Invoking a Field of Kind Attention

“Yama,” the first limb of the eightfold path of yoga, is sometimes translated as “restraint.” (8 Limbs Owner/Director Anne Phyfe Palmer wrote about her relationship with Yama in her May and June blogs.) This first limb essentially shares what skillful restraint looks like in practice. And by practice in this context, I mean life – […]

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Why Am I Talking?

I first learned of the acronym W.A.I.T. (Why Am I Talking?) from 8 Limbs Yoga Teacher Sally Carley. When she shared it’s meaning I laughed and paused. It’s a question most of us could benefit from pondering more often than we do. Why do we say the things we do? Why do we feel compelled […]

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Not Getting it Right

“Between stimulus and response there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Vicktor Frankl* Last month I wrote about sitting with discomfort. Earlier this month 8 Limbs Director Anne Phyfe Palmer wrote about taking space. Today I want to talk about a […]

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Sitting with Discomfort

In a letter that went out earlier this month, we said a lot of things. I’m going to focus on one of those things, a single sentence near the end – “Discomfort is not unsafe.” It’s a line I’ve been actively sitting with because it’s a statement I can experience as true and untrue. Discomfort […]

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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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Allowing for Insight

Pausing now and again, although simple, can be a profound act of kindness. Making space to generously listen to our bodies supports us to graciously tend to our ourselves and practices. Whether you’re entering into the second half of your 28 Day Commitment, or are practicing in your own way, here is a simple meditation […]

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Sustain Your Practice

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – Bhagavad Gita Coming up next month we’re holding our annual 28 Day Commitment program. Each February hundreds of us join together – students, teachers and staff alike – to dig a little deeper (sometimes a lot) into what our individual practices can […]

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Holding On, Letting Go

Many of us are ready to let 2017 go. No matter the year, late December can inspire reflections of goodbyes and letting go. Doing so can make space for what would most benefit us moving forward. That said, plenty of people wouldn’t mind hanging on to a peak moment or momentum from 2017. I’ve been […]

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To Give and Receive Presence

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” – Simone Weil I read an article this week highlighting four questions poet and activist Maya Angelou believed we all ask, whether consciously or not. The first two really caught my attention, giving me great pause. Do you see me? Do you care that I’m here? I […]

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