Friday, December 05, 2008

December Meditation Schedule

Meditation Practice at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio will be on the following dates in December:

  • Sunday, December 7
  • Sunday, December 21
Practice is held at 5:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio, 145 Byrd Street in Orange, Virginia. (Park in the side lot, and come in the front doors ... and follow the signs.)

As the energy of the season begins its shift to the cold and dark of winter, now is the perfect time to warm ourselves with our inner fire and our inner light. An hour of simple contemplative meditation can warm our hearts. And, it can revive our spirits which can grow tired in this often stressful season.

Our practice includes guided meditation, a brief reading, walking meditation, and a quiet sitting practice and lasts about an hour. No previous experience is necessary, just an open heart and the desire to find stillness within. Bringing our joined quiet energy together can be a wonderful experience. (And, there are pillows for floor-sitting and chairs for those who prefer a more "elevated" meditation seat.)

There is no cost to attend, but donations are accepted to help cover rent and expenses at the studio. For more info click on "meditation" on the right-hand column under "Topics", and, for studio directions click on "General Yoga Class Info." Or, email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528 if you'd like more info.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Madison & Orange Holiday Yoga Sessions Begin Soon!

We're about to start the holiday sessions of yoga in Madison & Orange, and I hope you will join us ... with so much stress in the world these days, your yoga mat reminds you to take a moment to breathe and stretch out into the peace that comes from your yoga practice.

The Holiday Session Of Orange Yoga Begins Wednesday, November 5.

This is a special SIX-week session of yoga and will run from Nov 5 thru Dec 17. (There is NO class on the Wed before Thanksgiving, Nov. 26).

Two classes are held each Wednesday in Orange at 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio, 145 Byrd Street in Orange. Session fee: $48 or $12/drop-in.

The Holiday Session of Madison Yoga Begins Monday, November 10.

This is a special SIX-week session of yoga and will run from Nov 10 thru Dec 15. (Please note that there WILL be class on the Monday of Thanksgiving week!)

Two classes are held each Monday in Madison at 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. at the Wetsel Middle School Library. Session fee: $48 or $12/drop in. Madison classes are part of the Madison Parks & Facilities department.

For additional info click on "General Yoga Class Info" under Topics on the right column.

November Meditation Schedule

Meditation Practice at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio will be on the following three dates in November:

  • Sunday, November 2
  • Sunday, November 16
  • Sunday, November 30

You'll notice I slipped in a third practice this month -- as we head into what is often a busy holiday season it's nice to slow down a bit and take a deep breath. The special practice on Sunday, November 30 will focus on the spirit of gratitude and Thanksgiving. All donations that day will be donated to help the animals cared for by the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Practice is held at 5:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio, 145 Byrd Street in Orange, Virginia. (Park in the side lot, and come in the front doors ... and follow the signs.)

Our practice includes guided meditation, a brief reading, walking meditation, and a quiet sitting practice and lasts about an hour. No previous experience is necessary, just an open heart and the desire to find stillness within. Bringing our joined quiet energy together can be a wonderful experience. (And, there are pillows for floor-sitting and chairs for those who prefer a more "elevated" meditation seat.)

There is no cost to attend, but donations are accepted to help cover rent and expenses at the site. For more information click on "meditation" on the right-hand column under "Topics", and, for studio directions click on the "General Yoga Class Info" topic. Or, feel free to email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

No Class In Madison On Oct 13

Just a few quick reminders ...

There is no Yoga Class in Madison on Monday, October 13. (Our library space is not available for us that day.)

There IS class in Orange on Wednesday, so feel free to drop in there if you'd like to get your yoga practice in this week.

And, remember ... the end of both the Madison & Orange sessions are fast approaching. If you need to make-up classes, time's a-wasting. You need to have your makeups completed by the end of the session (or the following week at the latest).

More info on the upcoming Holiday Session will be coming soon!

Enjoy your autumn and I hope to see you in class.

Friday, October 03, 2008

October Meditation Schedule

With so much bad news and stress swirling in our world, give your heart some time for a bit of peacefulness.

I am pleased to offer Meditation Practice at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio, in Orange, Virginia, on the First and Third Sundays of the month.

Meditation Practice in October will be on the following dates:

  • Sunday, October 5
  • Sunday, October 19

Practice is held at 5:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio, 145 Byrd Street in Orange, Virginia. Our practice includes guided meditation, a brief reading, walking meditation, and a quiet sitting practice and lasts about an hour. No previous experience is necessary, just an open heart and the desire to find stillness within. Bringing our joined quiet energy together can be a wonderful experience. (And, there are pillows for floor-sitting and chairs for those who prefer a more "elevated" meditation seat.)

