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“To be mindful is to be more aware, in the moment, of our experience; to be more present and more open. Though we might fear this state of mind would hinder our ability to get things done, the opposite is true… [Mindfulness can] enhance the creativity, refinement and production of our work. Also, people who are mindful are often the ones who laugh more often and more easily.” – Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness at Work Being present and open to moment-by-moment experience means we’re not fretting about the future nor stuck in the past. It asks us to release narratives…

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I have to laugh at myself this morning. It’s 7:30am on September 1st, and I am sitting on my back deck, in an 8 Limbs octopus hoodie, laptop on my legs. I am teaching at 8 Limbs Wedgwood in 2 hours, and I need to write a newsletter and press send in the next 45 minutes. How I got here is part of my own answer to the question “what drives you?” Now let me be quickly clear that in the past, I have been a VERY driven person. I’ve been driven by ambition, by the need to be liked (by no…

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When entire forests go up in flame and you live down wind it can be unsettling. Sunsets take on gorgeous hues – to be present in their presence, though, one can sometimes sense the price paid. Similar to current political and cultural tension, smoke stings and can make it hard to breathe. Both can feel relentless and especially brutal for the more vulnerable members of our community. Also like our socio-political climate, pervasive smoke gets a lot of people questioning. This summer’s fires have brought climate change more front and center for more people. When Seattle begins to resemble a…

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I once heard that Amma, the hugging saint, magically seemed to double in size overnight as soon as she embraced her dharma and began sharing her gifts. It was as if her body had to grow huge to hold all the love she gives to the world. I can relate. I have been teaching yoga for 8 years and am keenly aware I am quite often the biggest person in the room. Ten classes a week, I guide a room full of yogis, most of whom are literally half my weight, through challenging, mindful, vinyasa practice. I love teaching and…

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Last month I spoke to the question “How Do You Connect?” by sharing my realization that for me, right now,  s l o w i n g    d o w n  is the answer. Quite by chance – but I guess not really – August’s (predetermined) question of the month is What Gives You Pause? In other words, What slows you down? What makes you stop and think? A week ago I read something that really gave me pause. It was a note jotted during the Yoga Sutra study I attended while in India with my teacher last year. We were in the beginning…

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Back in December 2013, I experienced Rod Stryker’s course The Four Desires, then called The Yoga of Fulfillment, for the first time. Even though, or perhaps BECAUSE I’d been doing personal work for three decades, in this time-tested process I uncovered one of my deepest driving motivations in life, and crafted my very own Dharma Code: I choose presence, intimacy, and sustainable shakti. The word dharma refers to one’s purpose, or duty, in the Sanskrit language. My Dharma Code helps me to make choices in my personal, spiritual, AND work paths, and it is a distillation of all that is…

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I still remember a particular (rare) sunny Winter afternoon back in 2011 when I walked from 8 Limbs Capitol Hill down to the waterfront. I was meeting with Seattle Art Museum staff about an exciting proposition: free summer yoga classes for Seattleites at Olympic Sculpture Park.  That first summer, classes rotated among different grassy areas throughout the park and there was not yet an outdoor speaker system – our teachers got to really tap into their breath practices to project their voices! On the cusp of our seventh season I’ve been thinking about how this community partnership has grown, and also…

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A few years ago I woke up to my habit of being in a perpetual rush. I was biking up Madison from my home in the valley to teach my 10am class up on Capitol Hill. It was 9:45am, so I was already late. At about 26th Avenue I became aware of the physical sensations moving through me as I pedaled my legs furiously and my electric bike assist kicked in at full speed––I was flying. That day, instead of feeling bad for being late, again, I tuned in to the feelings. This was stress, yes, but it was also…

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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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