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

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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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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 Donte Quinine, who is back to teaching at 8 Limbs, this time at 8 Limbs West Seattle: Tuesdays at 6pm and Thursdays at 6:30am. Teacher Name: Donte Quinine Practicing Yoga Since: 2010 Tell us about the first yoga class you took. As an athlete I was used to maintaining a very rigorous training regimen, so when I went to a studio for the first time I thought a Level 1 class would be too…

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In his book Meditations on Intention and Being, Rolf Gates writes, “We start out thinking the peace that yoga has to offer is special and only found after years of arduous practice. It is and it isn’t. I have found far more peace than I thought was possible by applying the principles and practices of yoga consistently over the course of decades, but that peace was always there.” Gates is speaking to a fundamental concept in yoga – yoga is a methodology in discovering and rediscovering goodness, compassion, peace… always there, that just is. These extraordinary experiences may sometimes be buried…

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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 Shuja De’Peace. Shuja has been the friendly face behind the 8 Limbs Capitol Hill front desk on Thursday mornings, has been a sub for several months, and will now teach his own classes: Mondays and Wednesdays 6:oo-7:15pm All Levels Flow at 8 Limbs West Seattle Fridays 6:30-7:30am All Levels Flow at 8 Limbs West Seattle Teacher Name: Shuja De’Peace Practicing Yoga Since: 2012 Tell us about the first yoga class you took. In 2012 I…

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The word sustain means to strengthen or support. No one experiences this essential life underpinning in the same way. Our life experiences (and innate temperament) shape the ways we interface with what buoys us. For years I thought that what sustained me was success, and being liked, and I chased both of these like my life depended on it. I also had a complicated relationship to food, physical sustenance; I both indulged in and deprived myself of food instead of allowing it to be nourishment. I’ve come to learn recently that what truly sustains, and nourishes me, is meaningful connections.…

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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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