Sunday, December 30, 2007

Madison & Orange Yoga Begins The Week of January 7

It's time to unroll your yoga mat and stretch out into 2008! Yoga classes in Madison resume on Monday, January 7; Orange classes begin Wednesday, January 9.

And, NEW this year -- a twice-monthly Meditation practice will be held on the first and third Sundays of the month at 5:00 p.m. in Orange, beginning January 6 and January 20.

Here's the detailed scoop:

** MADISON: There are 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. The first class of the 8-week session begins January 7. (There are some school holidays in there when we will also need to be "off" ... I'll let you know the scheduled end date at our first class.) You may join the session at anytime.

** ORANGE: There are 2 classes each Wednesday: at 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. and at 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. Classes are held at Be Yoga Studio, in the Altman Building on Byrd Street. The 8-week session begins January 9 and is scheduled to run through February 27. You may join the session at anytime.

Yoga classes are for all-levels ... from beginners on up.

Meditation Practice is also at the Orange studio on the first and third Sunday of each month from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. (no previous meditation experience is required. We will sit together in a guided meditation, have a brief reading, and then continue to share our meditative energy together.)

If you're new to my classes, your first class is free, so you can come and try it out. The cost for the 8-week session is $64. The cost for a drop-in class is $12. There is no cost for the meditation practice, although voluntary donations are accepted.

If you have any questions about classes or would like more info, email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call me at 540/672-9528.

Namaste'

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Yoga Holiday Mini-Session

Give yourself a breather this holiday season by unrolling your yoga mat, stretching out, and enjoying some moments of quiet. The Madison and Orange yoga holiday mini-session runs through December 19 and here's the schedule:

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4 weeks in Madison
November 26 through December 17. $32/session ($11/drop-in class).
Wetsel Middle School Library, Mondays at 4:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
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3 weeks in Orange
December 5 through December 19. $24/session ($11/drop-in class).
"Be Yoga" Studio, Byrd Street, Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
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Need some more stress relief? Here's an added bonus ... during the holidays, sign up for either the Madison or Orange session and you may take classes at the other location as well, free of charge, through the session. You'll double your yoga ... and your savings!

(And, if you're already looking ahead ... our 2008 schedule will begin January 7 in Madison and January 9 in Orange.)

And, yes! I do have yoga and massage gift certificates available -- so you can share the gift of relaxation and peace with someone special on your holiday list! Just email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528 for additional info or if you have any questions about classes.

Wishing you playful ... and peaceful ... moments during this holiday.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Holiday Schedule At Peaceful Hands

As we enter the holiday season, it's easy to get swept up in the energy of this special time of year ... and the occasional stresses and demands of the season. What a perfect time, of course, to make time for yourself ... with a massage or a yoga class.

My massage office is open throughout the holiday season and we'll be having special Holiday "Mini" yoga sessions in both Madison and Orange this year. Here's the schedule ...

YOGA

MONDAYS: Madison Yoga 4-Week Holiday "Mini" Session begins November 26 and runs through December 17. (No classes Thanksgiving Week, Christmas Week, or New Years Week. The 2008 session begins Monday, January 7.) Mini Session cost: $32 or $11/class

TUESDAYS: Culpeper Morning Yoga at 10 a.m.

WEDNESDAYS: Orange Yoga 3-Week Holiday "Mini" Session begins December 5 and runs through December 19. (No classes Thanksgiving Week, Christmas Week, or New Years Week. The 2008 session begins Wednesday, January 9.) (Please note: there is class on November 28 ... that is the last class of the current session.) Mini Session cost: $24 or $11/class

And, as a special treat, sign up for the holiday session in one location and you can take as many classes as you like in the other location as well through the session. That will double your savings and, more important, double your yoga!

(For more info on class times and locations please use this blog's search function and search "Madison Yoga" or "Orange Yoga" which will bring up all the relevant posts about classes.)

