8 Limbs Social Justice Mission

8 Limbs is committed to being a supportive and welcoming place to learn and grow

through the mind-body practices of yoga.

To be both supportive and welcoming, we will examine, and work to dismantle, the systems of oppression that shape our world.

We aim to relate to yoga as a diverse set of historical and contemporary philosophies and practices marked by inequalities. This includes a commitment to deepen our understanding of the ways in which 8 Limbs has been part of, and benefitted from, local and national approaches to yoga that center white, sex/gender- and hetero- normative, economically advantaged, and able bodies.

We commit to investigating and evolving our practices, both as a business and as a community of teachers and practitioners.



People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond NW (Undoing Racism Workshops)

The Movement for Black Lives

Black Lives Matter

Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (Seattle-based)

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) – Local chapter is called European Dissent

Off the Mat, Into the World

Bending Towards Justice

Online Articles

Yoga & Social Justice Webinar

8 Signs Your Yoga Practice Is Culturally Appropriated – And Why It Matters

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism

Food for Thought: Privilege and the Seat of the Teacher

Why Intersectionality Can’t Wait

Digging Deep: Thinking About Privilege

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

11 Common Ways White Folks Avoid Taking Responsibility for Racism in the US

What Privilege Really Means (And Doesn’t Mean) – To Clear Up Your Doubts Once and For All

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

28 Common Racist Attitudes and Behaviors

On Racism and White Privilege from Teaching Tolerance: A Project of Southern Poverty Law Center

On Cultural Appropriation of Yoga

Is My Yoga Cultural Appropriation?

Exploring Yoga and the Impacts of Cultural Appropriation

Books & Films

Race: the Power of an Illusion (PBS series)

The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Radical Dharma by Rev. angel Kyodo WilliamsLama Rod Owens , Jasmine Syedullah Ph.D.

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts by Resmaa Menakem

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Witnessing Whiteness and Living in the Tension by Shelly Tochluk

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

What Writers of Color Say We Should Read Now – Star Tribune article

Books White People Need to Read – Goodreads List

Witnessing Whiteness and  Living in the Tensionby Shelly Tochluk

Beyond Inclusion Beyond Empowerment by Leticia Nieto

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Citizen by Claudia Rankine

13th – documentary about the 13th Amendment by Ava DuVernay

When They See Us – documentary about the black men accused as the “Central Park Five” by Ava DuVernay


Join the PNW Yogis for Social Justice Facebook Group.


Access 8

Access 8 is one of the ways 8 Limbs is committing to making yoga more accessible. If paying full price for classes is not financially viable for you, we invite you to reach out to access8@8limbsyoga.com to inquire about income-relevant tuition options and scholarships. To inquire about partial scholarships for People of Color and LGBTQI+ people in all of our Teacher Training Programs email teachertraining@8limbsyoga.com.


8 Limbs partners with Love Your Brain, a national non-profit that aims to improve the quality of life of people affected by traumatic brain injury—from concussion to severe injury—through programs that build community. Learn more about our partnership here!


8 Limbs Blog

Several blog posts speak to our internal work around social justice at 8 Limbs:

Inclusivity, Compassion, and Action, October 21, 2015

An Ongoing Conversation, June 1, 2016

Cultural Competency: A Conversation – Recap, June 23, 2016

Anti-Racist Resources, July 14, 2016

Mission: Inclusion, August 1, 2016

What Wakes You Up, April 1, 2017

POC Yoga – After the Death Threats, October 24, 2017

Radical Dharma with Re. angel Kyodo williams, January 1, 2018

A Letter from the Social Justice Team, March 1, 2018


Past Events at 8 Limbs

Skill in Action and Dismantling Racism with Michelle C. Johnson

Practicing Ahimsa: Nonviolent Communication Principles, 6-week series

Unpacking Whiteness, 6-week series (next series October 24-December 12, 2018 (no class 10/31 and 11/21)

Lay Down to Rise Up, Sunday, April 29, 2018 12:30-3:00pm

Lay Down to Rise Up for People of Color, last Saturday of the month (next class November 24, 2018, 12:30-2:00PM)

Radical Dharma: A Deepening Circle with Rev. angel Kyodo williams, December 14-16, 2018

Practices of Radical Dharma: Deepening the Work of Meeting Race in the Body with Rev. angel Kyodo williams, November 22-24, 2019

Unpacking Whiteness, 6-week series, offered once a schedule


2017 Events

Yoga for Social Change with Mary Imani on April 8, 2017 (free)

Body-Mind Tools for Tough Times with Chiara Guerrieri, Saturday, May 6, 2017, 1:30-4:00pm at 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge

Embodied Communication with Chiara Guerrieri, Saturday November 18, 2017, 12:00 – 4:00pm (this workshop is included for its focus on Nonviolent Communication, also called NVC, a powerful tool for social change).

Thanksgiving Day Benefit Classes to support,Solid Ground,  a locally-based non-profit working to end poverty and undo racism and other oppressions that are root causes of poverty, November 23, 2017.

Radical Dharma: A Weekend with the Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, December 15-17, 2017.