Anne Phyfe Palmer, Owner/Studio Director
Anne Phyfe Palmer founded 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in 1996 to provide an inclusive and welcoming home for yoga practitioners in Seattle. Raised in New Orleans, Anne Phyfe came to Seattle in 1993 via Vermont, where she completed her BA in English and Women’s Studies and developed an interest in Environmental Studies. She has guided 8 Limbs through 19 years of growth and stability, while raising her two daughters Lily and Coco with husband Bez, a graphic designer and illustrator. In addition to acting as Studio Director of 8 Limbs, Anne Phyfe teaches yoga classes and trains other teachers the 8 Limbs Yoga 200 and 500-hour Teacher Trainings and Pre/Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training.
As Studio Director Anne Phyfe supports Education Director Kathleen Dowd-Gailey in steering the programming that fills 8 Limbs Class Schedules, Workshops, and Teacher Training with a diverse and grounded roster of experienced teachers. Together they collaborate with and support 8 Limbs teachers to maintain high standards of teaching and content and to offer 8 Limbs students many paths to travel on in their yoga practice.
If not at 8 Limbs, you’ll find Anne Phyfe tending to her home, family and garden, or out in nature. She is a committed bike commuter and enjoys walks and jogs in the Arboretum. Anne Phyfe also loves to read and write, and is close to completing the first draft of her memoir about the founding of 8 Limbs.
Ashley Dahl, Executive Director
As Executive Director, Ashley looks for ways to deepen our mission and sense of community through what we offer as well as the way we do business. Outside studio doors she provides coaching and consulting to other small businesses in the region, helping them align their core values and goals and putting them into action. She also serves on the Board of Directors for both Shunpike (www.shunpike.org) and Capitol Hill Entrepreneurial Women (chewseattle.com.)
Creating opportunities for people to enjoy and connect with their community has always been important to Ashley. Prior to 8 Limbs she spent over a decade running youth development programs as well as producing arts and fundraising events. She earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington.
A regular morning mediation practice is key to keeping Ashley grounded. Getting out in nature year-round keeps her feeling whole. Traveling, art, food and a bit of sass are some favorite ways she connects with others.
Amanda Granberg, Capitol Hill Yoga Advisor
Amanda’s priority as the Yoga Advisor is to help students feel special, safe and included in the amazing community at 8 Limbs. She studied hospitality business management as WSU.Outside studio doors Amanda can be found immersed in Ayurvedic medicine. Soon after discovering her dosha, she started making her own personal care products and checked out Ayurvedic cookbooks from the library to learn how to better balance her dosha. If she’s not making a giant mess in the kitchen, you will find Amanda exploring somewhere in nature. She enjoys hiking with friends and family and collecting edible plants along the way. To help her stay grounded and connected she enjoys spending time near the water at Golden Gardens, Foster Island and Greenlake as well as a daily meditation practice, especially the loving kindness meditation.
Bayeshan Cooper, Capitol Hill Yoga Advisor
Bayeshan is delighted to be a part of 8 Limbs and welcome people the same way she was welcomed to 8 Limbs years ago – kind and down to earth. Originally from Taiwan and having moved to several new cities over the years, Bayeshan know what it’s like to search for connection in a foreign place, whether it’s a new country, new city or even a new community. This is what inspires her as a Yoga Advisor to build genuine connections with students and support their sense of belonging. Bayeshan earned her B.F.A in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and a 500hr RYT from Center City Yoga in Salt Lake City. She is currently enrolled in 8 Limbs Yoga’s 500Hr Training and the ParaYoga Master Training. Outside of studio doors you might find Bayeshan traveling to unknown places, standing in the middle of trees or possibly falling asleep with the stars over her head.
Claudette Evans, Capitol Hill Studio Manager
As Studio Manager, Claudette works to create a space for the community that is warm and welcoming, so that students can explore the sheer joy of movement, while cultivating greater connection in their lives. She has been a student of yoga herself for more than 17 years and a teacher for nearly 7. Before yoga, she shared her gifts as a classically-trained singer and performer, athlete, nonprofit arts administrator, event producer, and small business owner, including co-founding a national conference on community service and citizenship.
Claudette is also a mother, a singer, an avid sudoku puzzle solver, a Scandal and Orphan Black fanatic, as well as a lover of good food; especially the warm flavors of India, Asia, and the Caribbean. And she cooks them too! She prioritizes making time for family and friends, walking, and a daily chanting and meditation practice to help her stay connected to what’s most important.
Ellen Judson, Wedgwood Yoga Advisor
An enthusiastic 8 Limbs yogi since 2009, Ellen appreciates the depth and variety of training offered by 8 Limbs Yoga Centers, and strives to connect students with the teachers, classes and workshops supportive of their unique individual paths. She finds gratification and humility in her own yoga practice.
