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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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This weekend 8 Limbs is hosting a workshop that I would have never imagined ten years ago. I was a yoga teacher who made adjustments without asking, because I hadn’t considered that for some, this would be invasive, or even harmful. I regularly asked folks in class to “close your eyes and go within” without considering that for some, closing their eyes in a public place would feel vulnerable, and even frightening, and for others, prolonged concentration on their body was incredibly painful – physically or emotionally. As I said in my last newsletter, I had done some bypassing of the Yama-s,…

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I first learned of the acronym W.A.I.T. (Why Am I Talking?) from 8 Limbs Yoga Teacher Sally Carley. When she shared it’s meaning I laughed and paused. It’s a question most of us could benefit from pondering more often than we do. Why do we say the things we do? Why do we feel compelled to open our mouths at the precise moments we open them? Many of us at 8 Limbs have begun studying a model known as nonviolent communication (a.k.a., NVC). NVC is a call to consciously use communication to further understanding and connection with others. It asks…

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I have a confession to make. I skipped a limb. As an ambitious 26-year-old, I named 8 Limbs after the eight aspects, or limbs – anga in Sanskrit – of yoga. I did what some of us do when we find something we love, and want to share it with others, urgently, I bypassed the deep learning that is required to truly understand this eightfold practice. And by doing that I missed out on some key teachings, and engaged in what I now know as appropriation. I never even questioned if naming my new business after a yogic term was honoring of this…

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“Between stimulus and response there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Vicktor Frankl* Last month I wrote about sitting with discomfort. Earlier this month 8 Limbs Director Anne Phyfe Palmer wrote about taking space. Today I want to talk about a connection between discomfort, space and yoga, and share a few practice resources. Most of us understand life doesn’t always feel comfortable. By the time we’re adults we’ve usually had plenty of opportunity to experience growth that arises from discomfort. Conditioning, though, often leads us to…

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There are times when life feels incredibly complex, when the threads and strands of responsibility and purpose are weaving a new pattern, one that is yet to emerge. For me (and I am guessing for many others), this is such a time. Sitting down to write this newsletter I felt overwhelmed with both how much I have recently learned, and how little I really know. I remembered how many meaningful events I experienced at 8 Limbs in March, as a participant (including this and this) as well as some of the challenges, as an owner. I thought of numerous potential…

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In a letter that went out earlier this month, we said a lot of things. I’m going to focus on one of those things, a single sentence near the end – “Discomfort is not unsafe.” It’s a line I’ve been actively sitting with because it’s a statement I can experience as true and untrue. Discomfort can come in many forms. Physically it can present as an injury or illness. Emotionally it might show up as sadness, fear, anger, remorse, etc. Spiritually it may express as disconnectedness or lack of purpose. My mindfulness and yoga training help me understand that while…

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My primary identification right now is mother of a toddler.  This role colors every aspect of my life and yoga is no exception.  My son is two and a half. Three and a half years ago, I had a strong home practice alongside consistent twice weekly studio visits.  Mornings included 10-15 minutes of asana before another 10-15 minutes of breath and meditation.  I’d recently completed four years of intensive yoga study – back to back 200 hr and 500 hr teacher training programs with multiple Breitenbush retreats and a weekly breath/meditation/Sutras class.  I was deeply committed to self-care.  I got pregnant and…

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