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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