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.


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 Or to reserve a place at the open house contact the Center at 540.942.9453 or

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), or post here on the blog.


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), or post right here on this blog.


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.