It’s finally here…the end of 2020

It’s finally here… the end of 2020!! We are so ready to let loose (safely) in celebration of the possibilities of a better year ahead. In Japanese culture, the number 8  () is considered very auspicious. The shape and pronunciation of the character indicates a gradual opening, broadening out to prosperity and good fortune. This shape is […]

Is Yoga a “White Exercise Class”?

Image: From the exhibition #whitepeopledoingyoga Artist Chiraag Bhakta Glancing into a typical US yoga studio window, you would think Yoga equals a “white exercise class,” as Skill in Action author Michelle C Johnson has termed it. Now is the moment, more than ever, that yoga is called to take the opportunity to interrogate, and further […]

Angelica Lopez Joins Breathing Space Recovery Yoga Team

ANGELICA LOPEZ JOINS BREATHING SPACE TEAM TO OFFER RECOVERY YOGA HOLYOKE, MA (JULY 6, 2020) – Breathing Space Yoga & Mindfulness Studio is pleased to announce that Angelica Lopez has joined our team of yoga teachers, and is offering free weekly trauma-informed recovery yoga classes at Hampden County recovery houses and centers. Angelica is a […]

Update – May 20

We now have the opening phases from the Commonwealth. It looks like yoga studios (assume they are under “Gyms/Fitness Centers”) are Phase 3, which means the earliest opening date allowed would be June 29. That may shift, according to the Governor. We are still in uncertain territory.  There is a possibility that OUTDOOR classes, socially […]

Update – April 27

goodness abounds

We are now in Week 7 following the shutdown of our Studio on March 13. We’ve been busy! Our great teachers – Lorrie, Johanna & Angelica – are offering livestream yoga classes. See the schedule here Dori is offering Rise Up Rooted Vinyasa Flow for experienced lovers of flow on  Wednesdays at 11am (and Gentle […]

Free Yoga for Springfield Addiction Recovery Center Offered Online

Breathing Space is pleased to announce that we have offered our first free Online Recovery yoga class by Zoom for those at the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department Western Mass Recovery & Wellness Center in Springfield. This is a site where Dori, Johanna, and a teacher from another Studio, Marissa, have offered onsite yoga in the […]

Loving Kindness Group Meditation Sundays 4pm FREE

During the Covid-19 crisis, Breathing Space will offer FREE online loving kindness meditation sessions. We’ll meet online in the Zoom video software to engage in mindfulness meditation and a contemplative guided meditation practice of loving kindness. No experience necessary. You will need a quiet spot, a computer or smartphone with Internet connection, and a comfortable […]

Update – April 7

Like most small businesses and nonprofits, we are feeling our way along here and trying to figure out what what will support the community and sustain our Studio. Soooo, we are pivoting to donation-based classes, starting this week. Goodbye paywall (for now)! ALL online yoga classes by donation. Pay what you can. $5-10 suggested, but […]

Recalibrating…

Remember the old car navigation systems that would say Recalibrating… when you missed a turn (did I imagine that her voice sounded pissed off saying that, that somehow the little computer inside really not like it when I messed up)? All our navigation systems are crying out Recalibrating… right now. Head spinning, destabilizing, seriously uncertain […]

Yoga and…[beer, wine, etc.] and Non-harming

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Why doesn’t Breathing Space do yoga and beer, wine, etc. classes?    Yoga is a practice of connection. Yoga brings us back in touch with, first, our bodies. Tommy Rosen of Recovery 2.0, referring to a yoga class, shares “Wherever the teacher directs my attention, I learn to connect with that area of my body. […]