In the last week I was able to attend four yoga classes at 8 Limbs. That’s kind of a record number for me in this phase of my life––my yoga practice usually happens in the wee hours of the morning on the second floor of my home. But I had a distinct feeling heading into Thanksgiving––I needed some self-lovin.’ It was time to step out of my yoga teacher and studio owner roles and show up for myself, outside of work hours, outside of routine.
Now let’s be clear: I am a lucky lady. I work with amazing people to build and sustain a community of yoga teachers and practitioners. But even with all the freedom and opportunities afforded me, I still have times when I am my own biggest bully. I gang up on myself, feel left out and overlooked, and sabotage my own commitments and dreams––sometimes while teaching a yoga class to breathe deep.
So last week I decided to get back to basics and follow someone else’s lead. I took Cobey’s flow class and worked out some anxiety, practiced restoratives with Sally and the 50+ crew and dropped into nourishment, hit the Saturday morning II-III with Douglas and got some focus, and drove through fog to Sunday Yoga Church with Terilyn and tapped into love and acceptance.
My plan worked. I got to bask in the just a few examples of the excellent teaching and supportive communities our teachers and staff have grown at 8 Limbs. I felt a part of something greater than my little inner critic. I was encouraged many times to cultivate gratitude and self-compassion, and to listen to my inner truth. And it was just what I needed.
I would like to thank all of you–teachers, students, staff–for what you contribute to this living breathing organism that is 8 Limbs. Everyone who has walked in the doors of 8 Limbs has had their part in making us what we are today, in our 20th year in existence.
Thank you for raising more than $1,500 on Thanksgiving Day for Mercy Corps’ Nepal Earthquake Relief efforts.
And lastly, thanks for giving Seattle Yoga News Best Teacher nominee Terilyn Wyre a place to find her truth in teaching in her inspiring Flow and Yoga for Every Body classes at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill, Phinney Ridge, and West Seattle. Now go vote for her by December 4th and give her hugs at the SYN Holiday Party!
Happy December, and all that it holds!
Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer, Owner & Studio Director