JUNE EDUCATION DIRECTOR LETTER
Like many seekers, for many years I walked down the path of yoga without significant guidance. I had many wonderful teachers, a voracious desire for freedom (moksha), and an unquestioning faith (shruddha) that it was a worthwhile journey, but I always felt like the orphan who just has to make it on her own, and does, because of her pluck and will.
8 Limbs was born out of that will, and that faith, and a desire to form a community of others interested in the gifts that yoga offers. It was, and remains, a place where there is no one teacher, no one style, no singular way to do yoga.
Read the extended version of this letter on the 8 Limbs Blog.
Eventually there arose in me a hunger for a teacher, someone to guide me. I was ready. Within a year of putting that intention, or sankalpa, out there, I met the first of my two teachers, Shari Friedrichsen, in 1998. Shari offered me a way into the emotional possibilities of the practice, through the body. She had spent years in personal study and practice (sadhana), investigating her demons and patterns, and had come out the other side a shining beacon.
In 2003 I met Rod Stryker. Rod, who I now call Yogarupa out of respect, laid down the foundation of science that helped me understand the power of this practice like never before. He was also so clearly connected to his own teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, and his teacher's teacher, the Himalayan Master Swami Rama. This powerful lineage traces back to Adi Shankaracharya, one of the greatest teachers in India's history.
I could feel the power, the Shakti, of these teachings. I was receiving oral transmission of practices and knowledge in an unbroken link from teacher to student over hundreds of years. It felt like grace, and magic, and relief.
A few years later I found out that Shari had become a student of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, who is known by many as, simply, "Panditji." Both of my teachers had found their way to the same source.
This month Panditji is coming to Seattle and I (and I hope many of you) will meet him for the first time. It is an incredible honor for 8 Limbs, and feels quite beyond words. He's been described to me as a teddy bear, and a storyteller, and a wise, wise man.
This past month I have had the amazing grace to spend extended time with both of my yoga teachers. It has strengthened in me the importance of transmission, of passing on these teachings from one human to another. Knowledge is power, and power is required for us to find and follow our path, our dharma. I hope you'll join us in welcoming my "grand teacher" to 8 Limbs at 7pm on June 22. The event is at the First Covenant Church, 400 E. Pike St. A full description can be found at the end of this newsletter. Click here to register.
See you there!
Anne Phyfe Palmer
Owner and Education Director
8 Limbs Yoga Centers
|MANY PATHS TEACHER PANEL SERIES
Our next free teacher panel is scheduled for Sunday, June 2, 6:30-7:45pm at 8 Limbs Wedgwood. Please plan to join 8 Limbs teachers Alex Baker, Karen Gamble, and Matt Nadler to discuss the topic of NON-ATTACHMENT, moderated by Ashley Dahl.
JUNE SERIES AND EVENTS
Free Day of Classes at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill
Tuesday, June 4, all day! See below for more info.
Thursday, June 6, 7:15-8:15pm, Capitol Hill
with Brent, Wednesdays, June 12 - July 24
and Saturday, July 13, Phinney Ridge
with Tim Sullivan, June 30, Capitol Hill
Here's what's happening July and beyond!
with Brent, Fridays, July 12 - August 16, Wedgwood
and Sunday, August 4, Phinney Ridge
Deeper Cravings - A Mindful Path to Peace with Food & Your Body
with Peggy Farah, July 15, Phinney Ridge
Friday, 9/20 - Sunday, 9/22, Capitol Hill
Plus ongoing Restorative Yoga Series
with Dawn Jansen at Wedgwood
8 LIMBS CAPITOL HILL - Free Day of Classes!
THANK YOU to the Capitol Hill Community for your patience in this ongoing remodel of the Greenus Building.
To show our gratitude for your patience, Tuesday, June 4 will be a FREE DAY OF CLASSES at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill. Plus 25% off in the Boutique on all non-sale items all day!
Construction is moving along nicely! The boutique is back in action, the east stairs have been repainted, and the main hallway is spackled and ready to go. Construction will continue downstairs, so we encourage you to use the east stairs to avoid dust and muck. Good work Ganesha, remover of obstacles!
8 Limbs Phinney Ridge is looking for a new work study to help with cleaning on Wednesdays (2 hrs.). Please email email@example.com
for details. 8 Limbs Capitol Hill needs a cleaner, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Trade your time for yoga!
SUMMER SPECIAL - $95/month for 3 mos.
We are running our 3 month yoga membership special again this year, with the same rates as 2012! Commit to yourself, and to three months at 8 Limbs, and receive the great rate of $95/month (will be charged as autopay). Now through July 20, 2013!
| TEACHER TRAINING SUMMER INTENSIVE |
July 12 - August 8, 2013
Free Info Session June 6, 7:15-8:15pm, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill
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
|PANDIT RAJMANI TIGUNAIT|
Living Tantra Tour
Saturday, June 22, 7-9pm, First Covenant Church, 400 E. Pike St.
PLEASE NOTE: The venue for this event has moved from The Summit, 420 E. Pike St., to First Covenant Church, 400 E. Pike St. on the corner of E. Pike and Bellevue.
8 Limbs is honored to have been chosen as one of the stops on Pandit Rajmani Tigunait's Living Tantra Tour. This evening event will consist of a condensed two-hour lecture and guided practice to demonstrate how tantric teachings and techniques enhance and deepen yoga, meditation and Ayurveda practices. Join us to experience the brilliance and wisdom of these teachings.
In Essence of Living Tantra, you will learn what tantra is and what it is not, and how tantra can make your current practice of yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, spirituality, and holistic health richer and more fulfilling.
In these two hours, learn exactly what the tantric masters mean when they proclaim, "There is an innate wisdom in your body, and an immense power in your mind. What you need is the time-tested technique for discovering yourself - your wonderful body and beautiful mind."
Key points are:
* The tantric view of life, and how freedom and fulfillment go hand in hand.
* The power of kundalini shakti, prana, and mind, and the tantric way of working with them.
* The tantric idea of balance and integration, and how to apply this idea in our daily life.
* Cultivating a clear, calm, and tranquil mind, and making your mind your best friend.
* The tantric method of meditation to experience the joy that is in us, and is us.
|8 LIMBS RETREATS|
July 12 - 14: Summer Yoga Retreat
North Cascades Institute (pictured here)
MJ Daniels and Megan Costello
July 28 - August 2: Advanced Training Retreat II
Breitenbush Hot Springs
Melina Meza & Chiara Guerrieri
November 1 - 3: Fall Yoga Retreat
Sleeping Lady Retreat Center
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.
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- 4 convenient Seattle Locations
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- Inspiring community of practitioners
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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!
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!