Yoga and the Default Mode Network

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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”?

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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 […]

Update – April 27

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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 […]

Loving Kindness Group Meditation Sundays 4pm FREE

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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 […]

Stress Release with an Eye Pillow

Yes, a simple eye pillow can help with stress release, and provide other health benefits, according to Dr. Bo Forbes! “Light pressure on the eyeballs lowers heart rate …by eliciting what’s called the oculocardiac reflex. It also stimulates the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve  … regulates heart rate and digestion, and it’s the primary medium through […]

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” […]

Mindfulness Teacher Certification Is Here

 A new organization has been created: the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. This is a timely addition to certifying bodies in the mind/body teaching/training/learning space. The organization will help to standardize mindfulness instruction and provide vetted trainings for new teachers. There are now countless websites, books, programs, and approaches to “mindfulness.” We have science, such as […]

Slowing Aging through Yoga & Meditation

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We are in the next wave of the scientific “discovery” of the benefits of yoga and meditation. It’s helpful to keep up with this research, as it can act as motivation to turn one’s mind toward incorporating these ancient practices in our regular routines (and by nature of making that choice, NOT choosing other activities […]

What is “Yogic Rest”?

Moon in pines

Yogic Rest is a type of yoga practice that can help us, particularly in this season. As we move quickly toward the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. As well, winter can be seen as a time of rest. This is reflected in the habits of animals that slow down or hibernate as […]