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

upside down city

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 brain

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 […]

Angelica Lopez Joins Breathing Space Recovery Yoga Team

Angelica Lopez

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 – 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Update from Breathing Space March 27

bamboo forest

We will be piloting LIVE online yoga classes this weekend! Stay tuned for updates, or check the Class schedule here   “Traveler, there is no path, paths are made by walking” – Antonio Machado Wishing you health and ease in this period of … well, when we look back after we get through this, we’ll […]


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 […]