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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 Mid-Month Mindfulness, by 8 Limbs Executive Director Ashley Dahl, offers mindfulness practices to support our monthly themes.

Teacher Profiles let you into the world of our amazing teachers.

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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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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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