2014-12-04 12.19.578 Limbs is pleased to publish monthly Teacher Profiles to help you to know and learn from the amazing group of 8 Limbs Yoga Teachers. This month we profile Anne Phyfe Palmer, the founder of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers, who teaches at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill, in our Teacher Training Programs, and in the annual Fall Yoga Retreat.

Teacher Name: Anne Phyfe Palmer

Practicing Yoga Since: 1994

Teaching Yoga Since: 1996

Where do you teach? 8 Limbs Capitol Hill and at other 8 Limbs when I can sub!

Hobbies/interests: Currently my main hobby is creative non-fiction writing. I am studying at Hugo House and within a monthly writing group. After 20 years of yoga it has been refreshing and exciting to take on a new practice. I also am a self-proclaimed electric bike-evangelist – I think it’s the best mode of transportation for Seattlites. I think I’ve convinced at least five people to purchase them. It’s a game-changer. Go see DJ at Electric and Folding Bikes NW and be converted!

What non-yoga book are you reading/did you recently read? I just finally finished Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. I got through half of it a year ago and though the humor was too negative, but for some reason this time I just loved it. Great social commentary. And now I am reading Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin by another local author Nicole Hardy.

Yoga book you recommend: The Four Desires by Rod Stryker (one of my two main yoga teachers)

Favorite yoga practice/pose and why: I LOVE Utthita Parsvakonasana, extended side angle pose. I do it most every day. It just does so much. I am a big fan of strong, purposeful but compact practice, and that pose (along with Utkatasana and Virabhadrasana III) is essential.

One secret that helps you stay healthy: DAILY neti pot rinse with half baking soda, half non-iodized salt. Oh, and daily tongue scraping. Can’t live without either.

Currently inspired by: My daughter Lily, who is navigating being a teenager with grace and strength.

Anything you want to share with our community? I am making this December less stressful by pulling back on the holiday gifts and hoopla and planning meaningful experiences for my family. It’s quite a struggle to resist the cultural tugs but it’s been awesome thus far.

Favorite recipe?

I got this recipe from Dr. Scott Blossom, though I lost the measurements long ago so these are approximations!

Cilantro Pesto

This paste is a detoxifying and highly nutritional addition to most everything savory. I use it almost daily! You can freeze in an ice cube tray and defrost as needed.

Blend in food processor til thoroughly chopped and mixed :

Bunch cilantro, de-stemmed

1 cup pepitos (pumpkin seeds)

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup Brazil nuts

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

½ cup olive or flax oil

salt, pepper & garlic to taste

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Join Anne Phyfe Palmer, Douglas Ridings and Lauren Kite for the January Many Paths Teacher Panel on the Yoga Math equation Practice=Perfect on January 12 at 6:30pm, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill. Free! And just before it we’ll also host a free Teacher Training Info Session, 5:30-6:15pm. 

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