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3 Reasons to Meditate when the Sh#t Hits the Fan According to the field of complexity science, complex systems all go through periods of chaos, chaos defined as a system that is “difficult to predict.” If we look at history through this lens, what we see are times of Order and Chaos: Dickens began an excellent novel with the line “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Weather patterns go through this cycle of order and chaos, and so do human-made systems. Companies can go through periods of exponential growth, then come crashing down. Celebrities…

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Whew! You just made it to your favorite yoga class right before the doors closed! Then you sheepishly squeeze your mat in between two students who, of course, were resting with their eyes closed. You apologize for disturbing their peace, all the while promising yourself like the millionth time to be 10 mins early next time. Somehow in the middle of all the mindless chatter, you hear the chimes and everyone begins chanting ‘AUM’. You join in and by the third round of chanting the entire room seems calmer, not only that your mind is quieter too! So how does…

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I don’t know about you all, but there hasn’t been much in my life lately that has been static. Our planet and are society are experiencing rapid change, while a virus moves swiftly and continuously through our cities and towns. And we are all trying to absorb and process this lightening pace, when our bodies can only move at the speed of the body. The yogis that passed down this practice knew that the one guarantee in life was change. They developed ways to find sthira, the Sanskrit that means steady (its root is sta, sound similar to the English…

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Some of you may think of 8 Limbs as a place to tend to your body and mind, a replacement for a gym or a workout, but you hopefully also know that we are a school, a place to study yoga, and yourself. Our name 8 Limbs Yoga Centers refers to the eight limbs of yoga, only one of which is the postures, the third limbs of yoga, asana. Since we opened twenty four years ago, our commitment has been to practice and teach all of the eight limbs. Every September it feels like it’s time for school. Time to learn…

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We have really missed you all and want to get together in person! Click here for upcoming offerings! It’s FREE, no registration required, but please be sure you’ve completed our Student Waiver. Arrive wearing your mask, bring your mat, and wear an 8 Limbs shirt if you have one! Social distancing required, mats must be at least 6′ apart, first come first served. Is there Sculpture Park Yoga this year?  Yes, it’s back, with a twist. Learn more here.   Posted by: 8 Limbs Yoga Centers

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We all have our patterns. One of mine is to feel an all-encompassing obligation to do everything, for everyone, all the time, which can lead to feeling so overwhelmed that I wind up doing not enough for anyone. Not a winning combo. Thankfully, yoga provides tools to examine our patterns, and while away from work last week I was able to watch that pattern a little closer. I got to see what was under the compulsion (fear, sense of inadequacy, self-critic, to name a few), and give myself the space and care I needed to come back to my commitments…

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Thank you all for your continued support and presence at 8 Limbs Yoga! You may have noticed that you have been prompted to sign a new waiver with us in order to register for classes. We have updated our liability waiver and need all active students to complete it in the next week. Please click here to complete! Want to know why we’re making this change? With sale of 8 Limbs to a new owner and the move to online classes, 8 Limbs needs to update all student records with a waiver that covers this new “studio” and ownership. NOTE: as you…

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Here we are in July. It’s kind of incomprehensible. Last time we touched on our journey through the first two of the eight limbs of yoga, we discussed tapas, turning up the heat, the third niyama. And oh how the heat has been turned up. Eyes have been opened. Hearts have been broken. People are dying. Others are lying. And so it has been for far too long. Humans have great capacity. We can both cause great pain and withstand it. We can be oblivious to reality, and we can look it straight in the eyes. The looking is a…

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Greetings fellow practitioners, This particular moment in time has revealed an old truth, in an entirely different way. Right now our country is in the throes of a global health crisis, but we’ve always had a sickness called racism. The current pandemic thrust this reality, one that affects everyone but to very different degrees, into a stark spotlight. Many of us have been sheltered-in-place, some with more time and fewer distractions, or stressors, others filled with fear and worry, and all in a time of profound uncertainty. And that created the possibility for many more of us to actually SEE,…

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What happens when we heat something up? It can burn, if there is too much heat, but it can also purify and transform. That’s how you make magic happen in the kitchen, or in metalwork – the application of heat has the power to radically alter a substance. The second Niyama (personal observance, the second limb of yoga), tapas, has at its root (tap) the meaning “to heat, to give out warmth, to shine, to burn.” Tapas is translated in several ways: some speak of it as self-discipline or austerity, others as warmth, heat, fire. One definition I’ve heard is enthusiasm! The idea in yoga is…

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