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A handful of years ago we began an annual tradition at 8 Limbs: coming together for the month of February in a community-wide commitment to practice. At a time when New Year resolutions often begin to lose their luster while the actual new year gains traction, we devote ourselves to several core yoga questions. Why really do we practice yoga? What constitutes a yoga practice? And perhaps most importantly, what is my practice? We do this by committing to practice every day for 28 days. Specifically, we commit to: Being open to what all eight limbs of yoga have to offer. Listening to, and in turn befriending, not…

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January – it’s the time many of us look at our habits and patterns and consider what’s working and what’s not. Some make resolutions, some do a cleanse, others resolve to have no resolutions! Over the years I have worked with many different models of discipline, and in 2017 the big change I’ll be committed to is the “strategic pruning” we’re taking on at 8 Limbs, in order to care for this amazing garden we’ve grown, with all of you, for the practice and practitioners of yoga. As someone who by nature likes to do more and say yes, I suspect I’ll…

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Starting January 1, 2017, 8 Limbs will launch #8limbsnewclass, what we hope will be a way to incentivize our community to try something new – a new class or teacher – and share what you find with the rest of us. Here’s how it works (see Anne Phyfe’s Instagram post on 12/31 for an example!): Choose a drop-in class you haven’t been to before, or take a class from a teacher new to you. Yes, that could be taking your regular class with a sub, or a new class with a teacher you’ve gone to for years. Take a shot of…

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Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. And so forth. But I’m taking the day off. Quiet as a feather. I hardly move though really I’m traveling a terrific distance. Stillness. One of the doors into the temple. – Mary Oliver Although the above poem by Mary Oliver is titled “Today”, in my head I’ve renamed it “Trust”. This poem brings to life for me the felt-experience…

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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 Misha Kellner-Rogers who teaches at 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge & 8 Limbs Wedgwood. Misha will also teach a New Year’s Day Mindful Yoga Practice. Tell us about the first yoga class you took. I was in high school and using the gym as a way to stay healthy and in my body. I now see my view of health was based on a standard that I would never be! At the gym, there was a woman…

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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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