INTERdependence

The first limb of the eight limbs of yoga, Yama, is made up of five restraints – five ways to prevent harm to other beings: ahimsa (non-harming), satya (truthfulness), asteya (non-stealing), brahmacharya(moderation), and aparigraha (non-grasping). In the Yama-s lie the keys to being in community – with unity – with other beings. I am thinking, as July 4th nears, of another […]

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Ahimsa, first steps

This weekend 8 Limbs is hosting a workshop that I would have never imagined ten years ago. I was a yoga teacher who made adjustments without asking, because I hadn’t considered that for some, this would be invasive, or even harmful. I regularly asked folks in class to “close your eyes and go within” without considering […]

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A Confession

I have a confession to make. I skipped a limb. As an ambitious 26-year-old, I named 8 Limbs after the eight aspects, or limbs – anga in Sanskrit – of yoga. I did what some of us do when we find something we love, and want to share it with others, urgently, I bypassed the deep learning […]

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S P A C E

There are times when life feels incredibly complex, when the threads and strands of responsibility and purpose are weaving a new pattern, one that is yet to emerge. For me (and I am guessing for many others), this is such a time. Sitting down to write this newsletter I felt overwhelmed with both how much […]

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Holding Space

Happy Saturday everyone! It’s going to be a gorgeous day. First of all, we like to give those who participated in the 28 Day Commitment a big CONGRATULATIONS! You did it! You did your best to show up on your mat or cushion for 28 days straight. You stretched your idea of what practice is, […]

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A Letter from the 8 Limbs Social Justice Team

Dear Community, We are writing to address, or perhaps bring your awareness to, an incident that continues to reverberate through many hearts and minds within the Northwest yoga community. On February 22 at the Northwest Yoga Conference (NWYC), a problematic interaction transpired involving an Indian woman and a white woman who also happens to be […]

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28 Day Commitment 2018

Greetings! You’ve arrive at the 8 Limbs 28 Day Commitment Blog for February 1-28, 2018. For more information on the 28 Day Commitment click here. This blog will be updated every day in February with tips and info to support Building a Sustainable Practice. February 28: You’ve done it! You’re powerful beyond measure, and your […]

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What Renews You?

We made it. The door of 2017 has closed, and here we are in 2018, its window wide open. There is possibility in a New Year, a fresh start. Renewal. So how are we, each one of us precious, powerful people, going to carry ourselves responsibly into the dawn of this nascent year? What inner […]

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What Really Matters?

When we first chose this question for December as part of our year of questions we figured it would be great for the holiday season. What really matters after all – love, right? Family and friends! Experiences over things! Yes, yes, and yes! These are our standard answers to a question that gets posed more […]

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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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