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In This Issue
April Director Letter
Kids & Tween Yoga
April Workshops
April Series & Events
Upcoming Events
Shari Friedrichsen
Rules & Etiquette
Teacher Training Summer Intensive
8 Limbs Retreats
Kids & Tween Yoga
Visiting Teachers
Many Paths Panel


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



Last week the 8 Limbs staff took a one-week retreat in Hawaii to plan the expansion of 8 Limbs to all 50 states. We are JAZZED!


April Fool's!


But really, on March 27th the 8 Limbs Administrative Staff took a one-day Staff Retreat at my home in Madison Valley. We've done this the past four years to come together outside of our daily jobs, responsibilities, and offices, and focus on the big picture for 8 Limbs. This group includes the four studio managers, Lauren Kite (Capitol Hill), Jami Mooney (Phinney Ridge), Theresa Spencer (Wedgwood), and Joanna Bond (West Seattle), Operations Manager Megan Costello, Boutique Buyer Melissa Lundsgaard, Communications Manager Samantha Fisher, and myself, the Education Director and Owner. Our retreats are led by our Executive Director, Ashley Dahl, MSW.


Last year we spent the bulk of our time considering how we, as a group and in our individual jobs, could connect to and strengthen the mission of 8 Limbs: 

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


Our extensive brainstorm led to 21 action items including:

  1. Value time and energy of self and others.
  2. Model consciousness, awareness & inclusiveness.
  3. Communicate and execute policy clearly, w/ consistency & compassion.
  4. Be open to growth, to finding better ways to do what we do.
  5. Create avenues for gratitude.

We have carried these items through our work this year, which support the two planning goals that have guided us the last two years:


Strengthen the 8 Limbs experience by bringing all the ways in which we do business fully into alignment with our mission and core values.


Position 8 Limbs as a leading example of a profitable business that is also a mindful business, both within the Seattle community and the regional yoga community.


This year we took this a step further to investigate which of the 21 brainstorm items most excited and inspired each of us, and which we thought would most benefit 8 Limbs in 2013. There were stars next to almost all of the 21 items, but the following three were most decorated:

  1. Be open to growth, to finding better ways to do what we do.
  2. Embrace diversity.
  3. Work as a team.

From this we are developing goals for the future to inspire and guide the next two years. We are so lucky to have a great admin team, and such great teachers at 8 Limbs to work with. 


Our closing for the meeting was to write an "I trust you to ________" for each of our co-workers. Each of us walked away with an envelope decorated by Samantha full of positive statements from one another. What a sweet thing it was for all of us to leave the meeting knowing what was most valued about our work to others on the team.


What do you value in your work? What do you contribute to the team of people you work with, if applicable? Yoga, after all, can be brought into all that we do. Join the conversation on the 8 Limbs Facebook page

And to all of you: "I trust that you will continue to follow your hearts!"
Smile Often 
Anne Phyfe Palmer 
Owner and Education Director

8 Limbs Yoga Centers


This year there is one Kids Yoga & Art Summer Camp, August 24-28 at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill. Spread the news to those with kiddos! 

Partner Prenatal Yoga with Mara Benedict, April 7, 2:30 - 4pm, Capitol Hill
Advanced Asana with Jonna Bracken and Kate BradfieldApril 14, 1-4pm, Capitol Hill 
Full Spectrum Practice with MJ Daniels, April 21, 2-4pm, Phinney Ridge
Chakra Flow Unfolding with Megan Costello and Terilyn Wyre, April 27, 1-4pm, West Seattle
Teacher Training Info Session with Anne Phyfe Palmer, April 15, 8:30-9:30pm, Capitol Hill - come learn about the Summer Intensive!

Yoga for Athletes with Jay Holby, Wednesdays, April 10-May15, 6-7:15pm, Phinney Ridge


Restorative Yoga Series with Dawn Jansen, Sundays, April 7-May 5,7:15-8:30pm, Wedgwood 


 Back Care Series with Kate BradfieldWednesdaysApril 10-May 157:30-8:30pm, Phinney Ridge 


Intro Series with Jenny, Thursdays, April 18-May 23, Capitol Hill

Intro Series with Leisha, Thursdays, April 11-May 16, Phinney Ridge

Intro Series with Maura, Mondays, April 8-May 13, West Seattle  

Intro Series with Jen, Tuesdays, April 23-May 28, Wedgwood  

Kids Yoga Series with Sonia Stehr, Thursdays, April 25-May16, 4:00-5:00pm, Capitol Hill   

Tween Yoga Series with Caitlin Moore, Tuesdays, April 30-May 21, 4:00-5:00pm, Capitol Hill   
Tween Yoga Series with Dawn Jansen, MondaysApril 8-May 13, 3:30-4:30pm, Wedgwood  

Plus ongoing Yoga for 50+ Series!  


Here's what's happening May and beyond!


Yoga with Shari Friedrichsen, May 3-5, Phinney Ridge


Pre/Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training with Anne Phyfe Palmer, May 13-17


Embodying the Yoga Sutras with Jenny Hayo, May 12-June 2, Capitol Hill


Yin Yang Practice with Karen Gamble, May 18, Phinney Ridge


Yoga Nidra, Yoga Bliss with Tracy Hodgeman, May 18, West Seattle


Pandit Rajmani Tigunait - Living Tantra Tour, June 22, The Summit, 420 E Pike 

May 3 - 5
Shari Friedrichsen returns to 8 Limbs to share her timeless wisdom and depth of practice. One of 8 Limbs founder Anne Phyfe Palmer's main teachers, Shari is part of the senior faculty staff at The Himalayan Institute, publisher of Yoga International. Join us to dive deep into the subtle body through experiential exploration of Yoga as a Healing Practice, the Chakra System, and honoring of the Divine Mother. Click on the individual classes to read their descriptions. All levels welcome.

Early registration rate through April 5.   


"Namaste" literally means: the divine in me bows to the divine in you. Every moment we are together--from the street outside, to class, to back outside again--we have the opportunity to respect and appreciate one another. If you need them, please visit our Rules & Etiquette page for some wise and gracious yogi and yogini etiquette guidelines!


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, April 15 at 8:30pm. 

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


We've schedule fun and engaging Kids Yoga classes at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill and Phinney Ridge, 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. 

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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!


May 3-5 - Shari Friedrichsen
June 22 -
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
September 20-22 - Tias Little 

November 8 & 9 - Max Strom 

November 15-17 - Nicolai Bachman



January 22 - 26: Rod Stryker

May TBD: Shari Friedrichsen

June 13 - 15: Sarah Powers


Our next panel is being planned right now for June on the topic of Non-Attachment. Stay tuned for date, time, and teachers!