At AstaYoga, we take a progressive approach to the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Our philosophy is simple: Repetition brings success. You can't be good at yoga; you can only be good at showing up. Through a systematic approach to asana practice, anyone can learn even the most complex postures through dedication, attention and perseverance.
While we do offer several weekly opportunities to practice the full Primary Series of Ashtanga, most of our classes are in the Rocket Vinyasa style, created here in San Francisco by Larry Schultz. Our approach takes you on a daily flight out of the ordinary to experience breath-powered transformation on all levels.
Rocket Vinyasa: All Levels
This class is open to all. Starting from sun salutations, students will progress through the Rocket standing series, followed by a modification of either the Rocket I or II seated series, closing with the finishing postures to cool down. Though the classes follow a familiar sequence, each class is tailored to the general ability level of the students present.
Based on the Primary Series of Ashtanga, the Rocket I focuses on developing leg strength and balance, but also increasing flexibility with soothing forward-folding postures which open up the legs, freeing the low back from strain. Plenty of inversions offer the opportunity to change perspective and keep the practice light.
Based on the Intermediate and Advanced Series of Ashtanga, the Rocket II brings attention to arm balancing, spinal twists, back bending and hip opening postures. It is the perfect complement to, and not a more advanced practice than the Rocket I. Your stamina and equanimity will develop rapidly in Rocket II.
Rocket III Happy Hour
The Rocket III is our weekly two-for-one special, where we bring together the Rocket I and Rocket II in 90 minutes of breath-fueled exhilaration. There's a very good chance your yoga teacher is at this class. The Happy Hour class is the most challenging class of the week.
Ashtanga Primer / Rocket basics
In our Ashtanga Primer and Rocket Basics classes, you'll learn the basics of the system that we practice at AstaYoga. The sequences vary slightly, but the techniques that we apply in all classes is the same. In these beginner classes, you'll have the opportunity to explore the subtle aspects of the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. You can learn in several weeks at Asta what escapes most people after years of practice.
We teach a led Full Primary Series, sometimes by the book and sometimes with creative improvisations, but we hit every posture and always make room for your practice as it is. You need not have familiarity with the Primary Series or yoga superpowers to participate, just an open mind and a healthy desire to move and breathe.