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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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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 LimbsRead More
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 LimbsRead More
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…Read More
Starting something new can be the HARDEST THING. Your first yoga class, a blind date, a home practice, you fill in the blank! It took me at least five years of taking yoga classes to finally commit to the elusive home practice. The key, for me, was to do it first thing in the morning. Make a cup of tea, light a candle, and get on the mat. I started with asana, then a dare got me to add pranayama, then a few years ago, my teacher Rod Stryker got me hooked on meditation. Now it’s as essential as brushing…Read More