Fall Warm-Up

Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive. – Hafiz With temperatures dropping, we’ve been reflecting on ways to stay warm. Below are three small things we invite you to try. We’ve also included a six-minute guided warming meditation. What warms you up? Upon waking, light candles instead of turning on lights. […]

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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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Sitting with Discomfort

In a letter that went out earlier this month, we said a lot of things. I’m going to focus on one of those things, a single sentence near the end – “Discomfort is not unsafe.” It’s a line I’ve been actively sitting with because it’s a statement I can experience as true and untrue. Discomfort […]

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What Renews You?

We made it. The door of 2017 has closed, and here we are in 2018, its window wide open. There is possibility in a New Year, a fresh start. Renewal. So how are we, each one of us precious, powerful people, going to carry ourselves responsibly into the dawn of this nascent year? What inner […]

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Retreating, as a Practice

It was 20 years ago that 8 Limbs offered its first yoga retreat at Sleeping Lady in Leavenworth, WA (20 years later we are still going, in fact we’re there this weekend!). Today we offer retreats throughout the year, for varying lengths of time. They’ve grown into seasonal traditions for not just getting away, but […]

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What Wakes You Up?

In this year of questions, April asks “What Wakes You Up?” As the earth wakes up from its winter slumber, can we inquire into this ourselves? Waking up is a term often used to speak about spiritual transformation. We are asleep, and then we wake up to the divine within us, or to the true […]

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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 […]

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Time to Be a Student

In the last week I was able to attend four yoga classes at 8 Limbs. That’s kind of a record number for me in this phase of my life––my yoga practice usually happens in the wee hours of the morning on the second floor of my home. But I had a distinct feeling heading into […]

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