The word sustain means to strengthen or support. No one experiences this essential life underpinning in the same way. Our life experiences (and innate temperament) shape the ways we interface with what buoys us. For years I thought that what sustained me was success, and being liked, and I chased both of these like my life depended on it. I also had a complicated relationship to food, physical sustenance; I both indulged in and deprived myself of food instead of allowing it to be nourishment. I’ve come to learn recently that what truly sustains, and nourishes me, is meaningful connections. I spent a great deal of my life busy all the time, and this past year I’ve really committed to slowing down to allow myself the opportunity for meaningful connections. I even updated my dharma code last weekend at The Four Desires workshop to include this phrase. And my life is taking on a whole new level of satisfaction.
This is also part of what sustains 8 Limbs. Meaningful connections help to form sangha, a Sanskrit word that means association, or community. They are like a web of reinforcement, links of knowing that help us to know ourselves. They make it more likely you’ll show up to take a class, and more likely we will enjoy our work with you, and with each other. We hope that you have experienced meaningful connections through your time at 8 Limbs and that they support you in your life on and off the yoga mat.
And as you support 8 Limbs with your memberships and class cards, 8 Limbs contributes to the sustenance of over 60 employees. With rising Seattle expenses for all, we want to continue to raise teacher and staff wages and benefits so that they are sustained. We will be increasing several tuition options tomorrow, October 2. You have one more day to purchase drop-ins, 5 and 10-class cards, monthly unlimited membership, and most of the monthly special classes (Yoga Nidra Yoga Bliss, Sound Bath, Yoga for the Forest Dweller Years, and Somat for Relaxation & Rejuvenation) before they go up slightly. AND we want you to be able to afford a regular yoga practice at 8 Limbs; our Access8 program offers income-relevant tuition options.
Now it’s your turn. Take a moment to center yourself. Take a few deep breaths and ask: What sustains you?
Lastly, it’s time to raise a glass: 8 Limbs turns 21 this month, officially on Friday the 13th (a personal favorite of mine, honestly!). Local Kombucha brewer CommuniTea will be pouring tastes of their special beverage at each of the four 8 Limbs locations on October 12 and 16. Come take a class and a swig, or just drop by to hang out!
Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer, 8 Limbs Founder & Studio Director