There is no cost to attend, but donations are accepted to help cover rent and expenses at the site. For more information click on "meditation" on the right-hand column under "Topics", and, for studio directions click on the "General Yoga Class Info" topic. Or, feel free to email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528.

I hope you will join us!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Autumn Yoga "Mini" Retreat is October 4 ~ Join Us!

Ahhhh, the cool, crisp air of autumn! Celebrate the arrival of these cooler days and the air energy of the season at a Yoga "Mini Retreat" that will focus on grounding body, mind, and spirit and preparing for nature's cooling and the gentle shortening of the Fall days ahead.

The Autumn Yoga Retreat will be held:

Saturday, October 4, 2008
9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio
145 Byrd Street in Orange, Virginia

UPDATE: The yoga retreat is full! Please let me know if you would like to be placed on the "wait list."

The day will include yoga, including a special Vinyasa Flow for the Autumn Season, self-massage to boost energy, and a blend of seasonally inspired Ayurvedic lifestyle tips to reduce stress, as well as balance and ground the body, mind, and spirit.

Morning meditation begins the day at 8:45 a.m. if you would like to come a bit early.

The Orange studio is a cozy and sacred space for yoga and meditation. There is very limited space available for this retreat. The cost is $50 for the retreat. SPECIAL: For students who are currently registered in either my Madison or Orange yoga sessions, the cost is $45.

For information or to register, contact me here at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call me at 540-672-9528.

Namasté

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

September Meditation Schedule

I am so pleased to offer Meditation Practice in our Orange studio, Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio, on the First and Third Sundays of the month.

A simple meditative "sit" can rejuvenate your spirits and refresh the body and bring peaceful spaciousness to the mind.

Meditation Practice in September will be on the following dates:

  • Sunday, September 7
  • Sunday, September 21

Practice is held at 5:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio, on Byrd Street in Orange, Virginia.

Our practice includes guided meditation, a brief reading, walking meditation, and a quiet sitting practice and lasts about an hour.

No previous experience is necessary, just an open heart and the desire to find stillness within. Bringing our joined quiet energy together can be a wonderful experience. (And, there are pillows for floor-sitting and chairs for those who prefer a more "elevated" meditation seat.)

There is no cost to attend these sessions, but donations are accepted to help cover rent and expenses at the site. For more information click on "meditation" on the right-hand column under "Topics", and, for studio directions click on the "General Yoga Class Info" topic. Or, feel free to email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528.

Madison Yoga Begins September 8

The Autumn Session of Madison Yoga begins on Monday, September 8 at Wetsel Middle School Library in Madison, Virginia.

The 8-week session is scheduled to run from Monday, September 8 through Monday, November 3. (NOTE: There will be no class on October 13.)

Madison classes are offered through the Madison Department of Parks & Facilities.

For info on location, class costs, and other details click on "General Yoga Class Info" and "Madison Yoga" under Topics on the right column. I hope to see you!

Orange Yoga Begins September 3

The Autumn Session of Orange Yoga begins on Wednesday, September 3 at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio in downtown Orange, Virginia.

The 8-week session is scheduled to run from Wednesday, September 3 through Wednesday October 22.

(There will be no class on October 29.)

For info on location, class costs, and other details click on "General Yoga Class Info" and "Orange Yoga" under Topics on the right column.

I hope to see you!

Madison & Orange Yoga ~ General Class Info

For the 2008-2009 Yoga Seasons ... here is some general information on my classes in Madison & Orange:

MADISON: Two classes are held on Mondays -- at 4:00 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. at Wetsel Middle School in the Library.

Location -- Wetsel Middle School is located on Route 29, adjacent to the High School. Park in front of the school and come in the main doors. The library is ahead, door on the LEFT.

Cost -- Class costs are: $12 a class or, join for an 8-week session at the discounted rate of $64. Your first class with me is free. (Registered students also receive discounts on special classes, workshops, and retreats.)

What to Bring & What to Wear -- 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 for exercise; yoga is done barefoot on your mat. You may wish to bring a sweater and socks or even a light blanket for the relaxation session at the end of class.

Make-Up Classes -- If you're registered for a session and miss a class you can make up the class by attending a class in Orange. Please complete your make-ups during the session (give or take a week). No need to ask if you can make-up a class ... you're always welcome in Orange!


ORANGE: Two classes are held on Wednesdays -- at 4:30 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio in downtown Orange.

Location -- Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio is located at 145 Byrd Street in Orange. This is one block off of Main Street, approximately one block from the Main Street/Byrd Street stoplight (the 7-11 Stoplight). Coming from Main Street, one block over the train tracks, turn RIGHT at the 7-11 stoplight, and the building is one block ahead on the LEFT. The building is a brick building with a green awning (Johnny's Furniture Repair & Fox Clocks signs are out in front). Please park on the side of the building. Come in the main doors and follow the "Yoga" signs down the hall.