MASSAGE

TUESDAYS: Afternoon and evening appointments
WEDNESDAYS: Morning appointments
THURSDAYS: All day
FRIDAYS: All day
SATURDAYS: Morning and early afternoon appointments

My massage office will be closed Thanksgiving Day and November 23, and 24; December 24 and 25, and December 31 and January 1. I will have a lighter schedule during the week between Christmas and New Years, so it is best to book in advance to ensure an appointment on the day and time you wish.

And, I have a wonderful variety of Holiday Gift Certificates available so you can share the gift of good health with loved ones and friends, too. Massage gift certificates for half-hour, one-hour, and 90-minute sessions; hot stone massages; and yoga class gifts are all available. You can even order by email or phone!

Please feel free to email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com, or call me at 540-672-9528 with any questions or to set up your appointments. The less stress we carry during the holidays the more joyous our days will be ... I'm here to help!

I look forward to seeing you.

Namasté

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

New Yoga Session End Dates

With all the cancellations and juggling, our Madison and Orange yoga sessions now have new end dates. Barring any further changes, here's where we are:


  • Madison Yoga will run through Monday, November 12. New Holiday "Mini" Session will begin Monday, November 26.

  • Orange Yoga will run through Wednesday, November 28. New Holiday "Mini" Session will begin Wednesday, December 5.

There will be NO classes during Thanksgiving week.

As always, feel free to drop in on any class -- no need to wait for a new session to begin.

Whew! I think that brings us up to date. Thanks for your kindness and flexibility ... and I'm hopeful we can all settle once again into our yoga routine and breathe deep with gratitude.

Namasté

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

No Yoga In Orange Tonight 10/17

I'm so sorry for the late notice ... but there will be NO class in Orange tonight, Wednesday 10/17.

I apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your continued flexibility! Thank you ... And, I'll hope to see you in class next week and we'll get back on our schedule!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Yoga Updates: No Class on 10/10 & 10/15

Greetings ... I was blogless in North Dakota, but I hope you all received the email I sent before I left. I apologize for the schedule changes, but appreciate your flexibility and the warm wishes you sent.

Just a reminder:

NO class in Orange tomorrow, Wednesday 10/10. We return in Orange on 10/17.
NO class in Madison, next Monday, 10/15 (this was a previously scheduled cancellation due to a scheduling conflict with the school). We return in Madison, 10/22.

And, of course, we will extend the 8-week session accordingly. Thank you again for your understanding and I hope to see you soon!

Namaste!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Orange Yoga Begins Wednesday, September 12

The fall session of Yoga in Orange begins next week -- Wednesday, September 12.

There will be 2 classes each Wednesday: at 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. and at 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. This will be an 8-week session, running September 12 thru October 31.

Classes are held at "Be Yoga Studio" on Byrd Street -- in the big green Altman Building on the corner of Byrd & Church (it's about 1 block S of the 7-11). Please park on the SIDE of the building (not in front). Come in through the front doors (next to the clothing store) and follow the Yoga signs.

Please bring a yoga mat if you have one (some loaner mats are available). Dress comfortably.

Cost is $11 per class. OR ... sign up for the 8-week session for $64 (the equivalent of getting more than 2 classes free!) Your first class with me is FREE. Orange students may do make-up classes in Madison and vice versa during the session.

Classes are for all-levels; beginners and long-time students of yoga are welcome (and all levels in between). We practice basic hatha yoga and I like to explore and play with many different yoga practices -- including gentle Tibetan yoga, energizing Anusara yoga, and balancing Ayurvedic yoga. In addition, I like to blend in other beneficial practices, including a bit of pilates, tao-ist movement, and tai chi now and then.

Yoga is a wonderful way to bring health, flexibility, and strength to the body; calm the mind and relieve stress; and rejuvenate the spirit.

Class sizes in Orange are limited so please contact me if you'd like to try out a class. For questions or other info you may email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or post your comment here. Or, give me a call at 540/672-9528.

