Yoga is the ancient Indian science of Union- union of mind, body, breath; union of masculine and feminine; union of human and the divine; Over the course of the past 10,000 years or so, the reputation of yoga science has evolved immensely. In modern culture (particularly in the west), we generally associate yoga with the physical postures (asana) seen in magazines, tv commercials, and various health advertisements. We understand that performing these postures can create health within our bodies and allow us to live joyous, stress-reduced lives. Although this is not the whole of the teachings of yoga, it is a great place to start.
There are many schools that teach these physical practices, all varying by specialty and degree of intensity. There is no one-size-fits-all approach that will touch every practitioner, but as long as we are practicing we are able to experience the benefits that are deeply rooted in these traditions. Because we recognize that every body is unique it is important to be able to offer different approaches that will resonate within the body and heart to light the spark of self-discovery and inner healing.
A physical yoga practice derived from the 10,00 year old science of Swara Yoga. Swara means “sound,” specifically the sound of the breath. Paying special attention to the breathing pattern allows the practitioner to tap into the subtle energy patterns of the body. Through this awareness of vital current one can create transformation within the body and mind.
Bheemashakti Yoga focuses on the physical practices of Swara Yoga as taught by Master H.R. Suresh. In the beginning phases of Bheemashakti Yoga, students are introduced the Seven Dimensions of the Body concept. This concept systematically opens and energizes the body with a combination of kriya (repetitive movements) and intense breathing exercises. Once the body has been prepared in this way, asana (postures) are slowly introduced in order to fine tune the physical abilities and energetic system of the body. The uniqueness of this approach allows the student to achieve many foundational and advanced abilities at a much more accelerated and powerful rate than previously experienced. It is perfect for anyone who is interested in a direct path to transforming the body and improving his/her yogasana practice.
Based on the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Ashtanga Vinyasa focuses on the development of a flowing sequence of asana (postures) to create health and vitality in the body. When practiced with right attention and the cultivation of ujjayi (breath), bandha (energetic locks), and dristhi (focal point), the practitioner is able to find a moving meditation to still the mind and transform the body. This is considered to be one of the most advanced practices known in the yoga community because of the intense dedication and focus that is required to progress. Traditionally as a self guided practice in the “Mysore” style, a qualified teacher will “give” postures to the students to practice as it becomes appropriate. As the student achieves more advanced postures they are guided to more advanced sets of postures divided in to different series. Each series has a specific function and is systematically designed to create inner transformation as the frequency of practice progresses.
“Relax, breathe, and go with the flow,” is the motto of this approach to physical yoga. Founder Larry Schultz, a long time practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga, devised this system to make asana practice more approachable for the modern lifestyle. Taking the traditional Ashtanga Series and removing the challenging and often times unnecessary advanced binds and postures, Larry was able to introduce this practice in a fun and accessible way. Described by one of the first practitioners, Bob Weir, Rocket Vinyasa “gets you there faster.”
Rocket 1 resembles the Ashtanga Primary series and focuses on realigning the spine in addition to opening and strengthening the lower body.
Rocket 2 takes inspiration from the Ashtanga Intermediate series and focuses on strengthening the back, spine, and upper body.
Rocket 3, also known as Rocket Happy Hour fuses the Rocket 1 and 2 in a fast paced flow, reaching peak intensity and preparing the body for a day of rest at the end of the week.