Monday, November 20, 2006

Thanksgiving Blessing

This is the blessing from our Thanksgiving yoga classes during the past week. Each year, I look for a new Thanksgiving blessing to share with you ... and each year, invariably, I come back to this one. It is from W.E.B. Du Bois, the tireless civil rights leader and author.

Give us thankful hearts ... in this the season of Thy Thanksgiving. May we be thankful for health and strength, for sun and rain and peace. Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities, and let us ever remember that true gratitude and appreciation shows itself neither in independence nor satisfaction, but passes the gift joyfully on in larger and better form.

Feeling Blessed? Here's more on gratitude from our Yoga classes over the years ...

Click here for the Gratitude Savasana and Energy Bridge instruction: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 1

Click here for another beautiful blessing that guided our meditation at the end of one Thanksgiving Yoga class: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 2

And, for a beautiful poem of Gratitude from Harriett Kofalk that served as the foundation of another Thanksgiving Day Yoga practice click: I Give Thanks

And, here The Buddha explains why we should be thankful, click: So, Let Us All Be Thankful

May you have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving ...


Friday, November 10, 2006

Madison Yoga - Holiday Session

The holiday session of Yoga in Madison begins on Monday, November 13.

This will be an 8-week session, running November 13 thru January 29, 2007.

There will be 2 classes each Monday: at 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. and at 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Classes are held in the Library at Wetsel Middle School in Madison. (Wetsel is on Route 29, next to the high school.)

There will be no classes on the following Mondays: November 20, December 25, January 1, and January 15.

Cost is $64 for the 8-week session or $11 per class for drop-ins. (If you're new to my classes, your first class is free, so you can try it out.) Classes are offered through Madison Parks & Facilities.

Yoga is a beautiful way to counteract the stresses of the busy holidays. It's an opportunity to allow yourself to relax and absorb the joy and peacefulness of the season ... if only for an hour!

If you haven't unrolled your mat in awhile, this session will be a nice way to ease yourself back into the benefits of self-care.

Let your yoga be a holiday gift you give yourself by bringing health, flexibility, and strength to the body; calm to the mind; and fresh, new energy to the spirit. The class is appropriate for adults of all fitness levels.

If you have any questions please call me at 540/672-9528, email me at peacefulhands (at), or post a comment here on this blog. I hope to see you at class.


Monday, November 06, 2006

New (temporary) Orange Massage Location

Perhaps the patience paid off.

I have a new Orange massage office location, albeit temporary, while we continue to seek a permanent home.

Beginning today, November 6, my colleagues and I will be located just off of Main Street in Orange at 101 N. Madison Road in Perry Plaza. That's the back of the Main Street building on the NE corner of Main Street and Madison Road (Route 15). (There's an Antique Store on the Main St. corner; we are directly behind them.)

The easiest way to get to us is to drive through the McDonald's entrance and snake around the back of the buildings until you come to the parking lot for Perry Plaza (and for the nearby Sun Trust bank). Our old "Paradigm Health Practice" sign is already hanging on our front door. If you need more detailed directions, I can email a map to you.

The space is not ideal -- it's far bigger than we need. But, our treatment rooms are up and running! I look forward to seeing you in my new space and I'll keep you posted on our search for a permanent location.

~ Jackie

Friday, November 03, 2006

Culpeper Yoga: Holiday Session

The holiday session at Namasté Yoga Studio in Culpeper begins on Monday, November 6. This will be a short 6-week schedule that will run through December 21.

I will be teaching classes on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (My Thursday morning class will be on break for this session.)

The full schedule is available at:

Have you taken 3 deep, mindful breaths of fresh air yet today? Well, now's your chance ... breathe!

~ Jackie

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Why Vote?

Ahh ... November! This is my annual reminder that voting is part of our yogic duty.

It may seem strange because much of the time our yoga seems like solely an inward journey ... a journey to expand and enlighten our own body, mind, and spirit. After all, when we step on the mat -- it is just your two feet planting, your two arms reaching, your one heart beating, your one spirit shining. But, as we respect and foster our own inward growth through yoga, we must also remember -- as the word Namasté reminds us -- that we are all one.

Our actions, our efforts, our yoga are for the “all one” ... not the “just me”.

And, so, we must respect and honor ... and take responsibility for ... our journey as a society.

Yoga is not about isolating ourselves from the world. It is about non-attachment to the things of the world, true. But, that's something altogether different.

We seek our inner growth as a means not only to help ourselves, but also to be of benefit to others.

Voting is a very easy way to do that. It shows your support and concern for the wellbeing of your neighbors, friends, and your community. It shows that on your yoga journey you seek the highest good for all.

How lucky we are to have some say in how our society operates.

And, as always, there is someone who says it far better than I ever could. Dorothy Day, a Catholic leader and social activist of the early 20th century, has inspired me in so many ways. She once said:

“No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There’s too much work to do.”

Let your yoga light serve all of us on November 7. Please vote.