Douglas Ridings Sabbatical in India

As many of you know, Douglas Ridings, longtime 8 Limbs yoga instructor, is taking a four-month sabbatical to study and travel in India from November 30, 2017 through April 4, 2018. We are thrilled he has the opportunity to do this and have found some great subs to take care of his classes until he […]

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What Grounds You?

I’ll ask you first: what grounds you? What helps you to feel on the ground, to feel mentally and emotionally stable, to be “sensible and realistic” (acc. to Merriam Webster!)? Take a moment and feel what grounded is like in your body. For me grounded feels soothing. It feels like being at home in my […]

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What Sustains You?

The word sustain means to strengthen or support. No one experiences this essential life underpinning in the same way. Our life experiences (and innate temperament) shape the ways we interface with what buoys us. For years I thought that what sustained me was success, and being liked, and I chased both of these like my […]

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What Drives You?

I have to laugh at myself this morning. It’s 7:30am on September 1st, and I am sitting on my back deck, in an 8 Limbs octopus hoodie, laptop on my legs. I am teaching at 8 Limbs Wedgwood in 2 hours, and I need to write a newsletter and press send in the next 45 minutes. […]

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What Gives You Pause?

Last month I spoke to the question “How Do You Connect?” by sharing my realization that for me, right now,  s l o w i n g    d o w n  is the answer. Quite by chance – but I guess not really – August’s (predetermined) question of the month is What Gives You Pause? In other words, […]

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How Do You Connect?

A few years ago I woke up to my habit of being in a perpetual rush. I was biking up Madison from my home in the valley to teach my 10am class up on Capitol Hill. It was 9:45am, so I was already late. At about 26th Avenue I became aware of the physical sensations […]

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We Are Family

In the twenty + years since 8 Limbs opened I’ve come to see the community that works and practices at 8 Limbs as a kind of family. We breathe together, move together, laugh and sweat together and even cry together. We are connected through subtle practices, through sound, or without a sound. We love yoga, […]

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What Moves You?

When we say that something “moves” us, we are pointing to a shift in our state of being. We have changed opinions, or actions, or emotions; perhaps there has even been transformation. The principle of movement, according to Yoga and Ayurveda, is called prana, the Sanskrit word that is described as “life force” or “cosmic […]

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What Wakes You Up?

In this year of questions, April asks “What Wakes You Up?” As the earth wakes up from its winter slumber, can we inquire into this ourselves? Waking up is a term often used to speak about spiritual transformation. We are asleep, and then we wake up to the divine within us, or to the true […]

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Questions

There are years that ask questions and years that answer. – Zora Neale Hurston When I sit down to write this monthly newsletter I often think I need to have some answer, or guidance, or yogic teaching to share. And sometimes there’s something that naturally comes out in that way but I’ll be honest with […]

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