The 8 Limbs Blog, launched in March 2010, explores yoga, ayurveda, parenting, community, and many other subjects. Use the Category search to find part postings on the subjects you care about.

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.

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8 Limbs is an unabashed fan of our Capitol Hill neighbors, Gay City. Our respect for the work they do has inspired numerous benefit classes and Pride month fundraisers over the years. This year we have been posing a monthly question that helps us get in touch with not just why we practice yoga, but why we really practice yoga. June’s question – How do you show your Pride? – came to us with the help of our neighbors. A couple of months ago, Samantha Fisher (8 Limbs Communications Coordinator) and I invited author and activist Tobi Hill-Meyer (Gay City Communications Director)…

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“To be fully alive, fully human and completely awake, is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to always be in no-mans-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again. “ Pema Chodron I have driven the mountain loop highway several times due to the fact that my boyfriend and I love spending time in the Methow Valley. We have even done some stellar hikes in that area, and in winter when the highway is closed due to the mountains of snow…

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In the twenty + years since 8 Limbs opened I’ve come to see the community that works and practices at 8 Limbs as a kind of family. We breathe together, move together, laugh and sweat together and even cry together. We are connected through subtle practices, through sound, or without a sound. We love yoga, or at least value it and honor its place in our lives, maybe as a life-saver. And through this we deepen our connection. I’ve met most of my best friends through yoga over the years, including my husband Bez. Bez walked into 8 Limbs on…

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I remember the year I noticed just how much my knees were bumping up against the underside of the kids table at family gatherings, and feeling both the excitement and nervousness of understanding I would soon be invited to the grown-ups table. This year, the year we turn 21 as a business, has felt a lot like that year. Like a rite of passage earned by navigating the growing pains and joys of childhood, along with the ups and downs of our teenage years. The muscles and bones of our business are more fully developed. This allows us to inhabit…

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When we say that something “moves” us, we are pointing to a shift in our state of being. We have changed opinions, or actions, or emotions; perhaps there has even been transformation. The principle of movement, according to Yoga and Ayurveda, is called prana, the Sanskrit word that is described as “life force” or “cosmic energy.” If something moves, it is moved by prana, which has five vayus (winds) that describe the five directions of movement. The seat of prana is the heart, it quite literally moves us by providing oxygen to all of our cells, but it is also…

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Between the political climate, soggy weather, tax season, and pervasive digital stimulants, many folks are having a hard time of it. People are sharing that they feel overly tired and more reactive. Good self-care can help. I’m increasingly appreciating, though, that self-care is not always an option, it may not even always be the best option. Taking a walk in nature may calm our nervous system but isn’t likely to fly with our boss in the midst of a heated work meeting. When we read triggering news while commuting we can’t just stop the bus to take a warm bath.…

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8 Limbs is pleased to publish Teacher Profiles to help you to know and learn from the amazing group of 8 Limbs Yoga Teachers. This month we profile Rebekah Papé who teaches prenatal and postnatal yoga at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill and will offer a Partner Prenatal Workshop on Saturday, April 22. Practicing Yoga Since: 2003 Tell us about the first yoga class you took. At a gym. It was a long time ago, but if I had to guess, I’d say it was Hatha-focused. I was very fortunate that the teacher was atypical for a gym yoga class – she put…

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In this year of questions, April asks “What Wakes You Up?” As the earth wakes up from its winter slumber, can we inquire into this ourselves? Waking up is a term often used to speak about spiritual transformation. We are asleep, and then we wake up to the divine within us, or to the true meaning of life, or to God/goddess/Spirit/etc. As a yoga studio, this has been part of our lingo, our parlance, for the past two decades. For the last year and a half, however, we’ve attempted to wake up as an organization in a different way, to…

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I have been consciously studying and practicing Self Compassion for a few years now and I am still amazed at the power of such a simple practice. It is the number one most useful way I’ve found so far to transform my experience of life from bravely surviving by the skin of my teeth to resiliently and joyfully thriving. “Super Power” is the term that stubbornly arises whenever I search my mind for the right words to describe the strength of Self Compassion. My practice of self compassion begins when I bring attention to the many common and habitual ways I am mean to myself…

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Something I read last week from Buddhist scholar Stephen Batchelor* has been lingering in my mind – the idea that ethics are rooted in three things: empathy, courage and intelligence. My attention was caught in part no doubt because our current political culture, featuring a dramatic range of beliefs about what is ethical, has brought these traits into the limelight. Who do we individually and collectively care about? Are we willing to stand up for who we care about? Are we open to pairing our emotions with reason? It also made me pause as someone who strives to bring a…

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