Yoga for a Health(ier) Heart

heartinhandA soulful group of yogis connected at Shaganappi Community during the evening of February 13.  In addition to coming together (which is beneficial to heart health as well), practicing poses, breath, mudras, mantra and meditation to heal the heart, they raised $140 for the 2014 Heart Month Campaign.  For those of you familiar with LifeForce Yoga®, you will recognized the cheer, “Very good, very good, yay”!

A major portion of the workshop was spent experiencing yoga asanas practiced according to the principles outlined by Dr. Karandikar in his book, Life Saver, and modifications of restorative yoga asanas as suggested by David McAmmond.   Here is the core of the practice according to David, although we also incorporated Iyengaresque versions of the standing poses, trikonsasana, parsvakonasana, virabhadrasana I, II, and II, bharadvajasana, and upavista konasana.

One of the mudras we explored is thought to be first aid for a heart attack.  Click here to find out how to practice it!

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