Amaan Kurji, Owner
Amaan was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. He moved to Canada in his early 20s where he earned his degree in Hotel Management. After lengthy stints in senior roles in hospitality and retail in Vancouver and Ottawa, Amaan moved to Seattle in 2010 to manage day-to-day operations of a local hotel developer and operator with multiple upscale locations in the greater Seattle area. In 2018–and with a wealth of knowledge and experience in strategic management and operations–he branched out on his own as a management consultant. He took the reins as owner of 8 Limbs in January of 2020. Amaan is new to the business of yoga but has a daily yoga and meditation practice. He is an avid golfer and lives with his three children in Kirkland, Washington. email@example.com
Cindi Booth, General Manager
Cindi Booth, a MINDBODY Certified Consultant, is passionate about inspiring wellness businesses to succeed and thrive joyfully. Cindi was a CPA with her own firm for 20 years and having completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu in 2013, successfully opened and ran large and small yoga studios on the east coast. Cindi brings a deep understanding and experience of the industry, teachers and the student communities that a yoga studio serves. Generalmanager@8limbsyoga.com
Melina Meza, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Director of Programming & Teacher Training, Lead Instructor
Melina is a pioneer in the field of yoga, nutrition, and Ayurvedic Health, sharing her knowledge with yogis around the world for more than 20 years. Melina was the first teacher hired at 8 Limbs in 1996 and was co-director or director of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers for 16 years. She is the creator of Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga, a holistic practice that features lifestyle, diet, and yoga practices tailored to the rhythms of the four seasons to help people stay healthy as they age. Her passion for Nature, the five elements, beauty, and humor forge the foundation of her unique approach to well-being. Melina has self-published the book Seasonal Health and Wellness and a three-book series called The Art of Sequencing, is featured on popular video channels (YogaAnytime, YogaUOnline, and Gaia), co-leads Yoga for Healthy Aging trainings, and previously ran successful yoga retreats before the Covid pandemic. Melina is a Lead Instructor on the 8 Limbs Grounded Wisdom Teacher Training. Programming@8limbsyoga.com
Jessica Price, Studio Operations
Jessica started practicing yoga over 20 years ago after a long career in the hospitality industry which included owning her own restaurant with her husband. The stress of ownership had begun beginning to take its toll and she knew she needed to find an outlet. Jessica completed her 200 hour teaching teacher training in 2014 and knew that she had found her passion. She quickly moved into management but stayed true to her practice and is now an experienced yoga teacher. Jessica is currently pursuing a 500 hour certification and happiest when teaching or taking a class.
Morgan Huling, Programing Administration
Morgan is a Rhode Island native who has worked with several yoga studios throughout the state since 2009, as both a teacher and support staff. Morgan taught her first class in 2010, and in addition to her 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher certifications she has participated in various immersion trainings to deepen her own practice and teaching skills. Morgan has worked in customer service, program coordination, team and studio management, and general operations. She is passionate about supporting spaces that are dedicated to growth, self-care, and community. With the increasing embrace of remote work, Morgan is delighted to virtually join the 8 Limbs team (and always thrilled for a reason to visit Seattle!). In addition to her work in the yoga business, Morgan is also an experienced massage therapist and maintains a thriving bodywork practice in Rhode Island. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
Theresa Spencer, Customer Service
8 Limbs has known Theresa as a yoga student, a successful teacher, and currently as a Manager for the 8 Limbs Wedgwood 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. email@example.com