AP holding 2 babiesBack in 1998, two years after opening 8 Limbs, I followed a passion for childbirth and took the doula training at Seattle Midwifery School (which is now a part of Bastyr). Within a month I realized doula work would be tough with a teaching schedule, but I thought offering yoga to pregnant women would be a great way to bridge my two passions. That summer I took Colette Crawford’s very first Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training and started classes at 8 Limbs as soon as I graduated. Ever since, with only brief breaks for maternity leave, I have taught yoga to mamas and mamas-to-be twice a week on Capitol Hill (and for a few years in Wedgwood!), and have been training prenatal teachers myself since 2008.

Seventeen years later, I am taking a break from weekly classes. I just (see photo) taught my last scheduled postnatal class (though I’ll sub from time to time, like October 8th!) and will teach my last prenatal class on Monday, September 28. I am trying to birth a new project, a memoir about my journey as a woman entrepreneur and mother, so I need to focus my energy in that direction. Ironically, Yoga Journal just featured Seattle (and 8 Limbs) in their recent article about America’s Top Yoga Towns that calls Seattle the place for Family-Friendly Yoga! Michelle Gagne will take over the Monday 5:30pm class and Rai Lowe returns to 8 Limbs to teach the Thursday 1:30pm Postnatal. We welcome Jodi Boone, longtime prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher, to 8 Limbs Phinney to teach a Monday 5:30pm Prenatal class and Wednesday 11:45am starting October 1st. Read more about these wonderful women on our Teacher Page.

What’s going on in prenatal, kids, and family yoga at 8 Limbs this fall? Learn more in the recent Kids & Family Newsletter or visit the Pre/Postnatal or Kids & Family pages on our website. Read about Fall Schedule Changes.

Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer

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