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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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Ah, summer. The days are getting sunnier (even as they grow shorter!) and the desire to spend more time outdoors exploring this and that is strong. But how do we go out and still remain connected within? Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras offers us a framework for doing just that, a tangible way to carry our practice off the mat and into our lives. At the beginning of this year I began a weekly examination of the Yoga Sutras within all of my asana classes. We started at the beginning of the book and are working our way, sutra by sutra, to…

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This weekend shop guilt-free at 8 Limbs and other E. Pike St. businesses such as Babeland, Kaladi, Veridis, The Feed Bag, and City Home Store during the E. Pike St. Summer Sale. We are partnering with these and other E. Pike St. retailers to collect food for NW Harvest from July 17-19. All businesses have a special offer for customers who bring 5 cans of non-perishable food items to their locations. Bring yours to the 8 Limbs Boutique at 500 E. Pike St. and receive 20% off your purchase (non-sale items only)! NW Harvest was founded in Seattle in 1967…

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An inversion is typically classified as any posture where our pelvis is elevated above our head. Inversions are powerful physical and energetic yoga practices with their roots in the practical, theoretical, and esoteric teachings of yoga. On a practical level, the regular practice of inversions has been proven to offer many health benefits. There are four major systems within the body that the regular practice of inversions positively influences: cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, and endocrine. On a theoretical level, an important concept in Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, offers that many of the body’s impurities reside in the lower abdomen. When we…

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As you head out of your regular routine into a Holiday Weekend, consider how you can personally connect to Independence Day. One can focus on July 4th as the date of our Declaration of Independence from England, or we can remember that the underlying idea is that of FREEDOM. The word in Sanskrit for freedom or liberation is moksha. One who experiences freedom while in the body (still living) is a jivanmukti. In other words, freedom is possible in this body, in this life. The paradox is that the freedom comes from commitment. We have learned recently that we can’t…

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If you’ve ever happened to drop in on one of my yoga classes at 8Limbs you might notice that I like to end each and every practice with the salutation “Namaste.” There are many variations in translation of this traditional Sanskrit greeting; however, my favorite is “I honor that divinity within you that is also within me.” When I take the opportunity to perceive the deeper meaning behind Namaste, its meaning extends far beyond a typical “hello” and “goodbye,” or a routine ending that we might give to our yoga practice. It can instead be something that inspires our lives…

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The science issue of Ascent Magazine in 2001 was the spark I needed to start my meditation practice. An article about Dr. Andrew Newberg’s research on the brains of Buddhists and nuns while meditating gave me the scientific proof that this sitting business was going to get me somewhere (sorry, that’s what I needed!). In the tests, meditators pulled a string when they felt at the height of their meditative state, dye was injected into their brains, their brains were then studied. Here’s what got me: “the finding that caused the greatest excitement was that neurological information to the Orientation…

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