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On the 15th of each month Mid-Month Mindfulness, by 8 Limbs Executive Director Ashley Dahl, offers mindfulness practices to support our monthly themes.

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8 Limbs turns 23 on Sunday, October 13! We are going strong and SO grateful to all of our community members, teachers, and staff for our continued strength and community. We couldn’t do it without you! Come celebrate with us this month. Become involved with the great teachers and teachings at 8 Limbs in a NEW way! Visit our Tuition page for 20% off Unlimited Autopay (if you haven’t tried it before) and a new option for Limited Autopay for all members. If you’re new to workshops, try your first and take 23% off with code Anniversary23 — see the…

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Our mind tells us stories round the clock. Much of the time we listen, because thoughts feel like truth, like reality. They create alternate storylines to serve our multitudinous needs, and they take up LOTS of space in our minds. I know my mind is incredibly shifty and sly. It runs non-stop, and usually likes to jump around, interrupt, and convince me I’m either the BEST or the WORST. From yoga and meditation I’ve learned that I’m neither, I AM. The second yama is satya. Sat refers to the eternal unchanging truth beyond all knowing, and ya means “do it.” Satya is…

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It’s been said that when the Buddha was asked what the difference was between folks on the path of waking up, and those not on the path, the Buddha first shared what everyone has in common – we all get hit by “first arrows”. That is, everyone gets hurt from time to time. This, he explained, is part of being human. The difference, he went on to say, lies in whether or not we fire a “second arrow”. Do we react by hurting others or ourselves (shaming, punishing, threatening, exerting physical violence etc.)? Or, do we treat the experience as…

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Ouch! We’ve all said it. We’ve all felt it. Hurting is part of being human. But that doesn’t mean any of us like it; in fact, we often do everything we can to avoid pain. It’s hardwired, part of our survival programming. But avoiding pain, or avoiding feeling or examining it, can cause more harm, to our selves and to others. The times I have been most hurtful are when I have myself been hurt, and not mindful. The reaction can come out like a boomerang – right back at the source of the pain – but most often I turn…

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We know regular practice is good for us, but knowing doesn’t always lead to doing. Earlier this month Anne Phyfe Palmer shared an insight from one her teachers, that if  “practice is a magnet, you’ll always be drawn to it.” How can we magnetize our practices as a way to nurture regular practice? Here are five strategies. Connect to a Source of Joy What helped Anne Phyfe was to link practice to a source of pleasure. An avid reader, she chose to read yoga texts each morning. I cherish time in nature so I bring my meditation practice into my…

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I don’t know about you all, but in the summer I find it a bit tough to practice daily. I love to meditate in the early morning — in the dark, before the world wakes up — and that gets tough when the sun rises before 6am. The birds start earlier, the traffic noises start earlier, and, well, I get distracted easier. For me the key is the starting moment. I wake up, and I turn right to yoga before anything else pulls my attention, or I make a plan to take a class and plan the rest of my day…

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Even the idea of sitting in meditation can spark discomfort – imaginations of an achy body, restless mind, challenging emotions… Thich Nhat Hahn  offers an alternative. Just taking our seat, he posits, is an opportunity to arrive into joy. “When you sit, sit in such a way that you feel you have already arrived. To sit doesn’t mean to struggle. When you sit, sit so that sitting becomes an arrival into the present moment. Enjoy your arrival. How wonderful to have arrived. How wonderful to feel that you are home, that your true home is in the here and the…

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Last month I wrote about how the concept of heat shows up in yoga philosophy. This month, let’s balance that with a little FUN! It’s summer in Seattle, for Pete’s sake, time to let it hang out! We have a few ideas for you, of course… FREE YOGA AT THE SCULPTURE PARK Once again 8 Limbs was chosen by Seattle Art Museum to partner for Summer at SAM in July and August. See below for more details and July instructors. AADIL PALKHIVALA To me, taking a yoga workshop is actually one of my sources of fun! Join Senior Iyengar teacher Aadil Palkhivala to…

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Since 2000, 8 Limbs has been a host of what we call “Visiting Teacher” workshops. Teachers who have expertise and knowledge that we believe will benefit our community are invited to “visit” from outside our studio (and usually outside our state). We have had the honor to host internationally known teachers such as Sarah Powers, Gary Kraftsow, Rod Stryker, Nicolai Bachman, Seane Corn, Tias Little, Shari Friedrichsen, and Max Strom. In 2016 8 Limbs chose to begin looking at our position and our choices from a different lens. We codified this with our updated Mission and our Social Justice Mission,which…

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We all possess powers and gifts that, when expressed, have a positive impact on more than just ourselves – an ease in appreciating beauty or tenderness, an ability to speak out against hurtful acts, the capacity to see a project through, etc. Earlier this month Anne Phyfe Palmer wrote about the yogic concept tapas, energy that supports us to shine or transform. As we step into summer, we invite you to enjoy a simple and brief tapas practice to harness your power to transform and shine. Nurturing Power with Tapas Reflect Reflect on an aspect of personal power you would…

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