Madison Yoga Begins Monday, September 10

2013 UPDATE!
As of January 2013, all of my Yoga classes are now held in Orange, Virginia.
 
Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio
307A Madison Road in Orange
 
For the latest class schedules click: www.peacefulhands.com


The fall session of Yoga in Madison begins next week -- Monday, September 10.

There will be 2 classes each Monday: at 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. and at 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

This will be an 8-week session, running September 10 thru October 29.

Classes are held in the Library at Wetsel Middle School in Madison. (The Middle School is "next door" to Madison High School, just off of Route 29.) Park in front of the Middle School and come in through the front doors. The Library is straight ahead, door is on the left.

Please bring a yoga mat -- if you have one -- or a beach towel. We practice on a carpeted floor, but a bit of extra cushioning is helpful. Dress comfortably.

Cost is $11 per class. OR ... sign up for the 8-week session for $64 (the equivalent of getting more than 2 classes free!) Your first class with me is FREE. Madison students may do make-up classes in Orange and vice versa during the session.

Classes are for all-levels; beginners and long-time students of yoga are welcome (and all levels in between). We practice basic hatha yoga and I like to explore and play with many different yoga practices -- including gentle Tibetan yoga, energizing Anusara yoga, and balancing Ayurvedic yoga. In addition, I like to blend in other beneficial practices, including a bit of pilates, tao-ist movement, and tai chi now and then.

Yoga is a wonderful way to bring health, flexibility, and strength to the body; calm the mind and relieve stress; and rejuvenate the spirit. The class is appropriate for all fitness levels.

For questions or other info you may email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or post your comment here. Or, give me a call at 540/672-9528.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Fall Yoga Sessions Begin September 10 & 12

Just a quick reminder that the Fall session of Yoga is coming soon.

  • Madison Yoga will begin Monday, September 10. Two classes each Monday, at 4:00 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. at Wetsel Middle School.

  • Orange Yoga will begin Wednesday, September 12. Two classes each Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m. at "Be Yoga" on Byrd Street (in the Altman Building).

I'll post additional details in the next few days. I hope you can join us!

Namaste'

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Taste of the Mountains: Stop By & Say Hi!

Madison's Annual Street Festival -- "Taste of the Mountains" -- is coming up on Saturday, September 1 (Labor Day weekend). It's one of the nicest street festivals in Virginia ... and, as always, I'll be there with my 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).

So, stop by for a seated massage, catch some great music by William Walter on the nearby stage (his set begins at noon, I believe), then wander down Main Street and stop at the 4-H booth for a scoop or two (or three) of their fresh homemade ice cream.

Enjoy the music and the vendors and the clean, fresh mountain air. Add a bit of sunshine and it's a perfect Saturday!

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

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Wildlife Center: Fall 2007 Open House Schedule

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has just announced its Fall 2007 Open House schedule. 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 owls, eagles, possums, tortoises, and snakes – that live at the Center.

The open houses are free, but you must reserve your spot in advance, and the spots fill quickly. (Very quickly!) Here are the upcoming dates:·

  • Sunday, August 26;
  • Sunday, September 9;
  • Sunday, September 23;
  • Sunday, September 30; and
  • Sunday, October 14
There are three separate tours 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 www.wildlifecenter.org. Or to reserve a place at the open house contact the Center at 540.942.9453 or wildlife@wildlifecenter.org

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Madison & Orange: Last Yoga Classes of the Summer!

Whew ... it's almost August! Just a reminder that our summer yoga session in Madison and Orange will end next week. Classes in Madison will be on Monday, July 30, and in Orange on Wednesday, August 1. The cost is only $8 a class for this special summer session.

Classes will resume right after Labor Day.

Although we'll be on yoga break, my massage office will be open on my regular schedule: Tuesdays through Saturdays in my new Madison office.

Hope to see you this summer. And, if you have any questions, be sure to email or call. I can be reached at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or 540-672-9528.

May your summer days be blessed ones!

Namaste'

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Summer Yoga

Just a reminder of our upcoming 4th of July week yoga schedule and the upcoming summer session.

