Karen Gamble and Sophie8 Limbs is pleased to publish monthly Teacher Profiles to help you to know and learn from the amazing group of 8 Limbs Yoga Teachers. This month we profile Karen Gamble, who was a student at 8 Limbs when we first opened back in the late 90’s and an 8 Limbs Teacher since 2011. Karen will hold space on New Year’s Eve at 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge with a Celebration Practice. Join her to celebrate 2015 and ring in 2016!

Teacher Name: Karen Gamble

Practicing Yoga Since: I was about 12 or 13

Tell us about the first yoga class you took. I don’t remember my first class, I do remember my mother and I spreading out a blanket in her bedroom and reading an old yoga book from the 70’s and doing poses. It was a very nurturing experience, I think for the both of us.

Teaching Yoga Since: 2007

What do you remember of the first yoga class you taught? It was hot yoga studio in Bangkok and I had to wear a mic. I forgot the 2nd side of a few poses, the owner was very unimpressed.

Who/what are your teachers? Why?   Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela and the countless others that have stood steadfast against tyranny and injustice. It takes a special kind of courage to be so selfless and committed to something greater than oneself.

Currently inspired by: My niece Cait Gamble. She just deployed to Afghanastan. We are different kinds of warriors and I love her dearly. She’s my hero.

Tell us about a time in your life that yoga really supported/helped you. I always wanted to say thank you to Anne Phyfe. I was taking her classes when she opened the first 8 Limbs on Capitol Hill. I was going through rough patches in a shaky marriage that didn’t last. I was finding my voice again. Yoga gave me the space to heal in my own personal way. I love that about yoga.

What is your current yoga practice include/involve and why? Is there a practice you do daily? If so, explain why. If there is a pose I want to learn or relearn I will do it everyday for 5-10 min (most recently, backbends). I meditate everyday, even if only for 5 minutes (usually 20-30min). I’ve stopped the car and sat at the side of the road and given myself a 5-minute practice because I’ve recognized I hadn’t tapped into myself that morning. I think it is the most important tool we can give ourselves, the ability to tap in and acknowledge where we are and what we feel and accepting all of it, unconditionally.

Hobbies/interests: Storytelling, writing, journaling, hiking and eating good food with good friends. And of course, the nicest dog in the world, Sophie June.

What book(s) are you currently reading/did you recently read? I just finished Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, very inspiring. I’m still thinking about some of her ideas and using them in my daily life. And Missoula by Jon Krakauer which is a true story everyone should know about, not just a card-carrying feminist like myself.

One secret that helps you stay healthy: Bootcamp/crossfit classes.

Favorite recipe? Just about everything from the Thug Kitchen Cookbook.

Anything you want to share with our community? Thank you Thank you Thank you, I feel really blessed to share this community with all of you. I like our Tribe.

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