In the twenty + years since 8 Limbs opened I’ve come to see the community that works and practices at 8 Limbs as a kind of family. We breathe together, move together, laugh and sweat together and even cry together. We are connected through subtle practices, through sound, or without a sound. We love yoga, or at least value it and honor its place in our lives, maybe as a life-saver. And through this we deepen our connection. I’ve met most of my best friends through yoga over the years, including my husband Bez.

Bez walked into 8 Limbs on a day in late 1996, with his girlfriend of five years. He had practiced yoga from a book for a while, and my mother’s childhood friend Cynthia, who was his mother’s college roommate, suggested he come to 8 Limbs, which he did off and on in those early days of 8 Limbs Capitol Hill. Two years later, Bez and I ran into each other at Central Co-op, which was then on 12th and Denny, and I saw Bez in a new light. I was sly at first, I asked if he wanted to design a flyer for an 8 Limbs Visiting Teacher workshop so that we could meet again (at the beloved-but-gone Green Cat Cafe). Within six months we were engaged, and Bez became the official 8 Limbs graphic designer (a position now held by the fabulous Samantha Fisher)! Now Bez has expanded his own graphic design business, Moonraker Creative, and we wanted to shout it out to the 8 Limbs family. We’d love to get your support in spreading the word so that this other family business can serve you and the businesses you work with.

8 Limbs has committed to being a family that is inclusive and welcoming. One of the ways we are putting that into action is offering trainings for our entire community on the different forms of social oppression that affect all of us, in different ways – in our yoga classes, and in our lives. This month, which is also Gay Pride month, we will host Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment, a social justice workshop that will cover the curriculum of Leticia Nieto and helps us to understand the none different areas of inequality: age, disability, religious background, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, indigenous background, national origin, and gender. I hope that you will join us if you can. We are offering this at three cost options, Accessing, Sustaining, and Investing. This, in addition to our Access 8 income relevant tuition options, is another way we are trying to widen our doorways.

Are there people you look forward to seeing in class? Are there people you do not see in class and wonder why? Have you made connections that have carried beyond the practice space? This month, what would it be like to reach out and meet someone new in your regular class(es)?

We have a lot going on at 8 Limbs this month, before we head into the full-on blaze of summer. Please take a moment to check out the workshops this month, including the now-monthly Yoga Nidra Yoga Bliss workshop, Yoga for People of Color Healing, the 8 Limbs Summer Intensive Teacher Training, Douglas and Jeff’s North Cascades Retreat, and our 2017 Summer Special: 20-class cards for only $208 (available June 1-30).

Happy Father’s Day to Bez, and all the papas out there. And a brilliant Gay Pride and Summer Solstice month to everyone.

Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer, Founder of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers

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