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”?

white people doing yoga

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 […]

Loving Kindness Group Meditation Sundays 4pm FREE

Introvert

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 […]

Leaving the Palace

Buddha outdoors

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. If we are seeking to invite mindfulness into our daily experience, then a bit of background on the origins of the practice is helpful. I […]

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 […]

The Sacred Art of Rest

With embodied mindfulness practices like yoga, meditation, Taichi, Chigong, and some Zen arts, too much explanation can get in the way of the direct experience. At the same time, it sometimes helps to have a framework for what you are engaging in to make sense of the experience.  Yoga Nidra (we call this “Yogic Rest” […]

Announcing: Seed to Flower Fund for Yoga Service

  Contact: Dori Digenti, Breathing Space Yoga & Mindfulness Studio, Holyoke, MA breathingspaceholyoke@gmail.com 413.437.0747 NEW FUND CREATED TO SUPPORT YOGA IN PRISONS AND ADDICTION RECOVERY CENTERS IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS HOLYOKE, MA (JUNE 12, 2019) – Breathing Space Yoga & Mindfulness Studio is pleased to announce the creation of the SEED TO FLOWER FUND FOR YOGA […]

The Seeds of Addiction Recovery

the soloist poster

Recently, I watched the movie “The Soloist,” and contemplated the relationship of the story to the seeds of addiction recovery (addiction recovery through yoga and mindfulness underlies the mission of Breathing Space). This may be one of the movies that, like me, you missed. Starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr., this is a story […]

I didn’t like “A Star Is Born”

A star is born still

What? The current remake of A Star Is Born? With Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, known to be supporters of progressive causes? The movie whose songs and director are soliciting Oscar rumors? The movie that has grossed $169M so far? The movie that everyone loves, and finds that both Bradley and Gaga have soulful singing […]