Anti-Racist Resources

This post is to offer resources to those interested in receiving and sharing information that can serve to help the people of our country heal from centuries of racism. This is by no means a complete list, it’s just a beginning. It is our hope that the groundswell of outrage will lead to change, but it […]

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Summer Practice

July is one of the months we live for in Seattle. The days are long, the sun is out, the lake is warm(ish). Many of us grab the season by the tail in a full sprint–I know I do! But I also know what I’ll be doing more of thissummer: PRACTICE. This past February I had a talk […]

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Cultural Competency: A Conversation – RECAP

On June 15th 8 Limbs Yoga Centers hosted “Cultural Competency: A Conversation.” This was the second in a series of conversations that began in April. The following is my account of the teachings of the session. What We Did The conversation started by framing its purpose being to find a middle ground where growth happens: outside of […]

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Summer at SAM

My name is Leah Oren. I work at the Seattle Art Museum designing and implementing programs for art and the environment. Many of my programs are sited at the Olympic Sculpture Park, and I’m currently beginning to plan our robust Summer at SAM season in July and August. During Summer at SAM, every Saturday morning […]

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WANTED: West Seattle Studio Manager

8 Limbs is seeking a West Seattle Studio Manager to join our FUN, supportive, and collaborative admin team! Some Perks: • Paid Time Off (after 6 months) • Unlimited Yoga Membership! • Discounts on Workshops, Clothing, and more! • PLUS you get to be a part of our vibrant community! Some Specifics: • 16-18 hours […]

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An Ongoing Conversation

I sit at my computer humbled, but also excited, for I’ve been given yet another opportunity for growth. On Sunday I was featured in a column by Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur. I was honored to be profiled by Nicole about the 8 Limbs 20th anniversary, and the intentional quality we bring to the business of yoga. In […]

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May Day, May Day

As some of you know, I am writing a memoir about being a young woman entrepreneur who is ambitious and expansive but shifts to more sustainable and collaborative business practices after a spate of personal and business challenges. Yes, this is the story of 8 Limbs, 20 years old this year, and you can read […]

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The Seed

This blog post is an excerpt from a work-in-progress memoir about starting 8 Limbs twenty years ago.  On a snowy return drive from Jackson Hole, Wyoming the Christmas of 1995, my boyfriend Mike and I got into a conversation about the future. It was New Year’s Day, and there were hours to kill on our way […]

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Gary Kraftsow

Waaay back in 1997, when 8 Limbs was not yet a year old, I first studied with a teacher named Gary Kraftsow. I had met the workshop host, Yoga Tree founder Kathryn Payne, at a workshop at The Yoga Lodgeon Whidbey Island with Mark Whitwell. Mark had written the Introduction in my very first yoga book, The Heart of Yoga, by TKV […]

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Conditions of Trust

Every year, towards the end of winter, we hold an all-day 8 Limbs admin staff retreat. Studio Managers and those of us working in the back offices gather at Owner/Studio Director Anne Phyfe Palmer’s house for a day of reflection and a home-cooked meal. We talk about what we did well in the past year, […]

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