Costs -- Class costs are: $12 a class or, join for an 8-week session at the discounted rate of $64. Your first class with me is free. (Registered students also receive discounts on special classes, workshops, and retreats.)

What To Bring & What To Wear -- Bring your yoga mat if you have one. We have some "loaner mats" available at the Orange studio as well as pillows, bolsters, blankets and other props (which, contrary to popular belief, I do use now and then!). Dress for exercise; yoga is done barefoot on the mat. You may wish to bring a sweater and socks for the cooling relaxation session at the end of class.

Make-Up Classes -- If you're registered for a session and miss a class you can make up the class by attending a class in Madison. Please complete your make-ups during the session (give or take a week). No need to ask if you can make-up a class ... you're always welcome in Madison!

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

You don't need to wait for a new session to start to join in -- you may join in at any time.

My classes are designed for all levels; beginners and long-time students of yoga are welcome (and all levels in-between). Don't worry if you've never been on a yoga mat before. Yoga has been around for thousands and thousands of years, in the great cosmic scheme of things, we're ALL beginners.

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. Every class includes some breathwork and time for relaxation and meditation. 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.

Cancellations -- Occasionally classes are cancelled due to bad weather or other calendar conflicts. Session dates are adjusted accordingly. I post last-minute cancellations on this page, email the "yoga email list" as soon as an unexpected cancellation arises, and I call registered students to let them know.

For more info on the current session click on the "Madison Yoga" or "Orange Yoga" label at the bottom of this post, which will bring up a list of previous postings. Or contact me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540.672.9528.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Fall Session Dates For Madison & Orange Yoga

Just a quick notice regarding the upcoming start dates for the Fall Yoga session. More info will be coming soon, but if you're missing your yoga ... here's when we'll be back:

ORANGE YOGA ... 8-week fall session begins on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

MADISON YOGA ... 8-week fall session begins on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

I'm taking a brief "yoga break" for the next 2 weeks, but my massage studio is open if you need a tune-up before fall. And, I'm also available for private yoga sessions. You can reach me on email at peacefulhands ((at)) gmail.com or at 540-672-9528.

I hope that you'll take time to unroll your mat in the upcoming days!

Monday, August 04, 2008

August Meditation Schedule

I am so pleased to offer Meditation Practice in our Orange studio on the First and Third Sundays of the month.

In the heat of summer, our body and our mind can get "overheated" or begin to drag from the heaviness of the weather. A simple meditative "sit" can rejuvenate your spirits and cool the body and mind with peaceful energy.

Meditation Practice in August will be on the following dates:
  • Sunday, August 3
  • Sunday, August 17
Practice is held at 5:00 p.m. at "Be Yoga" at Peaceful Hands Studio -- our Orange yoga space. Our practice includes guided meditation, a reading, walking meditation, and a quiet sitting practice and lasts about an hour.

No previous experience is necessary, just an open heart and the desire to find stillness within. (And, there are pillows for floor-sitting and chairs for those who prefer a more "elevated" meditation seat.) There is no cost to attend these sessions, but donations are accepted to help cover rent and expenses at the site. For more information click on the "meditation" label at the bottom of this post, or on the right-hand column under "Topics" for other relevant posts. Or, feel free to email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Joyful Balance

In classes this week we explored the joy of balance ... balancing warm and cool energies, right and left sides of the body, as well as exploring the balance of heaviness and lightness, and water and air, in the body. (Oh, and we stood on one leg too, which certainly counts as balance!)

When the weather turns so drastically hot (or cold), it's good to remember that we need to adjust our internal energies and find that comfortable balance that will sustain us. (And, of course, your yoga mat is a good place to start balancing!)

Here is the quote from this week's classes. I think it's a good reminder ...

"You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose." ~ Indira Gandhi

May your day be a balanced and happy one!

August Yoga Classes

You've reached an old post from 2008 about my yoga classes in Madison & Orange, Virginia.  But we're still going strong!  For the latest yoga class info just click Peaceful Hands Massage & Yoga Homepage.

Yes, we will be having yoga during the first two weeks of August at our Orange Studio!

But there are a few time and schedule changes. In the midst of the August heat, vacations, and the general "uprootedness" of the late summer, I hope you will take time to unroll your yoga mat in the shade once or twice (or every day ... even better!). And, here are some opportunities for you!

Here's the schedule:

MONDAY, AUGUST 4 at 4:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. BEATLES YOGA ~ A Magical Mystery Tour of Yoga Specially Designed For Some Sweet Music From The 1960s. A Playful Yoga Spirit Is Required For This Special Class!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6 at 6:00 p.m. ALL LEVELS YOGA ~ This is the final class of our Orange "summer" yoga session. (Please note there will be no 4:30 class that day.)

