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


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Last week the theme of my yoga classes was Isvara PranidhanaAs 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!

Smile Often 
Anne Phyfe Palmer 
Owner and Education Director

8 Limbs Yoga Centers



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

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


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



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 


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.

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. 

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. 

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




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! 


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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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. 
  1. 4 convenient Seattle Locations
  2. 300+ collective years of instructor experience
  3. 135+ classes per week
  4. Locally owned since 1996
  5. Welcoming and non-conformist culture
  6. Instruction that meets you at your level
  7. Inspiring community of practitioners
  8. More than just a workout

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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


"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!