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In This Issue
January Director Letter
New Year's Day and January Workshops
January Series
2013 Events Preview
Teacher Training Summer Intensive
Many Paths Panel
8 Limbs Retreats
Visiting Teachers


 Tapah svadhyaya isvara pranidhanani kriya yogah. 

Yoga Sutra II.1



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Happy New Year, fellow yogis and yoginis. The sun is out, this morning the moon was bright. May your first day of 2013 be sparkled with that moon dust and the sun's rays. May your year be fulfilling and enriching. May you feel happiness and freedom and share that with others. 


Last month I talked about how practice can help us to alleviate suffering. It helps us to see what is, and find a "good fit." Practice, as my teacher Rod Stryker said on his visit to 8 Limbs in mid-December, "helps us to make choices when we are not practicing." It does this through a three-part process: tapas (enthusiasm, 100% presence), svadhyaya (self-study), and isvara pranidhana (surrender to that which supports you). 

In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali speaks of these three as a trio of observances that inform one another to create a strong support, like a three-footed stool. They are all required in the practice of kriya yoga, the yoga of action, making a habit of one's interest in staying awake and present. Take one out and you have an imbalance. Use all three and you have something strong to stand on, able to support you in living a life of freedom and purpose. 


This time of year is rife with talk of intention, and resolution, and, well, purpose. It's a time when many take stock of the year that has past and commit to a habit they'd like to integrate into their lives. Resolutions get a bad rap 

because they are often broken, but a well-chosen positive resolve, called a sankalpa, can be life-changing, especially when supported by three legs of kriya yoga: enthusiasm, self-study, and surrender. Well-chosen means do-able, supported/supportive, and in accordance with the purpose you have in life. 

Maybe it is reaching out to an elderly neighbor, or the new parents across the street. Maybe you'll buy only used or recycled things for a year, or make your own yogurt. Maybe you'll start to meditate, finally address your aching neck or back, or practice yoga every day for a month and join us in February for our 28-day Commitment (See below for details). Try something positive, not an avoidance, one that brings you a sense of fulfillment and a connection to your dharma, your purpose, the reason(s) for your existence, your truth. 


Join us for the second Many Paths Teacher Panel on Sunday, January 13 at 4:30pm for a panel discussion on how we can develop healthy habits and let go of the ones that no longer serve us. We all could use all the support we can get!


A very fulfilling 2013 to all of you, from the bottom of my heart!

Smile Often 
Anne Phyfe Palmer 
Owner and Education Director

8 Limbs Yoga Centers
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
Partner Prenatal Yoga with Marni, January 6, Wedgwood
Yoga & Memoir with Anne Phyfe & Claire Dederer, Jan. 18, Phinney Ridge

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


Handstands and Backbends with Dawn, January 19, Phinney Ridge

Mindful Parenting with the Jon & Myla Kabat-Zinn, January 24, Town Hall

Release the Issues in Your Tissues with Maura & Alex, January 26, W. Seattle
We are excited to expand our Series offerings at 8 Limbs. Sign up for one of the series (excluding Yoga for 50+) listed in this box by January 5 and receive $5 off by mentioning this newsletter. Signing up online? We'll issue you a $5 credit, just send an email to after registering. 
Restorative Series with Dawn, Mondays 7:15pm, Wedgwood
Neck/Shoulder Care Series with Jonna, Wednesdays, 5:45pm, Capitol Hill

Yoga for Athletes with Jay, Wednesdays 6pm, Phinney Ridge

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

Plus new Back CareYoga for 50+Kids, and Tween Series!


We have even more workshops with our fabulous teachers. Here's a preview:


Yoga Nidra Yoga Bliss with Tracy, February 2, West Seattle


Advanced Asana with Jonna & Kate, February 3, Capitol Hill


Full Spectrum Practice with MJ, February 10, Phinney Ridge


Yin/Yang Practice with Karen, February 17, Wedgwood


Restorative Series with Jonna, Wednesdays, 5:45pm, Capitol Hill


Fit & 50+ Teacher Training with Sally, February 22-24, Phinney Ridge



We've schedule fun and engaging Kids Yoga classes at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill, Phinney Ridge, and Wedgwood and supportive and relaxing Tween Yoga at Capitol Hill and Wedgwood. Visit the Kids & Tween Yoga page for more info. Once there, be sure to sign up for our Kids & Family Newsletter which is sent out about 4 times per year. 

July 12 - August 6, 2013

8 Limbs is proud to add a new Teacher Training option to our 10+ year-old Program. This Summer we will offer a one-month Summer Intensive for teachers, students, and others with a schedule that allows them to dive in for this intensive study. 

We welcome the following 8 Limbs teachers to the Teacher Training staff for this training: 

  • Douglas Ridings, E-RYT 200
  • Jonna Bracken, E-RYT 500
  • Kate Bradfield, RYT 200
  • Tracy Hodgeman, E-RYT 200
  • Tami Hafzalla, E-RYT 500
  • Maura Barclay, E-RYT 200
The 8 Limbs Co-Directors will also teach in this training: 
  • Anne Phyfe Palmer, E-RYT 500
  • Melina Meza, E-RYT 500
Join Anne Phyfe Palmer for a free Teacher Training Info Session for all of our Teacher Training Programs on Monday, January 14 at 8:30pm. 

Stop by any 8 Limbs boutique, January 1st - 8th and find 25%-50% off discounts for an inspiring way to help kick off your 2013 yoga practice! A taste of your favorite brands includes: Prana, Lole, Be Present, LifeFactory and more! 

Gratitude TreeThanks to all of you who visited our Gratitude Trees the month of December. They'll be back in February to support the 28-Day Commitment February 1st - 28th, 2013. Registration for the 28 days of practice includes a 28-day unlimited pass for $128. Annual and auto-pay members may register at no cost. Current class pass holders may freeze their pass during this time. With registration, participants receive: a welcome informational email, special discounts, daily inspirational emails, a dedicated Facebook group to stay connected and a community celebration in March.  To register please visit the front desk at any of our studios.

Our next Many Paths Teacher Panel is scheduled for Sunday, January 13 at 4:30pm at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill. The subject will be HABIT and the instructors joining us are Maura Barclay, Sally Carley and Jenny Hayo.

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




January 4 - 6: Winter Yoga Retreat at Aldermarsh 

Tracy Hodgeman and Terilyn Wyre - FULL

Call 206.325.8821 to be put on wait list in case of illness.


February 1-3, 2013 Yoga & Memoir at Kripalu

Anne Phyfe Palmer & Claire Dederer


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

Sally Carley and Chiara Guerrieri

Sally and Chiara are thrilled to host a 3-day retreat for practitioners 50 and older.  The theme of their retreat is "Embracing Change."   


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 2013 and a couple already for 2014!


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



January TBD: Rod Stryker

May TBD: Shari Friedrichsen

Also coming in 2014: Sarah Powers and more...