There are four gate-keepers at the entrace to the Realm of Freedom [moksha].
Spirit of Inquiry
With a pure heart and a receptive mind, and without the veil of doubt and restlessness of the mind, listen to the exposition of the nature and means of liberation.
JULY EDUCATION DIRECTOR LETTER
Whenever July 4th comes around I get to thinking about freedom. That, to me, is what Independence Day is all about. Freedom from control (from another country), freedom of religion (or from it), freedom of speech (though it'll all be recorded somewhere...), and the many other freedoms that we experience in the United States, more and more each day.
Anyone who was in Seattle this past weekend had a taste of FREEDOM. It was gorgeous and hot. And this is just the beginning of summer, so it doesn't carry the wistful background of fall around the corner! This is Seattle at its best.
And it was Pride Weekend! What a fantastic shift from the Junuary cold of last year's Pride Fest to celebrate the amazing movement forward our country has made this year, and even last week, for LGBT rights. WOW! Progress is possible!
The word for freedom in Sanskrit, the language of yoga, is moksha. The actual meaning of moksha is "release" or "to let loose, to let go." It's opposite is to hold, to restrain, to control.
Many things can bind us from the outside - laws, familial obligations, work - but we can also be wound tight by our own minds. The gift of yoga is that it teaches us to use control to find freedom. We learn through the discipline and attention of practice to become less held by the fluctuations of the mind. We learn to witness not follow its dance. We become able to be with what is, rather than follow the yarn our mind weaves about what was, or what could be.
The true goal of yoga is moksa, freedom. How do you experience freedom, today? What still binds you? What freedoms are worth fighting for?
May you enjoy your July 4th, and consider the freedoms we have, and can continue to receive.
Anne Phyfe Palmer
Owner and Education Director
8 Limbs Yoga Centers
We are running our popular 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).
Available through July 20, 2013,
in person or online!
JULY 4 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
Make sure to check the website or printed schedules at the studios for the reduced schedule July 3-7 for the July 4th Holiday Weekend. Note we have canceled two classes that were previously posted for Capitol Hill: Weds 4:30pm and Saturday 7:30am. Anne Phyfe will teach the Wednesday 6:30am CH class.
JULY SERIES AND EVENTS
We are thrilled to partner with the Seattle Art Museum once again to offer free classes to the public at the spectacular Olympic Sculpture Park (see photo). These All Levels classes are part of SAM's "GET OUT! Summer at SAM" series and run every Saturday from July 13 through August 24, 2013.
Join spirited teacher Lara Clark for a four-class session at the 3 class rate (ok to miss a class!) at 8 Limbs Wedgwood for adults and children to practice together. Wednesdays 11am, July 10-31.
8 Limbs kicks off its first month-long yoga intensive, July 12-August 8. See below for more details on this summer yoga school for curious yoga students or prospective yoga teachers.
Deeper Cravings - A Mindful Path to Peace with Food & Your Body
with Peggy Farah, July 15, 7:15-9:15pm, Phinney Ridge
Explore how presence heals food and body issues.
Kids Yoga Series
Rebecca Young is a musician, music teacher, and fabulous kids yoga teacher. Your kid can keep their yoga going over the summer on Mondays 4:30-5:30, July 22 - August 12 at 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge.
Yogi Revolution with MC Yogi and Amanda Giacomini
This yoga practice to live music concludes with an intimate unplugged set with MC Yogi. Saturday July 27. 7:30-9:30pm at OmCulture, co-sponsored by 8 Limbs Yoga Centers.
July Intro Series at Phinney Ridge, Wedgwood and West Seattle
Here's what's happening August and beyond!
Sonia Stehr returns to teach her 6th annual 8 Limbs Summer Camp, August 26-30, Monday-Thursday 12-3:30pm.
Friday, 9/20 - Sunday, 9/22, Capitol Hill
Learn about the 8 Limbs 200-hour and 500-hour Teacher Trainings at this free info session,
September 9, 7:15pm. Capitol Hill
8 Limbs Phinney Ridge is looking for a new work study to help with cleaning on Wednesdays (2 hrs.). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
for details. 8 Limbs Capitol Hill needs a cleaner, email email@example.com. Trade your time for yoga!
| TEACHER TRAINING SUMMER INTENSIVE |
July 12 - August 8, 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
|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 Family, and Kids Yoga classes at 8 Limbs Wedgwood and Phinney Ridge, and supportive and relaxing Tween Yoga at 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!
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
June 13 - 15: Sarah Powers
October 3-5: Tias Little
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!