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 […]

Stress and the Upside Down Fall

It’s a mid-October rainy day here in New England, which by contrast brings out the rich fall colors that are now reaching their peak. Just like a normal Fall! Except nothing’s normal this Fall, it’s all upside down. When we are all used to moving together for the cold months, we’re facing a period of […]

Yoga and the Default Mode Network

The practice of yoga can give us insight into our reliance on our brain’s Default Mode Network, and what that means for our well-being. What is the Default Mode Network (DMN)? Scientists like Judson Brewer and colleagues see the DMN as a pattern of certain areas of the brain being active when we are awake […]

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 […]

Leaving the Palace

During our current physical distancing and Covid-19 Stay Home rules, I recognize that “Leaving the Palace” may seem like an odd topic to be writing about. But bear with me.  I have been studying Buddhism for decades now, and I am always drawn back to the basic teachings during uncertain times. While many religions are […]