Good Space Yoga



Spring 2016                                                       


"...a clear and peaceful mind is the ground for joyful living." Swami Rama

Also In this issue

 Upcoming Offerings

 Home Practice







Please click on title for more details.


Out of town workshop with K.O.

Viniyoga Therapy for Stress Relie

June 25 & 26 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Living Big Series with Ann Lapo 


10:00-11:30 AM

Feb 20

March 19

April 16

May 14


Meditation Group

with K.O. or guest

Second Thursday of the month 6-7pm


Yoga Therapy

What is Yoga Therapy:


Yoga Therapy adapts and applies Yoga techniques and practice to help individuals who are facing physical or emotional challenges, or who want to expand their yoga/spiritual practice. It offers personalized practices that empower the individual to progress toward greater health by reducing symptoms, restoring balance, and facilitating healing on all levels of your being. My hope is to inspire and empower you toward greater clarity and healing.


Special Offer:


Sign-up for a 6-8 week class session and get your first  yoga therapy session for a reduced price of $80 (regularly $120)


More information about Yoga Therapy



Feature with Kathy Ornish


Striving and Creating Space



Pushing Through:

For most of us, striving through most of our activities has become a habitual way of life – there's always so much to get done in so little time. 


So, when we come to our yoga practice, we apply this same striving, whether its in asana (How much further can I go?), pranayama (Is that the longest I can make my breath?), or meditation (Focus, focus harder!). This constant habit of pushing often leads to harshness and constrictions in our endeavors rather than a sense of relaxed effort or spaciousness. When you are practicing, what does it mean to create space?


Giving Way:

We often think of space as something empty, devoid of content. What if we were to use 70% relaxed effort, leaving 30% as space? And what if this space wasn't empty, but this space was sukha – good space, sweet space, ease – a space where the unwinding and letting go happens?


Next time you practice:

Asana (the physical postures) - see if you can back off on your physical striving and take pauses throughout the practice to look and tune into the effects of what you are doing. Witness it and also interact with it.

Pranayama (practices of breath control)– What would it be like to really feel the invitation of the body fully filling with and emptying of the breath?

Meditation – So often we are working so very hard to keep the mind focused that we just grind away, losing any sense of relaxation and heart connection. My last newsletter addressed this in detail so please feel free to read it again  CLICK HERE TO READ 


And, striving isn't a fixed quantity that only happens at the grossest level. The more practice becomes subtle and perhaps more familiar, it can still have a larger quantity of striving than spaciousness.


As we cultivate this in our yoga practice, might it also be possible to bring this into our everyday lives? Striving has a certain feeling and energy, both in the mind and body. As you become more aware of this in your practice, see if you can begin to notice when this same thing arises in your daily life. Then pause, just as you have been doing in your yoga, and try the 70/30 idea.

Yours,in service,
Kathy Ornish



What's New


Schedule of Upcoming Offerings





The March-April class session begins in 2 weeks!


To see the schedule of classes at Good Space Yoga, please go to:







Second Thursday Monthly Meditation Group with K.O. or Guest

March 10, April 14
6:00-7:00 pm, Cost: $5 each

This will now be offered on a regular monthly basis - the second Thursday of every month!
Are you challenged by keeping a regular home meditation practice? Do you feel like questions arise from practice that you don't understand? Come join like-minded people for a monthly gathering to support and nurture you in your journey of meditation. Our time together will include a discussion circle followed by 25 minutes of meditation together.





Living Big Series: Boundaries-Integrity-Generosity with Ann Lapo
Saturdays, 10:00am-11:30
March 19, April 16, May 14
Cost: $15 each or $50 for all four
Drawing on concepts from the Yoga Sutras and writings from Brene Brown and Donna Farhi, we'll explore how compassion, connection and generosity integrate into our personal yoga practices and then expand into our daily lives and interactions with others.




Viniyoga Therapy for Stress Relief  

with Kathy Ornish

Saturday - Sunday, June 25-26, 2016

Yogamudra Studio

Copenhagen, Denmark

For more information:






This handwritten practice uses an integrated combination of asana and breath adaptation to prepare for seated pranayama.

It begins with tuning in the the dimension of our being (the pancamaya koshas). The asana starts more energetically in the standing position focusing on inhale and retention and then works it way to a more relaxing floor section focusing on exhale and suspension. Enjoy!



Physiological Practice for Anxiety






Last Night As I Lay Sleeping by Antonio Machado

Translated by Robert Bly



Last night as I was sleeping,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that a spring was breaking

out in my heart.

I said: Along which secret aqueduct,

Oh water, are you coming to me,

water of a new life

that I have never drunk?


Last night as I was sleeping,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that I had a beehive

here inside my heart.

And the golden bees

were making white combs

and sweet honey

from my old failures.


Last night as I was sleeping,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that a fiery sun was giving

light inside my heart.

It was fiery because I felt

warmth as from a hearth,

and sun because it gave light

and brought tears to my eyes.


Last night as I slept,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that it was God I had

here inside my heart.