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The first of each month we publish Anne Phyfe Palmer‘s Founder Letter that also appears in the monthly newsletter.

On the 15th of each month Behind the Scenes, by 8 Limbs Executive Director Ashley Dahl, gives you insight into our commitment to conscious business and management.

Teacher Profiles let you into the world of our amazing teachers.

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It’s November! Winter is coming. The midterms are coming (have you voted yet?). And so are warm cups of tea – all day long, cozy robes, down jackets, and fleece blankets. It’s not either/or, it’s both/and. We need to be in reality, in this current phase of the year, and this current time in history, AND we need to find warmth, and ways to self-soothe and connect. In a world that can sometimes feel cold or bitter, and easy to turn away from (or get numb to),  it is all the more important to be able to generate warmth from within,…

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Nature can be a great source of insight and healing, when we take time to be with it. This week we offer a seasonal poem and guided meditation. We hope they help you to connect with the restorative wisdom of autumn, and to experience the beauty of your own natural presence. Find a comfortable seat and enjoy this audio link for a 12-minute guided breath practice: Breathing with Autumn Trees: Guided Meditation   Tending to one’s breath, even briefly, can diminish stress and support both emotional and physical resiliency. Thanks for joining me on this seasonal, restorative break…

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When I first came to yoga I was a bit of a dabbler – trying a class or two here and there, using videos at home, reading books and magazines – not really getting very far. Eventually when I began practicing in earnest, I joined a very excited Steve Ross and his students on the Oxygen Network five mornings a week for a sweaty and uplifting vinyasa flow class called Inhale. Mr. Ross’ class was filled with students of different shapes, sizes, and levels of ability – for the first time I saw a place for me in a yoga…

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At the beginning of the month 8 Limbs owner Anne Phyfe Palmer opened her newsletter with two potent sentences – Money. It’s a sensitive topic! Behind the scenes at 8 Limbs, we’ve been diving into that sensitivity. In a recent admin meeting we reflected individually and as a group about our relationships with money. What and whom has shaped the attitudes we each have about money? How do our personal beliefs influence our “professional” judgement? When is that helpful? Not helpful? We weren’t trying to solve anything, or come to a money consensus. What we were trying to do was bring unconscious…

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Money. It’s a sensitive topic! But if you’ve been around 8 Limbs for very long, you’ll know that we are willing to put ourselves out there and inquire deeply through the lens of our Mission: a commitment to be supportive and welcoming place to learn and grow through the mind-body practices of yoga, and per our Social Justice Mission, to examine, and work to dismantle, the systems of oppression that shape our world. Money is needed to survive in the world we live in. It allows us to house and feed our bodies, to access opportunities and education, to express our creativity…

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Tapas  refers to a particular type of energy – a blend of discipline, passion and courage. It’s the sort of energy that propels us into acting in accordance with our heart, and on behalf of who and what means a great deal to us. Whether you have just a couple of minutes or twenty, the meditation below is one way to cultivate and channel your tapas. How do you build tapas? I always love hearing what supports folks in their practices, you can reach me at ashley@8limbsyoga.com.   Channel Your Tapas Meditation Establish Your Seat Find a posture where you…

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This morning I attended the final class of this year’s Summer Intensive Teacher Training. One of my most favorite honors as Studio Director of 8 Limbs is as witness to the power of yogic teachings, when shared and studied with earnestness and integrity. The enthusiasm, tapasin Sanskrit, is energizing and contagious! The second limb of yoga, niyama, addresses the ways in which we interact with ourselves, and tapas is the third niyama. It is also defined as discipline, or passion, and is an essential piece of a yogic path. All sixteen sweet souls in the training exemplified tapas; they showed up every weekday from…

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“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”  – Dalai Lama Whether we have an independent streak or not, each of us at our core is an interdependent being.  As Martin Luther King Jr. shared in a 1967 peace sermon, “Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world.” We cannot escape, nor survive without, the presence of others – something we are reminded of in the news on a daily basis. So I feel quite confident in saying that neither you nor I would be here today if…

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The first limb of the eight limbs of yoga, Yama, is made up of five restraints – five ways to prevent harm to other beings: ahimsa (non-harming), satya (truthfulness), asteya (non-stealing), brahmacharya(moderation), and aparigraha (non-grasping). In the Yama-s lie the keys to being in community – with unity – with other beings. I am thinking, as July 4th nears, of another way to describe community: interdependence – dependence between. Many of us grew up in the U.S. learning about independence; it is valued above most everything but money (and money is often used to buy independence!). But what does it do to the fabric of our society?…

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“Yama,” the first limb of the eightfold path of yoga, is sometimes translated as “restraint.” (8 Limbs Owner/Director Anne Phyfe Palmer wrote about her relationship with Yama in her May and June blogs.) This first limb essentially shares what skillful restraint looks like in practice. And by practice in this context, I mean life – the eightfold path of yoga is ultimately a way of life. Something I’ve learned in life’s practice is that showing restraint (this might look like unhooking limiting patterns, foregoing instant gratification, etc.) is easier when we’re not simply moving away from something, but when we…

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