Mission: Inclusion

This week I dipped into The Yoga Sutra as part of the Deep Dive 8 Limbs is doing this summer to rework our mission. We are about to hit our 20 Year Anniversary but at the same time have realized that our original mission of inclusion has fallen short. The first step in our examination is my current assignment from our […]

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Deep Dives

Towards the end of 2015 the 8 Limbs admin staff dedicated 2016 to be a year to internally and externally hold space for difficult conversations. The foundation upon which we rested this commitment was a particular awareness––recognition of our consistent willingness over the years to move beyond our comfort zones and dive deep into what we’ve […]

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Gary Kraftsow

Waaay back in 1997, when 8 Limbs was not yet a year old, I first studied with a teacher named Gary Kraftsow. I had met the workshop host, Yoga Tree founder Kathryn Payne, at a workshop at The Yoga Lodgeon Whidbey Island with Mark Whitwell. Mark had written the Introduction in my very first yoga book, The Heart of Yoga, by TKV […]

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Opening to Love: Heart Chakra Practice

I’ve noticed that the heart gets a lot of airtime in yoga classes. As a yoga teacher I am just as guilty as the rest. You will hear cues in class such as “open your heart!” or “breathe into your heart”.  All of these cues are well and good, but what are we really looking […]

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Savasana and the Manomaya Kosha

I remember my first official yoga class with a certified teacher, in 1993. It was an Iyengar style class with Gayna Uransky, at a healing arts school called Heartwood Institute, tucked away on a remote mountainside in Humboldt County, CA. After one class with Gayna I was hooked on yoga, which, up to that point, […]

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Yoga On The Go

If you have a steady yoga and meditation practice at home or attend regular classes at a studio and now find yourself on the go for work or pleasure, it’s not uncommon to lose momentum in your practices. Over the years I’ve started traveling more as a yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Health Educator and have […]

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Home Practice

As the 8 Limbs 28 Day Commitment (February 1-28) nears, I’d like make sure everyone knows that we at 8 Limbs consider this daily practice support program an opportunity to dive into the breadth of practice. While practice in a studio can be wonderful (and is what we have built our business and community on!), it’s not […]

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On Compassion

A couple years back, during a guided meditation on retreat, I was given the prompt, “Why are you here?” I don’t remember exactly how I silently answered that question but I think it was something along the lines of, to deepen my meditation practice. Whatever it was, it was a pretty standard response for the setting. And […]

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