Invoking a Field of Kind Attention

“Yama,” the first limb of the eightfold path of yoga, is sometimes translated as “restraint.” (8 Limbs Owner/Director Anne Phyfe Palmer wrote about her relationship with Yama in her May and June blogs.) This first limb essentially shares what skillful restraint looks like in practice. And by practice in this context, I mean life – […]

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Not Getting it Right

“Between stimulus and response there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Vicktor Frankl* Last month I wrote about sitting with discomfort. Earlier this month 8 Limbs Director Anne Phyfe Palmer wrote about taking space. Today I want to talk about a […]

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Allowing for Insight

Pausing now and again, although simple, can be a profound act of kindness. Making space to generously listen to our bodies supports us to graciously tend to our ourselves and practices. Whether you’re entering into the second half of your 28 Day Commitment, or are practicing in your own way, here is a simple meditation […]

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Teacher Profile: Shuja De’Peace

8 Limbs is pleased to publish Teacher Profiles to help you to know and learn from the amazing group of 8 Limbs Yoga Teachers. This month we profile Shuja De’Peace. Shuja has been the friendly face behind the 8 Limbs Capitol Hill front desk on Thursday mornings, has been a sub for several months, and will now teach […]

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What Drives You?

I have to laugh at myself this morning. It’s 7:30am on September 1st, and I am sitting on my back deck, in an 8 Limbs octopus hoodie, laptop on my legs. I am teaching at 8 Limbs Wedgwood in 2 hours, and I need to write a newsletter and press send in the next 45 minutes. […]

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What Moves You?

When we say that something “moves” us, we are pointing to a shift in our state of being. We have changed opinions, or actions, or emotions; perhaps there has even been transformation. The principle of movement, according to Yoga and Ayurveda, is called prana, the Sanskrit word that is described as “life force” or “cosmic […]

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Questions

There are years that ask questions and years that answer. – Zora Neale Hurston When I sit down to write this monthly newsletter I often think I need to have some answer, or guidance, or yogic teaching to share. And sometimes there’s something that naturally comes out in that way but I’ll be honest with […]

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Teacher Profiles: Rolf Gates

This month we are adding a special teacher profile of our newest Visiting Teacher, Rolf Gates. 8 Limbs will host Rolf March 24 and 25 for two days of workshops based on his book Meditations on Intention & Being. Join us! Early registration discount through February 24. Practicing Yoga Since: 1994 Tell us about the […]

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Teacher Profile: Kathleen Dowd

8 Limbs is pleased to publish monthly Teacher Profiles to help you to know and learn from the amazing group of 8 Limbs Yoga Teachers. This month we profile Kathleen Dowd, who teaches the Intro Series at Capitol Hill and will begin a drop-in donation-based Meditation Session Tuesdays 5:15 – 5:45pm at 8 Limbs Capitol […]

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Beginner’s Mind – Meditation

We often see the image of a person in meditation sitting much like the Buddha, legs crossed, hands in mudra and a smile upon the face. It’s a great image: it looks so simple, so peaceful, so easy!!!! But for many of us it feels difficult to find stillness and silence in our chaotic lifestyles. […]

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