Mobile Resiliency

Between the political climate, soggy weather, tax season, and pervasive digital stimulants, many folks are having a hard time of it. People are sharing that they feel overly tired and more reactive. Good self-care can help. I’m increasingly appreciating, though, that self-care is not always an option, it may not even always be the best […]

Learn More

Standing Up For Who We Believe In

Something I read last week from Buddhist scholar Stephen Batchelor* has been lingering in my mind – the idea that ethics are rooted in three things: empathy, courage and intelligence. My attention was caught in part no doubt because our current political culture, featuring a dramatic range of beliefs about what is ethical, has brought […]

Learn More

Eight Books for a Kinder Year

A number of years ago I discovered that not only was I not good at being kind to myself, I was acutely afraid to be nice to myself. Somewhere along the way I had gotten it in my head that being extra tough on myself was the way to ensure I’d be an accountable, productive […]

Learn More

Practicing Commitment

A handful of years ago we began an annual tradition at 8 Limbs: coming together for the month of February in a community-wide commitment to practice. At a time when New Year resolutions often begin to lose their luster while the actual new year gains traction, we devote ourselves to several core yoga questions. Why really do we practice […]

Learn More

Trusting the Goodness of Our Practice

Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. And so forth. But I’m taking the day off. Quiet as a feather. I hardly […]

Learn More

For the Love of Love: A Case for Discernment

At the beginning of each month I make space to step back from daily responsibilities to get in touch with the broader conversations impacting those responsibilities. I hone in on a particular thread to follow and unpack in this column. In a typical month, one, possibly two or three ideas float up. This month? I’ve […]

Learn More

This Thing Called Adulthood

It was as a grad student in Social Work that I formally started taking into account a person’s stage in life when working with them. I was studying developmental psychology and applying it in the field. As I progressed in my studies and career I began to more actively notice the ways, within a family […]

Learn More

Behind the Scenes: Brave Spaces

Last week, 8 Limbs, along with a handful of other Seattle area yoga studios*,  hosted a cultural competency training for yoga studios, teachers and staff. The decision to pursue such a training was born out of a number of factors: racially-inspired incidents this past Fall in the Seattle yoga community; an increasing un-ease with the […]

Learn More