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.

We welcome your suggestions and feedback at annephyfe@8limbsyoga.com Join our Inclusion & Social Justice email list.   Please see below for Ongoing Offerings, Resources, Access8, Community Partner, Social Justice posting on the 8 Limbs Blog and past Social Justice-focused events. 

Ongoing Offerings

Yoga for People of Color, bi-weekly, by donation “Holding Inclusive Space” Training for Yoga Teachers in all 8 Limbs Teacher Trainings Partial scholarships for People of Color and LGBTQI+ people in all of our Teacher Training Programs Coming back asap: Unpacking Whiteness, a series for white folks to learn about the creation of “whiteness” and our country’s historical treatment of BIPOC (Black and Indigenous people of Color)


Organizations 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.

Community Partner

The 8 Limbs Community Giving Partner for 2019, and all Thanksgiving Day Benefit classes til further notice is Real Rent Duwamish. Take the opportunity to stand in solidarity with First Peoples of this land by paying Real Rent. All funds go directly to Duwamish Tribal Services (DTS) to support the revival of Duwamish culture and the vitality of the Duwamish Tribe. Donate now! 8 Limbs also 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! Join us for our Benefit Classes during Mindful March.

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.