physically oriented disciplines and practices of hatha yoga.  Therefore, he is often referred to as “the father of modern yoga.”  

The notion that Krishnamacharya practiced and taught yoga that was somehow “new” or “modern” is primarily due to the many distortions or misunderstandings about the link between the physical practices of hatha yoga and the meditational practices of raja yoga.   He was the conservator of the ancient teachings of raja yoga. We invite everyone to explore more deeply into this masters teachings as they vary from student to student. Many keys are held in the knowledge passed down by Krishnamacharya. Many scholars have writen on his teachings and history. Soon we will provide links of site we feel are of interest to someone who practices Rocket Vinyas Yoga.

As a master of yoga and a great scholar, he practiced and linked the physical practices of hatha yoga with the mental states of samadhi described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. We are all influence by this ultimate goal of self realization....

Krishnamacharya
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Patanjali

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) was fond of quoting theBhagavad Gita, wherein Krishna proclaims that only by its practice in a previous life will an individual come to the practice of Yoga in this life—and come to it as if pulled against his or her own will by a magnet. It was perhaps just such a pull that led Pattabhi Jois in 1927 to a lecture and demonstration of Yoga given at the Jubilee Hall of Hassan, in Karnataka State, South India. Only twelve years old at the time, he watched in wonderment as a strong, graceful Yogi jumped from asana to asana. He understood little of the lecture accompanying the demonstration—and would continue to understand little of the method and philosophy it propounded for quite some time—but he was so taken by what he saw that he felt he had to learn it himself. The next day he woke early and, bravely for a boy so young, made his way to the house where the Yogi was staying to ask him for instruction. The Yogi met him at the door and, on hearing his request, gruffly cross-examined him. Guruji, as he later came to be known, dutifully answered his questions and, in reward, was instructed to return the following day. This he did, marking the beginning of what was to become a twenty-five-year-long course of study with the great Tirumalai Krishnamacharya.

Larry Schultz

Schultz gained notoriety in yoga for creating the Rocket Vinyasa Yoga sequences that are today considered to be a key piece to the foundation of Power Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. Rocket Yoga sequences include the basic Rocket I, Rocket II, Rocket III, and their creative variations. Schultz developed the Rocket Vinyasa series after years of study under Pattabhi Jois in the more ridgid form of Ashtanga Yoga Primary and Second Series asana. Due to his personal practice and the changing bodies of his western students, Schultz began to modify the traditional postures and asana to make the practice more accesible to the western body. Through his personal relationship with the Grateful Dead as their yoga insturctor he began to develop the practice that Bob Weir first called "The Rocket!".

"There is nothing more satisfying to me as a teacher than to watch the glow with which people arise from Savasana. Often people walk into It’s Yoga with worry, stress and tiredness written all over their faces but when they leave, they show the effects of Ashtanga Yoga: they feel better and look better, lighter, freer, more relaxed and energized. This is why to me, teaching Ashtanga Yoga is a kind of self-realization; every time I lead class I, as a teacher, grow and express the insights of my own yoga. I see people take in the practice from various angles and develop, change and transcend their limitations, realize their possibilities."

Larry Schultz was a special teacher for many students serving as an icon that clashed against the classical organized system. A teacher who could inspire dreams into reality. As a pide piper for the rebel yoga student of the west, Larry gave us personal practice that we could take home and call our own. His practice was created and given for all to use, experience, and share. The full history is yet to unfold as many students who knew who are seeking out ways to experience the effects of his teachings again. Students who have never meet him are curious about why they are attracted to this style so much. We hope to shed more light on this great teacher and friend of many.

Soon our website will include a blog section to archive all past writings that are about Larry or many of his writings will be placed there for the public to view. If you would like to share, add, edit and information on this site please contact us. Namaste

Larry Schultz