8 Limbs started on a road trip to Idaho with the question: “if you could start a business, any business, right now, what would it be?” My immediate answer, without having ever considered it, was “a yoga studio.” From that moment, the idea percolated and brought forth the vision for an inclusive and welcoming home for yoga in Seattle. I spent most of my free time in 1996 bringing the vision into reality, and with the help of many friends, we cleaned, painted, and decorated the Surya studio the entire month of September to open on October 15, 1996.
It’s now been fifteen years since that first 7am class on a decidedly crisp fall morning. At 8 Limbs remain committed to our original mission, though we have grown and evolved with many different teachers, students, managers, and desk staff.

To celebrate, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill received a lovely facelift this summer. Both Chandra and Surya studios have new lighting, fans, and a fresh coat of paint. Thanks to our designer Jenny Hayo, 8 Limbs instructor since 1999, the look is clean, modern, and cozy. We hope you’ll come check the spaces out soon. They are ready to hold the space for 15 more years of your practice.

We have chosen to celebrate 15 years with a walk through our history from 1996 through 2011. From October 1st through 15th we will commemorate the milestones of 8 Limbs and offer a special each day.

Mark your calendars now for our October 13th benefit classes at all four 8 Limbs and our 15th Anniversary Celebration Class on October 15th at 5pm taught by Dawn to Stephen Fandrich’s live music and preceded by a dance performance by Douglas Ridings.

Thanks to all of you who have walked in the doors of 8 Limbs over the last 15 years. You have made 8 Limbs what it is today.

Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer

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