Insights from IYI 302 The Rocket® 100 Hr. Training
"A Silent Revolution"
Larry Schultz created the It's Yoga Sequences during his time as the personal yoga teacher for the band The Grateful Dead in order to make the full primary series more accessible to their physical need and in the spirit of sharing his love of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice to everyone in a playful, compassionate and loving way. Traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga can be all of those but what Larry offered was a way for people to listen with attention to what their bodies was communicating to them and to move and adjust to those messages accordingly. Larry's desire to share his love of this ancient practice gave birth to the It's Yoga system and a new philosophy which he referred to as a silent revolution: "To move away from what does not work towards what does". After his passing in 2011 the community he had built through It's Yoga® kept going, practising and developing as a community and a system.
It's Yoga came into my life a little over a year ago when I jumped into the rocket ship with complete trust and began my 300hr training with It's Yoga® in It's Yoga Fuerteventura. After studying the foundations of the system in the IYI 301 training I came back to Fuerteventura to attend the IYI 302 training: Taking Flight. Its focus on arm balances, backbending and twisting invigorated my being inside and out; I was in love with the sequence. However, it is the Yin module of the 302 training which made me fall in love with the quieter, more hidden part of my being. In between moving my body in all and every direction I came to settle and listen to my inner teacher in ways I had never done before. In stillness I discovered new approaches to looking, seeing, moving and being.
I had practised and shared Yin Yoga previously but the combination of both Yang and Yin within one training emphasized the many benefits of incorporating the two in my weekly routine. After the training ended I went back to Seville and began to practise and share both dynamic Rocket® sequences and gentle, slower paced Yin classes on a weekly basis. I had always been a very active, sporty, yang kind of person; The regular practice of Yin Yoga made me connect with myself and others softly and peacefully. I benefited both as a practitioner and a facilitator. A year later I am back to Fuerteventura to co-learn and observe the same IYI trainings with Salla and Jari.
Since Larry's passing It's Yoga International has evolved in many ways with the introduction of a 300hr training and the many facilitators and trainers around the world keeping Larry's living legacy alive. Jari Kauppi introduced Yin into the curriculum of It's Yoga because of his own love and experience of such practice. Yin added a new layer to this already very complete and rich system. Then, suddenly it hit me, at the last training Sunday, that these layers are the embodiment of the Silent Revolution that Larry set out me to share.
Learn more about It's Yoga® 300Hours Program: IY 301, IYI 302, IYI 501 & 502
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