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Teacher Profiles let you into the world of our amazing teachers.

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Storytelling is essential. It helps us to understand the world, ourselves, and our part in this world. It is a way we learn from the past, and pass information to the future. We ALL have interesting stories – stories worth sharing, stories that inspire others. As a writer and yogi, I am interested in the intersection of story and yoga, of the personal with the practice. I’ve found yoga and meditation to be profoundly helpful in understanding not only how to tell my or another’s story, but how this process is influenced by conditioning and psychology. From a yogic perspective, our stories are…

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Whether you’re in the home stretch of your 28-day commitment, in the midst of a busy week or not quite sure if your head is fully aligned with your heart, it can be helpful to feel into where you stand, so that you may then respond in kind. Here are four ways to skillfully and compassionately tend to what’s really going on, including a six-minute guided meditation. Create a Daily Care Plan – Take a few moments upon waking, perhaps with a hand over heart, to reflect on 1-3 simple things you can do to bring care into your day.…

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A couple years back, during a guided meditation on retreat, I was given the prompt, “Why are you here?” I don’t remember exactly how I silently answered that question but I think it was something along the lines of, to deepen my meditation practice. Whatever it was, it was a pretty standard response for the setting. And then I resumed focusing on my breath. After a few moments though, another prompt was given, “Why are you really here?” This prompt grabbed my attention. Why WAS I really here? I asked myself and paused. To get better at self-compassion, was my internal response. And I…

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Our 2019 theme, Roots of Yoga, comes from a commitment to link our modern day practices of yoga to their source teachings and teachers – both to show respect and to inspire a deeper understanding of this powerful lineage. This blog will be updated daily. We’ll share kriya (cleansing) practices on Fridays, postures from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika on Saturdays, texts from the yogic tradition on Sundays, Meditations on Mondays, yoga teachers who have influenced the modern study and practice of yoga on Tuesdays, mudras, on Wednesdays, and mantras on Thursdays. Thanks to Claudette Evans for her essential contributions. Tune in each day for…

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I hear there are other ways to say it these days, but steady once meant committed, longterm. In Sanskrit the word for steady is sthira, one of two qualities prescribed for the practice of asana in The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali:  Yoga Sutra II.46 – sthiram sukham āsanam – The pose must be steady and easeful. The pose doesn’t have to be big, or flashy, or advanced, it just has to be steady and easeful. Imagine or place yourself in Warrior II pose, and drop right in; legs steady and rooted, arms strong but easeful. What would it do if every…

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8 Limbs changes our drop-in class schedule every February, June, and October. That means this Friday, February 1 you can expect some changes to your class options! We want to thank all the amazing 8 Limbs teachers for their presence in classes they may be leaving or taking on (and of course all of those who are keeping their classes the same!). We hope the changes support your practice, and we hope to see you for the 28 Day Commitment February 1-28!   8 LIMBS CAPITOL HILL New Class: Thursday 10-11:15am Level II with Anne Phyfe (starting in March) Changes: Monday…

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As 2019 gets underway we’ve been exploring the theme Ditch Your Distractions. Sometimes though, the easiest and most compassionate path to not doing something is to consciously turn one’s attention towards something. Here are five ideas for doing just that, including a 5-minute audio sound meditation. Create an opening practice ritual. Consistently rolling your mat out with care, taking a moment to offer gratitude, lighting a candle, doing a quick smudge… are all ways to both ritualize your practice and train your mind to join your body. Take regular breath breaks. Set calendar reminders to be with your breath, even…

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I still remember back to the first few months I practiced yoga, in the fall of 1994. I started attending once a week, on Tuesday nights. By the end of October it was twice weekly, and by November, almost daily — whenever I could. As the poses became more familiar I began to notice their effects beyond the physical. My brain felt sharper and clearer, able to focus well into the afternoon. I was learning to ditch my distractions, to train my mind away from rumination and endless thinking by focusing on challenging postures, and a drshti (focal point) for…

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We would like to share some big transitional news. Melina Meza, who has been a part of 8 Limbs since the very first day, is leaving her current position as Teacher Training Director in April of 2019. Melina, who currently lives in Oakland, CA, is excited to explore new avenues closer to home and is committed to a successful transition. She will continue as a Teacher Training Instructor in our 200 and 500-hour Programs. We want to THANK MELINA for being an AMAZING collaborator, co-creator, and huge-hearted mama of the TT programs, and for being a stellar teacher and Teacher Training…

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Despite what many headlines imply, mindfulness doesn’t fix us. Mindfulness is a translation of the Pali term sati, to remember. It relates to a particular type of remembering, one that is compassionate, contactful and clear seeing. It calls us to drop beneath the stories we tell and look beyond conditioning that may have kept us safe earlier in life. Mindfulness encourages us remember, and be in touch with, what else is present  – things like resourcefulness, interconnection, and kindness. This is the context in which I hold the question we’re asking this month, what supports you? Here are three ways…

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