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 Yoga Sutra I.36 

Visoka va jyotismati

Or, the inner light that is free from all grief or sorrow. 


This time of year is known as the "Holiday Season," especially in politically correct Seattle where I learned quickly to say "Happy Holidays" rather than "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Solstice" on December 21st.

In these times of wonderfully mindful recognition of diversity we honor the many types of holidays this time of year holds - Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Christmas, and New Year's.

What we find in most holidays this time of year is the theme of light. It is a time of darkness in the natural world - short days and long nights. There is great power in this veil thrown over more of each daily cycle. It connects us to deeper layers of our subconscious and often leads to great introspection and creativity. And it calls into greater relief its counterpart - illumination.

Throughout history, humankind has drawn inspiration from the amazing power of light and brought it into their Winter Celebrations. And whether we are bowing to the light of the Sun, the flickering glow of a candle, or the sparkle of Christmas lights, we all have what is called jyotismati, or inner light, which Patanjali, in Yoga Sutra I.26, says is free from grief or sorrow (visoka). 

This Sutra is one of several in the first Pada (Chapter) of the Yoga Sutras that offer the practitioner suggestions for bringing about the state of yoga that is described in Sutra I.2 as citta vrtti nirodha, the reduction (cessation in some translations) of the fluctuations of the mind. If we concentrate on this inner light, our mind will be calmer, more at peace.

This season of lights, may you draw from all of the sources of inspiration and illumination within and without to send out a beacon of serenity to the world around you, a true gift to self and others.   


May your Holidays be bright and full of love. 


Smile Often

Anne Phyfe Palmer
Owner and Education Director

8 Limbs Yoga Centers  
Saturday, December 10 - 11, 2011
8 Limbs Capitol Hill

Partner Prenatal Yoga
with Anne Phyfe Palmer
Monday, December 12, 2011
8 Limbs Capitol Hill

Meditation Series
with Jenny Hayo
Wednesdays, December 14, 2011 - January 4, 2012
8 Limbs Capitol Hill


For January 1st, 2012, we have three diverse offerings to ring in your New Year:

New Year's Day of Renewal 
with Jenny Hayo, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill

Starting this full day experience is a "Moving Through What Binds Us" (partial registration available) practice, followed by an afternoon spent in Noble Silence.

Awakening to 2012 with Megan Costello,
8 Limbs Phinney Ridge

Start your New Year with intention through ritual, asana, pranayama, meditation, journaling, yoga nidra, and sacred sound.  


Cleanse and Restore with Dawn Jansen, 8 Limbs Wedgwood

This vinyasa practice will "wring" out 2011 and bring you into 2012 with a fresh perspective and a deep relaxation practice.


January 21, 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge

Jump Through with Power & Grace
with Tracy Hodgeman 
January 28, 8 Limbs West Seattle

Yoga Conditioning Series
with Douglas Ridings
Mondays 7:15 - 8:30pm, February 6 - 27
8 Limbs Capitol Hill

Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga
with Melina Meza
February 10 - 12, 2012
8 Limbs Wedgwood

February 24 - 26, 2012, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill
Share yoga with your friends and family with an 8 Limbs Gift Certificate. With a minimum of $25, our Certificates can be used for classes, series, memberships, Boutique purchases, and workshops. Buy now to avoid the holiday rush and set your mind at ease. Click here to purchase online or call 206. 325.8221.

A great time was had at the Fall Yoga Retreat at Sleeping Lady. We have booked next year already, mark your calendars: November 2 - 4, 2012. Our Winter Aldermarsh retreat January 20 - 22, 2012 with TGuatemalaRetreatracy & Terilyn has filled. Please call the Capitol Hill Studio if you'd like to be added to the waitlist. But lucky you, as there are still spaces in our Guatemala Retreat! Join Douglas and Dawn for a week-long immersion into the 8-limbed path of yoga on beautiful Lake Atilan March 10 - 17, 2012. Already planning your summer? Jen Yaros will lead her annual Hood Canal Retreat June 1-2, 2012. Contact the Capitol Hill studio for more details or visit our website.


We have made a few Intro Series schedule changes for 2012, check out the new schedule to see if one fits in your life. The Sunday Intro Series at West Seattle with Rai has moved to Mondays 7:30pm.


We tried a few new classes at 8 Limbs West Seattle and due to teacher schedule changes, the following classes have been canceled:

* Monday and Wednesday at 6:30am

* Wednesday at 4:00pm

Sorry for any inconvenience. 


We will launch a few rates change in January 2012. You can
purchase the following options during the month of December to get
the current rate:

Pre/Postnatal 8-class pass: now $110, will be $115

10-Class 1-hour Pass: now $110, will be $115

10-Class Pass: now $130, will be $135

1 Month Unlimited: now $120, will $130

Auto-Pay Memberships moving forward will now require a 6 or 12-month commitment. 12-month commitments will be rewarded with a lower-than-current rate of $100/month. Those who commit to a minimum of 6 months will receive the rate of $115/month. These are both a huge savings over the One Month Unlimited Rate of $130/month. We will announce a Referral Reward Program for Auto-Pay Members in the January Newsletter. Please click here if you would like to sign-up for Auto-Pay, current participants will be contacted by 8 Limbs staff in the next month. 


Thanks to thos e of you who attended one of our benefit classes on Thanksgiving Day. Collectively we raised nearly $2000 for the non-profits we chose to support this year. Hugs of appreciation to the lovely teachers who guided you and helped to choose the non-profit recipients:  

Capitol Hill: Dawn Jansen for Reel Grrls

Phinney Ridge: Tracy Hodgeman for
ay House

Wedgwood: Karen Gamble for Ryther House 

West Seattle: Terilyn Wyre for Northwest Harvest


8 Limbs instructors Anne Phyfe Palmer, Jen Yaros, Tami Hafzalla, and Megan Costello have been chosen to teach at the 1st Northwest Yoga Conference, February 18 & 19, 2012. Check out their offerings!


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: Light cleaning in studio Wednesdays 1 hour between 11:00am & 5:00pm (your choice). Please contact