FAQ

See also our Studio Policies page for more information

How do I find your building and where do I park? We are located at the STEAM Building, 208 Race Street, Suite 301 (third floor). See our Location & Parking page for detailed directions.

What do I need to bring with me? We provide blankets, bolsters, and straps and blocks for classes that use them. We also have a limited number of yoga mats for students to use for their first few visits. We recommend purchase of your own mat, however. We sell the Manduka Prolite mat at the Studio. Bring a closed water bottle if you would like to drink during class.

What are the cleaning practices at Breathing Space?

  • Studio mats and blocks are wiped down by the participants with wipes after every use.
  • Blankets, straps, and bolsters are cleaned regularly.
  • Floors and surfaces are dust-, wet-mopped, and vacuumed regularly. 
  • If you have any concerns, please contact us.

What do I wear to a yoga or meditation class? You probably have a comfy pair of stretchy pants to wear to class, and for most of our classes you would choose a tank or tee shirt, and maybe a sweatshirt for warmth. We practice yoga in bare feet or sticky socks, regular socks are not allowed in yoga class. To protect your knees, capris or leggings are recommended. Some classes will include poses where you bend over, so mind your neckline exposure and waistline exposure. There is no need for fancy yoga clothes to do yoga! For meditation, wear loose or stretchy bottoms (not tight jeans), so that you can sit comfortably. Meditation practice is done without shoes, and either on chairs or cushions.

I’m so busy. Is it ok to just take one class a week? Most people have hectic schedules and to-do lists that are a mile long.  As such, finding the time for yoga classes can be challenging. In these circumstances, simply dropping in for a yoga class whenever feasible works for many people (we can accommodate drop-ins without registration on a space-available basis, sign up here to ensure your space). However, it is essential to practice yoga regularly if one wants to fully benefit. This holds especially true for beginners because they are learning a new way to move to maintain a healthier lifestyle. That’s why we try to keep our fees very low to support you in coming to the Studio as frequently as you can.

Of course, any yoga is good, and some yoga is better than no yoga! When one does yoga once a week, the benefits will be fewer. If you really want to integrate yoga into your life, it should be practiced frequently. Once you have come to a number of classes, you can do some sessions at home each week. Doing so will allow you to see physical results in the body, as well as experience the other many benefits of practicing yoga regularly. We offer Yoga Cards for sale in the Studio to help guide a home practice.

How do I choose which class to take? A good idea is to read the class descriptions to get a sense of what we offer. You can also email or call us (413.437.0747) to ask more detailed questions.

What is Self-Pacing? Self-pacing is a yoga principle that means that you are the master of your own yoga practice. If the pace is too fast, try slowing down. A yoga class is not military drill training, so take modifications and adjust the pace to suit your needs. Tuning into the breath can tell you if you are over-exerting. If a certain pose is very uncomfortable or seems like too much, or is causing you sharp pain, stop out and take a resting pose. While you are practicing in a class with others and the teacher is guiding you, the goal of yoga is to understand your own body and to build a practice that works for you. If you have questions about this, ask your teacher.

How is Yoga different from stretching or other kinds of fitness? Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical exercises. Yoga is unique because you develop awareness of your experience in the present moment through coordinating mind (attention, thoughts & feelings), body, and breath. You learn to recognize your habitual thought patterns and release your reactive approach to them by developing the part of your being that can observe impartially. When you experience present-moment awareness, it can lead to feelings of well-being, de-stressing, calm and positivity. As you familiarize yourself with this non-reactive way of being, you can notice how they may impact your moods, decisions, and relationships for the positive.

Are Yoga and Mindfulness a Religion? Yoga and mindfulness are not a religion. They are a philosophy and set of mind/body practices that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago, and continued to develop and flourish right into modern times. Ancient yoga teachings provide a framework for connecting in a healthy way to your life. The mindfulness meditation taught at Breathing Space is from the Buddhist tradition. We make every effort to teach meditation in terms that everyone can understand. It is not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga or mindfulness meditation.