Since 1994, the Breathing Space has been an oasis of health and well-being for hundreds of people in Silverlake, Southern California and beyond. Always in the context of a supportive, student-teacher relationship, we have provided all who have found their way to our sweet, home-based wellness center with educational opportunities, personal guidance, relief from suffering and whatever else they needed to flourish.
Throughout the years, this healing relationship has been highly effective in treating every manner of malady. Whether the issues are physical, psychological, emotional, relational, spiritual, or a combination, our students consistently report feeling more confident, healthy, and hopeful than when they arrived. I am pleased and proud to say that today, years after we first opened our doors, we still have heart-to-heart relationships with many of our earliest students.
Today, the Breathing Space is thriving. We continue to offer an incredible array of services, including Yoga Education and Therapy, Positive Psychology interventions, Yoga Sutras Study, Career, Wellness and Relationship Coaching, Addiction Counseling, Mentorship programs and the full range of all Ayurveda has to offer.
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So that’s it… so far. If you are looking for a place to heal yourself or learn to heal others, to gain knowledge of a wide variety of transformational tools and practices, to explore the Yoga Sutras and connect with some like-minded folks, look no further. You’re Home.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING. Just thought I'd share a few thoughts, feelings and findings on my favorite holiday celebrating my favorite emotion. Oh, and have I told you how just how blessed I feel to have you in my life, and to be a part of yours? HAVE A GREAT AND GRATEFUL DAY, FB FRIENDS. ENJOY. WHAT GOOD IS GRATITUDE 1. Gratitude allows us to celebrate the present. It magnifies positive emotions. Research on emotion shows that positive emotions wear off quickly. Our emotional systems like newness. They like novelty. They like change. We adapt to positive life circumstances so that before too long, the new car, the new spouse, the new house—they don’t feel so new and exciting anymore. But gratitude makes us appreciate the value of something, and when we appreciate the value of something, we extract more benefits from it; we’re less likely to take it for granted. In effect, I think gratitude allows us to participate more in life. We notice the positives more, and that magnifies the pleasures you get from life. Instead of adapting to goodness, we celebrate goodness. We spend so much time watching things—movies, computer screens, sports—but with gratitude we become greater participants in our lives as opposed to spectators. 2. Gratitude blocks toxic, negative emotions, such as envy, resentment, regret—emotions that can destroy our happiness. There’s even recent evidence, including a 2008 study by psychologist Alex Wood in the Journal of Research in Personality, showing that gratitude can reduce the frequency and duration of episodes of depression. This makes sense: You cannot feel envious and grateful at the same time. They’re incompatible feelings. If you’re grateful, you can’t resent someone for having something that you don’t. Those are very different ways of relating to the world, and sure enough, research I’ve done with colleagues Michael McCullough and Jo-Ann Tsang has suggested that people who have high levels of gratitude have low levels of resentment and envy. 3. Grateful people are more stress resistant. There’s a number of studies showing that in the face of serious trauma, adversity, and suffering, if people have a grateful disposition, they’ll recover more quickly. I believe gratitude gives people a perspective from which they can interpret negative life events and help them guard against post-traumatic stress and lasting anxiety. 4. Grateful people have a higher sense of self-worth. I think that’s because when you’re grateful, you have the sense that someone else is looking out for you—someone else has provided for your well-being, or you notice a network of relationships, past and present, of people who are responsible for helping you get to where you are right now. Once you start to recognize the contributions that other people have made to your life—once you realize that other people have seen the value in you—you can transform the way you see yourself. THE BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE Physical • Stronger immune systems • Less bothered by aches and pains • Lower blood pressure • Exercise more and take better care of their health • Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking Psychological • Higher levels of positive emotions • More alert, alive, and awake • More joy and pleasure • More optimism and happiness Social • More helpful, generous, and compassionate • More forgiving • More outgoing • Feel less lonely and isolated. The social benefits are especially significant here because, after all, gratitude is a relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people. THE TWO COMPONENTS OF GRATITUDE First, it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good thing in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received. This doesn’t mean that life is perfect; it doesn’t ignore complaints, burdens, and hassles. But when we look at life as a whole, gratitude encourages us to identify some amount of goodness in our life. The second part of gratitude is figuring out where that goodness comes from. We recognize the sources of this goodness as being outside of ourselves. It didn’t stem from anything we necessarily did ourselves in which we might take pride. True gratitude involves a humble dependence on others: We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives. COOL THINGS I’VE HEARD (and said) ABOUT GRATITUDE "When we start counting our blessings, our whole life turns around.” "Gratitude transforms ordinary days into blessings, common experiences into miracles and fills our hearts with joy.” “If you’re thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." “Gratitude is our way of telling the Universe we’re ready for more.” "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”