it doesn't matter how deep into a posture you go -
what does matter is who you are when you get there."
- Max Strom
NOVEMBER EDUCATION DIRECTOR LETTER
Today is Friday, the day I clean my house and home office after a week of school, work, Halloween, and soccer practices. Ahhhh. The books go back in the bookshelves, the counters get cleared, the laundry starts to run, and I get to enjoy the clarity that comes when things are in their right place and there is space on surfaces rather than piles. This space gives me the room to make more sense of what I have just experienced, to see how it can carry on in my actions and words.
Read the full Director's Letter on the 8 Limbs Blog.
When we clean up, clear out, we acquire more space. When we have more space, we have more of an ability to pause, to reflect, and to consider the eternal question we humans ask of ourselves constantly, from moment to moment: "What's next?" When we become aware of that perpetual question, one that drives everything we do, we can start to answer it consciously, with discernment, with, well, awareness!
On this first day of November, the celebration of the Day of the Dead, take a moment for yourself to consider what you could clear out this month to live wholeheartedly, to inspire yourself and others to live a fulfilled life, one lived from awareness rather than habit or reactivity. Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of lives lived. What is your unique way of pulsing in this life? What gets in the way of that magnificence? These are daily questions that can inspire us into lives of great purpose and impact, of living our personal dharma and following our soul's deepest desire.
The Niyamas are an amazing tool to guide us on this inquiry, why not pick them up? Join me this Sunday to deepen your understanding of the Niyamas and spend the evening with some amazing 8 Limbs teachers. And check out the amazing workshops this month that will support this inquiry: Chakras, Yoga Nidra, workshops with Max Strom and Nicolai Bachman, and Yoga & Memoir - your soul will thank for listening.
Anne Phyfe Palmer
Owner and Education Director
8 Limbs Yoga Centers
P.S. If you read through this newsletter there's a coupon hiding in the midst!
NOVEMBER SERIES & WORKSHOPS
with Megan Costello, Wedgwood
Saturday, 11/2, 2 - 4pm
with Tracy Hodgeman, West Seattle
Mondays, 11/4 - 12/9, 7:15 - 8:30pm
with Dawn Jansen, Wedgwood
Sunday, 11/3, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Monday, 11/11, 7:15 - 8:15pm
with Melina Meza, Capitol Hill
Thanksgiving Benefit Classes
Thursday, 11/28, 9:30 - 11am
with Chiara Guerrieri, Melissa Lundsgaard, Sally Carley, & Tracy Hodgeman
MAX STROM WORKSHOPS
Teacher, speaker, and author Max Strom returns to 8 Limbs for four workshops to share his depth and wisdom. Author of A Life Worth Breathing and There's No App for Happiness, Max's methods address the internal, emotional, and spiritual aspects of our life, as well as physical healing. Join us as we work with the body, emotions, and mind to open and strengthen ourselves with inspiration and joy. All levels welcome.
The workshops are all their own separate events. Each day has a flow so the first class is a stronger practice, following by more gentle/subtle work. You may register for as many of them as you wish!
Saturday, November 9
12:15-2:15pm: Strength, Grace, and Healing
2:45-4:45pm: Yoga for Sleep
Sunday, November 10
12:15-2:15pm: Opening the Chest and Shoulders: a new state of energy
2:45-4:45pm: The Technology of Happiness
View Max's TED Talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFjdog-ne9A
Nicolai has been teaching Sanskrit, chanting, Yoga philosophy and Ayurveda since 1994. He has a knack for synthesizing and organizing complex topics into simple and understandable presentations. Nicolai has authored several Sanskrit book/CD learning tools including 108 Sanskrit Flash Cards, The Language of Ayurveda, and by Sounds True, The Language of Yoga and The Yoga Sutras: An Essential Guide to the Heart of Yoga Philosophy, and The Path of the Yoga Sutras. His books have been followed by 8 Limbs Teachers and Teacher Training graduates for over a decade. Join us for one or all of these enriching mini workshops at 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge.
We are looking for a Phinney Ridge neighborhood resident to host Nicolai in exchange for workshop participation. Email email@example.com if you have a clean private room for this kind man so that he can walk to his classes!
Sanskrit Basics with Restorative Yoga Chant Bath
Removing Obstacles with Kriya Yoga
The Gunas in Sankhya and Bhagavad Gita
Turn back your clocks - Daylight Savings Time ends in the wee hours of Sunday morning, November 3rd. Enjoy that extra hour of sleep!
KIDS, TWEEN & TEEN YOGA
Mondays, 4:15-5:15pm, ages 5-9
November 25 - December 16, 2013with Rebecca Young, Phinney Ridge
Sundays, 3:30 - 4:30pm
November 3 - 24, 2013
December 1 - 22, 2013with Dawn Jansen, Wedgwood
Sundays, 2:00 - 3:00pm
November 3 - 24, 2013
with Dawn Jansen, Wedgwood
Here's what's happening December and beyond!
