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Each February we invite 8 Limbs students, teachers, and staff to go deeper with 28 straight days of daily practice. Our 2020 theme speaks for itself: Compassion. With a 28 Day Commitment, we make space in our lives to experience what a stronger commitment to yoga in one’s life can bring and discover how practice creates conditions for finding and honoring our own wisdom. You can also set your own commitment intention. Doing asana all 28 days is not required, nor is practicing all 28 days at 8 Limbs. Practice can include any of the 8 limbs of yoga; you can practice at…

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Imagine a close friend who comes to you in some distress, and tells you they’re struggling and feeling bad about themself. How do you respond to your friend? What kind of words do you use, what body language, what tone of voice? Now, imagine yourself in similar distress, when you are struggling and feeling bad about yourself. How do you respond to yourself in that situation? What kinds of words, body language, and tone of voice do you use? Did you notice any differences? Research shows that most of us treat our friends with warmth and kindness, while we’re much…

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In January many of us take time to pause, evaluate, and step into the new year intentionally. This year, I gave myself the treat of a New Year’s Day class with Misha at 8 Limbs Wedgwood. We spent more than two hours slowing down and sloughing off the pace of our urban lives, in order to experience our bodies and ourselves more fully. It was delicious! Towards the end of class Misha let us know that she had moved us so deeply into the pace of the body because she wanted us to come to a state of fullness, of…

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December can be a very busy time. Many of us celebrate holidays and the close of the year, and sometimes we give gifts and have lists to get through. And all of this is in addition to the regular fun and games of adulting in a big city! This year, we at 8 Limbs want to wish you the joy of missing out, or JOMO. It’s the opposite of FOMO, the fear of missing out. Do you really have to go to that party, or bring the kids to see a Santa, or decorate your house to the nines? If…

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When I was a kid, I had an image of a “burglar” that probably came from Sesame Street or The Electric Company. It was a cartoon of a male, wearing pants and a turtleneck, with a cap and mask. This burglar had a sack of stolen goods, or dollars, and was being sneaky, glancing over his shoulder and tiptoeing. Theft was presented to me as the stealing of things, of possessions, or of money. Now I know, as many of us know, that there is so much else that is stolen or taken. Land is stolen. Practices are stolen. Credit…

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8 Limbs turns 23 on Sunday, October 13! We are going strong and SO grateful to all of our community members, teachers, and staff for our continued strength and community. We couldn’t do it without you! Come celebrate with us this month. Become involved with the great teachers and teachings at 8 Limbs in a NEW way! Visit our Tuition page for 20% off Unlimited Autopay (if you haven’t tried it before) and a new option for Limited Autopay for all members. If you’re new to workshops, try your first and take 23% off with code Anniversary23 — see the…

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Our mind tells us stories round the clock. Much of the time we listen, because thoughts feel like truth, like reality. They create alternate storylines to serve our multitudinous needs, and they take up LOTS of space in our minds. I know my mind is incredibly shifty and sly. It runs non-stop, and usually likes to jump around, interrupt, and convince me I’m either the BEST or the WORST. From yoga and meditation I’ve learned that I’m neither, I AM. The second yama is satya. Sat refers to the eternal unchanging truth beyond all knowing, and ya means “do it.” Satya is…

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It’s been said that when the Buddha was asked what the difference was between folks on the path of waking up, and those not on the path, the Buddha first shared what everyone has in common – we all get hit by “first arrows”. That is, everyone gets hurt from time to time. This, he explained, is part of being human. The difference, he went on to say, lies in whether or not we fire a “second arrow”. Do we react by hurting others or ourselves (shaming, punishing, threatening, exerting physical violence etc.)? Or, do we treat the experience as…

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Ouch! We’ve all said it. We’ve all felt it. Hurting is part of being human. But that doesn’t mean any of us like it; in fact, we often do everything we can to avoid pain. It’s hardwired, part of our survival programming. But avoiding pain, or avoiding feeling or examining it, can cause more harm, to our selves and to others. The times I have been most hurtful are when I have myself been hurt, and not mindful. The reaction can come out like a boomerang – right back at the source of the pain – but most often I turn…

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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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