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Today, June 21st, is International Day of Yoga! This holiday celebrates the global significance of the mental, physical, and spiritual practices of yoga – and is an invitation to communities around the world to come together in practice.  Per the United Nations, the 2021 theme for this year’s commemoration is “Yoga for well-being” – how the practice of Yoga can promote the holistic health of every individual. Let’s celebrate! Now that we have so many different options for classes, here are some key tips to keep in mind: REGISTRATION Pre-registration is required – we do not have Yoga Advisors working…

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This spring has been miraculous. The trees and flowers are literally exploding with fluffy scent-bombs! Many of us have been able to get out more, spreading our wings as the world opens up bit by bit. This change comes with challenges. There is still risk, a great deal of unknown, and the fact that we are human beings with nervous systems programmed to see change as a threat! We’ve worked with some of our favorite yoga teachers around the country to offer classes to help you settle your system in this transition: Shari Friedrichsen: Yoga for Strength & Rejuvenation tomorrow…

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Why We Can’t Talk About One Without Including the Other For the past 15 years I have been training yoga teachers, clinicians and other direct service providers to be “trauma informed.” This starts with educating people on the impact of unresolved trauma on individuals and communities.  This lens can help us understand why our students might be shut down, or why a client is anxious and mistrustful. This lens asks us to assume that everyone is doing the best they can in the moment, and that most of our behavior is an attempt to regulate ourselves and feel safe and…

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Back in 2014 I decided to finally travel to India, the primary source of yogic teachings, to spend ten days meditating in a shrine to Sri Vidya, the Tantric lineage of my teachers. Sri means “most auspicious, beautiful, joyful”; vidya means “knowledge.” I didn’t really know at the time why exactly I was going, how I’d get there, or what it would be like, but I knew I had to go. After two years of planning and preparing, and two days of travel, I arrived in Khajuraho, a remote town in the state of Madhya Pradesh, the aptly named “middle province” of India.…

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Attention. It’s a valuable resource. When we pay attention we are stretching toward the object of our attention. Whatever we pay attention to, be it an ideology, a social media post, or a person, we are spending (thus the term pay!) that resource. And as many of us have discovered, our modern lifestyles – often guided by devices – can squander that precious resource and leave us scattered and unable to focus. Fortunately, there are wisdom practices, like yoga and meditation, that do the opposite. The last three of the eight limbs of yoga can be seen as progressive stages…

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4 Little-Known Reasons to Study and Practice Mindfulness Meditation  1. Differentiation: The classical guidelines for practicing mindfulness meditation, according to the   Sutta (Four Foundation of Mindfulness), is to chunk our experience into categories, a process called “differentiation” in psychology. By categorizing our experience, life becomes more manageable, and self-awareness increases. For example, imagine a person is driving and late for a meeting and suddenly becomes stuck in traffic at a stoplight that seems to be unchanging for five whole minutes. As the minutes tick by, they feel worse and worse, and by the time they get to the meeting, they…

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To our 8 Limbs community in West Seattle, When I took over the reigns of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in January 2020 and a lease at W. Seattle set to expire a month later, my goal and hope was that by extending the lease and some investment and TLC, I would be able to revitalize the studio and keep it in the 8 Limbs family for many more years. There was no doubt that the studio held an incredibly special place in the hearts of so many of our students, teachers, and partners. Unfortunately, Covid 19, the resulting shutdown of…

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Almost ten years ago 8 Limbs started an annual ritual called the 28 Day Commitment. We chose February, a bit removed from the resolution madness of January and the shortest month of the year, and have continued in some form or another ever since! Our aim was to invite rather than challenge, and empower, a commitment from the inside rather than a goal set on the outside. We wanted more people to experience the benefits of daily practice, sadhana, and worked to provide resources to support this. This year we are simply offering this reminder to practice daily, in some…

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There are multiple health benefits of doing “breath hold.” An average healthy person with no special training can hold his (or her) breath for about half a minute. Increasing the hold time gives more opportunity for the inhaled air to pass through the thin lining of the air sacs and into the blood vessels which then improves oxygen saturation and helps the brain to stimulate our breathing. Breath retention has significant health benefits. The eventual goal of Pranayama is “Kevala Kumbhaka”. More details here. With practice you can resist the stimulus to breathe for longer but it remains carbon dioxide…

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Our minds, they are tough to control. I know mine is! And that’s why I’m a yoga practitioner. When I was introduced to the practice in 1996 it was immediately clear that the combination of postures, with attention to breath, gave me a clearer mind, one more able to focus and concentrate. I was able to pay better attention in general (something I’ve always struggled with), to others, to the present moment, and rein in the constant movement of my mind. Ever since, I’ve been a practitioner of the eight-limbed (aṣṭa-anga) path of yoga. For more than a year we’ve…

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