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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On November 9th America “woke up” to a new President-elect, and what, to some, felt like a new country. Some were surprised, some were not. Many felt disoriented, depressed or in shock, many did not. For some, the election news raised deep concerns about liberty, freedom of speech, and personal safety. For others, those concerns have been present day in and day out, for years on end, on both “sides” of the political divide. “Waking up” is a term used in spiritual practices. It can refer to an awakening of the reality beyond the material, but it can also be…

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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 teaches at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill Mondays at 6:30am (and Fridays 5:45pm through January) and 8 Limbs West Seattle Tuesdays at 4:15pm. Donte will also teach the Capitol Hill Thanksgiving Day Benefit Class this year at 10am, with donations to Street Yoga. 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,…

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At the beginning of each month I make space to step back from daily responsibilities to get in touch with the broader conversations impacting those responsibilities. I hone in on a particular thread to follow and unpack in this column. In a typical month, one, possibly two or three ideas float up. This month? I’ve lost count. In the build up and aftermath of the election there is so much. So much shock. So much grief. So much hope. So much fear. So much love. So much pain. So much clarity. So much confusion. So much. I went into this…

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I’ll be honest: I didn’t expect this. I was worried, sure, and anxious, but I didn’t really go all the way in my mind. I staved off the potential despair and sadness and fear with a strong dose of denial, swallowed down with a quick swig of “too busy.” But, last night, and today, I went there. May we all feel permission, for ourselves and others, to feel the wide spectrum of emotions this historical election has delivered. Some people are feeling depressed. Others are happy, truly ecstatic. Some are in shock. Others feel utterly unsurprised – they might feel like the election of Donald Trump…

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8 Limbs community, the following is a letter from Jamie Hall, teacher of the Sunday 10:30am Devotional Flow class at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill for the last 6 years. We at 8 Limbs are so sad to see her go but wish Jamie, her husband Zachary, and their twin boys the most amazing journey and are so glad that she will come back to visit! Dear Bhakti Beloveds, Almost exactly 6 years ago I walked into the 8 Limbs yoga studio on Capitol Hill to teach my first Bhakti class. I was fresh out of grad school and yoga teacher…

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Did you miss our 20th Anniversary Party but want to get a sense of what it was like? To find links to photos and speeches from MC Alice Pedersen and longtime 8 Limbs instructor Melina Meza, click here. And here is the speech from Anne Phyfe Palmer, 8 Limbs Founder. “I’d actually like to start by asking us to all stand and sit here together, as if we’re starting a yoga practice. I’ve really come to realize for myself that sitting, in community, in silence, is deeply nourishing. You can close your eyes, or leave them open, but can you bring your attention…

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The 8 Limbs 20th Anniversary Party took place on Saturday, October 15, the night of Big Storm 2016! We were grateful that the storm spared us, and a lovely group of revelers came up to 8 Limbs Capitol Hill for a night of community and celebration.  Big thanks to Sam Fisher for being party planner extraordinaire. To Natasha Lady Krishna for creating Lady Krishna’s Peppermint Lounge in the Chandra studio and Darek Mazzone for the spinning tunes. Thanks to Farestart and Cupcake Royale for food and cupcakes, to Chateau St. Michelle for wine, Digiphotobooth for, well, the photobooth, Roniq Bartanen for photography, and Graeme Aegerter for video documenting. Please visit Facebook for shots taken by…

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As I prepare for the upcoming 8 Limbs workshop Compassion in Hard Times, I am reflecting on the events of the last twelve months. Exactly one year ago, I taught a people of color (POC) yoga class that changed my life. The first official POC event I attended was a couple years ago, with Sister Jewel (now Kaira Jewel Lingo). It was a POC meditation retreat in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh, and I really did not want to attend.  A wise elder of mine (who happens to be a white woman who has known me for many years)…

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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 Biola (pronounced Bee-ah-la), who teaches at 8 Limbs West Seattle Wednesdays at 4:00pm, and Thursdays at 6:30am. Teacher Name: Biola Akanni Practicing Yoga Since: 2008 Tell us about the first yoga class you took: The first class I took was a Bikram yoga class. I remember sweating my life out and feeling so incredibly exhilarated afterwards. When I got into my car I knew I was hooked! Teaching Yoga Since: 2015 What do you…

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Over the past 20 years there have been several assumptions and a few metaphors attributed to the name 8 Limbs. Some think it refers to a pregnant person – the 8 limbs of a parent and baby. Others got confused by our proximity to the bar Six Arms, just two block down E Pike St. Some wondered about an octopus with eight tentacles ready to grab you. And then there’s the spider, weaving its web. When I think of 8 Limbs as a whole, a web is what I see. Not one that traps, but a web that has become…

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