Pre/Postnatal Teaching Sabbatical for Anne Phyfe

Back in 1998, two years after opening 8 Limbs, I followed a passion for childbirth and took the doula training at Seattle Midwifery School (which is now a part of Bastyr). Within a month I realized doula work would be tough with a teaching schedule, but I thought offering yoga to pregnant women would be a great way to […]

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Yoga for Common Childhood Challenges

Childhood today is filled with challenges, stressors and obstacles that can be overwhelming for parents and children alike. We want to support our kids and keep them safe and healthy, but without overprotecting, over-medicating or stigmatizing them. Yoga offers families an effective tool to address many of the most difficult concerns during the school age […]

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Graditood

A few days ago one of my daughters was making a wish list. As I moved around our kitchen in dinner preparations I overheard her say “to be rich.” Her words caught me in my tracks. Here we sat, in our warm, comfortable home, about to eat a healthy and plentiful meal with my father […]

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Restoratives with Jenny Hayo

Every Wednesday morning I used to attend a level 2-3 Iyengar class with my longtime teacher, Jo, until she retired from instructing Asana some years ago. I was religious about going, thrilled to learn and practice the precision of Iyengar with more challenging postures and alignment. I always left that class feeling like I had […]

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Waiting for Lulu

I just returned from a longish time away from Seattle to help welcome my niece Lulu to the world. My younger sister asked me to be birth and postpartum doula (attendant) for her first child and I jumped at the opportunity to go home to help. While away I was given an excellent opportunity to […]

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Parenting as a Practice

My wife and I recently had our first kid, a baby boy named Octavian. While I am brand new to being a parent, one thing that struck me immediately was how similar in some ways being a parent is to meditation. Both require you to stay with the moment, to simply be present with what […]

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Parenting and Karma Yoga

“Every year as this season of giving rolls around, I begin to reassess my goals for our family’s holiday traditions. What do I want my children to learn and remember? What seeds am I planting for their future holidays with their own children? What did my parents do that I treasure? In a world that […]

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