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December Director Letter
Gift Certificates
December Events
New Year's Day and Early 2013 Events
2013 Events Preview
Gratitude Trees
Many Paths Panel
8 Limbs Retreats
Visiting Teachers


  May I be happy.

May I be at peace.

May I live with ease.

May I be free from suffering.



Our Mission at 

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



A few nights ago, Jenny Hayo asked our Teacher Training group "why do you do yoga?" Several individual answers were volunteered: "it feels good", "it helps me to know myself", "it's the only thing that helps me feel right", and "sanity."


Jenny asked us this question to offer a unifying reason for practice: to alleviate suffering. Our bodies can be in physical suffering, we can suffer when we wander far from ourselves, when we feel "off", or even "insane." The Sanskrit word for this is dukha, often talked of as "bad space." Jenny offered an interesting translation of dukha: "the bad fit of an axle in a joint."


Dukha is, simply, a bad fit. It can be as ordinary as pants that are too tight, or as dramatic as cancer in a loved one. Each is a "bad fit" that can lead to suffering.

Now yoga practice isn't to make things fit, perfectly, matching, all in a row. It is a practice that helps us to see what is, and to be with what is, however it fits, or doesn't. The suffering comes in when we try to force a fit, or wish it otherwise. As the saying goes, "pain is inevitable, suffering is optional."


Practice also helps us to feel better, stay healthy, strong, and flexible, but again, all of these things also alleviate suffering. And to me, they are icing on the cake. The essential stuff of practice is how it strengthens our ability to witness and be present so when the duhka hits the fan (you know you were thinking it!), we can remain alert and aware.


I hope that during this month of sacred holidays and solstice celebrations and the end of the Mayan calendar, you can continue to come to practice. Do it to alleviate suffering, your own, and the others around you.


Happy Holidays!

Smile Often 
Anne Phyfe Palmer 
Owner and Education Director

8 Limbs Yoga Centers
P.S. You can study the Yoga Sutras with Jenny on Thursdays at 7:15pm, 8 Limbs Capitol HIll or in class with Jen Yaros and other 8 Limbs teachers. 


Don't miss the 20% discount coupon at the end of this email, valid through December 15. Check with your local 8 Limbs for great discounts during the month of December. Gift Certificates are available at studios on through our website, what a great present for your loved ones!


RodStrykerheadshotYoga of Fulfillment with Rod Stryker
December 14-16, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill
8 Limbs Yoga is pleased to welcome back Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga® and one of the country's most knowledgeable and inspiring yoga and meditation teachers, as he leads a weekend intensive based on his best selling book, The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Prosperity, Happiness, and Freedom.   

Awakening to 2012 with Megan, December 21, 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge  

New Year's Eve Practice with Karen, December 31 

New Year's Cleanse & Restore with Dawn, 10am, Phinney Ridge
New Year's Yoga, Sound & Kirtan with Megan Costello, 11am, Wedgwood
New Year's Stellar Wellness with Terilyn, 2pm, West Seattle
Restorative Series with Dawn, Mondays 7:15pm, Wedgwood
Shoulder/Neck Care Series with Jonna, Wednesdays, 5:45pm, Capitol Hill
Partner Prenatal Yoga Workshop with Marni, January 6, Wedgwood

Mindfulness Meditation Series with Brent, Mondays, 6-8pm, Phinney Ridge


We are hard at work on our 2013 Winter/Spring Schedule. Here's a preview: 


Yoga & Memoir with Anne Phyfe Palmer & Claire Dederer


Intro to Meditation with Jenny Hayo, January 19 & 20, Capitol Hill


Handstands and Backbends with Dawn, January 19, Phinney Ridge


Gratitude TreeMake sure to visit the Gratitude Trees growing at all four 8 Limbs Yoga Centers. Help us to decorate the trees with the colorful cards that ask for you to contribute by finishing sentences such as: "I'm grateful for...", "The best gift I ever gave/received was..." and "I practice yoga off the mat by..."
Thanks to all of you who have helped thus far, the trees look great!

Our next Many Paths Teacher Panel is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, January 13 at 4:30pm at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill. The subject will be Habit.

Here are some tips from our November 22 gathering on "Practice:"

* read a passage from an inspirational book or yogic text to start your practice

* go on retreat to jumpstart your daily practice

* practice at the same time of day for regularly and routine




Join Tracy and Terilyn for a 3-day weekend of yoga at Aldermarsh Retreat Center on Whidbey Island January 4-6.  We anticipate this retreat filling so register soon!  


January 4 - 6: Winter Yoga Retreat at Aldermarsh 

Tracy Hodgeman and Terilyn Wyre


March 1 - 3: Yoga for 50+ Retreat at Aldermarsh

Sally Carley and Chiara Guerrieri


April 5 - 12: Advanced Training Retreat at Breitenbush 

Melina Meza, Chiara Guerrieri & Anne Phyfe Palmer


July 12 - 14: Summer Yoga Retreat at North Cascades Institute 

MJ Daniels and Megan Costello


July 28 - August  2: Advanced Training Retreat II

Melina Meza & Chiara Guerrieri


November 1 - 3: Fall Yoga Retreat at Sleeping Lady 

Melina Meza and Anne Phyfe Palmer

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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:


December 14-16, 2012 - Rod Stryker



March 22-24, 2013 - Sarah Powers

May 3-5, 2013 - Shari Friedrichsen
September 20-22, 2013 - Tias Little 

November 8 & 9 - Max Strom 

November 15-17, 2013 - Nicolai Backman

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December 15, 2012

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