MAY EDUCATION DIRECTOR LETTER
Last week the theme of my yoga classes was Isvara Pranidhana. As I learned it, the Sanskrit word Isvara means "that which sustains you." For some that is God, for others, family, or Earth, the great planet we honored last week on Earth Day.
The idea of Isvara is in itself an acknowledgement that we are beings that thrive with support, with connection to a source - of food, of love, of acceptance. Taking the time to consider what that is for us as individuals can be valuable. Our bodies were not designed to be independent. We don't exist on air and we don't thrive without affection.
Pranidhana means "to surrender" or "to be supported by." Together, Isvara and Pranidhana can be translated as "to be supported by that which sustains you." It is an allowance of a powerful flow of awareness. It is, to me, a deeply relaxing and nourishing concept. It has helped me to know that I don't have to do everything, or figure out every problem. I can trust that there is a plan greater than my own desire to control or quantify. If I can let go, I can open to the mystery and joys of a life lived from ease rather than fear.
At 8 Limbs Capitol Hill we have recently gone through our own powerful experience of letting go. A few weeks ago we bid adieu to the yoga space we've occupied for almost seventeen years. It was sad to say goodbye, but what's come in its place is an equally beautiful and peaceful studio. Many have noted how comforting it feels and how great it sounds (esp with no loud heater!). What we've leaned into is the truth that yoga and community are what supports us here, not just a physical space.
I want to send a big thanks to the 8 Limbs community and staff for their patience through this change. See below for notes on further construction planned for May 6-10. We're in the home stretch!
Anne Phyfe Palmer
Owner and Education Director
8 Limbs Yoga Centers
CAPITOL HILL CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
But wait, there's more! Due to some additional sandblasting that will impact our hallways, all classes at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill from Monday May 6 through Sunday May 12 will be held in The Summit Building located at 420 E. Pike Street (just west of our building across Summit St.). Look for the entrance on the east side of the building on Summit Ave E. adjacent to the entrance for the parking garage. Early morning classes will enter through the entrance on Pike St. (look for the propped door). There will be very few cancellations, which will be announced in an email by Friday and will be posted on our website. Pictured here is Ganesha, the remover of obstacles!
Yoga with Shari Friedrichsen May 3-5, Phinney Ridge
Yoga Nidra, Yoga Bliss with Tracy Hodgeman, May 18, West Seattle
MAY SERIES & EVENTS
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
Plus ongoing Yoga for 50+ Series, Back Care, and Intro Series!
Here's what's happening June and beyond!
Many Paths Teacher Panel with 8 Limbs Teachers
Sunday, June 2, 6:30-7:30pm, Wedgwood
with Tim Sullivan, June 30, Capitol Hill
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait - Living Tantra Tour, June 22, The Summit, 420 E Pike
|YOGA with SHARI FRIEDRICHSEN|
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.
|MANY PATHS TEACHER PANEL SERIES
Our next free panel is schedule for Sunday, June 2, 6:30-7:3pm at 8 Limbs Wedgwood. Please plan to join 8 Limbs teachers to discuss the topic of non-attachment.
Final location and teachers will be posted by May 15 in the Series & Events section of our website.
| TEACHER TRAINING SUMMER INTENSIVE |
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.
|8 LIMBS RETREATS|
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
KIDS YOGA SUMMER CAMP!
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!
KIDS & TWEEN YOGA
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.
FACEBOOK and BLOG
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This year the 8 Limbs Blog
is posting fuller explanations of our '8 Limbs 8 Reasons" campaign, started to help clarify what makes 8 Limbs unique or valuable.
- 4 convenient Seattle Locations
- 300+ collective years of instructor experience
- 135+ classes per week
- Locally owned since 1996
- Welcoming and non-conformist culture
- Instruction that meets you at your level
- Inspiring community of practitioners
- More than just a workout
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2013/14 VISITING TEACHER SCHEDULE
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
RULES AND ETIQUETTE
"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!