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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.

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    Happy Thanksgiving. On my very favorite holiday, I am overflowing with gratitude for my smart, sweet, hilarious wife, Eleni Tsikrikas and every one of my family, friends, students, teachers and all the powers that be (inner and higher) who have helped make me the person am today with a life that never ceases to surprise, amaze and delight. I feel blessed to know you and honored to have you in my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the tips of my toes. Hope your day and the days to come are filled with peace, joy, awe, intrigue, love and of course, oodles of things to be grateful for. As they say in Australia (and elsewhere), thanks heaps. Now the science part. ENJOY. GRATITUDE is the recognition and acknowledgement that we have been the recipient of something good. It is the feeling of being thankful for that which has come our way as a gift to be treasured. Gratitude opens our hearts and carries with it the urge to give back, to do something good, out of fullness rather than obligation, either for the person who helped us, or for someone else. This sublime sensation, a result of contemplation and reflection, is intermixed with joy and heartfelt appreciation. BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE Promotes savoring life experiences Bolsters self-worth and self esteem Helps to cope with stress and trauma Builds social bonds, strengthens relationships Inhibits social comparisons Dispels negative emotions Prevents us from taking things for granted Gratitude is the perfect soil for growth, our way of telling the Universe we’re ready for more WHY GRATITUDE IS HEALTHY 1. Grateful teens are happier, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association this year. Researchers also found that teens who are grateful -- in the study, defined as having a positive outlook on life -- are more well-behaved at school and more hopeful than their less-grateful peers. "More gratitude may be precisely what our society needs to raise a generation that is ready to make a difference in the world," study researcher Giacomo Bono, Ph.D., a psychology professor at California State University, said in a statement. 2. Being constantly conscious of all the things you have to be thankful for can boost your well-being, research suggests. In a series of experiments detailed in a 2003 study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, daily exercise practices and listing off all the things you are thankful for are linked with a brighter outlook on life and a greater sense of positivity. "There do appear to exist benefits to regularly focusing on one's blessings," the researchers wrote in the study. "The advantages are most pronounced when compared with a focus on hassles or complaints, yet are still apparent in comparison with simply reflecting the major events in one’s life, on ways in which one believes one is better off than comparison with others, or with a control group." 3. Linked with better grades. Grateful high-schoolers have higher GPAs -- as well as better social integration and satisfaction with life than their not-grateful counterparts, according to a 2010 study in the Journal of Happiness Studies.Researchers also found that grateful teens were less depressed or envious. "When combined with previous research, a clearer picture is beginning to emerge about the benefits of gratitude in adolescents, and thus an important gap in the literature on gratitude and well-being is beginning to be filled," researchers wrote. 4. Makes You A Better Friend To Others. According to a 2003 study in the the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, gratitude could also boost pro-social behaviors, such as helping other people who have problems or lending emotional support to another person. 5. Helps you sleep better. Writing down what you're thankful for as you drift off to sleep can help you get better ZZs, according to a study in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Specifically, researchers found that when people spent 15 minutes jotting down what they're grateful for in a journal before bedtime, they fell asleep faster and stayed asleep longer, Psychology Today reported. 6. Strengthens Your Relationships. Being thankful for the little things your partner does could make your relationship stronger, according to a study in the journal Personal Relationships. The Telegraph reported on the study, which showed that journaling about the thoughtful things your partner did was linked with a beneficial outcome on the relationship. 7. Benefits the Heart. A 1995 study in the American Journal of Cardiology showed that appreciation and positive emotions are linked with changes in heart rate variability. This may be beneficial in the treatment of hypertension and in reducing the likelihood of sudden death in patients with congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease 8. Athletes are less likely to burn out and more likely to experience high life satisfaction and team satisfaction when they are grateful, according to a 2008 study in the journal Social Indicators Research of high-schoolers. 9. Gratefulness is linked with optimism, which in turn is linked with better immune health. For example, a University of Utah study showed that stressed-out law students who were optimistic had more immune-boosting blood cells than people who were pessimistic. 10. Protects You From Negative Emotions That Come With Extreme Loss. Negative events can boost gratitude, and that gratitude can help to boost feelings of belonging and decrease feelings of stress. For example, a survey showed that feelings of gratitude were at high levels after 9/11, according to WebMD

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CA 90029
Call : 323-661-1500
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