Late Winter Ayurveda Tips from Melina Meza

In Ayurveda, winter is the season associated with Kapha and all the imbalances associated with the earth and water elements. The Kapha qualities outside can make you feel heavy and lethargic and/or pull you towards foods that promote weight gain or the use of recreational drugs or alcohol to cope with depression, stress and the […]

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Pranayama, a story

When I talk to students about Pranayama I often share the story of how I started my own Pranayama practice. I was on retreat with Gary Kraftsow on Maui back in 2003 studying the Koshas, or sheaths of the human being. As we addressed the Pranamaya Kosha, the energetic sheath, or dimension, we turned in […]

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Class Scheduling

One of my main jobs as Education Director at 8 Limbs is the creation/management of the class schedules at each of our four neighborhood yoga studios. Three times a year, in January, June, and September, we print new schedules. I spend about a month taking in change requests and talking with teachers and managers to […]

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Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga for Winter

The Kapha qualities outside can make you feel heavy and lethargic and/or pull you towards foods that promote weight gain or the use of recreational drugs and alcohol to cope with depression, stress, and the winter blues; here we again see the precept “like increases like.” It’s not easy to break out of this cycle, […]

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8 Limbs in Blu-Ray!

Early last year 8 Limbs was approached to produce a yoga DVD with a local company called Topics. Topics wanted to get a Blu-Ray Yoga Set “on the market” and asked us to create four classes to be taught and modeled by 8 Limbs instructors. They auditioned and chose six teachers for the project, Angela […]

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Spiraling into Solstice

Tomorrow is the powerful time of Winter Solstice, when the darkest day of the year wraps itself around our hemisphere. I have myself often missed the Winter Solstice, busy with preparations for the holidays, or travel, or just busy. At this time in our history we can turn on lights when we want them and […]

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Thanksgiving Benefit Class: The Bailey-Boushay House

Thanksgiving, by definition, is a time to give thanks, to strengthen our “attitude of gratitude” towards the many blessings in our lives. Studies have shown that gratitude has a very strong link with mental health.  Not surprisingly, people who are grateful report higher levels of well being– more happiness and less stress and depression. This […]

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Art of Daily Practice

Morning is one of the most auspicious times of the day to provide our bodies and brains with nourishment essential to perform at optimal levels.  Self-nurturing acts such as a warm shower before practice, mediation, or simply deep breathing contribute to overall wellness and may start each day in a more positive manner. Such routines […]

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Back to School

As Labor Day nears we are in the annual “Back to School” season. It’s time for many kids (and adults, really!) to head back to the classroom. For many of us, the practice of yoga starts in a classroom, with a teacher. We show up, they teach us, we learn, we practice, we progress. The word […]

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