To my extended family at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers,
It is with truly mixed emotions that I am announcing a change to the ownership of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers.
On Wednesday, January 15, 2020 I pass the ownership of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers to Amaan Kurji, a local entrepreneur who is excited to take the helm I’ve steered for over 23 years. I am overjoyed to have found a new owner with such potential to take 8 Limbs well into the next 23! I really like this guy; he has heart and really gets what 8 Limbs is – much more than a business.
The time has come for me to begin the transition into the next chapter of my life by focusing my energies on doing what I love most: spending quality time with my family – Bez, Lily and Coco, teaching yoga, writing, traveling, reading, and continuing to engage in social justice work.
I founded 8 Limbs with one location in 1996 at a time when yoga was just beginning to be more widely known in America. More than two decades years later, 8 Limbs has four established neighborhood locations that employ almost 60 teachers and admin staff. 8 Limbs is highly respected within the Seattle communities as a supportive and welcoming place to learn and grow through the mind-body practice of yoga.
None of this would have been possible without the amazing staff and teachers at 8 Limbs and the support of our extended family of yoga practitioners, visiting teachers, and mentors. I am eternally grateful for the trust and confidence that all of you have placed in me, and in 8 Limbs.
Amaan was born and raised in Kenya and then moved to Canada in his early 20s to study Hospitality Management. After stints in both hospitality and retail management in Vancouver and Ottawa, Amaan moved to Seattle in 2010 to oversee the operations of a local hotel developer and operator. In 2018, he branched out on his own to provide consulting services to similar type companies, then decided to pursue his dream to run his own business. Amaan is new to yoga but has a daily yoga and meditation practice. He is a father of three and lives in Kirkland, WA.
Amaan is very excited about this opportunity and the opportunities that lie ahead. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in strategic management and operations. He has an authentic leadership style, has a positive outlook on life and is passionate about training, mentoring, and helping others to achieve their personal and professional goals. The way I see it, 8 Limbs captured Amaan’s heart; he was drawn in by the strong community and our commitments to being a conscientious company. The change of ownership does not signal a change in our company’s values; in fact, I believe that new ownership and energy and will enable 8 Limbs to fulfill its mission even more effectively.
I am very excited to announce that in addition to working alongside Amaan to ensure a smooth ownership transition, I will continue to play a very active role at 8 Limbs, primarily teaching yoga and directing our Teacher Training Programs and Visiting Teacher events. AND your favorite teachers and admin staff are also staying! They are the heart of 8 Limbs and Amaan knows that.
Want to meet Amaan? Keep your eye out for a meet and greet in the next month or so. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward continuing our mission: to be a supportive and welcoming place to learn and grow through the mind-body practices of yoga.
Anne Phyfe Palmer, Founder & Teacher Training Director
8 Limbs Yoga Centers