"The important thing is this: to be able,
at any moment,
to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."
- Charles Frédéric Dubois
DECEMBER EDUCATION DIRECTOR LETTER
A few days ago I received an email from Peggy Farah, a Therapist and founder of Deeper Cravings. She sent me a quote to post on Facebook for her upcoming workshop that brought back to me what Thanksgiving was like when I was in the grip of eating disorder. I spent most of it in a fog, or anxious, unable to enjoy the bounty of family and food.
From ages 13 through 24 I struggled with bulimia, overeating, and exercise compulsion. The former only lasted a few years, thanks to some great support, but the others were a challenge until I found yoga and settled into a more healthy relationship to my body, one that is still evolving at age 43.
When I received the email I was able to smile with immense gratitude that I my own deeper cravings are no longer for food. They are for writing, and singing, laughing, and playing, being fully alive and embodied. For years food possessed me but now life is a series of choices I make with mindfulness and clarity, because of yoga practice.
This time of year our cravings and desires can be amplified. The culture of December is shopping, and eating, and drinking. If we are unaware of what drives us, we can walk down a dark road of overdoing whatever it is that fills some unacknowledged void. All at the time of year that asks us to hibernate, like the plants and animals, and draw from the deep nourishment of quiet and stillness, so that we can come alive in the spring like the shoots and buds of new life.
What can you do this holiday season that will best serve you? What are good uses of your precious energy? Take some time today to pause and consider how you want to spend December. How can you be sure to take pause? How can you complete whatever gift buying or social commitments you have without getting off track from your practice and self-care?
I wish you all a wonderful, light and love-filled December. May you listen to the deeper cravings and experience peace and joy. Feel like letting the 8 Limbs Community learn more about what makes you tick? Please see below for our Student Profiles on the 8 Limbs Blog. We want one from YOU!
Anne Phyfe Palmer
Owner and Education Director
8 Limbs Yoga Centers
P.S. Get your December off to a great start tonight with the next Many Paths Teacher Panel, 6:30pm at 8 Limbs Wedgwood. The subject is Asana, the 3rd limbs of yoga.
Give the gift of yoga!
Now through December 20th we're offering a
on 5-Class Gift Passes
(One pass per person
but you may gift to as many different people as you'd like.)
|Offer Expires: 12/20/13|
December 1-22, 2013
with Dawn Jansen, Wedgwood
Sunday, December 1, 6:30-8:00pm
with Megan Costello, Matt Nadler & Jen Yaros, Wedgwood
Monday, December 2, 7:15-9:15pm
with Peggy Farah, Capitol Hill
NEW YEAR's EVE & DAY WORKSHOPS
December 31, 2013
Two class times: 8:00-10:30pm and 10:30pm-12:05am
with Karen Gamble, Phinney Ridge
January 1, 2014, 10:30am-12:30pm
with Megan Costello and Rob & Melissa Lundsgaard, Wedgwood
January 1, 2014, 1:00-5:00pm
with Sally Carley, Capitol Hill
January 1, 2014, 2:00-4:00pm
with Dawn Jansen, Phinney Ridge
Here's what's happening January and beyond!
Mondays 7:15-9:15pm 1/6-2/24 (no class 1/20 and 2/17) And Saturday, February 22, 9am-4pm
with Brent Morton, Wedgwood
Wednesdays 5:45-7:00pm 1/15-2/19
with Jenny Hayo, Capitol Hill
January 22-26, 2014, The Summit (Capitol Hill)
Partial registration for 9am-12pm practice sessions for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday opens January 1. To be put on the list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the days you would like to attend. Cost is $55/session advance, $65 after January 17 (space allowing).
January 30, 9:30am-2:30pm,
With Anne Phyfe Palmer & Claire Dederer, Phinney Ridge
Save the date! After the HUGE success of our first 28-day Commitment program this past February we've decided to do it again February, 2014.
If you're not familiar with this program, it's an opportunity to make a 28-day commitment to practice within a supportive community context.
More details to roll out early January!
We're excited to offer a full range of
seasonal retreat options throughout 2014.
WINTER: Begin the new year with Terilyn & Tracy's annual Winter Yoga Retreat. January 10-12, Aldermarsh Retreat Center on Whidbey Island. We expect this retreat to fill so if you're interested we suggest registering soon!
SPRING: Join Leisha and MJ for a relaxing week in Mexico as we transition into spring. April 12-19, at the stunning Haramara Retreat Center in Sayulita. Spaces are limited so again, if interested we encourage you to register soon!
SUMMER: We're marking early summer with a special Summer Yoga Retreat with Megan Costello and the kirtan sounds of Melissa & Rob Lundsgaard. June 27-29, Harmony Hill Retreat Center in Hood Canal. We expect to open registration mid-January but more details can be found here.
FALL: And of course no year would be complete without the annual Fall Yoga Retreat with Anne Phyfe and Melina, November 7-9 at Sleeping Lady Retreat Center in Leavenworth Washington. We'll be posting information early 2014 with more details.
We host two annual retreats at Breitenbush Hot Springs. Both are part of our Teacher Training Programs but also appropriate and open to dedicated practitioners:
Advanced Teacher Training I, April 4-11 with Anne Phyfe, Melina & Chiara
Advanced Teacher Training II, July 28-August 2 with Melina & Chiara
Call 206.325.8221 to register by phone.
MANY PATHS PANEL, part 3:
Our Many Paths Series continues with the third installment: "Asana."
Join 8 Limbs teachers Jen Yaros, Megan Costello, Matt Nadler and moderator Anne Phyfe Palmer for an interactive discussion about asana, the third limb of yoga. 12/1, 6:30 - 8:00pm, Wedgwood 8 Limbs. No charge, treats included!
VISITING TEACHER SCHEDULE
January 22 - 26: Rod Stryker
June 13 - 15: Sarah Powers (at left)
October 3-5: Tias Little
March 13 - 15, 2015: Gary Kraftsow
TEACHER & STUDENT PROFILES
We are excited to have relaunched our monthly Teacher Profiles on the 8 Limbs Blog.
(at left), our Kids Yoga Teacher at 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge, kicked it off in September, we learned about Jenny Hayo
in October, and Tracy Hodgeman
was profiled in November.
And now we need YOUR PROFILE. We kicked off our first Student Profile with Wedgwood student Nancy Wick. Please fill out the following and send to email@example.com 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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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!