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It’s that time of year again where you put away those shorts and shades and start dragging out the wool and down. It’s also the time of year that we begin the journey inward. The kids go back to school, the days grow shorter, the temperature drops lower and the period of contemplation and self-study crests the horizon. For many of us this can be a truly hectic and difficult time period, trying to get everything secured and into place before the deluge of the holidays hits and we’re plunged back into another 9 months of winter. In other words,…

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Fall approaches, sweeping in with winds of change that we’ve felt these last few days. It beckons us inward for warmth and reflection, it brings back-to-school memories (or actual back-to-school preparations) and can be a great time to deepen our practice of yoga. At 8 Limbs we enter into a season of wonderful workshops and series taught by our experienced staff of teachers. Make sure to view the Events Calendar to see what is coming up of interest to you! We are also reintroducing monthly themes that teachers can bring into their teaching. This go-round I have chosen words that…

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It never seems to fail. No matter how much older and further away I get from the carefree summers of my youth, no matter how wet, cold, dreary or short that season Seattle calls “summer” actually is, I just can’t help but feel like summer is the time for loosening up boundaries and plunging feet first into uncharted experiences. So when the opportunity to teach yoga outdoors at the Olympic Sculpture Park first presented itself, I jumped at the chance. As a yoga instructor, sculptural artist and lover of the outdoors, I was more then delighted to help bring these…

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Tomorrow I head out on vacation to the woods of upstate New York. I remember the first time my sisters and I joined my stepmother’s family at their Adirondack “camp” when I was 11. We flew from the hot stickiness of New Orleans summer to cool Brulington, Vermont, rode a ferry across Lake Champlain, drove 2 hours to Saranac Lake, and then tumbled for half an hour on a gravel road. That final road seemed endless, but thrilling. The familiar was gone, and we spent two weeks finding our way on this new turf, with evergreens rather than oaks, evenings…

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8 Limbs is a big fan of The Samarya Center and their dedication to providing yoga and yoga therapy to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Located in Seattle’s central district, the Samarya Center is a 501 (c) non-profit organization that offers a variety of low cost yoga classes to their immediate community as well as to the greater community through our workshops, trainings and on-going yoga classes. The Samarya Center is community-supported yoga, much like Seattle’s beloved community-supported radio. Since they started almost 10 years ago, Samarya Center has been 100% supported by donations and support from the…

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Happy belated summer solstice to you all! I hope you all have some amazing adventures, retreats, or garden projects to look forward to over the next few months! So far, this Seattle version of summer has been full of creativity, career insights, and change. As far as career insights go, it’s time for me to take a break from my weekly routine teaching classes at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers and follow my inner muse and bliss to Austin, Texas, where I will live part-time for the fall and winter. I intend to take some time to connect with my practice,…

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I just returned from a longish time away from Seattle to help welcome my niece Lulu to the world. My younger sister asked me to be birth and postpartum doula (attendant) for her first child and I jumped at the opportunity to go home to help. While away I was given an excellent opportunity to practice the art of balance, the balance of work and play, of productivity and rest. As a self-employed businesswoman, I have the great fortune to be able to travel when I wish. I have amazing managers and teachers at 8 Limbs who keep everything rolling…

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When I came out 10 years ago, one of my mother’s biggest fears was that I would be living in a world of injustice and like any mother, she was afraid of how people would treat me. While it hasn’t always been easy, I found that part of what drew me to yoga was the level of acceptance I found in teachers and in the community. No matter where you were in your life or in your practice, yoga met you there. Every time I step onto my mat, I feel as though I have the opportunity to shed the…

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In the world of Ayurveda, we are now in the summer season (June – August), which means whenever summer arrives in your geographical location, you will have a stronger relationship with the elements fire and water for three months. Ayurveda views the physical body, along with everything in the Universe, as being composed of the five primary elements; earth, water, fire, air, and ether or empty space. These elements are expressed in the physical body as qualities of stability/support (earth), feeling/fluidity (water), heat and metabolism (fire), respiration and circulation (air), and space and lightness (ether). When the fire and water…

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Last night I was able to attend “The Thin Place” at The Intiman Theatre. It pulled me to the theater with its theme of spirituality from the perspective of Seattlites, who are known as a population with less religious affiliation, but as many of us know, plenty of spirituality. The title refers to the idea that there are times when the veil between the “real world” and what lies beyond (or within) thins. In the thin place, one can feel a direct experience of the expansive quality of spirit (my words), even if for a brief moment. Stories of faith…

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