Community Focus: 8 Limbs Teacher Megan Costello

Teacher Name: Megan Costello Website: www.anunada.com Where do you teach: 8 Limbs Capitol Hill and Phinney Ridge, and starting in the summer, 8 Limbs Wedgwood to offer a Chakra-Focused practice on Wednesdays at 5:45pm. Hobbies/interests: I have a recent obsession with all things pickled, canned and fermented. I’ve been making my own jams, pickles, saurkraut […]

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Season of Light

This time of year is known as the “Holiday Season,” especially in politically correct Seattle where I learned quickly to say “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Solstice” on December 21st. In these times of wonderfully mindful recognition of diversity we honor the many types of holidays this time of year holds – […]

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Inviting Joy into Your Practice and Your Life

Sukha, the Sanskrit word for happiness, is sometimes translated as “unobstructed space.” We don’t actually create joy when we practice yoga; we create space for it to flow more easily through us. The key to this approach lies in the mind/body connection. When life challenges us, we protect ourselves by withdrawing, constricting—in short, tightening up. […]

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Memory and Memorial Day

For many of us in the U.S. Memorial Day means a long weekend and the start of summer. Historically, though, it is a day of remembrance for those who have lost their lives in military service. Now in another era of war, our country has lost many men and women to combat in the last […]

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Yoga is Skill in Action

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna tells Arjuna “Yoga is skill in action.” For the many of us who practice yoga asana, this may be experienced as the bringing of awareness into the actions of the physical body. While reconnecting the mind with the experience of the body is a great start, and a challenging accomplishment, […]

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Late Winter Ayurvedic Tips

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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The Koshas – Unveiling our Potential

This month I have been writing every morning as a personal practice. Brush, floss, neti, and then write. I start by writing five things I am grateful for in a small red notebook 8 Limbs Managing Director Ashley gave me for Christmas. I note when I got up, how I felt, and any dreams that […]

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Pranayama

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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Inversions!

According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, the term inversion involves reversing the position, order, form, or relationship of something. In Yoga, an inversion is typically classified as any posture where our pelvis is elevated above our head. Did you know that by standing properly on your head, hands, forearms, or shoulders you could improve your lymphatic system […]

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