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"Consciousness settles as one radiates friendliness, compassion, delight, and equanimity toward all things, whether pleasant or painful, good or bad."  Yoga Sutra I.33




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Valentine's Day brings up a whole mess of cultural expectations, whether you have a sweetheart or not. On this one special day dedicated to love, Hallmark et al ask us to put our money where are heart is and shower our loved ones with gifts, flowers, jewelry, chocolate, and dare I say yoga? If you have a sweetie, there are expectations to be navigated, or released, flowers to be bought (or picked).

If there's not a special someone in your life, it's a day that highlights your singleness, your aloneness, your matelessness. I remember what felt like years of Valentine's Days in my twenties. 

It's a bit of a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation, really, but the truth remains that love and affection are amazingly wonderful and settling attitudes, such that they are prescribed in many spiritual tradition as the antidote to a variety of challenges.

Let's take a look at The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, shall we?

Following a description of the antarayas, the inner obstacles that disperse the mind and make practice difficult (Sutras I.30 & 31), and the suggestion that one can keep these obstacles at a distance through the persevering practice of a single principle (Sutra I.32), Patanjali presents in Sutra 1.33 his version of what in Buddhism are called the Brahma-Viharis, the Divine Abidings of metta (loving-kindness), karuna (compassion), mudita (gladness at others' success) and upekkha (onlooking equanimity):

"Consciousness settles as one radiates friendliness, compassion, delight, and equanimity toward all things, whether pleasant or painful, good or bad (translation Chip Hartranft)."

Read again slowly.

In other words, be kind and loving and take a big picture perspective in all things. Do this and your mind will settle.

Another way to translate this Sutra is in the matching of these attitudes more specifically to situation, as in "The mind becomes quiet when it cultivates friendliness in the presence of happiness, active compassion in the presence of unhappiness, joy in the presence of virtue, and indifference toward error (trans Bouanchard)."

Read again slowly.

When I simply read these words I feel reminded into a place of loving kindness. I plan to read this Sutra every day for one month. Join me!

Smile Often

Anne Phyfe Palmer
Owner and Education Director

8 Limbs Yoga Centers 

P.S. Bring in the coupon below to Bring (The) One You Love to yoga on Valentine's Day!


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the Snow-Day Special we ran on January 19. We gave a 30% discount to 10 quick-on-their-fingertips yogis who told us how the snow was influencing their yoga practice. We were stunned by the response (over 100 entries within a few hours) and are excited to continue! Moving forward we won't be announcing specials via this Newsletter so you'll need to "Like" 8 Limbs and respond when you see our newsfeed announce the special. Hint: it will be in the first half of February. Want to spread even more love? Write a "Recommendation" on our 8 Limbs page on the far right. Thanks!

Intro Series
with Dawn Jansen, February 4, 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge
with Jen Yaros, February 14, 8 Limbs Wedgwood
with Leisha Davis, February 16, 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge
with Kate Bradfield, February 21, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill
with Rai Lowe, February 27, 8 Limbs West Seattle

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

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

Yoga Nidra, Yoga Bliss with Tracy Hodgeman
February 11, 8 Limbs West Seattle

Partner Yoga with Rai Lowe
February 12, 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge

Insight Yoga with Sarah Powers
February 24 - 26, 2012, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill

Kids Yoga Series with Joanna Bond
March 1, 8 Limbs West Seattle

Parent & Preschooler Yoga Series with Shana Hageman
March 2, 8 Limbs West Seattle

Individually Tailored Asana with Dawn Jansen
March 3, 8 Limbs Wedgwood

Tween Yoga Series
March 3, 8 Limbs West Seattle with Shana Hageman
March 4, 8 Limbs Wedgwood with Dawn Jansen

Back Care Series with Kate Bradfield
March 13, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill
March 14, 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge

Yoga and Writing with Claire Dederer and Anne Phyfe Palmer
March 15, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill

An Afternoon with Max Strom
March 31, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill

For more events, visit out Workshops page


We are just about done with our Kids Camp planning for the Summer. The dates of camps are already posted, we're just tinkering with the age ranges. If you have children and would consider a week-long Yoga & Art Camp at 8 Limbs, send an email to Ashley Dahl with the ages of your kids and we'll take that into consideration. Final info will be posted by 2.6.12.



There are still spaces in the Guatemala Retreat March 10-17, 2012. Read about Anne Phyfe's visit to Villa Sumaya in 2010, as well as photos, on the 8 Limbs Blog (scroll down to January 3, 2012). Join Douglas Ridings for a wonderful week at this oasis on Lake Atitlan. Registration is open for Jen's Summer Retreat at Hood Canal, June 1-3. 8 Limbs hosts two Advanced Training Retreats at Breitenbush Hotsprings in Oregon. Both part of our Teacher Training program but can be taken as a personal retreat.



8 Limbs Instructors Anne Phyfe Palmer, Megan Costello, Jen Yaros, and Tami Hafzalla will offer workshops in the upcoming NW Yoga Conference, February 18-19. Join your amazing local yoga community to get inspired, learn something new, and celebrate!



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Thanks in advance for taking the time! 



Though not all of these are posted on our website, we have scheduled all of our visiting teacher workshops for 2012 and early 20Max Strom Headshot13:


February 24-26, 2012 - Sarah Powers  

March 31, 2012 - Max Strom  

May 4-6, 2012 - Shari Friedrichsen

September 14-16, 2012 - Tias Little

December 14-16, 2012 - Rod Stryker



January 4-6, 2013 - Scott Blossom

March 28-31, 2013 - Sarah Powers

May 3-5, 2012 - Shari Friedrichsen


On Valentine's Day ...
Enjoy a Drop-In Class together! 
Bring in this coupon to receive 2 people for the price of 1 on February 14th* 
*Offer valid on 2/14/12 for use day of. Not valid for class cards, pre/postnatal or series. Both must be present for purchase.