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Teacher Profiles let you into the world of our amazing teachers.

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As the news of the devastating earthquake in Haiti has spread across our office, a staff member directed us to a web page with a list of charitable organizations working in Haiti to help with the disaster. Click here to go directly to the full list, which is from Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC, or click one of the links below (this is a partial list). Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti. Action Against Hunger Beyond Borders Mercy Corps Yele Haiti (Wyclef Jean’s Grassroots Organization) or Text Yele to 501 501 to donate $5 via your…

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Consider for a moment the way your body feels as you sit in meditation just after shivasana. Perhaps there is a quiet, subtle vibration to your muscles and connective tissue having just moved through an asana practice. Perhaps, too, you experience a crisp clarity in different layers of your being; energy channels, your breath, your thinking. You may leave your mat feeling like you’d just received an all-over body massage – pure bliss. Now imagine that feeling informs your intention with which you begin your day. What could be a better way for setting the tone of your day, each…

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Here are some basic health tips to maintain your fire during the winter. In Ayurveda, winter is the kapha season. The earth and water elements accumulate in our body (adding excess weight) as well as in the organs (stomach and lungs) which can remain damp. The cold dries out the skin, and darkness promotes hibernation or time to converse with the creative muse. Early Winter Ayurvedic tips to stay healthy: 1. Increase your physical exercise 2. Stay hydrated with warm beverages 3. Add omega-3 rich foods to your diet 4. Rub sesame oil on your body before showering 5. Avoid…

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“Every year as this season of giving rolls around, I begin to reassess my goals for our family’s holiday traditions. What do I want my children to learn and remember? What seeds am I planting for their future holidays with their own children? What did my parents do that I treasure? In a world that stresses materialism over spirituality it is difficult to make sense of it all. What I want my children to learn is that receiving gifts provides only a fraction of the satisfaction that giving away one’s love and energy can. I want to imbue their holiday…

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I am a runner only in as much as I do run, but I wouldn’t call myself a “runner” runner. On a good week I may clock around 20 miles. Over the past year I started running again to vary my physical activity (biking, weights, and yoga). I enjoy the solitude and physical benefits, and I ultimately arrive in a place of meditation as I run. With the Seattle Marathon in the not-so-distant future, and due in part my already being — for me — in, “running shape,” I decided to sign up for the half marathon. All was going…

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A recent trip to Egypt and the holidays have helped to remind me to daily practice the act of Gratitude: To enjoy the rainy days in Seattle when water is more expensive than gasoline or requires a two-hour walk in both directions. To be able to practice Yoga in America in the middle of the week when so many others around the world are simply trying to stay alive. To choose organic foods when so many people in our country and around the world are starving. To have a yoga community that encourages and supports the growth of individuals. May…

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We have a full lineup of Benefit Classes this Thanksgiving to raise funds for local non-profits, all in need of our support. Come join your local studio community on Thanksgiving Day to get grounded in gratitude and your yoga practice. Capitol Hill: 12:15 – 1:30pm with Paul Millage for Yoga Behind Bars Phinney Ridge: 9:30 – 11:00am with Chiara Guerrieri for Solid Ground Wedgwood: 9:30 – 11:00am with Dawn Jansen for Northwest Harvest West Seattle: 9:00 – 10:30am with Greg Owens for Union Gospel Mission Cost is sliding scale, suggested donation $20 (memberships and class cards not valid) Cash and…

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We’ve been sleeping at the blog wheel for a few weeks while driving another car steadily towards the finish line. 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge is ALMOST complete, and will now open on Thanksgiving Day with a Benefit Class for Solid Ground with Chiara Guerrieri. For info on our Benefit Classes at all four 8 Limbs, click here. They are an 8 Limbs tradition all over Seattle and we are excited to open with this offering to the community. Bring a friend or your whole family! Our Grand Opening is Friday, December 4th. Doors open at 4:00pm, we’ll play in a…

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We are happy to report that we now have an opening date for 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge. On Saturday, November 21 classes will commence in our beautiful new space, designed by 8 Limbs instructor and interior designer Jenny Hayo. Come join us on opening weekend and plan to attend our Open House on Friday, December 4th, 4:00 – 8:15pm, featuring free yoga classes and music with Gina Salá. Opening details, class schedule, and list of instructors can be viewed at the Phinney Ridge webpage.

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This morning I sat to practice and it occurred to me that I had passed a milestone without noticing it. On October 13th I confronted a construction issue for the new 8 Limbs on Phinney Ridge, worked with our new Phinney manager Megan, had family dinner, went to Book Club (Olive Kitteridge, it was great), and went to bed without remembering that 13 years ago, on October 13th, 1996, 8 Limbs had its opening party the day before opening for business. The party consisted of friends who had encouraged and helped me along the way, people like Melina Meza (she…

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