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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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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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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