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December 2010 Newsletter
Gift Certificates
Holiday Shopping Weekend
Yoga Hub
Teacher Training
Yoga Retreats
December Schedule Changes
Winter Schedule
Be Thankful, Be Grateful
Job Openings
Reiki Training
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Dec 6. 8:30pm
8 Limbs Capitol Hill


Instead of writing about the holidays, how we get stressed during them, or what to buy for them, I want to call bring up a whole new topic for this month's Newsletter: TIME. Instead of preparing for the holidays, or talking about the holidays, why not consider how we can be right here, right now. 

If you asked me a year ago what I wanted for Christmas, my answer would have been "more time!" I was in the midst of opening a new yoga studio, my youngest daughter was going to two different preschools, and my husband was both working freelance and in school fulltime. My life was quite full.

How about you - busy? Want "more time" in your life?

Over the course of this last year, I have asked for and received help from several mentors on this very subject. It has been life changing.

My teacher Rod Stryker's counsel was to watch how I framed my life as being "out" of time. He gave me a mantra to break the chains of this prison-making way of thinking. Merely committing to this mantra and watching this began to shift my thinking.

With the help of another mentor, Heidi Gates,
I also began to attend more regularly to the creative desires that had been nagging at the back of my mind. I stopped saying to myself: "I can't wait til I retire so that I can play piano, write a book, sing, and dance" and started to focus on how to bring those activities into my life sooner. As David Whyte says in the podcast I blogged about on November 22, when we attend to the things that our heart truly desires first, the to do list we work on after is like icing on the cake.

This month, notice how you talk about the holidays with others. Can you refrain from saying things like "I'm so busy" or "I have so much to do" or "yikes, so many things on my to do list!?"

When that type of "out of time" thinking starts up in your head (or your mouth), can you switch over to another idea such as "how fortunate I am to be so engaged" or "there is time to enjoy each moment of my life." If how much you have to do is overwhelming you, take a few minutes to get crystal clear about what you truly must get done today. Focus on 3 things rather than glazing over at your long to do list. Then when you have done those three things, smile and enjoy your success.

Happy Holidays to all!

Smile Often

Anne Phyfe Palmer, Director
8 Limbs Yoga Centers

This weekend catch Jen Yaros before she takes a month-long sabbatical and practice Yin Yoga while learning about The Yoga Sutras. On December 11th join longtime 8 Limbs instructor Dawn Jansen to deeply nourish and rejuvenate your body and soul with a Chandra Namaskar and Restoratives workshop.


Seasoned teacher Sarah Powers returns to 8 Limbs to share Yin/Yang Yoga with Buddhist teachings.

Register by December 15 to receive a discounted rate.

Want to find calm in your gift giving? Give an 8 Limbs Yoga Gift Certificates and you can breathe easy, knowing the recipient can use it either for yoga classes or for books, props and clothing to support their practice. Certificates are available for Series, Class Passes, Memberships, or dollar amounts over $25. Checking people off your list is relaxing!
8 Limbs will be participating in the Pike & Pine Holiday Shopping Weekend December 11 & 12, 9am - 1pm. Yoga + Holiday Shopping Special: 25% off your Boutique purchase when you attend either the 9am or 10:30am class on Saturday or Sunday. Tea and cookies will be served.

8 Limbs Director Anne Phyfe Palmer was invited to present at the 2nd Annual Yoga Hub Virtual Conference. She will present the following classes: "The Koshas: Unveiling Your Potential" and "Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga: Embracing the Positive." Other presenters include Gary Kraftsow, Amy Weintraub, Nischala Devi, and local yoga teachers Molly Lannon-Kenny and Robin Rothernberg. Learn more about the February 8-11, 2011 Conference, which you can take from your own living room.

8 Limbs will launch our new 500-hour Teacher Training Program in January 2011. This program will provide 300 hours of advanced studies with visiting and local senior instructors to bring 200-hour Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs) to the next level of certification. More info on this unique training here.


Now that we've had our first kick of winter, it's time to book those trips south to warm up during the winter and early spring. Melina will take a group to the amazing grounds of Haramara (featured in the current Yoga Journal) for a week-long Seasonal Vinyasa Retreat  January 22-29, 2011.


Douglas Ridings will host an intimate retreat at Villa Sumaya on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala March 26-April 2. More info.


Have you Yelped 8 Limbs? In this current world of customer reviews, your words of experience can help others find their yoga home or yoga teacher. Many thanks!


The following schedule changes are effective starting in December (always check our website for most accurate schedule and sub postings):

Capitol Hill:
  Adi (Gregg Turner) will teach Sundays at  9:00am, Level I
  Jamie Hall will teach Sundays at 10:30am, Level II Flow and 5:00pm, Level III
  Flow (2-hour first Sunday of each month)
  Megan Costello teach Tuesdays at 5:45pm (Chandra), Level I
  Andreas Fetz will teach Thursdays at 7:00pm (moving to 7:15pm in January)
  Level II-III Flow
  Dawn Jansen will teach Fridays at 12:00pm, Level III Flow

  Dawn Jansen will teach Fridays 4:30pm, All Levels Restorative


We are working on the January - May schedule right now. There will be more changes, but for now, here is a list of what is shifting:
Capitol Hill
  Douglas Ridings will teach Wednesdays 5:45pm Level II-III Flow
  and 7:15pm Level I
  Beth Award's Wednesday 5:45pm will change from Level II Flow to All Levels
  Paul's Thursday 5:45pm class will lengthen to 1 hours
  Andreas' class will start at 7:15pm rather than 7:00pm

  On Fridays Dawn will teach 4:00pm All Levels Flow and 5:30pm Restoratives

West Seattle
  Cookie will return from maternity leave to teach Saturday at 4:30pm
  (Yoga  Nidra focus)


Tell someone just how much with a beautiful Compendium (local company!) greeting card. 2-for-1 card sale, November 15th thru December 15th.


8 Limbs is looking for a part-time Buyer to join the 8 Limbs community. Applicants should have a strong retail background that includes purchasing and merchandising and a passion for sustainable products.  If you would like more information please contact Ashley at

Do you love light cleaning? You can trade for yoga classes! Cleaning position, flux time Wednesdays between 11am and 4pm. Contact Theresa at


Reiki is a powerful and pleasing way to re-energize mind, body and spirit. This method of using CHI energy helps one to relax and find one's center of balance. Join Reiki Master Marilee Eaves (mother of 8 Limbs Director Anne Phyfe Palmer) for a 1st Degree Reiki Class January 14 - 16, 2011.

Marilee has been practicing Reiki since 1999 and was initiated in 2009 in the lineage of Mikao Usui, Chijuro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata and Phyllis Lei Furumoto. Much of the weekend will consist of practicing Reiki. You will finish the weekend equipped for a daily practice of self-treating and for treating your family members and friends.

For more information or to register contact Marilee at (206) 450-9433 or via email:


Hearts on Fire: A Led Advanced Practice
Seattle Yoga Arts
Saturday, Dec 18    2 - 5 pm
$40 advance, $45 drop in