Astrud, My Guru

I call Astrud Castillo my Guru. In this modern age I’m sure that word scares and confuses a lot of people. Astrud has been my mentor for many years, guiding me through life. She has made herself available to all my questions on Yoga, relationships, and yes God. My first time seeing her had such […]

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Here Comes the Sun

And it’s alright. In Seattle, we make it to this month and everything feels a little more possible. The days are longer, the windows are open, and we know (at least we hope) there are a few months of shorts and t-shirt weather. The sun is provides the ultimate tapas, a Sanskrit word that means to […]

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Weeding out Stress

As I write this I’m looking out into my yard and seeing a lot of weeds. Considering what to do about this I’m reminded, weeds are a lot like stress – they’re most effectively managed through regular tending. Tending that may or may not spark dramatic results in the moment, but over time does foster […]

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Dear Stress, Let’s Break Up

Stress. It’s having a moment. Stress is a word we use to describe an experience, or a feeling, of being strained or tense due to difficult or demanding circumstances. It may come from the French word estresse, which means narrowness or oppression. What I’d like us to consider is what stress actually feels like, when we […]

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Douglas in a play!

Small Mouth Sounds is a play by Beth Wohl. After being a hit in New York and then as a touring production, Small Mouth Sounds is having it’s Seattle premier at 12th Ave Arts with Thalia’s Umbrella, featuring 8 Limbs teacher Douglas Ridings. It runs April 18 through May 11th. In Small Mouth Sounds Douglas plays […]

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Turn On, Tune Up, Drop In

Nah, we’re not going to start offering “LSD & Yoga” classes at 8 Limbs, this isn’t that kind of April 1 email, but we do have our own take on Timothy Leary’s famous motto that we’re rolling with this month. Turn On In yoga, we are learning to turn on our awareness of habitual patterns of thought […]

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What’s Your Story?

Storytelling is essential. It helps us to understand the world, ourselves, and our part in this world. It is a way we learn from the past, and pass information to the future. We ALL have interesting stories – stories worth sharing, stories that inspire others. As a writer and yogi, I am interested in the intersection of story […]

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Respond in Kind

Whether you’re in the home stretch of your 28-day commitment, in the midst of a busy week or not quite sure if your head is fully aligned with your heart, it can be helpful to feel into where you stand, so that you may then respond in kind. Here are four ways to skillfully and […]

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Self-Compassion, a Journey

A couple years back, during a guided meditation on retreat, I was given the prompt, “Why are you here?” I don’t remember exactly how I silently answered that question but I think it was something along the lines of, to deepen my meditation practice. Whatever it was, it was a pretty standard response for the setting. And […]

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