Accessible, authentic yoga at low rates for social good
What We Offer
Yoga. Mindfulness. Connection.
We offer Studio yoga classes including Gentle, Power Hour Flow, Community Flow, and Yogic Rest (Yoga Nidra). Intro to Yoga workshop is offered regularly. See under Classes in the menu for details.
We offer a weekly mindfulness class with instruction, study, discussion, and community. Open to all, no previous meditation experience required. By donation.
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Our signature program is offered in the Studio, and in the community to in- and outpatient, community, and prison-based recovery organizations.
We offer recovery coaching one-on-one. Supporting all recovery paths, we specialize in holistic recovery based on yoga, meditation, and mindful eating.
About Breathing Space
Yoga. Mindfulness. Connection.
Breathing Space is not a typical yoga studio. Our purpose is to offer yoga and mindfulness meditation as tools for wellness, and to offer a path to peace and connection to heal our world. Our mission includes: Offer yoga for every body – dispel stereotypes about who yoga is for; Offer low-cost and donation-based classes and programs; Present our offerings in simple forms and plain language, accessible to people of all religions, faiths, and backgrounds; Support the addiction recovery community by offering donation-based and offsite Liberation Recovery Yoga SM classes; Stand for the elimination of bias, racial prejudice, and economic inequality in society, and support restorative justice and peace efforts locally and globally. Breathing Space Inc. is a registered nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations made to Breathing Space are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law.
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Recent News & Writings
The best phrase I have heard about yoga blocks is “they bring the floor to you.” And, rather than some lesser expression of the yoga pose, the blocks can actually allow us greater freedom to find our grounding points in a pose, and then feel secure in blossoming into the pose. Blocks are commonly used
-> Continue reading Yoga Blocks Rule! Why We Donated 40 Blocks for Liberation Recovery Yoga
The fact that many, many addictions are hidden including eating disorders – is not a surprise to anyone. For some, even characterizing a habit or propensity as an “addiction” feels shaming and limiting. And yet, people do suffer in silence, and struggle in silence. And, living life fully is hampered by these conditions. So, that’s a
-> Continue reading Many Addictions Are Hidden, Eating Disorders Edition
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
-> Continue reading Slowing Aging through Yoga & Meditation
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
-> Continue reading What is “Yogic Rest”?
It comes as no surprise that our society values extroverts — those who are comfortable in conversation, dare I say performance; ease social situations; are humorous; and keep things flowing. However, a third or more of us (USA) are introverts. I wonder if that percentage is even higher among those with addiction issues? No studies
-> Continue reading The Power of Quiet in Addiction Recovery
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,
-> Continue reading Our Greater Self
There was a wonderful group assembled for class tonight. Regular attendees on Wednesdays, along with our neighbors from the Womanshelter/Companeras. So heartening to practice together and explore movement and mindfulness in community. Thanks to everyone who came!
From time to time, inspiration emerges from chaos, with insight for those seeking recovery from life’s harmful habits. While searching for a way to re-engage with the chaos called Twitter (about which anyone who is awake in 2017 might feel trepidation), I stumbled across this lovely Twitter name: @unwindbekind. I immediately adopted it for the
-> Continue reading Unwind Be Kind
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
-> Continue reading Support Recovery for All
See the full story here. Kaiser in California is blazing the path for painkiller alternatives – acupuncture, yoga, and meditation. And it’s covered by their insurance plan. A patient is profiled in the story, and she has been able to radically reduce her dosage of pain killers based on these alternative approaches. This story is
-> Continue reading Yoga & Mindfulness part of Kaiser Permanente’s detox process