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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 Mid-Month Mindfulness, by 8 Limbs Executive Director Ashley Dahl, offers mindfulness practices to support our monthly themes.

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

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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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Support, it’s a word we all use, but what does it really convey? As a verb, it means to hold up; to bear the weight of; to give assistance to. As a noun, it refers to the thing that offers support, or material assistance. Support comes from a French word, supporter, which is made up of two Latin terms: sub – from below, and portare – to carry. Support originally meant to carry from under or below, to bear, to sustain, to hold up, to prop up, also to tolerate or put up with. This fall I have been working with…

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Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive. – Hafiz With temperatures dropping, we’ve been reflecting on ways to stay warm. Below are three small things we invite you to try. We’ve also included a six-minute guided warming meditation. What warms you up? Upon waking, light candles instead of turning on lights. You might even take your morning shower by candlelight. With one or both hands over heart, spend a few moments feeling the warmth your own touch brings. Bring to mind a time you witnessed a smile spontaneously spread across someone’s face and into their eyes.…

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It’s November! Winter is coming. The midterms are coming (have you voted yet?). And so are warm cups of tea – all day long, cozy robes, down jackets, and fleece blankets. It’s not either/or, it’s both/and. We need to be in reality, in this current phase of the year, and this current time in history, AND we need to find warmth, and ways to self-soothe and connect. In a world that can sometimes feel cold or bitter, and easy to turn away from (or get numb to),  it is all the more important to be able to generate warmth from within,…

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Nature can be a great source of insight and healing, when we take time to be with it. This week we offer a seasonal poem and guided meditation. We hope they help you to connect with the restorative wisdom of autumn, and to experience the beauty of your own natural presence. Find a comfortable seat and enjoy this audio link for a 12-minute guided breath practice: Breathing with Autumn Trees: Guided Meditation   Tending to one’s breath, even briefly, can diminish stress and support both emotional and physical resiliency. Thanks for joining me on this seasonal, restorative break…

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When I first came to yoga I was a bit of a dabbler – trying a class or two here and there, using videos at home, reading books and magazines – not really getting very far. Eventually when I began practicing in earnest, I joined a very excited Steve Ross and his students on the Oxygen Network five mornings a week for a sweaty and uplifting vinyasa flow class called Inhale. Mr. Ross’ class was filled with students of different shapes, sizes, and levels of ability – for the first time I saw a place for me in a yoga…

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At the beginning of the month 8 Limbs owner Anne Phyfe Palmer opened her newsletter with two potent sentences – Money. It’s a sensitive topic! Behind the scenes at 8 Limbs, we’ve been diving into that sensitivity. In a recent admin meeting we reflected individually and as a group about our relationships with money. What and whom has shaped the attitudes we each have about money? How do our personal beliefs influence our “professional” judgement? When is that helpful? Not helpful? We weren’t trying to solve anything, or come to a money consensus. What we were trying to do was bring unconscious…

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Money. It’s a sensitive topic! But if you’ve been around 8 Limbs for very long, you’ll know that we are willing to put ourselves out there and inquire deeply through the lens of our Mission: a commitment to be supportive and welcoming place to learn and grow through the mind-body practices of yoga, and per our Social Justice Mission, to examine, and work to dismantle, the systems of oppression that shape our world. Money is needed to survive in the world we live in. It allows us to house and feed our bodies, to access opportunities and education, to express our creativity…

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