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 thwarted. I myself have been acutely aware of the fleeting delights in each day that I can still enjoy – my little cup of part coffee, part Dandy Blend; a walk in the Arboretum; a sniff of our daphne bush. It’s a game we play, as humans, trying to feel good, to find enjoyment through tiny pleasures. Alas, even when we find them, they never last.
Seeking enjoyment isn’t wrong, but in the yogic tradition, true and lasting happiness can only come from practicing complete acceptance of things as they are, rather than as we want or wish them to be. THIS is contentment. AND it doesn’t mean we like what’s happening, or aren’t committed to social change or helping others more deeply impacted. Contentment can abide with action.
This weekend, as you continue to find this new normal, how much deeper can you go into acceptance of this situation, JUST AS IT IS? How much would your anxiety calm if there was nothing to change, and nowhere else to be?
I would love to see you face-to-face and will host a free Community Gathering on this Monday, April 6, from 5:15 til we’re done, after my 4-5pm Gentle class. We’ll start with a short guided breath practice, then have a chance to check-in and “see” one another. Let’s come together! Click here to join anytime after 5pm.
Warmly, Anne Phyfe Palmer, 8 Limbs Founder & Director of Education
P.S. My Livestream tip of the week: invite a friend or family member to Livestream a class with you, then “pin video” of one another! I’ve done a few classes “with” my sister in New Orleans and it’s warming my heart.
8 LIMBS LIVESTREAM
We are 3 weeks into our Livestream journey, and we’re getting the hang of this wonderful way of reaching into your homes and your hearts, and vice versa. Haven’t joined us yet? Don’t wait another day! Join us now!
Yoga + Barre ballet-inspired combination of Pilates, strengthening, and movement are incorporated into an all levels flow class with sun salutations, breath work, and stretching. Mondays & Wednesdays 7-8pm
Condition will give you a chance to work both on strength and cardiovascular fitness without any additional equipment, just your own body weight! Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:15-9:00am with Rainbow Fletcher, our West Seattle Manager, who is Founder & Artistic Director of the dance company Hypernova
Ashtanga is the foundation of “flow” or Vinyasa Yoga, a vigorous practice of set postures linked by breath. Fridays at 7:30am with Maritza.
We now have an automated notification system. Notifications will come from the phone number 206.207.7271 and the email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please add to your contacts to assure you will receive them.
Confirmation Email: When you register for a class you should immediatelyreceive an 8 Limbs branded confirmation email (if you do not, check your Junk inbox). It will have a class link in it if we have already posted the link in our system. If you do not receive this confirmation email please email annephyfe@8limbsyoga.
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We hope to continue to see you practicing on our screens!
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