Trusting the Goodness of Our Practice

Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. And so forth. But I’m taking the day off. Quiet as a feather. I hardly […]

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For the Love of Love: A Case for Discernment

At the beginning of each month I make space to step back from daily responsibilities to get in touch with the broader conversations impacting those responsibilities. I hone in on a particular thread to follow and unpack in this column. In a typical month, one, possibly two or three ideas float up. This month? I’ve […]

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This Thing Called Adulthood

It was as a grad student in Social Work that I formally started taking into account a person’s stage in life when working with them. I was studying developmental psychology and applying it in the field. As I progressed in my studies and career I began to more actively notice the ways, within a family […]

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Deep Dives

Towards the end of 2015 the 8 Limbs admin staff dedicated 2016 to be a year to internally and externally hold space for difficult conversations. The foundation upon which we rested this commitment was a particular awareness––recognition of our consistent willingness over the years to move beyond our comfort zones and dive deep into what we’ve […]

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Behind the Scenes: Growing Edges

I’m in charge of a lot of meetings at 8 Limbs. Some of you may be taking pity on me when reading that sentence but no need; I’m also one of those people who like meetings, at least usually. I like the sum-is-greater-than-individual-part-outcomes they often generate. I enjoy watching people thinking and pondering and co-creating […]

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Behind the Scenes: Brave Spaces

Last week, 8 Limbs, along with a handful of other Seattle area yoga studios*,  hosted a cultural competency training for yoga studios, teachers and staff. The decision to pursue such a training was born out of a number of factors: racially-inspired incidents this past Fall in the Seattle yoga community; an increasing un-ease with the […]

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Conditions of Trust

Every year, towards the end of winter, we hold an all-day 8 Limbs admin staff retreat. Studio Managers and those of us working in the back offices gather at Owner/Studio Director Anne Phyfe Palmer’s house for a day of reflection and a home-cooked meal. We talk about what we did well in the past year, […]

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