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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NonViolent Communication

Culturally as an Italian, I am used to speaking in a loud tone of voice and interrupting other people – which means I am showing my interest in what you are saying, can’t you tell?! Seeing the intention behind someone else’s actions, connecting with what matters deeply to both of us can help understand each […]

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Retreating, as a Practice

It was 20 years ago that 8 Limbs offered its first yoga retreat at Sleeping Lady in Leavenworth, WA (20 years later we are still going, in fact we’re there this weekend!). Today we offer retreats throughout the year, for varying lengths of time. They’ve grown into seasonal traditions for not just getting away, but […]

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What Drives You?

I have to laugh at myself this morning. It’s 7:30am on September 1st, and I am sitting on my back deck, in an 8 Limbs octopus hoodie, laptop on my legs. I am teaching at 8 Limbs Wedgwood in 2 hours, and I need to write a newsletter and press send in the next 45 minutes. […]

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Behind the Scenes: Up in Smoke

When entire forests go up in flame and you live down wind it can be unsettling. Sunsets take on gorgeous hues – to be present in their presence, though, one can sometimes sense the price paid. Similar to current political and cultural tension, smoke stings and can make it hard to breathe. Both can feel […]

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Ganesha’s Belly

I once heard that Amma, the hugging saint, magically seemed to double in size overnight as soon as she embraced her dharma and began sharing her gifts. It was as if her body had to grow huge to hold all the love she gives to the world. I can relate. I have been teaching yoga […]

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What Gives You Pause?

Last month I spoke to the question “How Do You Connect?” by sharing my realization that for me, right now,  s l o w i n g    d o w n  is the answer. Quite by chance – but I guess not really – August’s (predetermined) question of the month is What Gives You Pause? In other words, […]

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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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