Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Creating A Peaceful Spirit

This is from Thich Nhat Hanh's book Being Peace ... a gentle and hopeful suggestion for us all. After all, if we can bring a bit of peacefulness into our own life ... no matter how small our efforts may seem ... there is that much more peace that exists in our world that wasn't there before.

If we are peaceful,
if we are happy,
we can smile and blossom like a flower,
and everyone in our family, our entire society,
will benefit from our peace.

I hope you let your inner flower bloom today -- I'm feeling a bit sunflower-y myself. Wishing you peace today!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Seated Massage At "Taste Of The Mountains"

Madison's Annual Street Festival -- "Taste of the Mountains" -- is coming up on Saturday, September 2 (Labor Day weekend). It's one of the nicest street festivals in Virginia ... and, as always, I'll be there with my Madison colleagues at MountainWood Massage, offering seated chair massages all day. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our booth is under the trees in the War Memorial courtyard (#72 if you have a festival map).

Here's how to spend the perfect Saturday. First, stop by for a seated massage, then wander down Main Street and stop at the 4-H booth for some homemade ice cream. Enjoy the music and the vendors and the clean, fresh mountain air. (Here's hoping the sun is shining!)

I hope you'll stop by and say "hi"!

Monday, August 21, 2006

The Loss of Leisure Time ...

“Who knows where the time goes?” Sandy Denny sang so sweetly back in the 1960s.

A revealing story in The New York Times on Sunday (8/20) reports that this summer “American workers, who already take fewer vacations than people in nearly all industrial nations, have pruned back their leisure days even more.”

When we cram our days full of chores and give up our free time, we lose so much. Time we need for our body to rejuvenate itself ... to heal. Time we need for our mind to unclutter, to rest and restore. Time we need for our spirit to blossom and play.

The Times cites one recent survey that found that 40 percent of consumers had no plans to take a vacation over the next six months — the lowest percentage recorded by the polling group in 28 years.

I firmly believe if you allow yourself just an hour a day ... for yoga ... for a massage ... or any other soothing, mindful activity you enjoy ... you will more than make up that hour with increased productivity. You will return to your daily tasks rejuvenated, revived, and with increased, and more efficient, decision-making abilities. You will be taking care of yourself. And, that can do much long-term good.

Won’t you take a moment today, to give yourself a tiny gift of leisure?

Indulge yourself, if only for 15 minutes. Unroll your yoga mat. Sit in your garden (and let the weeds go just this once). Take a walk. Soak in a bath. Or plan a weekend getaway or a retreat that will allow you to rest, revive, and blossom with new energy.

And, now, for my play time! I’m off to dig out that wonderful old Sandy Denny album ... unroll my yoga mat ... and take a little time for leisure. I hope you’ll have some playtime, too.


Friday, August 18, 2006

Culpeper Yoga Update

Next week's classes mark the end of the summer session at Namasté Yoga Studio in Culpeper. There will be classes next week, including my 10 a.m. classes on Tuesday (8/22) and Thursday (8/24). We will be off the following week, through Labor Day. The new fall session begins September 5. The new schedule will be posted soon. I'll still be there on Tuesday/Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. and hope you'll join me!

If you have any suggestions for special workshops or retreats you might be interested in this fall, please let me know.


Thursday, August 17, 2006

Chinook Blessing from Thursday's Class

You know, any time is a good time for a little dance of joy! May you walk in peace ... and dance in joy. This is an old blessing from the Chinook tribe of the Pacific Northwest. Just like the Sanskrit word Namasté, which serves as a foundation of our yoga classes, this blessing celebrates the warmth and unity of knowing we all are one:

May all things move and be moved in me,
And know and be known in me.

May all creation
Dance for joy within me.


Wildlife Center Of Virginia ... Fall Open Houses

Many of you have asked me about the Wildlife Center’s open houses. The Center offers open houses just twice a year – in the spring and fall. It’s a wonderful opportunity to visit the Center, see the Center’s medical facilities, and meet some of the education animals – including hawks, owls, and possums – that live at the Center. The open houses are free, but you must reserve your spot in advance, and the spots fill quickly.

Here are the upcoming dates:

· Sunday, August 27;
· Sunday, September 10;
· Sunday, September 24;
· Sunday, October 1; and
· Sunday, October 15.

The Center will have three separate sessions each day – at 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

This is a rare opportunity to see the inner workings of the nation’s premier wildlife hospital, as well as meet some of the wildlife that serve as the Center’s education staff and ambassadors. It’s well worth the pretty drive to Waynesboro!

For more info, visit the Wildlife Center’s website at Or to reserve a place at the open house contact the Center at 540.942.9453 or