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March Director Letter
Kids & Tween Yoga Camps
Guatemala Retreat
March Events
Tween Yoga Series
Asana & Adjustments with JinSung
Class Schedule Changes
Wedgwood Master Class
500-hour Teacher Training
Work Study Openings
New Boutique Buyer



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"Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things this is the best season of your life."



It's the month of March and the winter funkies officially set in for me about two weeks ago. It started when I began to feel extremely tired, despite eating well and getting plenty of sleep. My mood, usually somewhat upbeat, started to drag me down. And then my kids got sick, my husband was busy with work, and I just had to carry on, cook the dinners, make the lunches, hit my to do list, and on, an on.

I am someone who really notices when I am out of whack, be it physically, mentally, or emotionally.  And this go-round my old habit came up: I wanted to know what I needed to do, to change, to get back to alignment. More yoga? Longer meditation? Less wine? More water? I wanted to fix myself, and get back to feeling more at ease in my skin. This translated in my mind that I needed to be good, to do the right thing. The pressure built and I ended up feeling squeezed tight and stretched in all directions, all at once.

On Wednesday morning, I tried a different approach (you guessed it, the other options weren't working). Instead of trying to figure out what to DO, I got curious about the source. "What's under this spinning?" I asked. And I sat with that. Something shifted, a little. That morning I took a yoga class. Something in me said "go in that room before you go to the office." 

As we wound down practice with a supine passive side stretch, the one where you move one leg and then the other over, and repeat, and then just lie there being stretched, what lay beneath welled up, and tears started to stream down the side of my face, the way they do when you are lying on your back (and it tickles and almost makes you laugh). Now these weren't tears of sadness, or grief, or even tied to anything in particular. They were just the release of compression. I had finally become willing to allow what lay beneath to come to the surface.

After a few satisfying minutes of sobbing in an empty office, I returned to myself, to space, to openness, like I'd been cleansed by tears. Ahhhhh. 

May you find your own way through the end of winter. To help you with this, Melina has just posted new Late Winter Ayurvedic Tips on the 8 Limbs Blog.

And it's Daylight Savings Time again. Don't forget to set your clocks forward (spring ahead) one hour on March 13 (the birthday I share with 8 Limbs Managing Director Ashley Dahl, incidentally). Happy almost Spring!

Smile Often

Anne Phyfe Palmer, Director
8 Limbs Yoga Centers  


The 8 Limbs Summer Camps are now posted online and open for registration at Capitol Hill, Phinney Ridge, and Wedgwood. These camps, with child educator, artist and yoga teacher Sonia Stehr, are a great way for kids ages 4-8 to learn yoga in a playful and thoughtful environment. Art projects, field trips, and end-of-week plays keep their creative minds and bodies engaged. If there is enough interest, we'd like to offer a Tween Camp (girls ages 9-12) in August, please email if you want to be notified.

Douglas Ridings will host an intimate retreat at Villa Sumaya on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala March 26-April 2. Villa Sumaya is a magical remote oasis reached by boat. Unplug from city life and immerse yourself in lush gardens, delicious food, and your yoga practice. View photos from last year's retreat on the 8 Limbs Yoga Centers Facebook page. More info.
Yin & Sutra Series with Jen Yaros
March 5, 10am-12pm, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill
Tween Yoga Series with Dawn Jansen                    
March 6-27, 3:30-4:30pm, 8 Limbs Wedgwood
Spring Cleanse with Jen Yaros
March 12, 2-4:45pm, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill
Handstands and Backbends with Dawn Jansen
March 19, 2-4pm, 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge
Asana & Adjustments with JinSung
March 25-27, 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge
Longtime 8 Limbs instructor Dawn Jansen has started a new series focused on girls ages 10-13. Spread the word to friends! Four-week series are scheduled at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill (February 5-26) & Wedgwood (March 6-27). 
About ten years ago Melina Meza met Yoga Teacher JinSung while visiting family in California. She was amazed by his knowledge of the body, his laid back attitude whilst being completely serious about yoga and its transformative powers. JinSung has been visiting 8 Limbs to teach his unique style of yoga, which is Iyengar-inspired. This month JinSung returns to offer Asana & Adjustments March 25-27 at 8 Limbs Phinney Rige. 
HeaderAnne Phyfe's Monday 7:15pm Capitol Hill class is now Level II Flow. Adi's Monday and Wednesday 6:30am Capitol Hill classes are now All Levels Flow. Join Megan Costello for her new All Levels Gentle Class at 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge from 4:45 to 6:00pm. Explore meditation, yogic breathing techniques, postures and an extended period of savasana with application of Om tuning forks incorporated into the period of relaxation. 
The Wedgwood Thursday 7:15pm Level II Flow slot hosts a rotating roster of teachers and topics they have deep understanding, or mastery, of. 8 Limbs Owner Anne Phyfe Palmer teaches about The Koshas in March, Jay Holby will teach The Gunas in April.  $16 drop-in, incl. w/ passes & membership. More info.
8 Limbs now offers an ongoing, flexible, 500-hour Teacher Training Program made up of 20-hour "modules" taught by visiting and local Senior Teachers. Our next module will be taught by Melina Meza and JinSung March 25-27 and features "Asana & Adjustments" (also offered to public). More information on this unique training here. Free info sessions Monday March 21 and May 11, 8:30pm at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill. Email to register and receive the preceding 7:15pm Yoga Class free. 
Trade your time for free yoga classes and studio benefits. 8 Limbs Wedgwood is has Front Desk Work Study Opportunities, Fridays 3:30 to 4:30pm, Saturdays 4:15 to 5:15pm. Contact: 8 Limbs Capitol Hill needs a postcard and flyer distributor. Contact 

We have just hired our new Boutique Buyer. Melissa Lundsgaard started her yoga practice at 8 Limbs Wedgwood almost 10 years ago and is excited to return to 8 Limbs to run our Boutique. Melissa is a seasoned buyer in sustainable performance wear, and loves to be in nature, cook, and, of course, do yoga! Welcome to Melissa! 
Have a few minutes? Head to Yelp or your favorite review website and let folks know what you think about 8 Limbs Yoga Centers! Many thanks.