With a BA in Psychology/Sociology from UC Berkeley, and captivated by the interplay between people and their environments, Ellen migrated to Seattle to pursue her Master’s of Architecture at the University of Washington. She has an architectural practice with diverse projects that have included Native American housing, Whole Foods Markets and the 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge studio. She is passionate about sustainable design and intrigued by Biomimicry.
Ellen’s creative outlets include eclectic styles of dance, music and cooking, while sea kayaking, hiking and, of course, yoga keep her grounded. Exploration – from global travel to cerebral musing – nurtures her vitality and provides her with continuing awe and wonderment. She finds delight in whimsy.
Emily Gewax, Phinney Ridge Yoga Advisor
As Yoga Advisor, Emily is thrilled to support and celebrate the incredible community at 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge. She enjoys welcoming and connecting students with the classes and teachers that complement their individual needs.
Emily is currently a student in the 8 Limbs 200 hour Teacher Training program. She earned a BFA in Fine Art from Cornish College of the Arts. Outside the yoga studio, she can be found covered in clay, throwing pottery in her studio or teaching art to kiddos (including after-school art classes through Art with Heart, a local arts non-profit).
Emily’s self care and grounding routine includes; practicing yoga, spending time with friends and family, laughing, cooking / baking, hiking, making art, traveling to new places and remembering to breath…deeply
Joanna Bond, Bookkeeper
In her 20 years of practicing yoga, Joanna has seen her practice change from power flows to gentle dream states, from learning to teaching, from tough times to good, and back again and again. It is through all the ebbs and flows of modern life that the yoga path wanders. She feels lucky to be working for an organization that holds space for students, teachers, and staff of all ages, sizes, beliefs, and experiences, every one of whom has a story to tell. She sees that wisdom and connection come not just from the teacher, but from the student as well, and loves watching community build around yoga classes.
Joanna is a mother, artist/writer, and business owner. She has a regular meditation practice, without which she would be freaking out right now! She enjoys creating yoga games, tools, and stories for kids, and finds that adults are just as fascinated by them. They sneak deeper teachings into simple moments, bringing joy to the practice.
Joanna is registered through Yoga Alliance as a Yoga Teacher, Children’s Yoga Teacher and Prenatal Yoga Teacher.
Kathleen Dowd, Education Coordinator
Kathleen loves pretty much everything about the 8-limbed path of yoga. A life-long student herself, Kathleen enjoys sharing the joy and wonders of yoga with all who are interested. She has a personal mission to highlight the inclusive nature of yoga and show how it can be accessible to all. From yin yoga to ashtanga, to meditation and kirtan, Kathleen embraces the mantra that “not all who wander are lost”.
In her role as Education Coordinator, Kathleen works with the fabulous 8 Limbs teachers to develop a comprehensive schedule of classes and workshops at 8 Limbs studios and in the community through our outreach programs. Her goal is to make sure there is something for everyone at 8 Limbs!
Her professional path is as varied as her yoga path; Kathleen holds degrees in biology, environmental science, and public policy, and has worked in places as varied as Bloomington, Indiana to Bolivia. Her favorite places to be is out in nature, whether the mountains, the beach, or the forest – and especially when she can find a unique space to practice yoga outdoors.
Kathleen is currently enrolled in the 8 Limbs 500-hour teacher training program. In her free time she enjoys expressing her creative spirit in the kitchen, being outside, trying a new type of wine, or connecting with friends and family. Her daily meditation practice is what truly keeps her grounded and able to show up with an open heart and open mind every day.
Kellie Phelan, West Seattle Yoga Advisor
Kellie is happy to be the smiling face that greets students in the West Seattle studio, serving as Yoga Advisor and connecting with others in this inclusive community. Kellie lives in the neighborhood and loves having a yoga studio she can walk to. She credits yoga with keeping her grounded, humble, and limber!
Kellie brings a diverse skill set in environmental consulting and operations management. In addition to working at 8 Limbs, Kellie co-hosts a podcast about edible gardening called Encyclopedia Botanica, works as a freelance travel writer for Peace Vans Rentals, and teaches urban homesteading with the Seattle Farm School.
Having relocated to the area from New England in 2012, Kellie feels Seattle is the perfect home for her passions, which include not only yoga, but also community, gardening, and the great outdoors. On the weekends, you’ll find Kellie exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and dog in their ’91 VW Vanagon.
Lauren Kite, Operations Manager
As Operations Manager, Lauren works hard to create a community centered practice space as diverse and eclectic as the neighborhoods in which the first 8 Limbs find hOMe. Lauren is deeply dedicated to celebrating and honoring the uniqueness of every individual who practices here while relishing in the opportunity to embody conscious, evolved, green, and women-powered business practices.
Lauren has a BA in the Comparative History of Ideas, emphasis on Critical Theory/Culture Studies, with double minors from the School of Aquatic Fisheries Sciences, emphasis on Aquatic Ecology and Conservation Management, University of Washington.
She’s also a 2010-11 graduate of the 8 Limbs 200hr yoga teacher training.
