Let’s Go Steady

I hear there are other ways to say it these days, but steady once meant committed, longterm. In Sanskrit the word for steady is sthira, one of two qualities prescribed for the practice of asana in The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali:  Yoga Sutra II.46 – sthiram sukham āsanam – The pose must be steady and easeful. […]

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Spring Schedule Changes!

8 Limbs changes our drop-in class schedule every February, June, and October. That means this Friday, February 1 you can expect some changes to your class options! We want to thank all the amazing 8 Limbs teachers for their presence in classes they may be leaving or taking on (and of course all of those […]

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Ditch Your Distractions

I still remember back to the first few months I practiced yoga, in the fall of 1994. I started attending once a week, on Tuesday nights. By the end of October it was twice weekly, and by November, almost daily — whenever I could. As the poses became more familiar I began to notice their […]

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Teacher Training Director Position

We would like to share some big transitional news. Melina Meza, who has been a part of 8 Limbs since the very first day, is leaving her current position as Teacher Training Director in April of 2019. Melina, who currently lives in Oakland, CA, is excited to explore new avenues closer to home and is […]

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What Supports You

Support, it’s a word we all use, but what does it really convey? As a verb, it means to hold up; to bear the weight of; to give assistance to. As a noun, it refers to the thing that offers support, or material assistance. Support comes from a French word, supporter, which is made up […]

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What Warms You Up?

It’s November! Winter is coming. The midterms are coming (have you voted yet?). And so are warm cups of tea – all day long, cozy robes, down jackets, and fleece blankets. It’s not either/or, it’s both/and. We need to be in reality, in this current phase of the year, and this current time in history, […]

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Through the lens of our mission

Money. It’s a sensitive topic! But if you’ve been around 8 Limbs for very long, you’ll know that we are willing to put ourselves out there and inquire deeply through the lens of our Mission: a commitment to be supportive and welcoming place to learn and grow through the mind-body practices of yoga, and per our […]

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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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