The first It’s Yoga® school opened in San Francisco in 1989 to teach Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Larry Schultz, the founder of It’s Yoga, practiced yoga for over 30 years and was the first to develop one of the most progressive and challenging routines based on the first 3 series of classical Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
Born during his time teaching yoga to the Grateful Dead during 1990-1994, “The Rocket™,” his signature practice brought the advanced poses of Ashtanga to beginners allowing for modifications and shifting the philosophy that one pose had to be completed perfectly before the next was given. His style was based on the fact that we were Westerns practicing an Eastern Science, through a Western perspective, so the practice had to be fun and accessible to beginners, while having the power to download the benefits of this ancient and health-enhancing practice.
This vibrant routine is called the “Rocket” because, “it gets you there faster.” The Rocket™ is designed to wake up the nervous system and feed it the precious prana it craves while promoting a spirit of change and freedom in the practice.
A dynamic series of postures that flow one into another, Ashtanga Yoga provides a high energy experience whose therapeutic effects align and purify the body. Ashtanga yoga is dynamic and aerobic. By synchronizing movement with the breath, this ancient system of yoga arouses the inner fire to cleanse and strengthen the body. Ashtanga yoga’s great strength focuses on correct breathing. It oxygenates the blood, supporting circulation and bringing more blood to the brain to maximize clear thinking and full creativity.
Ashtanga yoga’s most favorable aspect is its capacity to de-stress and reshape the body, counteracting the aging process. The practice induces the elimination of toxins and purifies the body. It serves as a path to health, flexibility, strength, and balance through concentration. As Larry liked to say, "Ashtanga Yoga is the ultimate Health Management System."
It's Yoga® International is the only organization recognized to honor the It's Yoga Tradition started in San Francisco and is the official home of the It's Yoga® Legacy of The Rocket™ Routines and the It's Yoga™ Trainings.
WELCOME TO THE IT'S YOGA® SYSTEM!
Congratulations on taking the first step on the journey to absolute health and wellness. It's Yoga® Toledo is the premier studio featuring Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Ashtanga is a powerful, moving, breathing meditation designed to support practitioners in developing mind body awareness. With each class, you will become stronger, more flexible, and believe it or not, happier! It's Yoga®! It's Amazing. Welcome aboard The Rocket™!!!
Rocket™ Yoga was created by Larry Schultz in San Francisco. Larry was the teacher for the rock band the Grateful Dead, and while he was on tour with them, he took all his favorite poses from the classical practice of Ashtanga Yoga and fashioned them to suit his western practitioners. The result, was a safe and effective system that created results. "The Rocket Gets You There Faster!"® We guarantee you will see results in just 90 days of practicing in the It's Yoga System.
Larry Schultz (1951-2011) is the Founder of It's Yoga® and the Creator of the Rocket™ Routines. He practiced and taught yoga for over 30 Years and directly passed on the It's Yoga Brand to his primary student, Marie Russel, who founded It's Yoga International after his passing in 2011. It's Yoga International is an organization whose sole purpose is to expand the It's Yoga Philosophy in the World. We have over 15 Affiliate Studios around the world, and many more locations that host the It's Yoga® Teacher Training Programs. We are honored to have the lineage of Krishnamacharia, Pattabhi Jois, and Larry Schultz so rooted in our Toledo Community.
It's Yoga System: We know you are new to It's Yoga®! It's a new studio and we are ready and willing to teach to who is in the room. Join us! Many people hesitate and say, "is this class for me? " we say yes! Join us, every class is the right class for you! Our philosophy is that all levels practice in the same room adding dimension and fun to each class experience. Come and be inspired to move in a way that you never thought possible!
Scheduling: Be prepared to move and breathe in all classes! We want you to come to classes that work in your schedule. The It's Yoga System is based on routines shifting the focus from "who is teaching" to "what routine is it today?" The Rocket sequences are balanced and safe and effective for all levels. A Rocket 1 is not more difficult than a Rocket 3, they are just different routines! Try them all and see why people around the world are becoming "Rocketheads."
Rocket 1: Focus on legs, shoulders and abdominals - 72 poses in 75 minutes
Rocket 2: Focus on arm-balancing, hips and back - 66 Poses in 75 minutes
Rocket 3: Focus on celebrating the week and all the poses of the It's Yoga System! 90 poses in 90 minutes
Power Rocket: One hour classes share the basic Rocket standing series and short form seated postures.
Rocket Sculpt: Rocket series + free weights support Rocketheads in building strength
Full Primary Series: Classical Class of the Ashtanga Vinyasa System - 72 Postures in 90 minutes
MPS: Short form of the Classical Full Primary Series - 42 posses in 60 minutes
Rocket Hour: Short forms of the Rocket 1-3 Routines - 42 poses in 60 minutes