More than a year ago we held one of our 8 Limbs Teacher Meetings. I asked our teachers “what makes 8 Limbs special? Why do people choose 8 Limbs?” In a city FULL of terrific yoga, it’s important for us to know what makes 8 Limbs stand out, what makes us worth the walk/drive/bike/bus, and why people would choose to practice with us.
There were as many reasons as there were people. And that’s the foundation of our mission:
“We recognize that each individual is unique and has a different approach to life. Thankfully there are many ways to practice yoga. At 8 Limbs we embrace diversity over dogma.”
The power of that meeting lingered. This fall we decided to take all of the teacher’s comments and choose 8 (for obvious reasons) to shout out to the world. We have a great thing going on in our neighborhood studios, and we want to make sure everyone knows it!
Every month I’ll blog about one of the 8 Reasons, to tell you more about why we chose it and the story behind the reason. Read about Reason 1. Read about Reason 2. Read about Reason 3. Read about Reason 4.
Reason 5: Welcoming and non-conformist culture.
WELCOME TO 8 LIMBS!
From the start, the mission of 8 Limbs was to be welcoming and inclusive. I am at heart a Southern gal, and making folks feel at home at our studios has always been very important to me. I want you to be greeted with warmth and care, and a smile. I want the studios to feel like your favorite place to practice yoga, amidst a community of others brought together through their love of this wonderful art and science of bringing consciousness to mind and body.
Any time someone walks into an 8 Limbs, they’ve made a choice to practice with us amidst the many other options available. I (we!) never take that choice for granted. It keeps us on our toes, interested in the work we do, and eager to provide a great experience at each and every class offered. Every time I’m in class and I see someone smile and gladly move their mat over to accommodate another yogi, I feel like we’re all in this together!
From my very start in yoga, I was exposed to teachers who believed strongly that the practice should be adapted to the individual, not the individual to yoga. It was an ancient practice that was diverse and flexible. It could meet people instead of them having to change to conform to it. This so resonated with me, as a feminist and strong-willed 26-year-old. I wasn’t interested in one person’s loud opinion, or a single style or sequence. Instead, I found that all different approaches could exist under one roof. We could hold the diversity rather than holding the dogma.
At 8 Limbs you are welcome as you are, whatever you believe, whoever you love, however you practice, young, old, and in between. What does non-conformist mean to you? Let us know what you think on our Facebook page.
8 Limbs 8 Reasons
- 4 convenient Seattle Locations
- 300+ collective years of instructor experience
- 135+ classes per week
- Locally owned since 1996
- Welcoming and non-conformist culture
- Instruction that meets you at your level
- Inspiring community of practitioners
- More than just a workout
Next month I’ll write about #6!
Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer, 8 Limbs Owner & Education Director