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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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WOW. I am fresh off the high from spending Saturday afternoon and evening with Sean Johnson and the amazing musicians of The Wild Lotus Band. We spent the beautiful five o’clock hour in Sean’s “Soul Flow” to the live accompaniment of Alvin Young on fretless bass and Gwendolyn Colman on percussion. I have discovered a new love, and it is practicing yoga to fretless bass. WOW (again). Sean had us connecting to source and clearing away our demons in a sweaty, fun, and powerful practice. Having a chance to snack and drink chai between the class and kirtan helped us…

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So we went, we watched, and we pondered. The film “Enlighten Up!”, showing at The Varsity through May 28, is subtitled “A Skeptic’s Journey into the World of Yoga.” Indeed it was. At the May 14th screening, a crowd of 8 Limbs teachers and students gathered to see what a documentary about yoga would be like. After listening to lovely music from Steve and Anne-Emilie Gold, and meeting director Kate Churchill, we settled in for this journey. Kate’s purpose, we quickly learned, was to take Nick Rosen, a yoga novice, and expose him to different teachers and styles of yoga…

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I love the title of this new documentary. It is SOOO easy to take oneself too seriously. As I addressed in my last posting on FUN, having more of it has been my goal this month. Since then I have attended a Venus Party (I wore an orange wig and gave out Mardi Gras beads), put up the paddle for Arts Corp at their annual auction at The Triple Door, and had numerous playdates in the sun with my little ones. This Thursday 8 Limbs is co-sponsoring a screening of a new documentary about yoga called “Enlighten Up!” on Thursday,…

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As many of you have learned from news reports, a few probable cases of “Swine” Influenza A (H1N1) have now been reported in our state, including in King County. So far, it appears as if people who become ill with this strain of influenza are recovering. At 8 Limbs, we are continuing to conduct classes and workshops, and ask everyone attending our studios to please take the proper precautions to keep everyone healthy. Prevention practices are emphasized daily through hand washing with soap and warm water, using hand sanitizer before and after classes, and respiratory etiquette (coughing into sleeve, elbow;…

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During a late-night talk with Melina during the Breitenbush Advanced Training Retreat, a question came up that always takes me by surprise: “What are you doing for fun?” I mean, I feel very satisfied with my life, enjoy what I do for work, have a great time with my husband and kids, and keep in touch with close friends, but when asked “what do you do for fun?” I always come up short. I returned from our retreat curious about how I could make a change in the fun factor. The next day I read a parenting calendar that mentioned…

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Not too long ago, Anne Phyfe came back from New Orleans raving about a bright green “Buddha Banks” her sister had. Literally, piggy-banks in the shape of Buddha! Well, we just got them in and they are wonderful! What a perfect gift. Not only are they cute, but each color has a different message and during this economy who isn’t saving? You can save $$ and be reminded of your own Buddha-nature at the same time. While I was at it, I ordered Buddha lamps as well! Immediately my coworker and I plugged it in our office and we both…

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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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