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”?

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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 […]

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 […]

Whole30 – It’s Still a Diet

It’s January, and so the diets just keep on coming. Some of them look like they are about mindful eating, but they’re not. Now it’s Whole30 ( This is a modified version of Atkins (remember that?), South Beach, “clean eating,” etc. etc. – it has carbs (not grains), sweets (some fruit, but no white sugar) […]

How Does Yoga Support Addiction Recovery?

butterfly on flower

Yoga is an ancient system of physical and mental techniques that link and integrate the mind, body, and breath. Yoga evolved as a set of practices in South India, and from there has spread worldwide.  Yoga is modern times is a living, evolving tradition – a way of life not associated with any particular religion […]

Mindful Eating for Thanksgiving: Day 7 of 7

It’s actually Thanksgiving Day evening now, and so however you could incorporate mindful eating into the day has happened. Perhaps you’re pretty happy with the balance you were able to maintain when faced with the combination of social time, special foods, and a focus on eating. Or perhaps you didn’t. Here’s where the RAIN approach […]

Mindful Eating for Thanksgiving: Day 6 of 7

What happens when we meet ourselves right at the point of a mindful eating decision? One image of the mindful approach is to imagine that we are taking our relationship to food off autopilot. It’s pretty typical to eat without fully noticing what we are doing in the moment. Even if we start out with […]

Mindful Eating for Thanksgiving: Day 5 of 7

the brain

Mindful eating invites us to combine inner wisdom – for example, feelings in the body and the senses, with outer wisdom – for example, the energy- and nutrient-density of foods. Yesterday’s post on mindful moments spoke to cultivating and beginning to trust our inner wisdom – the sensory experience of eating, the physical feelings in […]