Love Your Mother
In This Issue
November Director Letter
15th Anniversary Celebration
November Events
Upcoming Events
Art of Yoga
Manduka Giveaway
Carpentry Trade
Workstudy Opportunity
My Stroke of Insight


One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the  

heaviest odds.  

-Mahatma Gandhi



Just before the anniversary of 9/11 my sister sent me an article written by a friend of hers that introduced me to the term satyagraha. Made up of two Sanskrit words: satya - truth, and graha - seizing, holding, or insistence, this term refers to what Mahatma Gandhi called "the force which is born of love", as well as to the passive resistance Indian movement that Gandhi renamed Satyagraha and that influenced Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights movements.


This year, for this Thanksgiving month Newsletter, I am grasping, "graha-ing", this term to invite us to all consider what it is we hold to in truth, what force in us is born of love, what "soul force" can we strengthen. Yes, Thanksgiving is the season of gratitude and giving thanks, and I will attest to a long list of graces in my life in a heartbeat. I have written 10+ newsletters about it, taught whole yoga classes themed on it, and felt literally steeped in it when my yoga teacher visited 8 Limbs earlier this month. Truly, if we have computers and can read this newsletter, it's a given, we are fortunate, so what's next? What do we plant into that rich garden of gratitude?


In traditional Yoga Nidra, yogic sleep, to plant a seed of intention deep in the subconscious, one cultivates a feeling of gratitude and follows this directly with internally stating a Sankalpa, or Intention, a positive action that one will take. Might we this month plant in our traditional season of thanksgiving and gratitude a commitment to satyagraha, to truth force, and fill the human desire to grasp with satya.


Join 8 Limbs instructors on Thanksgiving Day for Benefit Classes that we offer as our effort to bring force to truth. See below for more information on this annual event.


Happy Thanksgiving!


Smile Often

Anne Phyfe Palmer
Owner and Education Director

8 Limbs Yoga Centers  


anniversary logoWe had a lovely 15th Anniversary Celebration October 1-15, culminating in the Benefit Classes that raised over $800 and the Free Class on October 15 with Live Music by Stephen Fandrich and an Odissi Dance performance with Douglas Ridings. Learn more and view photos on the 8 Limbs Blog. Thanks to all who created and participated in our extended celebration!

JinSungSleeping Lady Retreat
Friday, November 4 - Sunday, November 6, 2011
with Anne Phyfe Palmer and Melina Meza
Sleeping Lady Retreat Center
Leavenworth, Washington

Sundays, November 6 - December 4, 2011
8 Limbs Wedgwood with Dawn Jansen
Saturdays, November 12 - December 10, 2011
8 Limbs West Seattle with Shana Hageman

Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2011
8 Limbs Phinney Ridge

with Tracy Hodgeman
Saturday, November 12, 2011
8 Limbs West Seattle

 with Anne Phyfe Palmer, Douglas Ridings & Terilyn Wyre
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Seattle Art Museum

Saturday, November 19, 2012
8 Limbs Phinney Ridge

with Shana Hageman
Fridays, November 18 - December 16, 2011
8 Limbs West Seattle

Intro: December 10 - 11, 2011
Series: Wednesdays,
December 14, 2011 - January 4, 2012
8 Limbs Capitol Hill

December 12, 2011
8 Limbs Capitol Hill

Intro: January 7 - 8, 2012 
Series: Wednesdays, January 11 - February 1, 2012
8 Limbs Capitol Hill

Saturday, February 11, 2012  
Saturday, June 23, 2012

8 Limbs West Seattle

February 24 - 26, 2012
8 Limbs Capitol Hill

8 Limbs has a tradition of giving back to the community with Benefit Yoga Classes that support non-profit organizations. For over ten years Thanksgiving Day has been the mainstay of this tradition, and this year is no exception!  All four 8 Limbs neighborhood studios offer a 9:30 - 11:00am All Levels practice, with the following teachers and beneficiaries:

Capitol Hill with Dawn Jansen for Reel Grrls  

Phinney Ridge with Tracy Hodgeman for Bailey Boushay 

Wedgwood with Karen Gamble for Ryther House  

West Seattle with Terilyn Wyre for Northwest Harvest  

View this information on our online schedule and import your class directly to your calendar.


Just a few spots left in our annual Fall Yoga Retreat at Sleeping Lady with Anne Phyfe Palmer and Melina Meza November 4 - 6, 2011.  


Tracy Hodgeman and Terilyn Wyre are leading a Winter Yoga Retreat at Aldermarsh January 20 - 22, 2012. Receive an early registration discount

if you register and pay your deposit today, November 1st.  


Join Douglas Ridings and Dawn Jansen in Guatemala for a week-long retreat at Villa Sumaya on Lake Atitlan March 10 - 17th, 2012.

Early bird deadline is November 15th for this warm weather retreat. 

Visit or call our Capitol Hill Studio at 206.325.8221 to register 
for any of our retreats.



Save the Date! 8 Limbs is partnering with Flavorpill and SAM to offer a free yoga class to the city. Instructors Anne Phyfe Palmer, Douglas Ridings and Terilyn Wyre will lead an hour-long class to the tunes of KEXP DJ Darek Mazzone on Thursday, November 17th at 6:30pm in the lobby of the Seattle Art Museum. Reserve your space here.


We were thrilled to have the Manduka PROlite mat drawing as part of our Anniversary celebration in October. Thanks to the generosity of Manduka, four students walked away with a brand new PROlite mat. While the Anniversary event has ended, the Manduka love continues! Simply add your email to the Manduka postcard at the front desk during the month of November and you will be entered into a drawing
for a Manduka PRO Package
! This includes a PROlite Mat, MatSak and eQua Towel - a perfect package to reinvigorate your practice or gift to a loved one for the holidays!  


Are you or your partner a carpenter? We would like to offer a trade of carpentry skills for a Yoga Membership, to help us remodel the 8 Limbs Wedgwood reception desk. Terms to be negotiated upon bid. Please contact 


Trade your time for free yoga classes and additional discounts on workshops and retail products. Available shift: Front Desk Support Thursdays 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Please contact


Neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. experienced a stroke at age 33 and wrote My Stroke of Insight about her experience. Join her Wednesday, November 2, 7:00pm at Benaroya Hall as Dr. Jill shares profound insights from her stroke recovery to educate and inspire.  Sponsored by:  Swedish Neuroscience Institute and The Institute for Functional MedicineFor tickets, visit