4th of July Holiday Week:

** There IS class in Madison on Monday, July 2 at 4:00 and 5:30. (This completes the 8-week session.)

** There is NO class in Orange on Wednesday, July 4. (We will complete the Orange 8-week session on July 11.)

Special Summer Yoga:

There will be a mini "summer" yoga session in both Madison and Orange throughout July. There will be no formal session; classes will be by drop-in only. In other words -- Come and play if you can. The discounted summer class rate is just $8 per class (instead of the usual $11 drop-in fee). The summer classes are currently scheduled for:

Monday classes in Madison will be on: July 9, 16, 23, and 30. (Times are at 4:00 and 5:30 pm at the Wetsel Middle School Library)

Wednesday classes in Orange will be on: July 18, 25, and August 1. (Times are at 4:30 and 6:00 pm at "Be Yoga" on Byrd Street)

Our next 8-week schedules will resume after Labor Day.

And, finally ... massage!

And, if you'd like to treat yourself to a massage in the upcoming days, I'll have office hours during the holiday week, from Monday through Wednesday. Yes! I am working on the 4th of July, and there are still a couple slots available. (I will be closed for the remainder of the week, from July 5 thru 8.) So if you'd like to relax a bit before heading off to an evening of fireworks ... please give me a call or email.

My regular summer massage hours are: Tuesdays through Saturdays. I hope you'll come see my new office in Madison. Send me an email at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com, or call 540-672-9528 with any questions on yoga classes or to schedule a massage.

Wishing you a peaceful independence day ... and I'll look forward to seeing you this summer!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Memorial Day Week Yoga & Massage Schedule

A schedule reminder for the upcoming Memorial Day week.

There will be NO yoga classes in Madison and Orange next week (May 28 and May 30). Yoga classes resume June 4.

My massage office will also be closed May 26 through June 1. (I hope you'll stop by and see the new massage space!)

I'll be checking email and voice mail if you need anything in the meantime.

Enjoy the sunshine and I'll look forward to seeing you soon!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Navajo Blessing

This blessing was first taught to me as a Navajo blessing, but over the years I have seen it, in similar form, from many other cultures and heritages. But, I stay with this one, because it was the first I learned.

Energy follows intention. So, as you bring this intention to your heart, feel it bloom within you ... and let that peacefulness radiate beyond your physical boundaries. Let peacefulness fill you and all those around you.

I use this blessing in yoga classes often and in my own practice. It helps remind me that peacefulness -- in my heart, in my mind, in my life -- is only a small intention away. But, the key is to first look within and then allow your inner peace to radiate outward.

May this blessing bring you the peace you need today!

Before me, peaceful.
Behind me, peaceful.
Under me, peaceful.
Over me, peaceful.
Around me, peaceful.

Namasté

Orange Yoga: New Session Begins 5/9

A new 8-week yoga session begins in Orange on May 9. This session will run through July 11.

(There will be no classes on May 30 or July 4.)

Classes are Wednesdays at 4:30 and at 6:00 p.m. at "Be Yoga" studio, located at 145 Byrd Street (one block South of the 7-11 at Main Street, in the old Altman's Gifts building). The session cost is $64 or $11/class. You may join a session at anytime in the session and make up missed classes on Mondays in Madison. Your first class is free.

For more info email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528.

Namasté

Monday, April 30, 2007

No Madison Yoga on 4/30

Due to a disruption at the high school and middle school this afternoon, there will be no yoga classes in Madison this evening.

The new 8-week session will begin next week, May 7. I have updated the earlier post with the new dates.

I apologize for the short notice; thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Time For A Change

I often remind folks in class that yoga not only makes our body flexible, but it also creates a suppleness and flexibility in our mind, heart, and spirit. It is that flexibility that allows us to step into changing circumstances with positive energy and grace.

And, so, with that sense of flexibility comes the following news: As of May 19, I will be moving my massage practice full-time to Madison, Virginia.

