We know what you’re thinking: there are so many yoga studios in Amsterdam already – why start another one? Well, because we feel that somewhere along the way, something got lost. And we want to bring it back. Welcome to The Breathing Space. This Mercedes-Lana yoga thing is manifesting in the form of a studio in the heart of de Baarsjes – and we want you two to get to know each other.
Our intention is to offer traditional, down-to-earth yoga. We won’t dilute it with other things or dress it up with pretentious gimmicks. What you will get is personal attention from experienced teachers, which is something we’re really passionate about. In fact, the personal relationship between teacher and student – parampara – has always been at the core of yoga tradition. We want to build a space that returns to this essential principle of students making a real, productive connection with their teacher. A teacher who sees you – and is willing to meet you where you are at.
The demands of everyday life can seem never-ending and sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of ourselves. Making time for ourselves often, unintentionally, loses priority. That’s why The Breathing Space is about providing a place to take a much needed deep breath. The environment will be lush and alive. A place that breathes with you. A place with room to breathe. A place to find and regain clarity. A space for prioritizing ourselves again.
When we decided to create The Breathing Space, we wanted an environment that felt like home. A place of support, community and nurturing. A place for everybody – and every kind of body. Yoga isn't just for the beautiful and bendy. The great teacher Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, known as the founder of Ashtanga Yoga, said that “Anyone can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Man who doesn't have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can't practice Ashtanga yoga.” It’s a philosophy we share. Yoga really is for everyone. And we welcome people of all ages and abilities. So if you're an experienced student, just beginning, or are simply curious, we’d love to see you in The Breathing Space when our doors open. A warm welcome awaits you.