Shari_Freiderichsen_twistFifteen years ago I saw a flyer for a workshop on the Chakras with a Portland, Oregon yoga teacher named Shari Friedrichsen. On a whim I signed up for the class and found myself in a small room above an aikido studio on Aurora Avenue with about fifteen other yoga teachers and practitioners. We practiced, we talked, and we sat.

From that day I knew I had finally found my yoga teacher. Shari had the presence I’d been seeking, a style of compassionately addressing emotional content in asana. Soon thereafter I contacted Shari and visited her in Portland for a private on the way to a vacation at the Oregon coast (during which my husband and I decided to get married, quite a weekend!). It was such a relief to finally find a mentor. I had been resistant to follow a big name teacher so Shari was perfect, a humble and unassuming seeker of truth. We had an immediate connection and have been in touch ever since.

Shari now serves on the faculty at The Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA, training yoga teachers from all over the world, and lives onsite with her husband Mark. Three years ago Shari agreed to return to to Seattle to teach at 8 Limbs and has come every May since then. It has been so rewarding to share her special loving style of teaching with the 8 Limbs community. She returns May 3-5 to teach in our 500-hour Teacher Training and share three mini-workshops for the General Public: Yoga for Healing, The Chakras, and Honoring the Divine Mother (May is Mother’s Day month after all!). Many 8 Limbs teachers have enjoyed classes with Shari, including Tracy Hodgeman, MJ Daniels, Leisha Davis, Karen Gamble.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us!

Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer

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