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Participate in the 8 Limbs 28 Day Commitment, February 1-28, with daily tips on the 8 Limbs 28 Day Blog.

The first of each month we publish Anne Phyfe Palmer‘s Founder Letter that also appears in the monthly newsletter.

On the 15th of each month Behind the Scenes, by 8 Limbs Executive Director Ashley Dahl, gives you insight into our commitment to conscious business and management.

Teacher Profiles let you into the world of our amazing teachers.

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“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 connection between discomfort, space and yoga, and share a few practice resources. Most of us understand life doesn’t always feel comfortable. By the time we’re adults we’ve usually had plenty of opportunity to experience growth that arises from discomfort. Conditioning, though, often leads us to…

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There are times when life feels incredibly complex, when the threads and strands of responsibility and purpose are weaving a new pattern, one that is yet to emerge. For me (and I am guessing for many others), this is such a time. Sitting down to write this newsletter I felt overwhelmed with both how much I have recently learned, and how little I really know. I remembered how many meaningful events I experienced at 8 Limbs in March, as a participant (including this and this) as well as some of the challenges, as an owner. I thought of numerous potential…

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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 can come in many forms. Physically it can present as an injury or illness. Emotionally it might show up as sadness, fear, anger, remorse, etc. Spiritually it may express as disconnectedness or lack of purpose. My mindfulness and yoga training help me understand that while…

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My primary identification right now is mother of a toddler.  This role colors every aspect of my life and yoga is no exception.  My son is two and a half. Three and a half years ago, I had a strong home practice alongside consistent twice weekly studio visits.  Mornings included 10-15 minutes of asana before another 10-15 minutes of breath and meditation.  I’d recently completed four years of intensive yoga study – back to back 200 hr and 500 hr teacher training programs with multiple Breitenbush retreats and a weekly breath/meditation/Sutras class.  I was deeply committed to self-care.  I got pregnant and…

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Happy Saturday everyone! It’s going to be a gorgeous day. First of all, we like to give those who participated in the 28 Day Commitment a big CONGRATULATIONS! You did it! You did your best to show up on your mat or cushion for 28 days straight. You stretched your idea of what practice is, you investigated why you do practice, and why you don’t practice, and hopefully, now that March is well underway, you’ve continued. We hope that you took plenty of time and space to really appreciate your efforts to dedicate to this amazing system of yoga. That…

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Dear Community, We are writing to address, or perhaps bring your awareness to, an incident that continues to reverberate through many hearts and minds within the Northwest yoga community. On February 22 at the Northwest Yoga Conference (NWYC), a problematic interaction transpired involving an Indian woman and a white woman who also happens to be the director of the conference. Savitri Palkhivala was interrupted, asked to stop speaking and immediately leave the room, and ultimately the conference, by the conference director Melissa Hagedorn-Phillips. This elder, who has been practicing meditation for 35 years, was silenced while speaking about the emergence…

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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 for doing just that. The recorded meditation is about 10 minutes in length. You can also do on your own with the guidelines further below.   Allowing for Insight {You may want to have a writing implement and paper handy.} Find a posture…

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Greetings! You’ve arrive at the 8 Limbs 28 Day Commitment Blog for February 1-28, 2018. For more information on the 28 Day Commitment click here. This blog will be updated every day in February with tips and info to support Building a Sustainable Practice. February 28: You’ve done it! You’re powerful beyond measure, and your light shines bright. May you keep your practice vital, and be a beacon to others. Thanks for joining us for the 28 Day Commitment 2018! Took class at 8 Limbs every day of February? Ask the front desk for your congratulations water bottle! Photo of…

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“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – Bhagavad Gita Coming up next month we’re holding our annual 28 Day Commitment program. Each February hundreds of us join together – students, teachers and staff alike – to dig a little deeper (sometimes a lot) into what our individual practices can look and feel like. We do this by committing to practice every day, in some way, for 28 consecutive days. Although practice is generally something we readily understand, it’s not a fixed something. Our yoga practices have a life of their own. They’re an extension…

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Earlier this month, 8 Limbs co-hosted (with Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound and Rainier Beach Yoga) a weekend with the Rev. angel Kyodo williams, a Zen priest from the Bay area and co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Click here to see the original class descriptions for Radical Dharma. I (Anne Phyfe Palmer) took the following notes from the event for myself, but after the weekend closed I was drawn to share them to spread Rev. angel’s fierce and compassionate perspective on the history and reality of race in our country, as well as a liberation-based model for…

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