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Kids Camps
Job Opening
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Wanderlust Whistler
Visiting Teachers


Persevering practice is the effort to attain and maintain the state of mental peace.

Yoga Sutra I.13


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A few months ago I wrote about my struggle with asana practice. After nearly eighteen years of practicing yoga, I hit a wall unlike others before. I felt that I was done, that I had done triangle pose long enough, thank you very much, and was ready to graduate and move on to other pursuits.


My mind was intrigued by this idea of letting go of the duty of asana practice. It liked the possibility of diving more into writing and agreed that yes, I had in fact done enough yoga. I rode my bike a lot and that kept me physically engaged. I could just meditate twenty minutes each day to keep from losing my mind, and that's that. 


Thankfully, I have teachers and mentors, and called Shari Friedrichsen for support. Shari listened as I spoke about not wanting to practice, having no desire whatsoever to practice triangle, or downward dog, or shoulderstand. She listened to my argument that I could just be done with asana. I rationalized that I had been doing this long enough. I was ready for something different. Been there done that. Read more about our conversation on the 8 Limbs Blog.


This was several months ago. I was able to recognize, through our conversation, that I was deeply tired. Shari assured me that my interest in practice would bloom again once I had replenished my reserves and wasn't running on empty. So I focused on filling up. My practice, for a while, revolved around savasana, corpse pose, and viparita karani, legs up the wall pose, two standard restoratives, poses that give rather than require energy. I put in my ear buds and listened to Yoga Nidra recordings by Rod Stryker and Laura DeFreitas. I slowed down.


After a month I began to add in lunges, and Warrior poses, as my energy returned. I enjoyed them, miraculously, and added more. I stuck with the commitment, and allowed my practice to put down new roots, curiously reaching for nourishment.


When Shari visited to teach at 8 Limbs in early May, I had the opportunity to soak further in her longstanding commitment to practice (since the 70s!). I showed up on my mat the day after she left with a powerful interest in practice, not for duty, not for others, but for myself. I followed the pranayama and meditation techniques she recommended to me. After anuloma viloma and nadi shodona, I began prana dharana, the practice of following the breath from the nostrils to the center of the mind and out, to prepare to hold my attention within. After a few minutes I filled the center of my mind with awareness.


A voice immediately called out to me: "this is where I know myself."


This. Here. Now. This is where I draw recognition and attention. This is where I become full. Not through my achievements, my friends, my teachers, my students, my children, my family. This, here, now, is where my truth resides, where my dharma unfolds, and my soul swims in bliss. This is where I can be empty, and full, and bear whatever life serves up.


I'll gladly go there, here, every day.


Smile Often

Anne Phyfe Palmer
Owner and Education Director

8 Limbs Yoga Centers       
Tween Yoga Series with Dawn Jansen
June 3, 8 Limbs Wedgwood

Restorative Yoga Immersion  with Jenny Hayo
June 9 & 10, 8 Limbs Capitol HIll

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

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

Intro Series
with Jen Yaros, June 19, 8 Limbs Wedgwood
with Leisha Davis, June 21, 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge

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

Summer Seasonal Vinyasa with Melina Meza
July 13 - 15, 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge

Mindfulness and Meditation with Karen Gamble
July 23, 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge
Tias Little Workshops
September 14 - 16, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill


Keep yoga and the amazing teachers at 8 Limbs in your life through the Summer! The scoop this year: unlimited yoga (drop-in classes only) at all four of our studios for just $95 per month (3 month commitment). That's more than 25% off the one-month rate. Summer Specials must be purchased between May 15 and July 15, 2012. Visit our website to purchase or stop by any of our neighborhood studios during this time.



We still have space in our Summer Camps at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill, Phinney Ridge, and Wedgwood. For dates and times visit the Kids & Family page on our website.

Call your neighborhood studio to register. Wedgwood will continue the popular Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm Kids Yoga Series, July 10 - 31. Register at 206.523.9722.

8 Limbs is in the midst of a search for our next head of Communications. Click here to learn more about this opportunity.

Trade your time for free yoga classes and additional discounts  

clothing and merchandise.  


* Wedgwood needs Front Desk Support: Mondays, 9:15am. For details please contact


* Phinney Ridge is looking for Front Desk Weekend help and Childcare on Mondays 11:45-1:15pm and Fridays 8:45-10:15am. For details, please contact 

The next 8 Limbs Retreat is July 6-13 in the Oregon Cascades at Breitenbush Hot Springs. This summer retreat brings us to one of our favorite retreat locations and it hosted by Melina Meza, Chiara Guerrieri, and Jenny Hayo. This powerful trio of experienced teachers will offer daily asana classes and workshops in Ayurveda, Yoga Sutras, Non-Violent Communication, and more. Don't miss this week-long odyssey to stretch your body and mind. Registration is now open for the Fall Sleeping Lady Retreat with Melina & Anne Phyfe, November 2 - 4, 2012. Don't wait too long, this retreat has filled the last two years.

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This year 8 Limbs entered a team into the Group Health Commute Challenge. Ten of us logged our commutes and ended up with a stellar 50% commute rate, with 127 rides and 1040 miles. That put us at number 105 of 1592 teams in the number of total rides. Great job team! Congrats to Heather and Rob Carballo, Anne Phyfe & Bez Palmer, Andrew Boscardin, Cyndy Holtz, Lauren Kite, Mandy Mornault, Alice Pedersen, and Karin Britt for putting in the cyclo-miles. Want to join the team next year? Send Team Captain Anne Phyfe Palmer an email. 
Our Summer Schedule starts today, June 1st! Note several teacher changes we've made to respond to requests and due to changes in teacher schedules. And we are excited to have three new teachers on our schedule. We welcome back Jonna Bracken who taught at 8 Limbs for many years, opened Yoga on Beacon (now called YoBe), then lived on the East Coast to finish a degree in Health Sciences. Jonna will teach Sundays 5pm and Tuesdays 7:30pm at West Seattle. Rachel Cagen, a longtime yoga practitioner, finished our teacher training two years ago and joins our staff with the Tuesday 6pm class, also at West Seattle. And Heather Carballo currently an 8 Limbs Yoga Advisor, will take on the Wednesday 5:30pm Prenatal and sub the Tues/Thurs 6:30am classes starting June 19, and yes, these are also at West Seattle. 

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!  



Though not all of these are posted on our website, we have scheduled all of our visiting teacher workshops for fall 2012 and early 2013:


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
September 27-29, Nicolai Bachman