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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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In this year of questions, April asks “What Wakes You Up?” As the earth wakes up from its winter slumber, can we inquire into this ourselves? Waking up is a term often used to speak about spiritual transformation. We are asleep, and then we wake up to the divine within us, or to the true meaning of life, or to God/goddess/Spirit/etc. As a yoga studio, this has been part of our lingo, our parlance, for the past two decades. For the last year and a half, however, we’ve attempted to wake up as an organization in a different way, to…

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I have been consciously studying and practicing Self Compassion for a few years now and I am still amazed at the power of such a simple practice. It is the number one most useful way I’ve found so far to transform my experience of life from bravely surviving by the skin of my teeth to resiliently and joyfully thriving. “Super Power” is the term that stubbornly arises whenever I search my mind for the right words to describe the strength of Self Compassion. My practice of self compassion begins when I bring attention to the many common and habitual ways I am mean to myself…

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Something I read last week from Buddhist scholar Stephen Batchelor* has been lingering in my mind – the idea that ethics are rooted in three things: empathy, courage and intelligence. My attention was caught in part no doubt because our current political culture, featuring a dramatic range of beliefs about what is ethical, has brought these traits into the limelight. Who do we individually and collectively care about? Are we willing to stand up for who we care about? Are we open to pairing our emotions with reason? It also made me pause as someone who strives to bring a…

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There are years that ask questions and years that answer. – Zora Neale Hurston When I sit down to write this monthly newsletter I often think I need to have some answer, or guidance, or yogic teaching to share. And sometimes there’s something that naturally comes out in that way but I’ll be honest with y’all, these days I have way more questions than answers whirling around in my head. Some of them relate to the current political climate (“what the f*#&?” has been a pretty regular visitor), many are really quite privileged (take a yoga class or practice at…

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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 a new teacher to 8 Limbs, Bayeshan Cooper who now teaches at 8 Limbs Wedgwood on Fridays at 4:00pm All Levels Flow and 5:30pm Gentle. Some of you know Bayeshan’s smiling face from her time working at the front desk at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill and in one of our recent poster campaigns! Teacher Name: Bayeshan Cooper Practicing Yoga Since: 2007 Tell us about the first yoga class you took. The first class I ever took…

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This month we are adding a special teacher profile of our newest Visiting Teacher, Rolf Gates. 8 Limbs will host Rolf March 24 and 25 for two days of workshops based on his book Meditations on Intention & Being. Join us! Early registration discount through February 24. Practicing Yoga Since: 1994 Tell us about the first yoga class you took. My first true experience of Yoga came well after I started taking classes. I attended a 6am class at Kripalu Center in Lenox MA and flailed around. At the end of it I walked to breakfast and began to feel…

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A number of years ago I discovered that not only was I not good at being kind to myself, I was acutely afraid to be nice to myself. Somewhere along the way I had gotten it in my head that being extra tough on myself was the way to ensure I’d be an accountable, productive and worthy person. The painful implosion of that construct led me on a path of re-acquainting myself with something now quite near and dear to my heart – kindness. Directing kindness towards myself, I discovered, actually resulted in me being more accountable and productive. It…

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