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“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – Bhagavad Gita Coming up next month we’re holding our annual 28 Day Commitment program. Each February hundreds of us join together – students, teachers and staff alike – to dig a little deeper (sometimes a lot) into what our individual practices can look and feel like. We do this by committing to practice every day, in some way, for 28 consecutive days. Although practice is generally something we readily understand, it’s not a fixed something. Our yoga practices have a life of their own. They’re an extension…

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Earlier this month, 8 Limbs co-hosted (with Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound and Rainier Beach Yoga) a weekend with the Rev. angel Kyodo williams, a Zen priest from the Bay area and co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Click here to see the original class descriptions for Radical Dharma. I (Anne Phyfe Palmer) took the following notes from the event for myself, but after the weekend closed I was drawn to share them to spread Rev. angel’s fierce and compassionate perspective on the history and reality of race in our country, as well as a liberation-based model for…

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We made it. The door of 2017 has closed, and here we are in 2018, its window wide open. There is possibility in a New Year, a fresh start. Renewal. So how are we, each one of us precious, powerful people, going to carry ourselves responsibly into the dawn of this nascent year? What inner work are we going to do? What intentions shall we set? What clearing out will we do? What commitments will we make? What actions will we take? Our minds are wired for survival, and thus to a negative bias. To make conscious decisions beyond those…

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Many of us are ready to let 2017 go. No matter the year, late December can inspire reflections of goodbyes and letting go. Doing so can make space for what would most benefit us moving forward. That said, plenty of people wouldn’t mind hanging on to a peak moment or momentum from 2017. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what people prefer to hold on to and what they’d rather release. Overwhelm is something most folks are happy to shed. On the other hand, people go to great lengths to hold on to something like joy or a heartfelt…

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When we first chose this question for December as part of our year of questions we figured it would be great for the holiday season. What really matters after all – love, right? Family and friends! Experiences over things! Yes, yes, and yes! These are our standard answers to a question that gets posed more often when one has a fairly stable life with an array of options. A completely different answer struck me while reading a passage in the book Buddha’s Brain* about why our brains are so focused on the negative. Survival is why, and survival is what matters.…

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As many of you know, Douglas Ridings, longtime 8 Limbs yoga instructor, is taking a four-month sabbatical to study and travel in India from November 30, 2017 through April 4, 2018. We are thrilled he has the opportunity to do this and have found some great subs to take care of his classes until he returns. We understand that when one has a relationship with a teacher, no one can quite replace that being, but we hope that you’ll give these teachers a try! Douglas is out of town visiting family November 18 and 19, then will teach one more week…

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“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” – Simone Weil I read an article this week highlighting four questions poet and activist Maya Angelou believed we all ask, whether consciously or not. The first two really caught my attention, giving me great pause. Do you see me? Do you care that I’m here? I remembered the story one of my teachers told about meeting the Dalai Lama – the Dalai Lama’s pure presence facilitating a feeling of being completely, compassionately seen. I was flooded by a series of memories involving sitting with people in an active state of hurt.…

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Culturally as an Italian, I am used to speaking in a loud tone of voice and interrupting other people – which means I am showing my interest in what you are saying, can’t you tell?! Seeing the intention behind someone else’s actions, connecting with what matters deeply to both of us can help understand each other better and find connecting solutions instead of potential conflict. Yoga has been helping me find my center, calm me down a bit, and help me interrupt people less, since 1983. When I found NonViolent Communication (NVC) I learned how to stabilize my initial responses and hold someone else’s needs…

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It was 20 years ago that 8 Limbs offered its first yoga retreat at Sleeping Lady in Leavenworth, WA (20 years later we are still going, in fact we’re there this weekend!). Today we offer retreats throughout the year, for varying lengths of time. They’ve grown into seasonal traditions for not just getting away, but also getting to deeper states of self.  Executive Director Ashley Dahl recently sat down with Senior Teacher Tracy Hodgeman to talk retreats and, as their conversation unfolded, on retreats as a practice. (more…)

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I’ll ask you first: what grounds you? What helps you to feel on the ground, to feel mentally and emotionally stable, to be “sensible and realistic” (acc. to Merriam Webster!)? Take a moment and feel what grounded is like in your body. For me grounded feels soothing. It feels like being at home in my body. It feels like my skin, but really my mammal fur, settles down. I am more present when I am grounded, more available for connection, for creativity, for conscious activism. In this time of upheaval, we have many choices. We can be uprooted. We can…

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