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We know regular practice is good for us, but knowing doesn’t always lead to doing. Earlier this month Anne Phyfe Palmer shared an insight from one her teachers, that if  “practice is a magnet, you’ll always be drawn to it.” How can we magnetize our practices as a way to nurture regular practice? Here are five strategies. Connect to a Source of Joy What helped Anne Phyfe was to link practice to a source of pleasure. An avid reader, she chose to read yoga texts each morning. I cherish time in nature so I bring my meditation practice into my…

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I don’t know about you all, but in the summer I find it a bit tough to practice daily. I love to meditate in the early morning — in the dark, before the world wakes up — and that gets tough when the sun rises before 6am. The birds start earlier, the traffic noises start earlier, and, well, I get distracted easier. For me the key is the starting moment. I wake up, and I turn right to yoga before anything else pulls my attention, or I make a plan to take a class and plan the rest of my day…

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Even the idea of sitting in meditation can spark discomfort – imaginations of an achy body, restless mind, challenging emotions… Thich Nhat Hahn  offers an alternative. Just taking our seat, he posits, is an opportunity to arrive into joy. “When you sit, sit in such a way that you feel you have already arrived. To sit doesn’t mean to struggle. When you sit, sit so that sitting becomes an arrival into the present moment. Enjoy your arrival. How wonderful to have arrived. How wonderful to feel that you are home, that your true home is in the here and the…

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Last month I wrote about how the concept of heat shows up in yoga philosophy. This month, let’s balance that with a little FUN! It’s summer in Seattle, for Pete’s sake, time to let it hang out! We have a few ideas for you, of course… FREE YOGA AT THE SCULPTURE PARK Once again 8 Limbs was chosen by Seattle Art Museum to partner for Summer at SAM in July and August. See below for more details and July instructors. AADIL PALKHIVALA To me, taking a yoga workshop is actually one of my sources of fun! Join Senior Iyengar teacher Aadil Palkhivala to…

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Since 2000, 8 Limbs has been a host of what we call “Visiting Teacher” workshops. Teachers who have expertise and knowledge that we believe will benefit our community are invited to “visit” from outside our studio (and usually outside our state). We have had the honor to host internationally known teachers such as Sarah Powers, Gary Kraftsow, Rod Stryker, Nicolai Bachman, Seane Corn, Tias Little, Shari Friedrichsen, and Max Strom. In 2016 8 Limbs chose to begin looking at our position and our choices from a different lens. We codified this with our updated Mission and our Social Justice Mission,which…

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We all possess powers and gifts that, when expressed, have a positive impact on more than just ourselves – an ease in appreciating beauty or tenderness, an ability to speak out against hurtful acts, the capacity to see a project through, etc. Earlier this month Anne Phyfe Palmer wrote about the yogic concept tapas, energy that supports us to shine or transform. As we step into summer, we invite you to enjoy a simple and brief tapas practice to harness your power to transform and shine. Nurturing Power with Tapas Reflect Reflect on an aspect of personal power you would…

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I call Astrud Castillo my Guru. In this modern age I’m sure that word scares and confuses a lot of people. Astrud has been my mentor for many years, guiding me through life. She has made herself available to all my questions on Yoga, relationships, and yes God. My first time seeing her had such a strong impact on me and that feeling has never faded. She has continued to be kind, graceful and truthful at all times. I know this statement is far out, but that is exactly why she is my Guru.  In my opinion it is the…

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And it’s alright. In Seattle, we make it to this month and everything feels a little more possible. The days are longer, the windows are open, and we know (at least we hope) there are a few months of shorts and t-shirt weather. The sun is provides the ultimate tapas, a Sanskrit word that means to heat, to glow, to give out warmth, to shine, to burn, to change, to transform.” This can refer to turning up the temperature in many ways – on enthusiasm, on discomfort, on passion, on food. Tapas is most often transformational; when we cook a vegetable it…

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As I write this I’m looking out into my yard and seeing a lot of weeds. Considering what to do about this I’m reminded, weeds are a lot like stress – they’re most effectively managed through regular tending. Tending that may or may not spark dramatic results in the moment, but over time does foster healthy landscapes. Lately we’ve been exploring ways to loosen our grip with stress. Here are four daily habits (ways of tending to inner landscapes) that make a difference. You don’t need to do all four, or devote lots of time. In fact, you might have…

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Stress. It’s having a moment. Stress is a word we use to describe an experience, or a feeling, of being strained or tense due to difficult or demanding circumstances. It may come from the French word estresse, which means narrowness or oppression. What I’d like us to consider is what stress actually feels like, when we take a moment to really feel it. What happens when we stop, in the midst of stress, and pay attention. What does stress feel like in your body? How does it affect your breath, your tone of voice, your responses to others? Where in your…

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