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Here are some basic health tips to maintain your fire during the winter. In Ayurveda, winter is the kapha season. The earth and water elements accumulate in our body (adding excess weight) as well as in the organs (stomach and lungs) which can remain damp. The cold dries out the skin, and darkness promotes hibernation or time to converse with the creative muse. Early Winter Ayurvedic tips to stay healthy: 1. Increase your physical exercise 2. Stay hydrated with warm beverages 3. Add omega-3 rich foods to your diet 4. Rub sesame oil on your body before showering 5. Avoid…

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“Every year as this season of giving rolls around, I begin to reassess my goals for our family’s holiday traditions. What do I want my children to learn and remember? What seeds am I planting for their future holidays with their own children? What did my parents do that I treasure? In a world that stresses materialism over spirituality it is difficult to make sense of it all. What I want my children to learn is that receiving gifts provides only a fraction of the satisfaction that giving away one’s love and energy can. I want to imbue their holiday…

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I am a runner only in as much as I do run, but I wouldn’t call myself a “runner” runner. On a good week I may clock around 20 miles. Over the past year I started running again to vary my physical activity (biking, weights, and yoga). I enjoy the solitude and physical benefits, and I ultimately arrive in a place of meditation as I run. With the Seattle Marathon in the not-so-distant future, and due in part my already being — for me — in, “running shape,” I decided to sign up for the half marathon. All was going…

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A recent trip to Egypt and the holidays have helped to remind me to daily practice the act of Gratitude: To enjoy the rainy days in Seattle when water is more expensive than gasoline or requires a two-hour walk in both directions. To be able to practice Yoga in America in the middle of the week when so many others around the world are simply trying to stay alive. To choose organic foods when so many people in our country and around the world are starving. To have a yoga community that encourages and supports the growth of individuals. May…

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We have a full lineup of Benefit Classes this Thanksgiving to raise funds for local non-profits, all in need of our support. Come join your local studio community on Thanksgiving Day to get grounded in gratitude and your yoga practice. Capitol Hill: 12:15 – 1:30pm with Paul Millage for Yoga Behind Bars Phinney Ridge: 9:30 – 11:00am with Chiara Guerrieri for Solid Ground Wedgwood: 9:30 – 11:00am with Dawn Jansen for Northwest Harvest West Seattle: 9:00 – 10:30am with Greg Owens for Union Gospel Mission Cost is sliding scale, suggested donation $20 (memberships and class cards not valid) Cash and…

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We’ve been sleeping at the blog wheel for a few weeks while driving another car steadily towards the finish line. 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge is ALMOST complete, and will now open on Thanksgiving Day with a Benefit Class for Solid Ground with Chiara Guerrieri. For info on our Benefit Classes at all four 8 Limbs, click here. They are an 8 Limbs tradition all over Seattle and we are excited to open with this offering to the community. Bring a friend or your whole family! Our Grand Opening is Friday, December 4th. Doors open at 4:00pm, we’ll play in a…

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We are happy to report that we now have an opening date for 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge. On Saturday, November 21 classes will commence in our beautiful new space, designed by 8 Limbs instructor and interior designer Jenny Hayo. Come join us on opening weekend and plan to attend our Open House on Friday, December 4th, 4:00 – 8:15pm, featuring free yoga classes and music with Gina Salá. Opening details, class schedule, and list of instructors can be viewed at the Phinney Ridge webpage.

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This morning I sat to practice and it occurred to me that I had passed a milestone without noticing it. On October 13th I confronted a construction issue for the new 8 Limbs on Phinney Ridge, worked with our new Phinney manager Megan, had family dinner, went to Book Club (Olive Kitteridge, it was great), and went to bed without remembering that 13 years ago, on October 13th, 1996, 8 Limbs had its opening party the day before opening for business. The party consisted of friends who had encouraged and helped me along the way, people like Melina Meza (she…

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“Air, fire, water are the 3 principles most fundamental to life. They appear in the body as Vata, Pitta, Kapha. They represent the cosmic urges to movement, transformation, and stability.” – Ayurvedic Sutra The fall season in Ayurveda is associated with the dosha – uneven energy pattern – called Vata, which promotes movement. As essential as Vata is to our well-being and life, it can become chaotic during the months September-December, when Nature is in an unstable place, transitioning from hot (light) to cold (dark). Within each season, unique gifts unfold as Nature transforms with the five elements. We too…

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The 8 Limbs of Yoga (see previous posts for more information on the 8 Limbs) begin with the Yamas and Niyamas. The yamas begin the process through disciplined actions we take towards the world around us and encourage us to be kind, true, respectful, self-controlled and efficient. Eventually through practice these qualities become our natural response to the world and the distraction of effort it took to become more noble diminishes, while the doorway of consciousness enlarges. The niyamas represent five observations we apply strictly to ourselves to reduce the friction between outer action and inner attitude, helping harmonize the…

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