Practice, Breathe & Surf - Nicaragua
An invigorating seven day retreat at a secluded coastal get away close to San Juan Del Sur called Costa Dulce. Wake up in your own beach bungalow with breath taking ocean views, fresh fruit, amazing coffee and Risto's signature 90 minute Rocket/Ashtanga class followed by a day spent surfing, hiking, or relaxing. Evening Acro / Yin yoga and fresh healthy meals are the cherry on top for a week of movement, relaxation, and transformation.
Practice, Breathe & Surf - Tofino
The ninth-annual Tofino retreat packs a ton of goodness into just three days - 8 raw, vegan,vegetarian meals, 8 yoga classes, 3 nights accommodation and 2 days of surfing. You'll get to workshop inversions, try acro-yoga, and experience evening yin classes with live music. It's a refreshing way to spend labour day weekend in Canada's Pacific playground paradise.
Risto Duggan is a Vancouver based yoga teacher with a focus on healing through alignment, power and breath. His background as a semi-professional multi-sport athlete left his body broken and battered, with 9 broken bones, a bad hip and a stiff back. On his 40th birthday he took his first yoga class and his life changed forever.
Since completing his 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2007, he has built a strong following of students who come to his Rocket, Ashtanga, Power, and Yin classes. With a focus on healing their bodies, releasing tension through deep stretches, and building true strength with helpful adjustments, positive guidance, and playful inversions.
Immersive training sessions for yogi's who want to elevate their practice, and for certified teachers who want to learn how to teach The Rocket.
Risto teaches at One Yoga, Stretch, and YYoga Yaletown throughout the week.
Tuesday - 7am - 815am -Rocket #1
Thursday - 545pm - 715pm - Rocket #2
Saturday - 415pm - 530pm - Rocket #2
Saturday - 545pm - 7pm - Yin
Monday - 7am - 8am - Ashtanga
Tuesday - 6pm - 715pm - The Rocket
Tuesday - 730pm - 845pm - Alignment Yin
Thursday - 7am - 8am - Ashtanga
Friday - 7am - 8am - Rocket
Saturday - 9am - 1030am - Rocket #1
Sunday - 9am - 1030am - Rocket #2
Sunday - 545pm - 7pm - Rocket #2
RAD Yoga Gear
Risto's power classes are demanding, and he needed a pair of yoga shorts that could keep up with all the arm balances and deep twists. So he had the RAD Power Shorts made locally.
RAD Yoga Gear now includes handcrafted bags, sweaters, and tanks, and is growing with love here in Vancouver.
What is Rocket yoga?
The Rocket is an invigorating style of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga that heals and strengthens the body with a rhythmic power flow, playful (optional) inversions, and deep hip stretches. Each pose prepares the body for the next pose, which is why it is such an effective practice for healing and building strength.
Who is it for?
Anyone can benefit from The Rocket, and what I love most about it is that beginners can practice beside experienced yogi’s, and everyone is learning and progressing. All the arm balances and inversions are optional, and you practice with the wall as a partner. Also breaks are encouraged, so if your body feels fatigued, just hang out in child’s pose or down dog.
What's the Story?
Larry Shultz trained with Pattabhi Jois '82 - '89, and took the 3 series of Ashtanga and created "Rocket Yoga" in his home of San Fransisco in the 90's.
Larry was The Grateful Dead's yoga teacher. Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead suggested the name "Rocket" while Larry was teaching the band, because "it gets you there faster" - so it's great for anyone who wants to get to another level in their yoga ability, build a strong core, and heal their body.
Check my schedule to find when and where I teach Rocket, and come give it a shot!
Contact Risto to learn more about retreats, workshops, private sessions, RAD gear, or just to say hi.