For the past 5 years, I have split my massage practice in two offices -- in Madison and in Orange. But, as many of you know, for the past 9 months, my Orange colleagues and I have been seeking a new home for our massage therapy practice ... and for the past 6 of those months we have been in temporary quarters that have been functional, but quirky. (And, I believe that "quirky" is being kind all the way round.)

I’m continuing to explore opportunities in Orange, but beginning May 19, my massage practice will move full-time to Madison.

This means many good things for you!

First, my Madison office will be moving to a dedicated treatment room upstairs from the current MountainWood office in the Perl Building (108 Schoolhouse Road, just a half-block from Main Street). That means my hot stones and other therapies will be all in one place for you. (If stairs are an issue for you, don't worry -- I will still have access to the main floor treatment space to make things easy.)

Second, with the dedicated treatment room and reduction in time that I have typically spent shuttling between Orange and Madison (sometimes a couple times a day), I will have more of my day available for your sessions and more convenient times.

Third, I’ll still offer Saturday sessions!

I know that this will mean a few extra driving minutes for some clients, but I hope that the benefits of a therapeutic and healing massage will outweigh the additional time it might take you to get to me. (Madison is just a quick 14-mile drive from the town of Orange.)

I will miss being in Orange (although my Orange yoga classes will continue on Wednesdays). But, for now, this is where the universe is guiding me. I certainly look forward to feeling settled with all my massage things in one space!

I will keep you posted and look forward to seeing you in my new space soon.

Namasté

UPDATE: Madison Yoga Session Begins 5/7

NOTE: This post was UPDATED with our new schedule dates on 4/30.

It's spring -- and as the outside world blossoms into new life, it's time to let our inner spirits blossom, too!

The new 8-week session of Madison Yoga begins on Monday, May 7. The session will run through July 2. (There will be no class on Memorial Day, May 28.)

There are 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.

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. You may join a class at any time in the session.

We practice basic hatha yoga and explore many different yoga practices -- including gentle Tibetan yoga, energizing Anusara yoga, and Ayurvedic yoga. Our classes include energizing flow series and relaxing poses -- so you can end each class feeling renewed, refreshed, and balanced.

The class is appropriate for adults of all fitness levels. If you have any questions or want more info on my Madison or Orange yoga classes, please email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call me at 540/672-9528.

I hope to see you on Monday!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Madison & Orange Yoga: Off The Week of April 9

Hi! Your search engine has directed you to a very, very old post on my website (from 2007!) I just realized that, for some reason, this single page is a favorite target of many search engines for people who are searching for news about Yoga & Massage in Orange & Madison, Virginia.

So, in my effort to outsmart the search engine ... I'm going to redirect you to the front page of my website, with all the latest YOGA & MASSAGE news.

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(And if you're still interested in the original post from 2007 ... here it is ...)

Just a reminder ...

We will be on a yoga break during the week of April 9. There will be no yoga classes in Madison on April 9 and no yoga classes in Orange on April 11.

I hope you'll take some time to unroll your mat during the week. And, if the weather warms up, perhaps you can take a few moments to practice outside.

Enjoy the sunshine and the warming early days of spring, and take time to let your yoga practice warm you from the inside out!

Namasté

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Springtime Renewal

As the springtime begins, we have a special opportunity to reconnect with nature. Typically, we connect as observers – enjoying the warming sunlight and the lengthening daylight, spending more time outside, playing in the garden, inhaling the fresh spring air and the fragrance of new flowers. But, our connection is truly much deeper than that. We are part of nature and the cycle of nature, just as the birds, the squirrels, the new daffodils, and all of the outside world that renews with the springtime.

Our internal energy grows, we respond to the lengthening days, we shed our winter layers (and perhaps even a few of our winter pounds). We blossom.

Take time to remember and honor your connection to the world and to nature, not merely as a passive observer, but as an active, living part of the springtime nature that is now unfolding. Notice the renewal of springtime within you.

This is the Navajo chant that was used as part of our meditation in yoga classes last week.

