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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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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Waking Up

On November 9th America “woke up” to a new President-elect, and what, to some, felt like a new country. Some were surprised, some were not. Many felt disoriented, depressed or in shock, many did not. For some, the election news raised deep concerns about liberty, freedom of speech, and personal safety. For others, those concerns […]

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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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Post-Election, Here We Are

I’ll be honest: I didn’t expect this. I was worried, sure, and anxious, but I didn’t really go all the way in my mind. I staved off the potential despair and sadness and fear with a strong dose of denial, swallowed down with a quick swig of “too busy.” But, last night, and today, I went there. […]

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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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20th Anniversary Party Speeches & Photos

The 8 Limbs 20th Anniversary Party took place on Saturday, October 15, the night of Big Storm 2016! We were grateful that the storm spared us, and a lovely group of revelers came up to 8 Limbs Capitol Hill for a night of community and celebration.  Big thanks to Sam Fisher for being party planner extraordinaire. To Natasha […]

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POC Yoga – After the Death Threats

As I prepare for the upcoming 8 Limbs workshop Compassion in Hard Times, I am reflecting on the events of the last twelve months. Exactly one year ago, I taught a people of color (POC) yoga class that changed my life. The first official POC event I attended was a couple years ago, with Sister […]

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8 Limbs 20 Years: It’s Party Time!

Over the past 20 years there have been several assumptions and a few metaphors attributed to the name 8 Limbs. Some think it refers to a pregnant person – the 8 limbs of a parent and baby. Others got confused by our proximity to the bar Six Arms, just two block down E Pike St. […]

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