From Our Editors
Criticism and competition are hazardous waste, according to Kara Schmidt. She’s seen them ravage many lives as they strip away confidence and the capacity to celebrate uniqueness. That’s why she founded Spacious Heart Yoga. Along with a team of caring teachers, she leads Anusara-inspired Hatha yoga classes that emphasize self-growth and community building through sequences of ancient poses and easy-to-follow alignment cues. Here, students journey toward a place within themselves where knowledge flows and peace abounds. Instructors facilitate this trip by adjusting pose alignment and providing modifications that make the ancient exercises safe and fruitful for all levels of strength, mobility, and flexibility. Stress and negativity melt away as students practice deep-breathing exercises that focus the mind and awaken the spirit. The studio’s Explore series welcomes yogis of all levels with basic poses and a strong focus on the mind-body connection, and the Expand series introduces intermediate and advanced students to poses as playful as a puppy’s first game of Red Rover.