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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Calling all passionate event programmers! 8 Limbs is looking for an new Education & Programming Coordinator to join our Leadership team. Here is the Job Description, those interested and qualified may email Studio Director to inquire about Compensation & Benefits. 8 Limbs Education & Programming Coordinator About 8 Limbs Our mission at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers is to create a supportive, inclusive, and non-competitive atmosphere in which yoga practitioners can learn and grow. We offer All Levels of Hatha Yoga classes, Pre and Postnatal Yoga, Kids & Family Yoga, Yoga for 50+, Workshops, Teacher Training, and more at our four Seattle neighborhood studios in…

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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 Megan Sloan who teaches at 8 Limbs Wedgwood. Megan will offer her the workshop Cycles and Rhythms this Saturday at 8 Limbs Wedgwood. Practicing Yoga Since: 2001 Tell us about the first yoga class you took. One of the first yoga classes I ever took, in a studio, was in Berkeley, CA. In hindsight, I can recognize that the teacher was most likely a very new teacher and not yet feeling confident in their own teaching and…

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8 Limbs has had the privilege of being home studio to Matt Nadler, yoga teacher, former Mr. Yuk, and supremely goodnatured person since 2010. He started and grew the Yoga for 50+ classes in our North Seattle locations (Sally Carley’s got us 8 Limbs Capitol Hill and West Seattle!) and after learning Yoga Tune-Up® from Maura Barclay Creighton, he shared his knowledge of these therapeutic massage balls with his growing following. This has been Matt’s last month as a yoga teacher, as he steps off into full retirement. Matt’s last classes are Tuesday, January 31: 11:15am Yoga for 50+ at…

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The word intention means something one plans to do or achieve. Making a commitment to practice for 28 consecutive days falls well within this definition. The word intention though, can also mean to have a particular aim or purpose. It is this latter definition that we are going to focus on here. Below are 8 suggestions for bringing more clarity or purposeful meaning to your commitment. Settle your energy. Before contemplating your intention, we encourage you to first establish conditions within your self that are conducive for reflection. Doing a brief breath or meditation practice can be helpful. Alternatively you…

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Several years back Executive Director Ashley Dahl made a commitment to practice for a month. Through this experience she learned, mostly the hard way, a few essentials for a sustained practice. Below are 8 such tips adapted from her blog “Commitment” to help you in your Commitment.  (To read Ashley’s full Commitment story click here.) Map your practice schedule a week out.When the novelty of the commitment wears off, you’re tired and simply not in the mood, monkey mind can get louder and your body can be left scrambling.  Having a ready-made schedule is invaluable. Intentionally let things go.  Committing to…

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A handful of years ago we began an annual tradition at 8 Limbs: coming together for the month of February in a community-wide commitment to practice. At a time when New Year resolutions often begin to lose their luster while the actual new year gains traction, we devote ourselves to several core yoga questions. Why really do we practice yoga? What constitutes a yoga practice? And perhaps most importantly, what is my practice? We do this by committing to practice every day for 28 days. Specifically, we commit to: Being open to what all eight limbs of yoga have to offer. Listening to, and in turn befriending, not…

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January – it’s the time many of us look at our habits and patterns and consider what’s working and what’s not. Some make resolutions, some do a cleanse, others resolve to have no resolutions! Over the years I have worked with many different models of discipline, and in 2017 the big change I’ll be committed to is the “strategic pruning” we’re taking on at 8 Limbs, in order to care for this amazing garden we’ve grown, with all of you, for the practice and practitioners of yoga. As someone who by nature likes to do more and say yes, I suspect I’ll…

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Starting January 1, 2017, 8 Limbs will launch #8limbsnewclass, what we hope will be a way to incentivize our community to try something new – a new class or teacher – and share what you find with the rest of us. Here’s how it works (see Anne Phyfe’s Instagram post on 12/31 for an example!): Choose a drop-in class you haven’t been to before, or take a class from a teacher new to you. Yes, that could be taking your regular class with a sub, or a new class with a teacher you’ve gone to for years. Take a shot of…

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Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. And so forth. But I’m taking the day off. Quiet as a feather. I hardly move though really I’m traveling a terrific distance. Stillness. One of the doors into the temple. – Mary Oliver Although the above poem by Mary Oliver is titled “Today”, in my head I’ve renamed it “Trust”. This poem brings to life for me the felt-experience…

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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 Misha Kellner-Rogers who teaches at 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge & 8 Limbs Wedgwood. Misha will also teach a New Year’s Day Mindful Yoga Practice. Tell us about the first yoga class you took. I was in high school and using the gym as a way to stay healthy and in my body. I now see my view of health was based on a standard that I would never be! At the gym, there was a woman…

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