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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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Wazhma Samizay, thoughtful owner of Capitol Hill store Retail Therapy, lovingly compiled the following resources and gave us permission to share them with you all.  If you have either seen your hours reduced or lost your job and worried about health insurance please know that king county has some amazing resources set up for us as a community. You can get signed up for affordable health insurance in a lot of cases free health insurance.   Here is the link for that: kingcounty.gov/depts/health/locations/health-insurance/access-and-outreach.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2H_cnJ_LmzThP_RUynWvn8tkmOLLH9pv9SaKZj0ym_HWX612acfOv-9vo If you are struggling to pay rent United way has partnered with King County. Here is where you can…

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Join us on 8 Limbs Yoga Centers Livestream, with over 40 Yoga + Fitness classes/week! Livestream Schedule or Register in MindBody Classes will continue to be added/adjusted so keep checking the schedule. If you are asked for a passcode use 8limbs.  Livestream News – Updated September 22 New Livestream Classes Monday Morning Barre is back! Join Katie McNamara Mondays 7-8am Join Nancy Burtenshaw for her brand new weekly Fundamentals class, Saturdays @ 9-10am Juniper Moon’s Move class has been renamed “Dance Party” Sundays 10-10:45am Join us! Coming in October: Power Vinyasa! Wednesdays 5:45pm & Mondays 12-1pm September Sale! Rescheduled to September 28-30  More info here…

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Ah Yoga. So many of us are leaning into its support at this very uncertain time. It is a physical practice that can be a lifeline, and it has philosophical underpinnings that can guide us into the unknown. As we continue our monthly journey through the Yamas and Niyamas, April brings us to santosha, the second Niyama (visit the 8 Limbs Blog starting in September to read about the 5 Yamas and the 1st Niyama). Santosha is most often translated as contentment. How very appropriate! Our world has just been drastically altered. And so many of our ways of finding satisfaction have been…

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