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The philosophical study of the 8 Limbs system of yoga, as put forth by Patanjali, can be a dizzying undertaking for all its simplicity. The sutras are so skeletal that at first glance they may appear to contain little, if anything at all, of use and then once you delve into their meaning, the depth and complexity with which these ideas intertwine and play out in life is as overwhelming as it is eye-opening, which is why I always find it useful to ground the exploration of the sutras in the meaning behind the practices. According to Patanjali, who, so…

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Did you know that today is International Day of Peace? If you are looking for a way to celebrate through practice, join the Group Meditation today, Monday, September 21, 2009 at The Seattle Center. The event is sponsored by The Seattle Center and The Life Bliss Meditation Center of Seattle, as well as 8 Limbs and other local yoga studios. 4:30 – 6:00pm International Fountain Lawn Seattle Center www.PeacePrevails2009.com Come join hands with the local meditation community in a mandala group meditation for world peace, while millions around the world pause and do the same. PEACE! Posted by: 8 Limbs

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I love the name 8 Limbs Yoga Centers, because it reminds me that the path of yoga offers a wealth of direction for spiritual fulfillment on and off the yoga mat. 8 Limbs refers to ashtanga yoga’s eight-fold path, each limb equal and necessary. The first limb offered on that path is yama, a set of five moral restraints. Without this limb, our practice would feel empty. Yama can be translated to abstinence, or affectionately as love in action. This spirituality in action promises to bring us into right relationship with ourselves, the people around us, and the world. The…

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Join 8 Limbs for a free outdoor yoga class: Wednesday September 9, 2009, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Gas Works Park, 2101 Northlake Way, Seattle Gas Works Park will be a beautiful setting for yoga as artist and master kite flyer Seth Abramson launches 121 brilliant white kites into the air that will fly over the city all day long. Commissioned by the Credit Unions of Washington, the Kites Over Washington project is a moment of calm, created to give people a peaceful hiatus in the city. Join us to enjoy asanas in the park and experience this spectacular art project.…

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The name 8 Limbs comes from a central tenet in yoga philosophy that names eight limbs, or aspects, that give us a full kit of tools to work with any challenge we come across. These eight limbs are divulged in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali at the end of Chapter II and throughout Chapter III: 1. Yama (Attitudes towards others) 2. Niyama (Attitudes towards oneself) 3. Asana (Postures) 4. Pranayama (Breath Practice) 5. Pratyahara (Sense Withdrawal) 6. Dharana (Concentration) 7. Dhyana (Meditation) 8. Samadhi (Absorption) Richard Freeman describes the usefulness of this eight-pronged approach as being akin to having eight…

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I’ve decided to take some time off teaching to focus on my family and practice. When I came to 8 Limbs at the opening of the West Seattle location in 2005, I was based in a strong, dedicated practice of Ashtanga. It was the only yoga I had been doing for 10 years and I benefited so much from this practice. I stepped into the room to teach what I knew and what turned out 4 years later is that I am not the teacher, but the people and fellow teachers who have walked into my classes have been teaching…

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This summer we launched a new class at 8 Limbs West Seattle. On Wednesday nights, Senior Level teachers, all with at least 10 years of teaching experience, teach the 7:15pm Level II Flow class for one-month blocks to a chosen theme. Anne Phyfe kicked off the series in June with the Chakras, Melina shared her passion for Ayurveda in July, and Jenny is teaching the Yoga Sutras for August (Anne Phyfe is subbing for her Wednesday, August 19th and will focus on Chapter 3 and the last three limbs yoga). The response has been terrific so we are extending the…

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My latest read is David Lynch’s book “Catching the Big Fish.” A practitioner of Transcendental Meditation for over 30 years, Lynch writes about how meditation has helped him to mine many of the ideas and images for his movies and shows. It’s a mixture of wonderful meditation propaganda and insight into his process as a filmmaker. Lynch’s book is a must-read for any of his fans or film buffs, but I find myself wishing more of the writing to be about his long journey in the practice. I am curious if anyone else has any ideas for me of books…

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When I first moved to Seattle, I lived on Phinney Ridge in a basement apartment in The Buggé, next to the famous Mae’s Phinney Ridge Café. After growing up in a completely flat city, I loved being able to see two different mountain ranges from this perch between Ballard and Greenlake. I opened the first 8 Limbs from that little basement apartment in 1996. I was 26 and had a crazy idea that yoga was something people would flock to if we made it accessible and welcoming. It’s been a wonderful 13 years of yoga with thousands of wonderful people.…

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Ayurveda, the sister health science to Hatha Yoga, suggests numerous ways to regulate your body and mind during a typical hot summer day in the Pitta season (June-August). One of the classic Ayurvedic sutras indicates, “like increases like and opposites balance.” This ancient wisdom can be extremely helpful when creating your daily rituals around the seasons. During hot Summer days, for example, try to avoid adding more heat to your body and mind (like increases like) and skip the arm balances, fast vigorous sun salutations, or other challenging poses that raise your core temperature and potentially create frustration or anger.…

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