I was recently asked to compare and give specific reasons why Rocket Yoga should be considered a specific form of Hatha Yoga comparable to more popular styles of Hatha like Anusara, Jivamukti or Dharma Yoga.
I decided to keep it simple and work with 2 qualities in specific that I feel sets the Rocket System up as a practice that all Hatha Yoga practitioners should try at some point.
1: The Rocket Yoga system is a form of Ashtanga Yoga that allows the hierarchy to be destroyed!
Yep. This practice is all about focusing on your strengths and capabilities vs. focusing on your weaknesses and the poses you can't do. Each person is different in the abilities and the Rocket System aims to find out what each individual is good at and encourage the student to work with their strengths and build confidence by going with the flow of their natural talents. This resonates with the student not only on the mat but off the mat as well. In our daily lives we have to recognize what we are good at and move in that direction.
2: Gives a practice that allows students to learn how to stimulate both the Parasympathetic and Sympathetic nervous systems evenly.
Wow! A lot of people are not even thinking about this when they practice, but everything we experience comes from the nervous system. This is how we feel the external world. Our basic functions of relaxation and energizing is stimulated by the two parts of the autonomic nervous system: Parasympathetic and Sympathetic.
Parasympathetic is for relaxation. It slows down the heart, mind, cools the body, and increases the digestion.
Sympathetic is for energizing. It speeds up the heart, mind, heats the body and decreases the digestive system.
Primary Series is mainly the parasympathetic stimulation and the 2nd series is the sympathetic stimulation. I have made this deduction based on the fact that Primary is mainly forward folds vs. the 2nd series which is back bends, twists and inversions.
The Rocket 1 and Rocket 2 are based on the 1st and 2nd series of Ashtanga Yoga. The exception is people in their first month of yoga are allowed to practice both of the series in the Rocket System. In traditional practice now a days it could take years to access the 2nd series postures for the average person.
Rocket Yoga "It gets you there faster!"
These are just two of the many reasons why Rocket Yoga stand out as a Hatha Yoga system. There is direct intention in the stimulation of the nervous system and this allows the student to choose what practice they want that day depending on how they feel.
Jai! Thank you Larry 'ji