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.
It just occurred to me that I haven't posted much on my discoveries in Positive Psychology lately. So... here's some simple suggestions proven to increase your happiness, which, numerous studies have shown, will ultimately enhance our health and well- being in a so many ways (e.g. stronger immune system, more emotional resilience, greater problem solving abilities and expanded creativity to name a few.) Enjoy. HAPPIER FACT #1 Focus on, capture and appreciate small positive moments in your life. Expressing gratitude has been shown to do more than improve your mood. People who write down a few positive things about their day are healthier, more energetic, less stressed and anxious, and get better sleep. HAPPIER FACT #2 Surround yourself with happier people. Happiness is contagious. Dr. Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler, researchers Harvard and University of San Diego, found that each additional happy friend increases a person's probability of being happy by about 9% HAPPIER FACT #3 Do nice things for others. Research has shown that spending money on others makes us happier than spending money on ourselves and doing small acts of kindness increases life satisfaction. HAPPIER FACT 4 Spend more time with family and friends. Having friends can save your life. Low social interaction can be as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and is twice as bad for your health as obesity. HAPPIER FACT #5 Spend money on experiences instead of things. Research shows people report feeling happier when they spend their money on experiences rather than objects. And Finally, ONE SIMPLE THING YOU CAN DO TO BE HAPPIER RIGHT NOW. “If you want to feel happier, right this very minute, make a friend smile. The best way to do this is to think of something good they’ve done or something great about them, acknowledge it and share it with them. It can be a simple text message, but if you make it authentic, it will make them happier and you will feel amazing.”