Love Your Mother
In This Issue
April Director Letter
April Events
Upcoming Events
Shari Friedrichsen
Facebook Contest
8 for $80 Special
Classes to be Filmed
Kids Camps
Photography Show
Housing Needed
Sitter Needed
Wanderlust Whistler
Yelp! and Google
Visiting Teachers


When the components of yoga are practiced, impurities dwindle: then the light of understanding can shine forth, illuminating the  way to discriminative awareness.  

-Yoga Sutra 2.28


Our Mission at 

supportive, inclusive, and non-competitive atmosphere in which
yoga practitioners can learn and grow.


One of my main jobs as Education Director at 8 Limbs is the creation and management of the class schedules at each of our four neighborhood yoga studios. Three times a year, in January, June, and September, we print publish new versions. I spend about a month taking in change requests and talking with teachers and managers to fill open slots and come up with new classes or a class focus. I am currently in the midst of this process. It's quite a jumble at first, but I've found that if I have plenty of meditation time, and get to a few yoga classes a week, the answers eventually come to me (with plenty of processing with other staff members!).


One of the core concepts that directs me in this endeavor is our name. 8 Limbs was chosen to honor the full range of yoga practice, or sadhana, available to the seeker, the sadhaka. There are eight aspects, or limbs, only one of which is the almighty asana. Ideally, our teachings at 8 Limbs combine several if not all of these limbs of yoga: ethical principles and ways to be in the world (yamas and niyamas), yoga postures (asanas), the freeing of the breath (pranayama), restraint of the senses (pratyahara), concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyana), and absorption (samadhi). Learn more about the 8 Limbs in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, which you'll find shared in Jen Yaros' classes, in Shari Friedrichsen's May 6 Sutras Workshop, and when it strikes the fancy of our other teachers.


The other main principle I aspire to is variety, both of types of classes and of teaching styles. What guided me in founding 8 Limbs was the awareness that there are many ways to practice yoga, just as there are many types of people. While one could say there is a unifying "feeling" at 8 Limbs," we like to offer options that allow you, the practitioners at 8 Limbs, to address your phase in life and changing energy levels, and to follow where your interests in yoga are taking you. We offer a core schedule of "flow" classes for the movers and dancers. We have many Hatha classes that allow for more stillness in postures. We've added Yoga Nidra, Gentle, and Restorative options to support you in managing the stress load of urban life. And our teachers share their extensive knowledge in philosophy and the non-physical aspects of practice in their drop-in classes and in workshops.


We know that in Seattle you have numerous options for your yoga practice. Yoga can be found almost every street corner, in most fitness centers/gyms, and in many workplaces. We want to be your home for yoga - the place you are able to meet yoga in a new and exciting way, the place you surround yourself with a sangha, a community of others interested in this ancient practice. Let us know how we are doing. Write a Recommendation on Facebook. Post a class or teacher request or review on our Facebook page. Or send me an email at As always, the full range of feedback is encouraged and welcome. 


Have a beautiful April.

Smile Often

Anne Phyfe Palmer
Owner and Education Director

8 Limbs Yoga Centers     
Intro Series
April 3 with Kate Bradfield at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill
April 7 with Dawn Jansen at 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge
April 9 with Rai Lowe at 8 Limbs West Seattle

Kids Yoga Series
April 5 with Joanna Bond at 8 Limbs West Seattle
April 24 with Fawnia Chavaux at 8 Limbs Wedgwood

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

Partner Prenatal Yoga with Jessica Steinbomer
April 21 at 8 Limbs West Seattle

Tween Yoga Series with Dawn Jansen
April 28 at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill
April 29 at 8 Limbs Wedgwood

Shari Friedrichsen Workshops (Core, Chakras and Yoga Sutra Practices)
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



One of Anne Phyfe and Chiara's teachers, Shari Friedrichsen, will visit 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge May 4-6 for three workshops: Building a Solid Core Foundation, The Chakras, and Weaving the Sutras into Practice. Don't miss the authenticity and depth of knowledge that this 30+ year yoga practitioner delivers with humor and compassion. 



Every month 8 Limbs holds a Contest on our Facebook page. "Like" 8 Limbs and you'll have an opportunity to win discounts and freebies for answering the question of the month.  

This month we will be looking for Recommendations (in the Recommendation section) and class and teacher reviews/requests (see Director's letter) on our Wall. On April 16th we will pick a name out of a hat from all the postings from April 1 - 15 for one FREE five class card. We'll post the "winner" on April 18th.   



We're offering 8 classes for $80 through April 15th. You may purchase this through our website or any of our four  studios. Valid for drop-in classes only.  Good for 2 months from purchase date. May not be combined with any other discounts. Non-transferable. Purchase at any of our 4 locations or online by clicking here. Select "Regular Classes" and then "8 for $80" under class options.



On Thursday April 5 and Friday April 6, a one-person crew will be in several classes filming for My Yoga Online. MYO is a website we partner with to offer 8 Limbs classes online and expand the 8 Limbs sangha to MYO's worldwide audience. Students can choose whether or not to be in the view of the camera, which is primarily focused on the teacher, demo-ing on their mat. Whether or not you want to be filmed, come to class (regular class charges apply) and support the teachers. All students in the classes will be given a month pass to My Yoga Online in thanks for their participation. If before the camera, please wear bright clothing and avoid patterns and black. The classes that will be filmed are as follows:  

Thursday, April 5 at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill

10am Level II Flow with Anne Phyfe Palmer

12pm All Levels with Douglas Ridings

1:30pm Postnatal with Anne Phyfe Palmer


Friday, April 6 at 8 Limbs Wedgwood

4pm All Levels with Dawn Jansen

5:30pm Restoratives with Dawn Jansen

Visit the 8 Limbs Yoga Centers Channel on My Yoga Online to see the classes we have already filmed with Douglas, Anne Phyfe, Chiara, Jeff, and Sally. 



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. And North Seattlites, don't miss our new Wedgwood Kids Yoga Series, starting April 24. 


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 are part of our Teacher Training program but can be taken as a personal retreat as well. Registration opens soon for the Fall Sleeping Lady Retreat with Melina & Anne Phyfe, November 

2 - 4, 2012.



8 Limbs Teacher Training Co-Director Melina Meza has been focusing her eye on yet another creative pursuit, photography. She and her husband Matt Delcomyn will hang prints from their recent travels at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill, with an opening on Thursday, April 5, 5:30 - 9:00pm. 



The 8 Limbs Pre/Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training will draw several out of town yoga teachers in search of hosts from May 20 - 25. If you have a room or a bed that you would be willing to open up to a visitor during this time, please email Any financial arrangements would be between the host and visitor.  



The Palmer family is looking for a sitter during the summer. This is very part time, just for several weeks over the summer. Interested in hearing more? Please email 8 Limbs Owner Anne Phyfe Palmer:    



8 Limbs instructors Douglas Ridings and Terilyn Wyre will be teaching at Wanderlust Whistler, August 23 - 26, 2012. Enjoy these fabulous teachers, plus Baron Baptiste, Seane Corne, Michael Franti, Thievery Corporation, MC Yogi, Krishna Das, and more. Get your passes now!  



Help to spread the 8 Limbs love and take a few minutes to write a Yelp! or Google Review. Here are a few links to make it easy for you:

8 Limbs Capitol Hill
8 Limbs Phinney Ridge
8 Limbs Wedgwood
8 Limbs West Seattle

8 Limbs Capitol Hill
8 Limbs Phinney Ridge
8 Limbs Wedgwood
8 Limbs West Seattle


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