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 21 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-Hour and 500-Hour Teacher Trainings and Pre/Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training.
As Studio Director, Anne Phyfe supports the Education Coordinator in steering the programming that fills 8 Limbs class schedules, workshops, retreats, 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.
Anne Phyfe’s main yoga teachers are Shari Friedrichsen and Rod Stryker, who are both students of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, spiritual head of The Himalayan Institute.
If not at 8 Limbs, you’ll find Anne Phyfe tending to her home and family, out in nature, or engaged in social justice work. She is a committed bike commuter and enjoys walks near her home, especially in the Arboretum. Anne Phyfe also loves to read and write, and is the author of The Sum of All My Parts – a Legacy Journal, to be published by Sasquatch Books in March 2019.
Ashley Dahl, Leadership Coach
As Leadership Coach, 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 meditation 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.
Allie Trapani, Phinney Ridge Yoga Advisor
Allie is super thrilled to be part of the 8 limbs family as a yoga advisor. Allie recently relocated to Seattle and is excited to learn more about the community and connecting people to their yoga practice. Originally from New Jersey, Allie spent the last ten years in Venice Beach California before trading in the beach for the mountains in Washington. She has earned a marketing degree at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and has a background in marketing and public relations in the lifestyle and action sports industries.
When Allie is not in the studio you can find her in the mountains, hiking, camping, or climbing. Daily yoga practice, meditation, being surrounded by nature, listening to podcasts, spending time with friends, and walking dogs keeps her mind and her body centered throughout her daily life.
Bayeshan Cooper, Capitol Hill Studio Manager
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 knows 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 inspires her to build genuine connections with students and support their sense of belonging.
Bayeshan earned a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and a 500hr RYT from 8 Limbs Yoga Centers. She is currently enrolled in the ParaYoga Master Training with Rod Stryker and completing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Outside the studio you might find Bayeshan traveling to different parts of the world, standing in the middle of trees or making big pots of soups for her loved ones.
Cassidy Clowe, Wedgwood Yoga Advisor
Cassidy passionately believes that yoga is for everybody and every body and is excited to support the 8 Limbs mission by warmly welcoming all to begin or continue their yoga practice by meeting them where they are in the moment, helping to connect them with classes that best meet their needs or encouraging them to find deeper exploration through workshops or class series. She loves that the journey through yoga is ever changing and offers so many paths to meet your needs wherever you are in life.
A lifelong fascination of the human mind and body led to years of self-study in health and wellness before leading her to yoga. She most recently completed her 200 hour RYT training in Viniyoga and looks forward to the limitless learning opportunities yoga provides. Cassidy also holds a BS in Social sciences and Psychology as well as additional training in wellness coaching and holistic nutrition.
Cassidy feels most grounded surrounded by the quiet of mountain forests. She also stays grounded by nurturing connection to family and friends, staying active, dancing to live music, reading and kicking back with a big cup of tea and some cookies.
Claudette Evans, Education Coordinator
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.
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 a graduate of 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 breathe… 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.
Krystal Miller, West Seattle Yoga Advisor
Krystal is here to guide yogis in their journey of finding a practice that works for them, and the possibilities are endless. Having practiced since 2000, her own path has twisted and changed and morphed and grown up and down the West Coast. Krystal graduated from Western Washington University, studying economics and journalism—her other life—and lived in California before returning back to the PNW. She has managed spas and yoga studios (combined!) and is happy to be back.
Krystal can be found traveling whenever possible and wherever possible, for any reason (but generally pursuing soccer, food and wine), hiking or camping, gardening, or staying in with her husband, dog and two demanding cats. You can also find her on the mat surrounded by all sizes of Yoga Tune Up balls and every prop imaginable, pondering how she can sneak in just a little more Yin—or tea and trivia.
Lauren Kite, Managing Director
As Managing Director, Lauren works hard to create a community-centered practice space as diverse and eclectic as the neighborhoods 8 Limbs inhabits. 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. Ushering the legacy of 8 Limbs’ 20+ year tenure as Seattle’s premiere yoga center into an adaptable, modern, compassionate business and an epicenter for genuine connection through yoga both on and off the mat for the next 20 years is a humbling honor.
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.
A 2011 graduate of the 8 Limbs 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Lauren currently matriculates as 500hr YTT student.
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.
Marissa Larkin, Capitol Hill Yoga Advisor
As a Yoga Advisor, Marissa gets to put her love of helping others and contributing to a positive environment into action. She passes on the excellent customer service, guidance and communication that was shown to her when she was a new member of the 8 Limbs Yoga Centers community.
A regular vinyasa and meditation practice has taught Marissa a great deal about balance and persistence and brought strength and stability to her life. With a BA in Museum Studies, an assortment of customer service and office jobs Marissa is thrilled to bring her skill set and love of learning to the 8 Limbs community. Outside of the studio, she can be found drawing, painting, pursuing a visual arts career or maybe just enjoying the beautiful city we live in.
The most grounding forces in Marissa’s life are; meditation, yoga,
making art, enjoying loved ones, and acknowledging the energy within every living being.
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 offer 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 through her practice at 8 Limbs and attending their yoga workshops and 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!
Melina Meza, Teacher Training Director
Melina Meza, BS Nutrition, 500hr-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 since 1997 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.
Samantha Fisher, Communications & Design
Samantha Oppenheimer, Wedgwood Yoga Advisor
Samantha is grateful to endorse the 8 Limbs mission to create an openhearted and healing environment where the individuality of students can thrive, because there are as many unique paths for practicing yoga as there are for practicing life. She mosaics her time with many passions from writing, travel, and entrepreneurship, to a dedicated yoga practice, teaching yoga, and various forms of philanthropy. Samantha did her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher training with 8 Limbs and has completed the Embody Love Movement Facilitator Training and is just beginning her pursuit to teach yoga and lead Embody Love Movement workshops to empower girls and women to celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness, and contribute to meaningful change in the world.
She keeps herself grounded by practicing asana, mindfulness, gratitude, and ahimsa for the mind and body. She feels most connected when she exercises, practices whole nutrition, and spends time in nature. She also prioritizes her friends and family because these connections are what makes life worth living. Her favorite pastime is ‘chewing the fat’ with another intellectual– maybe in a foreign café over Italian pastries or Thai sticky rice.
Shayda Abab, Capitol Hill Yoga Advisor
Shayda is thrilled to be a part of the inclusive community at 8 Limbs. She knows that the yogic path can be long and winding and is excited to meet each student exactly where they are.
Her love of movement began as a child in dance classes. She spent ten years as a teacher, choreographer and Assistant Director of a dance studio, South Side Dance Force. She completed the 200hr Samarya Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 and since then has continued a personal practice that includes daily gratitude, journaling, and meditation.
Shayda feels most calm and connected when dancing, exploring new cities, making art with friends, cooking Persian food or curled up with a good book.
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 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.