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A Yoga Teacher's Journey

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I have been practicing yoga for over 12 years. Growing up as a gymnast, I was naturally drawn to the Asana practice. I have always been fascinated by and in awe of what the body is capable of doing. The possibilities are endless. As a physical therapist for over 25 years, I continue to utilize this same passion for movement, alignment, breath, strength, and balance, not only in rehabilitating patients, but also in the role of preventing injuries, managing chronic conditions and ultimately maximizing functional mobility and strength.


I received my 200-hour Power Vinyasa yoga teacher training through Ayana Yoga in 2014. At that time, I was looking, not only to deepen my own personal physical practice, but to learn more about the true “meaning of yoga." I found myself going to yoga class and eagerly awaiting to hear the yoga teachers sutra. I was so intrigued by what my teachers were saying that I just wanted to learn more. My YTT was an amazing, transformative experience. I realized this was just the beginning of my yoga journey.


Since that time, I have continued to practice yoga. I am so grateful for the amazing teachers who continue to instruct, encourage, support and push me. I feel physically stronger now than I felt 5 years ago. Who says you can’t get stronger with age?!

I love this physical practice, but I now see what my yoga teachers have been saying all along:

 

“As you continue to consistently practice yoga on your mat, you start to see how it transforms your life off the mat."

 

The pranayama, the yamas, niyamas - basically, everything that makes you a good human being. These teachings are powerful and have been an incredible tool in raising my 2 daughters. It is all a work in progress. Yes, a journey.

 

The Journey Continues

 

Most recently, I completed Charlotte’s first 50 hour Rocket Vinyasa Training in May 2018, led by Patrick McLeaf and assisted by Jaimis Huff.


Rocket Vinyasa, created by Larry Schultz, is a series of postures based on modification of the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Primary and Intermediate series. Rocket Vinyasa renews energy and brings vitality and understanding to the body and mind.

 

According to Larry, “The Rocket is designed to wake up the nervous system and feed it precious prana it craves, while promoting a spirit of change and freedom in the practice."

Larry developed this Rocket sequence while touring as the yoga teacher for the Grateful Dead. Bob Weir is given credit for coining the name “Rocket” and its catch phrase “It gets you there faster!”

Rocket was designed as an asana sequence that invigorates and strengthens students with postures, while still staying accessible through modifications. I love teaching the Rocket series, as it allows me the opportunity to integrate my own creative “flow” while at the same time, honoring the core values and teachings of ancient Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice. I love practicing Rocket Vinyasa because it makes me feel great!!

 

Fellow yogis, I look forward to seeing you on your mats. I am truly honored to guide and share this amazing practice with you. It is important to take time out for yourself. Life can be busy, stressful, unpredictable, and tiring. Take the time to nourish your body, mind and soul.

 

YOU ARE WORTH IT!

 

- Allyson Rooney


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