The mountains, I become part of them.
The herbs, the fir tree, I become part of them.
The morning mists, the clouds, the gathering waters,
I become part of them.
The wilderness, the dew drops, the pollen,
I become part of them.

Enjoy your springtime. Enjoy your day. And, breathe.

Namasté

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Madison Yoga Schedule Change For March

An update to this session's schedule in Madison, due to changes in the school's schedule:

  • We WILL have class on March 19.
  • There will be NO class on March 26.

I've updated the original post to reflect this change. Thanks for your flexibility!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Wisdom From The Dalai Lama

As we focused on balance in our yoga classes on 2/26 and 2/27, this was the foundation of our relaxation and savasana ... words from the Dalai Lama and a different way to look at balancing ourselves:

Peaceful living is about trusting those on whom we depend and caring for those who depend on us.

It isn't one or the other. It's achieving a natural balance of not only caring for others, but allowing ourselves to be cared for as well. And, sometimes it's allowing ourselves to depend on others that is the most challenging part.

As in so many things, when we find that gentle balance, peace comes.

Namasté

Monday, February 26, 2007

Wildlife Center: Spring Open House Schedule

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has announced its spring Open House schedule. 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 owls, eagles, possums, tortoises, and snakes – 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, March 4;
  • Sunday, March 18;
  • Sunday, April 1; and
  • Sunday, April 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 www.wildlifecenter.org. Or to reserve a place at the open house contact the Center at 540.942.9453 or wildlife@wildlifecenter.org

Madison Yoga Is On For Tonight!

Yes, we will have yoga class in Madison tonight, Feb. 26. Although the schools are closed, the roads and parking lot at the Middle School are fine and we will have access to our room.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Spring Massage & Yoga Schedule

In case you’re trying to keep track of my whereabouts (and sometimes I’m not even quite sure where I am at any given moment) ... here’s my spring schedule, effective March 1.

Yoga ...

MONDAYS ... Yoga in Madison. All-Levels Classes at 4:00 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m.

TUESDAYS ... Yoga in Culpeper at Namaste Yoga Studio. All-Levels Class at 10:00 a.m.

WEDNESDAYS ... Yoga in Orange. All-Levels Classes at 4:30 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m.

Private single and group Yoga Sessions available by appointment.

Massage ...

TUESDAYS thru FRIDAYS ... Appointments available in Orange or Madison office. (Tuesday appointments available after 1:00 p.m.)

SATURDAYS ... Appointments in Orange only.

And, don’t forget ... Sacred Stone and Hot Stone Massage is now available in my Orange office.

Private on-site sessions by appointment.

I hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Orange Yoga Begins March 7

Finally! I'm pleased to announce that I will begin an Orange yoga class on March 7.

Classes will be every Wednesday at 4:30 and at 6:00 p.m. They will be held at "Be Yoga" studio, located at 145 Byrd Street (one block South of the 7-11 at Main Street, in the old Altman's Gifts building).

They will be all-levels classes, appropriate for beginners on up.

The first 8-week session will run from March 7 through May 2. (No class on April 11.) Your first class with me is free. The cost is $64 for an 8-week session, or $11/class. (Makeup classes can be done at my Monday class in Madison.)

If you have any questions or would like to try out the class, please call me at 540-672-9528, email peacefulhands (at) gmail.com, or post here on the blog.

Namasté

Madison Yoga: Early Spring Session Begins

A new 8-week session of Madison Yoga began last night, 2/19. The session is scheduled to run through Monday, 4/23.

There will be no classes on March 26 or April 9.

NEW -- you can now make up a missed class. If you're registered for the session, but miss a class, you may make it up by taking my Orange class which will be held on Wednesdays. Check the blog for more info on Orange class times and location.

It's never too late to join a session. Madison classes are held at Wetsel Middle School (located next to the high school on Route 29). Classes are held on Mondays at 4:00 and at 5:30 p.m. Your first class with me is free. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 540-672-9528, email peacefulhands (at) gmail.com, or post right here on this blog.

