Love Your Mother
In This Issue
March Director Letter
Daylight Savings
Max Strom
March Events
Upcoming Events
Kids Camps
Yelp! and Google
Visiting Teachers


Recognizing inherent impulses eliminates the causes of suffering at a subtle level.

-Yoga Sutra II.10


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March has always held a special place in my heart. After the excitement of the holidays (starting on October 31st!), the build-up of Valentine's Day, and for my childhood, the long Mardi Gras season, March comes along and I get my own little holiday, my birthday, midway through the month.   


This March I am giving myself a present I've both wanted and avoided, a mini-sabbatical from teaching my weekly yoga classes.* When I decided to do this, back in December, I had hit a wall of exhaustion. My responsibilities at home and work had piled up, and there was, it seemed, nothing I could let go of to give me some breathing room. I wrote in this very newsletter about how dark this felt, and how a reprieve came only when I was able to slow down and listen to what was driving the depression. Continuing to "do" wasn't working, I had to stop and pause.


Since then I have realized that I have been working this pattern most of my life. I have lots of energy naturally, and plenty of ideas of what to do with it. With all of this energy I am apt to constantly set things in motion, throwing multiple balls in the air. This would be no problem if I were able to catch all of them, place them in my pockets and take a little break to consider what balls to throw up next. Instead, I often feel as if on a train, unable to stop "doing" things on my inexhaustible to do list because I never feel "done." Even after dedicating to yoga practice and a more mindful lifestyle, this pattern has continued because I wasn't quite ready to find and pull up its roots.   


My speeding train seems to have an unconscious driver, a deeply held belief that if I don't "do," I am not worthy. If I am not in motion, I am not contributing, or not doing my part, and therefore don't exist, or deserve to. So I end up hitting a wall, or having a train crash, both messy ways to slow down, and not very fun for those around me. In order to slow down this train, or get off it entirely, I have to see clearly what is driving it, and come to this aspect of myself with compassion.   


This month I am committed to taking more loving pauses, smelling the daphne and witch hazel that are blooming, and being with friends and family. I still have work to do, a house and family schedules to attend to, but I will keep watching for the unconscious driver, the habit of doing that draws me like a drug. I'll give it a smile of understanding and then I will gently slow the train to a sustainable speed, one that allows for scenic views, stops in small towns, and a long rest back at the station every evening.

Smile Often

Anne Phyfe Palmer
Owner and Education Director

8 Limbs Yoga Centers 

*I will still teach the Thursday 10am at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill on March 8 & 15. All other classes will be taught by my fabulous subs. Join me at a Partner Prenatal or Yoga & Writing Workshop.

We spring ahead on Sunday, March 11. Mark your calendars to change your clocks on Saturday, March 10 so you don't miss your Sunday yoga classes!

About a decade ago Max Strom was the founder of Sacred Movement, a beautiful yoga studio in Venice, CA that held classes with yoga greats Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Seane Corn, and Saul David Raye. A few years ago he sold the studio and moved to Oregon to focus on his practice and to share his own gifts through writing and teaching. Max has developed a Seattle following over the last three years of visits to 8 Limbs with his gentle and authentic style of teaching. Join Max on Friday, March 30 for a recently added Refining Communication class for teachers, business owners and anyone interesting in improving their communication skills. He will also teach two powerful workshops on Saturday, March 31 to help you Open your Chest and learn Transformational Breathing. Register by March 1st for early rate.
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 & Anne Phyfe Palmer
March 15, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill

Intro Series
March 17, with Jen Yaros, 8 Limbs Wedgwood
March 19, with Leisha Davis, 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge

Partner Prenatal Yoga with Anne Phyfe Palmer
March 19, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill

Intro Series
April 3 with Kate Bradfield at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill
April 9 with Rai Lowe at 8 Limbs West Seattle

The Bee's Knees with Adi
April 15 at 8 Limbs Wedgwood

Shari Friedrichsen Workshops
May 4 - 6 at 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge

Chandra (Moon) Practice with Terilyn Wyre
May 12 at 8 Limbs West Seattle

Awakening to 2012 with Megan Costello
June 16 at 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge

Surya (Sun) Practice with Terilyn Wyre
June 16 at 8 Limbs West Seattle

Yoga Nidra, Yoga Bliss with Tracy Hodgeman
June 23 at 8 Limbs West Seattle



Attention Moms and Dads looking for a great week-long summer camp for your little ones! 8 Limbs has offered meaningful and entertaining Yoga & Art Camps for kids aged 4-9 for the last 6 years. This summer there are four camps to choose from at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill, Phinney Ridge, and Wedgwood. For dates and times visit the Kids & Family page on our website or email for more information.


Last chance to join the Guatemala Retreat March 10-17, 2012. Registration is open for Jen's Summer Retreat at Hood Canal, June 1-3. Register with $200 deposit by March 1st for early bird rate.

8 Limbs hosts two Advanced Training Retreats at Breitenbush Hotsprings in Oregon. Both are part of our Teacher Training program but can be taken as a personal retreat.



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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 20Shari Friedrichson13:


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