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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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Aaaah, pranaaaaaaahyama. After a solid week of the bone-crushing flu, I have rediscovered you. How you lighten my lungs, how you calm the threads of my consciousness. You give me the strength and stability to meet the challenges of each day. You beat down the anxiety that threatens my peace of mind. You are medicine for my soul. Here’s a simple Pranayama practice to help you discover your new love: 1. Take a comfortable seat with spine long and knees level to or lower than your pelvis. 2. Begin to progressively lengthen your breath with a slight constriction at the…

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Back home in New Orleans, March means that you can go to the St. Patrick’s Day parade and catch all the ingredients you need for a stew, including water (if it rains). I remember scoring my first cabbage as a kid. It was losing leaves in the air and felt like catching a big ball. All of a sudden “cabbage ball” made sense. The aha moment I take from this memory now, 30 years later, is that whatever life throws out, we’ve got to make soup! Here’s my soup recipe, complete with a great tip I got from Conscious Choice…

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As someone born on Friday the 13th, I have always embraced this “bad luck” day. I choose 13 for my volleyball and soccer uniforms, don’t mind sitting in the 13th row (if there is one!), and find it fascinating that $800 to 900 million of business is “lost” on occurrences of Friday the 13th. I have to admit that I am not free from superstition, and did not step on cracks on my daily walk to school as a child to save both of my parents’ backs/spines. I detest horror films, so I never even watched Friday the 13th. The…

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Check out Seattle Magazine for a fun piece on yoga called “Strike a Pose.” Photos were taken at 8 Limbs West Seattle by former WS manager Shannon Cummings’ hubbie Chris (he’s awesome) and 8 Limbs received mention for our great Intro Series courses and prenatal and postnatal yoga. Check out the website and add your own comments! http://www.seattlemag.com/0p129a1292/strike-a-pose/ Posted by: 8 Limbs

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Megan and Abby, our designer and boutique buyer, have co-created the new 8 Limbs t-shirts. With images that correspond to some of our favorite poses (crow, tree and frog), these Alternative Apparel t’s are soft, comfortable, and organic! Men and women styles available at all three studios. Posted by: 8 Limbs

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I just returned from a trip to my hometown of New Orleans to teach a workshop, see family, and celebrate my first Mardi Gras there since 1988. The workshop was about the koshas, the dimensions or layers of bring that cover our soul, and the participants were in “Soul School”, the Teacher Training at Sean Johnson’s Wild Lotus Yoga (Sean’s kirtan band will be here in May, stay tuned!). It was lovely to share these ancient concepts with a group so committed to yoga as a journey to the soul. The last few years have been soul-searching for New Orleans…

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