Monday, 12/2, 7:15 - 9:15pm
with Peggy Farah, Capitol Hill
January 22-26, 2014, The Summit (Capitol Hill)
Aldermarsh, Whidbey Island
January 10-12, 2014
Uncover your true Sankalpa, a resolve that resonates deeply with your inner wisdom and serves your highest potential.
Tracy and Terilyn welcome you to join them for a magical weekend of nourishing yoga and deep inner exploration. This retreat will revolve around the setting of inspiring and lasting intentions as we cultivate and refine our understanding of Sankalpa through all of our senses.
Winter is the ideal time of year to take pause, turn inward and reflect on what seeds of intention we'd like to germinate in the seasons ahead, while identifying and weeding out whatever blocks new growth. How often do we find ourselves creating New Year's resolutions only to have our best intentions thwarted by old ingrained patterns of behavior? This weekend will be dedicated to uncovering our true Sankalpa -- a resolve that resonates deeply with our inner wisdom and serves our highest potential -- and finding realistic and practical ways to manifest Sankalpa in daily life. Call 206.325.8221 to register by phone. Space limited. This retreat has filled the last two years.
Haramara Retreat Center, Sayulita Mexico
April 12-19, 2014
Ignite and revitalize your being through
an in-depth exploration of the chakra system!
Spring is always an opportunity for renewal, growth and a time to invite our spirits to soar. Just like a planted seed has the amazing potential to expand and blossom into its fullness, we have this same ability. Ignite and revitalize your being this spring through an in depth exploration of the chakra system with MJ Daniels and Leisha Davis in the delightful beauty of Sayulita, Mexico. We will be living with Mother Nature in the hillside jungle of Haramara Retreat Center, unplugging from the outside world while we take our time to dive within.
The retreat will begin with a welcome ceremony at 5:30pm on Saturday, April 12th and will conclude with a closing ceremony in the late morning of Saturday, April 19th. Throughout the week there will be morning and evening sessions that focus on practices to stimulate our intricate energy system through asana, pranayama, meditation and chanting. Students will also have the opportunity to enjoy the spa services available and to embark on various excursions along the lush and breathtaking Pacific coastline.
Call 206.325.8221 to register by phone.
MANY PATHS PANEL, part 2:
Join us for the Many Paths Series.
This monthly Panel Series, featuring 8 Limbs Teachers, came from our desire to create more opportunities for dialogue between our knowledgeable and experienced teachers and our passionate community of staff and students. Throughout this series we'll delve into yogic philosophy and concepts from a variety of perspectives, exploring the many paths available for taking our yoga practice off the mat.
The 2013-2014 Many Paths Series will take an in-depth look at the eight limbs of yoga, also known as the eightfold path in Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, exploring one "limb" each month. The first hour consists of a moderated panel while the last half-hour will be a chance for participants and Teachers to have more informal conversations (tea and snacks provided!) Our four neighborhood studios will take turns hosting, see the specific schedule of topics and locations listed below.
1st Sundays of each month, October 2013 through May, 2014, 6:30pm - 8:00pm. Free and open to all levels.
10/6 Yamas (Capitol Hill)
11/3 Niyamas (West Seattle)
12/1 Asana (Wedgwood)
1/5 Pranayama (Phinney Ridge)
2/2 Pratyara (Capitol Hill)
3/2 Dharana (West Seattle)
4/6 Dhyana (Wedgwood)
5/4 Samadhi (Phinney Ridge)
TEACHER & STUDENT PROFILES
We are excited to have relaunched our monthly Teacher Profiles on the 8 Limbs Blog.
Rebecca Young (at left), our Kids Yoga Teacher at 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge, kicked it off in September, next one will show up mid-September.
What's missing now is YOUR PROFILE! We want to post Student Profiles as well! After reading Rebecca's (cuz she did a great job), fill out the following and send to firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo of yourself.
8 Limbs Studio(s) you attend:
Favorite yoga practice/pose and why:
Movie/book that changed your life:
One secret that helps you to stay healthy is:
Currently inspired by:
Anything you want to share with our community?
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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!
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
March 13 - 15, 2015: Gary Kraftsow
8 LIMBS RETREATS
January 10-12, 2014: Winter Yoga Retreat
Aldermarsh Retreat Center, Whidbey Isl.
Tracy Hodgeman &Terilyn Wyre
April 4 - 11, 2014: Advanced Training Retreat
Breitenbush Hot Springs
Melina Meza, Chiara Guerrieri &
Anne Phyfe Palmer
April, 2014: Spring Yoga Retreat
Haramara Retreat Center, Sayulita, Mexico (pictured above)
MJ Daniels & Leisha Davis
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!