Isvara Pranidhana

A few weeks ago week the theme of my yoga classes was Isvara Pranidhana. As I learned it, the Sanskrit word Isvara means “that which sustains you.” For some that is God, for others, family, or Earth, the great planet we honored in April with Earth Day. The idea of Isvara is in itself an […]

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Why Practice

Hello Committed Yogis, Since we are all committing to practice yoga for 28 days straight, I thought we might like to get a few things clear– for example, what do we mean by “practice?” So I started where many definitive searches start, with the dictionary! Definition of Practice: Noun- Repetition of an activity to improve […]

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Restorative Yoga

When I was first introduced to the Restorative practice over a decade ago, I can remember exactly what I felt: both disappointment and relief. Disappointment that we would not be doing a strong, challenging practice bound up in the wall ropes, weighted down by sandbags and pulled apart with partner work (all at the same […]

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Yin Yang Practice

Hello fellow yogis! In one week I’ll be teaching a Yin/Yang Yoga workshop, a led practice with meditation. I’m hoping it’ll be for you the type of workshop I love to take, where you completely relax, tune out the world and pay attention to yourself, your breath and body and lose all time – a […]

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Commitment

A few years ago I sat up in bed in the middle of the night and said, out loud, “I’m going to practice yoga for 30 days. Without questioning it.”  I quickly fell right back to sleep.  The next morning, when I woke up, to be honest I was rather dumbfounded by the proclamation. Did […]

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Mindfulness Meditation

It’s the first night of the Mindfulness Meditation Series, a 6 week program I teach at 8 Limbs Phinney as an in depth training in Mindfulness Meditation (aka Insight Meditation or Vipassana). There are 15 of us sitting on our cushions in a circle on this chilly Seattle evening. I like to start the series […]

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December Newsletter

Note: This is the December Education Director Newsletter, sent out December 1, 2012 A few nights ago, Jenny Hayo asked our Teacher Training group “why do you do yoga?” Several individual answers were volunteered: “it feels good”, “it helps me to know myself”, “it’s the only thing that helps me feel right”, and “sanity.” Jenny […]

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Tias Little and Prajna Yoga

The word prajna is a very old word, akin to the Greek word gnosis. Prajna suggests wisdom, a kind of sixth sense–or seventh sense–  not  intellectual but an intuitive wisdom. Through prajna one actualizes the dharma in everyday life and engages in the world whole-heartedly without grasping. To use the words of the Chinese sage […]

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Yoga Nidra, Yoga Bliss

Hello Busy Bees, this workshop is for you! In this third installment of Yoga Nidra, Yoga Bliss, we will revisit the age old practices of Self massage, aromatherapy (in particular the relaxing and gentle extracts of lavender and chamomile), followed by a long and restful Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep). This potent combination of modalities is […]

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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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