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Community Spotlight: The Yoga Studio

Featured in Natural Awakenings, February 2015

Though new owner Kat McKinney’s journey to yoga might seem like an accident by happenstance, it is clear that she has found a passion that keeps her going.

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Open Your Heart

Featured in Natural Solutions Magazine in February, 2011

Iyengar Yoga was founded by B. K. S. Iyengar of India and focuses on body alignment and is known for its use of props to accomodate students of all abilities, promote deeper understanding of poses and allow for longer holds in poses for restorative work. Kat McKinney is co-owner of The Yoga Studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is a licensed physical therapist assistant and a yoga instructor currently seeking certification in the Iyengar tradition. In 1998 she started practicing yoga to rehabilitate from a serious illness, and made yoga a permanent part of her life because of the numerous physical and mental benefits she experienced. Kat says: “This is a basic sequence that is accessible to anybody and focuses on opening up your chest and heart. Read through the full instructions before trying each pose, and throughout the sequence, keep your breath full and soft with your face relaxed.” The entire sequence should last for 20 to 40 minutes, and can help improve circulation in the chest and slow your heart rate to bring about a sense of calm. Kat collaborated with Sue Salaniuk of The Yoga Space in Ann Arbor, Michigan, who is her mentoring teacher and is certified at the Junior Intermediate III level in the Iyengar tradition.

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The Next Generation of Yoga

Featured in Rapid Growth GR on January 20, 2011

On a sunny January morning, Deb Weiss-Gelmi leads a group of yoga students through a series of classic poses at The Yoga Studio. With rows of sticky mats lined up on the shiny wood floor, the class proceeds as usual until, during the first downward dog, the students are encouraged to bark. The rousing chorus of animal noises that follows is the first clue that these yogis are children.

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The Yoga Studio in Grand Rapids flexes into new ownership

Featured in the Grand Rapids Press on December 23, 2010

Carolyn Heines used to say she would retire when she could no longer do handstands.

But since that doesn’t appear to be in the foreseeable future, Heines is transitioning her 32-year-old business, The Yoga Studio, at 955 Cherry St. SE, to new ownership over a five-year period.

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