Namasté

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A Valentine's Day Blessing

It’s Valentine’s Day ... and an unexpected day off, due to icy weather. It feels a bit like a Valentine’s Day gift.

When I was very young, I was ambivalent about Valentine’s Day. Then I moved to stridently anti-Valentine’s, due to the lack of romance in my life at the time. Valentine’s seemed to be less a time of celebrating love, then rubbing it in the face of those of us who were feeling noticeably – embarrassingly – unloved.

I later came around to feel that Valentine’s was not so much a time for celebrating romance, but rather love and friendship. That felt much better, much truer to me.

And, today, I think that Valentine’s Day is also for honoring, celebrating, and loving oneself. For if we can’t love ourselves – who we are, what we do, and how we spend our moments – then how can we truly love others?

In massage therapy, we learn that it is vitally important to care for ourselves first. An unhealthy massage therapist is not a very good massage therapist for anyone else. In the same spirit, if we can’t take pleasure in who we are, how can we expect others to?

So I hope you will take a moment today to first be your own Valentine. Take a moment not to judge, or self-critique, or criticize. (I think many of us spend too much time already in those unhealthy pursuits.) Instead, take a moment to find something within that makes you special and so worthy of love. Something that makes you smile. Have a bit of chocolate. Or buy yourself some flowers. Do something special for yourself.

And, then, do something special for someone in your life.

As I was doing my yoga yesterday, I was joined by Groucho, one of my cats. She often sits in on my practices, patiently waiting for savasana and meditation, when she can crawl under my prayer blanket for a cozy snooze.

Yesterday, I asked her in my heart to communicate with me, to share a secret with me. And, she told me this:

I live. I love. I rest.

It sounds like a plenty good philosophy to me. And, it also sounds like a good blessing for this peaceful holiday.

On this day, may you ...

Live. Love. Rest.


Namasté
Jackie

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Wisdom from the Dalai Lama

This is the quote from the Dalai Lama that served as the foundation of our meditation in class on 1/30. May it inspire and sweeten your day.

My religion is very simple.
My religion is kindness.
A good mind, a good heart, warm feelings --
these are the most important things.

Namasté

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A Tardy Look At New Year's Resolutions

It seems fitting – if you know me well – that I’m writing about New Year’s Resolutions on January 24. In fact, I’m still deciding what my resolution will be. Some would say my tardiness is because I’m a Libra and can’t make a decision (which, astrology aside, happens to be true). Some would say it’s because I’m always a little bit slow and a little bit late (which is also true). And, some would say it’s in keeping with my annual promise to give up eggplant during Lent (which, since I dislike eggplant and don’t eat it anyway, is an easy one to keep).

But, mostly I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions, because I don’t want to make another resolution that I won’t keep.

New Year’s Resolutions are a nice idea, but why do we insist on torturing ourselves with hard-to-achieve goals that will only make us miserable? Or, if we have good-hearted goals – why do we have to launch them all on the same day? What’s wrong with starting a new habit on March 7 or June 12?

I went by the local Gold’s Gym on January 2 and it was overflowing with people. Every machine was in use and I wouldn’t have been surprised to find two or three people crammed together on a single treadmill. Nearly every single person looked sweaty, pale, tired, and miserable. There was a cloud of desperation over the entire place. Okay, it was a cloud of steam and sweat, but it sure felt desperate to me. Those folks weren’t out to create a vibrant new body; they were out to destroy their old one.

I happened to be back there yesterday. It was less than half full. I hope those other people are happier now. Unhappy exercise is destined to fail.

My husband, Randy, was stopped for one of those “Man In The Street” interviews by a local camera crew in late December. The question – “What’s your New Year’s Resolution”? He said, without missing a beat, “Have more fun.” Now, that’s a kind-hearted and good resolution.

Do you even remember what your New Year’s Resolution was? If you haven’t made one yet, maybe you should wait until Losar – Tibetan New Year – on February 18.

By February 18, I will have decided on mine. I’m leaning toward “Have more fun.”

Namasté