The Four Desires

Back in December 2013, I experienced Rod Stryker’s course The Four Desires, then called The Yoga of Fulfillment, for the first time. Even though, or perhaps BECAUSE I’d been doing personal work for three decades, in this time-tested process I uncovered one of my deepest driving motivations in life, and crafted my very own Dharma […]

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Behind The Scenes: Yoga in the Sculpture Park

I still remember a particular (rare) sunny Winter afternoon back in 2011 when I walked from 8 Limbs Capitol Hill down to the waterfront. I was meeting with Seattle Art Museum staff about an exciting proposition: free summer yoga classes for Seattleites at Olympic Sculpture Park.  That first summer, classes rotated among different grassy areas throughout […]

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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 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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Setting a Commitment Intention

The word intention means something one plans to do or achieve. Making a commitment to practice for 28 consecutive days falls well within this definition. The word intention though, can also mean to have a particular aim or purpose. It is this latter definition that we are going to focus on here. Below are 8 […]

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Pre-Commitment Tips

Several years back Executive Director Ashley Dahl made a commitment to practice for a month. Through this experience she learned, mostly the hard way, a few essentials for a sustained practice. Below are 8 such tips adapted from her blog “Commitment” to help you in your Commitment.  (To read Ashley’s full Commitment story click here.) Map […]

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Practicing Commitment

A handful of years ago we began an annual tradition at 8 Limbs: coming together for the month of February in a community-wide commitment to practice. At a time when New Year resolutions often begin to lose their luster while the actual new year gains traction, we devote ourselves to several core yoga questions. Why really do we practice […]

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#8limbsnewclass

Starting January 1, 2017, 8 Limbs will launch #8limbsnewclass, what we hope will be a way to incentivize our community to try something new – a new class or teacher – and share what you find with the rest of us. Here’s how it works (see Anne Phyfe’s Instagram post on 12/31 for an example!): Choose […]

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8 Limbs 20 Years – Anne Phyfe Speech

Did you miss our 20th Anniversary Party but want to get a sense of what it was like? To find links to photos and speeches from MC Alice Pedersen and longtime 8 Limbs instructor Melina Meza, click here. And here is the speech from Anne Phyfe Palmer, 8 Limbs Founder. “I’d actually like to start by asking […]

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