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In This Issue
June Director Letter
Many Paths Panel
June Series & Events
Upcoming Events
Free Day of Yoga
Teacher Training Summer Intensive
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
8 Limbs Retreats
Kids & Tween Yoga
Visiting Teachers
Rules & Etiquette


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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!

Smile Often 
Anne Phyfe Palmer 
Owner and Education Director

8 Limbs Yoga Centers



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 BakerKaren Gamble, and Matt Nadler to discuss the topic of NON-ATTACHMENT, moderated by Ashley Dahl



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 


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, 9/22Capitol 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 for details. 8 Limbs Capitol Hill needs a cleaner, email 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!


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

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.
More info on the tour: 


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




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!


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!