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Thank you all for your continued support and presence at 8 Limbs Yoga! The move to virtual classes was a crash course for the entire yoga industry. We thank you for your patience and perseverance during this time. Many of you are likely aware that the ownership of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers passed in January from founder Anne Phyfe Palmer to Amaan Kurji, who brings both vision and expertise to the quickly shifting field of yoga. With the move to an online platform and the business ownership change, the need for a new liability waiver was apparent and of a high priority. We now…

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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 50 Yoga + Fitness classes/week! Livestream Schedule or Register in MindBody (site number 17228) Classes will continue to be added/adjusted so keep checking the schedule.  Livestream News – Updated July 7 Upcoming Events Unpacking Whiteness Series with Anna-Brown Griswold: Thursdays 4:00-5:30pm starting July 2 (late registration open ’til July 8) Mindful Self-Compassion Series with Hanna Kreiner: Wednesdays 5:00-6:15pm starting July 8 Intro to Meditation Series with Misha Kellner-Rogers: Sundays 10:30-11:45am starting July 12 Monthly Yoga Nidra, Yoga Bliss with Tracy Hodgeman: Sunday, July 12 12:15-2:00pm Advanced Asana – Backbends with Nancy Burtenshaw:…

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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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WOW. We are SO GRATEFUL. When we threw ourselves into launching a Livestream platform in order to keep 8 Limbs classes “alive” and keep yoga in your lives, we had no idea what to expect. We built it and you came! You love your teachers, and yoga, and you are dedicating time in your week (some of you each day!) for your yoga practice. We hope that it is bringing you some steadiness and calm in the midst of such a challenging time in our lives. Thank you for your support. Thank you for your understanding as we work with an entirely new online…

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8 Limbs studio spaces have closed temporarily. Join us on 8 Limbs Yoga Centers Livestream! Livestream Schedule or Register in MindBody Classes will continue to be added/adjusted so keep checking the schedule.  Our most up-to-date Livestream information can now be found at https://www.8limbsyoga.com/livestream.   COMMUNITY GATHERING Join a free Community Gathering on Monday, April 13, at 5:15pm. We’ll start with a short guided breath practice, then have a chance to check-in and “see” one another. Click here to join anytime after 5pm.   New additions to the schedule: MEDITATION Drop-in classes are only $8* and included in Passes and Unlimited Memberships. Newer to…

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PLEASE NOTE: This information is now out of date, please see our newest Blog for an update. We have closed our physical spaces and have begun Livestreaming. Today (and possibly tomorrow) it is all FREE TO ALL, as soon as we are able to work out the kinks we will be offering live-streaming at no charge for members and at accessible rates to be determined to all others. We’ll miss you and can’t wait to see you onscreen! With love, 8 Limbs   What a week it has been! As you all know, we are in uncertain times right now.…

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