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WOW. I am fresh off the high from spending Saturday afternoon and evening with Sean Johnson and the amazing musicians of The Wild Lotus Band. We spent the beautiful five o’clock hour in Sean’s “Soul Flow” to the live accompaniment of Alvin Young on fretless bass and Gwendolyn Colman on percussion. I have discovered a new love, and it is practicing yoga to fretless bass. WOW (again). Sean had us connecting to source and clearing away our demons in a sweaty, fun, and powerful practice. Having a chance to snack and drink chai between the class and kirtan helped us…

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So we went, we watched, and we pondered. The film “Enlighten Up!”, showing at The Varsity through May 28, is subtitled “A Skeptic’s Journey into the World of Yoga.” Indeed it was. At the May 14th screening, a crowd of 8 Limbs teachers and students gathered to see what a documentary about yoga would be like. After listening to lovely music from Steve and Anne-Emilie Gold, and meeting director Kate Churchill, we settled in for this journey. Kate’s purpose, we quickly learned, was to take Nick Rosen, a yoga novice, and expose him to different teachers and styles of yoga…

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I love the title of this new documentary. It is SOOO easy to take oneself too seriously. As I addressed in my last posting on FUN, having more of it has been my goal this month. Since then I have attended a Venus Party (I wore an orange wig and gave out Mardi Gras beads), put up the paddle for Arts Corp at their annual auction at The Triple Door, and had numerous playdates in the sun with my little ones. This Thursday 8 Limbs is co-sponsoring a screening of a new documentary about yoga called “Enlighten Up!” on Thursday,…

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As many of you have learned from news reports, a few probable cases of “Swine” Influenza A (H1N1) have now been reported in our state, including in King County. So far, it appears as if people who become ill with this strain of influenza are recovering. At 8 Limbs, we are continuing to conduct classes and workshops, and ask everyone attending our studios to please take the proper precautions to keep everyone healthy. Prevention practices are emphasized daily through hand washing with soap and warm water, using hand sanitizer before and after classes, and respiratory etiquette (coughing into sleeve, elbow;…

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During a late-night talk with Melina during the Breitenbush Advanced Training Retreat, a question came up that always takes me by surprise: “What are you doing for fun?” I mean, I feel very satisfied with my life, enjoy what I do for work, have a great time with my husband and kids, and keep in touch with close friends, but when asked “what do you do for fun?” I always come up short. I returned from our retreat curious about how I could make a change in the fun factor. The next day I read a parenting calendar that mentioned…

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Not too long ago, Anne Phyfe came back from New Orleans raving about a bright green “Buddha Banks” her sister had. Literally, piggy-banks in the shape of Buddha! Well, we just got them in and they are wonderful! What a perfect gift. Not only are they cute, but each color has a different message and during this economy who isn’t saving? You can save $$ and be reminded of your own Buddha-nature at the same time. While I was at it, I ordered Buddha lamps as well! Immediately my coworker and I plugged it in our office and we both…

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It may not seem like it today, but yesterday showed spring at its best: Mother Nature is busy unthawing from winter and growing new shoots. Guess what? Our bodies are doing the same thing! To help you release the winter (damp/cold) in your muscles considering adding these following asanas into your daily practice until the sun can warm your skin. Prasarita Padottanasana (standing wide leg forward bend) Virabhadrasana II (warrior 2) Garudasana (eagle) Parsva Utkatasana (revolved chair) Upavista Konasana (seated wide leg forward bend) Gomukasana (cow face) The inner and outer leg muscles are addressed specifically as they relate to…

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This has been the topic around the 8 Limbs office the last few weeks. No, we aren’t talking about a retreat from taxes. Rather the ways that we, as busy human beings (or should we just say human doings?), can find refuge. The pulls away from this are many. We live in a vibrant city with numerous activity options, amazing entertainment, and lots of wonderful people. We spend hours in front of our computers surfing the net (if only it was the ocean!), reading about our friends on Facebook (rather than hugging them), and, of course, working. There are many…

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Want to hear some great music while making a difference? Join the great folks who volunteer to make Yoga Behind Bars a reality on April 12th for a Benefit Concert at the Fremont Abby, 4272 Fremont Ave N. Doors open at 7:30pm. Music by Seattle Guitar Circle with selections from Tuning the Air. Yoga Behind Bars offers yoga classes to prisoners and “at risk” populations to specifically facilitate therapeutic, conscious, human development. 8 Limbs has donated the proceeds from Thanksgiving Benefit classes to YBB and will do so again this summer with our Karma Yoga in the Park class on…

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Last weekend I had the serendipitous fortune to experience a couple of extraordinary balancing acts. My family watched the movie Man on Wire and took in Seattle’s own Moisture Festival, a Comedy and Variety Show with acrobats, jugglers and musicians. These performers practice “balance” in extreme conditions: walking on a wire thousands of feet from solid ground, practicing a handstand on top of a moving, breathing, mountain of people. When we place or find ourselves in challenging situations, we are given an opportunity to cultivate a deep steadiness. Our world is changing rapidly. There are no longer Twin Towers in…

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