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.

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

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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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What holds you? What, and who, really hold(s) you? These are questions I’ve asked myself many times in the past year. What holds my presence? What holds my inspiration? And who holds me? With all that I do and with all that is going on in the world, I’ve found it essential to hone in, moment-to-moment, on what is important, where my attention and focus need to be directed, and who I want to connect with on a deep and meaningful level. To me, to be held is to be supported, to be contained, to be hugged. It means I have guidance,…

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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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