Anne Phyfe Palmer, RPYT, 500 E-RYT

Anne Phyfe (it's a double first name) Palmer, 500 ERYT, dedicated herself to the practice of yoga in 1994 after 10 years of teaching aerobics and movement classes as a side job through high school and college. In 1996 she opened 8 Limbs Yoga Centers to bring together yoga teachers with an inclusive and open-minded style of teaching the traditional aspects, or limbs, of yoga. Anne Phyfe's focus in practice is to find both energy and calm through these ancient practices. Thought influenced by many teachers in her 17 years of practice, she currently studies with Rod Stryker and Shari Friedrichsen. Anne Phyfe is a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) and has been teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga since 1998. She was named Best Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher by both Seattle Metropolitan and Seattle Magazines.     Questions and Answers with Anne Phyfe Palmer   What does yoga mean to you? Yoga is at times my medicine, a way to stay sane, and is at other times my launch pad to other realms and abilities I’d never imagined. Yoga is both practice and a state of oneness, a state that I connect to when I am less interested in what separates and more interested in oneness.   What impact has yoga had on your life? It has had an enormous impact. It has given me the tools to work with my mind and nervous system, the two things that cause me most dis-ease. Having the tools to manage both of these powerful aspects of myself has opened me to living with clarity, focus, ease and grace. I am grateful that I have had teachers that have helped me to learn both the wisdom of stillness and silence, AND the amazing power of will and action. It’s not one of the other, but the choice between those two ends of the spectrum that guide my life.   What was your first yoga experience? My beloved “Anthrobics” (aerobic with movements from African, Cuban, Brazilian and Hawaiian Dance) teacher Kristi Rudolph was moving away and told me “if you want to get strong, take yoga.” I started a yoga class the next month, back in 1994, and was immediately hooked by how yoga blended all of my interests in physical, spiritual and mental/intellectual growth.   Why did you decide to become a yoga teacher? I have been a teacher since I was 16 and taught aerobics through high school and college. It is just part of my DNA to teach people how to move in their bodies. The fact that yoga is also a spiritual practice has given me the wonderful challenge of integrating so much more into this teaching of movement.   What do you recommend for people who are brand new to yoga?  Find a place that you feel comfortable and a teacher who is wise and compassionate. Don’t feel a pressure to do a certain kind of yoga or follow a popular teacher, listen to your intuition and study with someone you connect with. Then take your time and enjoy the ride!   What do you hope students learn from attending your yoga classes? I hope that they learn to connect with yoga at THEIR point of interest and ability. I hope that they learn that THEY are their greatest teacher, though I do still believe that we all benefit from having “external” teachers. I hope that they learn how to use the practice of yoga to best serve their dharma, their individual purpose in life.   Which teachers have influenced your yoga practice and teaching? Rod Stryker, Shari Friedrichsen, Gary Krafsow, Sarah Powers, Melina Meza, Jenny Hayo, Chiara Guerrieri Favorites Yoga Experience? Rod Stryker’s “Moon, Sun, Fire” weekend October 7-9, 2011. It was truly amazing. We learned as much in one weekend as I have in week-long Teacher Trainings. He was on fire. Yoga pose? Adho Mukha Svanasana, Downward Facing Dog Yoga music? The Wild Lotus Band, Indian Instrumentals Quote? You are what your deepest driving desire is.  - Brihadaranyaka Upanisad

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