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”?

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What’s Really Hot in Yoga

What’s really hot in yoga? Think used, recycled, upcycled, pre-owned, new-to-you – it’s not just for cars anymore!  People are paying premium prices on online services like Poshmark and ThredUp for labels like Athleta, GAPFit, Lululemon, and others. Sometimes, eye-popping prices (esp. for “New With Tags”)! Like, really, and are they?? When you can get […]

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 […]

Our Greater Self

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The transformation of the celebration of Thanksgiving is present in many places, and it is so heartening. Thousands of #thankful and #gratefulfor messages fill the social media airwaves. This holiday has always been about celebrating thankfulness, but our frame has now shifted to a larger consideration. We are invited to think beyond family and friends, […]

Support Recovery for All

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Finding our way out of the crisis of addiction takes effort at all levels of the system. While federal and state dollars are applied for broad programs and agency support, those funds are virtually inaccessible to those providing direct service using holistic methods like yoga and mindfulness. And yet, each week we find more evidence […]

Health At Every Size

It’s a common experience as a yoga teacher to hear people “apologize” for the size of their body when the discussion is about taking yoga. Dispelling the myths about who can practice yoga is an ongoing challenge, and convincing media that featuring only one body type in imagery is harming others has seen some progress (credit […]