Traveling, dancing with friends, practicing asana anywhere and EVERYWHERE, trampolines, climbing trees and being in Nature, preferably with wine, a good book or journal all help Lauren to feel vital and steeped in Gratitude for this gift of Life – and a daily meditation practice with time for retreat, solitude and Silence.
Martha Bailey, Boutique Buyer
Martha has a passion for merchandising and strives to create an exciting and relevant boutique atmosphere to support the needs of 8 Limbs students and staff in their practice and beyond. She looks to a fresh and aspiring mix of quality yoga props, apparel, and gifts that are local, sustainable, and not sold everywhere.
Martha earned her BA in Business and has 20 years of experience as a buyer and product manager. In 2014, she completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training and also earned her certification to teach yoga with weights. She is continuing her yoga journey thru her practice at 8 Limbs and attending their yoga workshops & retreats. She plans to begin her 500-Hour Teacher Training in the near future.
When she is not on the mat, Martha enjoys being active outdoors with her husband, son and dog or out with her girlfriends. She loves many active sports and these days that includes hiking, cycling, skate skiing, tennis, and trend shopping!
Megan Sloan, Prenatal Yoga Assistant
Megan has been a student of yoga since 2001, teaching since 2008, and has found the journey of yoga to be rich and constantly evolving. Her work combines ancient yogic wisdom with shamanic teachings, energetic practices and a profound exploration of the subtle body. She loves to bring sound into the studio through the use of crystal singing bowls, and believe in the power of vibration and yoga to access healing states.
Her classes are accessible to all levels of students, from students just beginning their yoga journey to students looking for a deeper exploration of practice. Her classes vary from gentle to vigorous flow and she is adept at teaching to the level of student that shows up to class. She strives to offer creative sequencing, a challenge to students desiring to go deeper, and accessibility to those just getting started. She offers classes focused on the lunar and seasonal cycles, and meditation and breathwork geared toward accessing the pranic (energy) body and the chakra system.
Melina Meza, Teacher Training Co-Director
Melina Meza, BS Nutrition, 500-RYT, has been exploring the art and science of yoga and nutrition for over 16 years. She combines her knowledge of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, whole foods nutrition, and healthy lifestyle promotion into a unique style called Seasonal Vinyasa. She has been teaching yoga full time at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers (Seattle, Washington) since 1997, Co-Directs the 8 Limbs Teachers’ Training Program, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University.
Melina is the author of the Art of Sequencing book. She has also created the Yoga for the Seasons video series, which premiered in September 2009 with the release of the Fall Vinyasa DVD. Both the book and the videos are practical, affordable, and enjoyable wellness tools that can help practitioners connect to physical health on an ongoing basis.
Nicole Pomroy, Phinney Ridge Studio Manager
As Studio Manager, Nicole values connecting with 8 Limbs students and supporting their yogic journey. Her intention is to cultivate a warm and nurturing environment for community and practice to flourish.
Nicole holds a BA in Psychology & Mindfulness from The Evergreen State College. She is fascinated by the mind-body connection, and is drawn to studying and exploring the emotional aspects of yoga. As a 200hr-RYT, Nicole is passionate about teaching mindful, loving-kindness, and compassion to mind, body, and spirit.
Staying true to herself though a dedicated, personal yoga practice, Nicole is inspired by gratitude and nature. She keeps an open heart and mind through her volunteer work with mental health in the community. Activities that bring sparkle into Nicole’s life include dancing, laughing, painting, walking on her slack-line, roller blading, eating chocolate, and drinking tea!
Rainbow Fletcher, West Seattle Studio Manager
As Studio Manager, Rainbow is dedicated to guiding and supporting students with an open and compassionate heart. She believes in the power of mindful movement and the act of self care, and seeks that out in her own yoga practice. Outside of the studio, Rainbow works simultaneously as a dancer, choreographer, and personal trainer. She received her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of The Arts and is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of HYPERNOVA Contemporary Dance Company, and Co-Artistic Director of The Offshore Project. In addition to her current projects, Rainbow is well known for her past innovative creations as the Choreographer and Dance Director of the Can Can Castaways. She also loves spending her time off with her amazing husband Kristofer and their cat Sofia.
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Theresa Spencer, Wedgwood Studio Manager
With eleven years of involvement with the studio, 8 Limbs has known Theresa as a yoga student, a successful teacher, and currently as a Manager for the 8 Limbs Wedgewood Studio. She enjoys helping students find a perfect fit for their practice, matching individual needs, health status and personal goals to the rich and varied teaching styles at 8 Limbs. She emphasizes the freedom to explore classes at all four of the studio locations and encourages a non-competitive approach to yoga. She considers the Wedgwood studio a unique asset for our community, one that involves people of all ages and backgrounds.
Theresa has an active home practice, and feels that breath and movement are essential ingredients in maintaining a healthy life style. With a varied entrepreneurial background as an Art Gallery Owner and running an Organic Farm, she embraces living a balanced life through sustainable practices including yoga, meditation, organic foods, music, art and continual learning.