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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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Small Mouth Sounds is a play by Beth Wohl. After being a hit in New York and then as a touring production, Small Mouth Sounds is having it’s Seattle premier at 12th Ave Arts with Thalia’s Umbrella, featuring 8 Limbs teacher Douglas Ridings. It runs April 18 through May 11th. In Small Mouth Sounds Douglas plays a yoga teacher – you could say he’s been preparing for this role for nearly 20 years! The play is set at a silent yoga retreat. So, there is very little dialogue; the story is told primarily through physical action. It is a comedy, mostly,…

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Nah, we’re not going to start offering “LSD & Yoga” classes at 8 Limbs, this isn’t that kind of April 1 email, but we do have our own take on Timothy Leary’s famous motto that we’re rolling with this month. Turn On In yoga, we are learning to turn on our awareness of habitual patterns of thought and action to meet life and people consciously. At 8 Limbs, we are turning on some tech upgrades that will make it easier for our front desk staff (Studio Managers and Yoga Advisors) to communicate with you in a personal way. In the coming weeks you…

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“I want to do with you what spring does with cherry trees.” – Pablo Neruda Yoga in its full expression is a lifestyle. It invites us to fully express our being by nurturing our bodies and minds, in the context of an interconnected and natural world. Ayurveda (Yoga’s sister science), offers a wonderful tool to support this – dinacharya, a daily routine that consciously brings us into alignment with nature’s rhythms. Here are three seasonal practices to consider for a daily routine, practices that can help you do with your being, what spring does with cherry trees. Sensory Walking With spring…

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Storytelling is essential. It helps us to understand the world, ourselves, and our part in this world. It is a way we learn from the past, and pass information to the future. We ALL have interesting stories – stories worth sharing, stories that inspire others. As a writer and yogi, I am interested in the intersection of story and yoga, of the personal with the practice. I’ve found yoga and meditation to be profoundly helpful in understanding not only how to tell my or another’s story, but how this process is influenced by conditioning and psychology. From a yogic perspective, our stories are…

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Whether you’re in the home stretch of your 28-day commitment, in the midst of a busy week or not quite sure if your head is fully aligned with your heart, it can be helpful to feel into where you stand, so that you may then respond in kind. Here are four ways to skillfully and compassionately tend to what’s really going on, including a six-minute guided meditation. Create a Daily Care Plan – Take a few moments upon waking, perhaps with a hand over heart, to reflect on 1-3 simple things you can do to bring care into your day.…

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A couple years back, during a guided meditation on retreat, I was given the prompt, “Why are you here?” I don’t remember exactly how I silently answered that question but I think it was something along the lines of, to deepen my meditation practice. Whatever it was, it was a pretty standard response for the setting. And then I resumed focusing on my breath. After a few moments though, another prompt was given, “Why are you really here?” This prompt grabbed my attention. Why WAS I really here? I asked myself and paused. To get better at self-compassion, was my internal response. And I…

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Our 2019 theme, Roots of Yoga, comes from a commitment to link our modern day practices of yoga to their source teachings and teachers – both to show respect and to inspire a deeper understanding of this powerful lineage. This blog will be updated daily. We’ll share kriya (cleansing) practices on Fridays, postures from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika on Saturdays, texts from the yogic tradition on Sundays, Meditations on Mondays, yoga teachers who have influenced the modern study and practice of yoga on Tuesdays, mudras, on Wednesdays, and mantras on Thursdays. Thanks to Claudette Evans for her essential contributions. Tune in each day for…

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I hear there are other ways to say it these days, but steady once meant committed, longterm. In Sanskrit the word for steady is sthira, one of two qualities prescribed for the practice of asana in The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali:  Yoga Sutra II.46 – sthiram sukham āsanam – The pose must be steady and easeful. The pose doesn’t have to be big, or flashy, or advanced, it just has to be steady and easeful. Imagine or place yourself in Warrior II pose, and drop right in; legs steady and rooted, arms strong but easeful. What would it do if every…

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8 Limbs changes our drop-in class schedule every February, June, and October. That means this Friday, February 1 you can expect some changes to your class options! We want to thank all the amazing 8 Limbs teachers for their presence in classes they may be leaving or taking on (and of course all of those who are keeping their classes the same!). We hope the changes support your practice, and we hope to see you for the 28 Day Commitment February 1-28!   8 LIMBS CAPITOL HILL New Class: Thursday 10-11:15am Level II with Anne Phyfe (starting in March) Changes: Monday…

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As 2019 gets underway we’ve been exploring the theme Ditch Your Distractions. Sometimes though, the easiest and most compassionate path to not doing something is to consciously turn one’s attention towards something. Here are five ideas for doing just that, including a 5-minute audio sound meditation. Create an opening practice ritual. Consistently rolling your mat out with care, taking a moment to offer gratitude, lighting a candle, doing a quick smudge… are all ways to both ritualize your practice and train your mind to join your body. Take regular breath breaks. Set calendar reminders to be with your breath, even…

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