If you have makeups you need from classes missed during the summer session in Madison or Orange, you may use the August 4 or August 6 classes. Those are your last chances to get your make-ups in! Or, pay by the class: $8 if you are a registered student, $12 drop-in.

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11 & 13 at 5:15 p.m. SUN & MOON FlOW YOGA, Celebrate the joyful movement of the energizing Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) on Monday, August 11 and the cooling and opening energy of the Moon Salutation (Chandra Namaskar) on Wednesday, August 13. Just $8 (yes, take one -- or both classes -- for just $8. It's a summer treat!)

FALL YOGA SESSIONS And, it's already time to mark your calendar for the upcoming fall yoga sessions, which begin right after Labor Day. Orange classes begin on Wednesday, September 3 and Madison classes begin the Monday after Labor Day, September 8. Stay tuned for more info!

If you have any questions ... feel free to email me at peacefulhands ((at)) gmail.com or call me at 540.672.9528.

I hope you'll take time in your summer to play ... and I hope you'll find some playful times on your yoga mat.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Special Monday Classes In Orange

Today, July 14 marks the end of the Summer Yoga Session in Madison. The summer session ended a bit earlier than it ever has -- owing to a mild winter and very few cancellations this year.

In order to give the Middle School time to prepare for the new school year, we always give the school a few weeks to clean up, paint, and do the preparations they need to, without worrying about us being in their way. So that means, Madison yoga will take a break until after Labor Day. Then we'll be back to our Mondays in Madison!

However, for the next THREE weeks we'll have some special Monday classes in the Orange studio. Since several people asked me about this and didn't believe me, here it is again ... YES, the classes are on Monday and YES, the classes are in the Orange studio!

Here is the class schedule:

MONDAY, JULY 21 at 5:00 p.m. FLOW YOGA ~ A Moving, Flowing, Breathing Vinyasa Class

MONDAY, JULY 28 at 6:00 p.m. RELAXING YOGA & YOGA NIDRA ~ Quiet, Relaxing Yoga & A Special Yoga Nidra (Guided Meditation) To Calm & Soothe The Body & Mind

MONDAY, AUGUST 4 at 4:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. BEATLES YOGA ~ A Magical Mystery Tour of Yoga Specially Designed For Some Sweet Music From The 1960s. A Playful Yoga Spirit Is Required For This Special Class!

If you are currently registered in my Madison or Orange yoga session you may use any of these as make-ups for any classes you missed this session. OR: $8 for registered students, $12 Drop-ins. (I know many of you need make-up classes, and I hope you'll take advantage of these special classes.)

The current session of Wednesday classes in Orange -- at 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. -- continue through August 6, too.

Please note the special times for each of these classes. If you have any questions ... feel free to email me at peacefulhands ((at)) gmail.com or call me at 540.672.9528.

Wildlife Center At Madison County Fair

The Wildlife Center of Virginia, and some of its education animals, will be at the Madison County Fair on Saturday, July 19. The presentation will be at 4:00 p.m. on the Small Stage. This is a wonderful way to learn more about the Center and meet some wonderful wildlife ambassadors (I'm guessing you'll meet a possum and an owl, at least!)

They will be giving their popular "Critters Don't Need Litter" presentation ... a good lesson for all of us!

I'll be there in the audience and I hope you'll stop by, too.

(And, yes, the Bald Eaglet had surgery this weekend -- it was the lead story in Sunday's Charlottesville Daily Progress. For updates on the eaglet and its recovery, visit the Wildlife Center's website at www.wildlifecenter.org and click on the link to the Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Updates.)

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

July Meditation Practice

Meditation practice in our Orange studio is scheduled for these July dates:
  • Sunday, July 6
  • Sunday, July 20
July 6 is the birthday of the Dalai Lama ... who inspires us to practice meditation as a pathway to love, compassion, and understanding. So, our July 6 practice will be a special one. I hope you will join us!

Practice is held at 5:00 p.m. at "Be Yoga" at Peaceful Hands Studio -- our Orange yoga space. Our practice includes guided meditation, a reading, walking meditation, and a quiet sitting practice and lasts about an hour. No previous experience is required, just an open heart and the desire to find stillness within.

There is no cost to attend these sessions, but donations are accepted to help cover rent and expenses at the site. For more information click on the "meditation" label at the bottom of this post, or on the right-hand column under "Topics" for other relevant posts. Or, feel free to email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528.

Orange Yoga: New Session Begins 7/2

A new session of Orange Yoga begins on Wednesday, July 2. This is a special 6-week session. No "Hot" Yoga here ... we're all about cooling the energies of the body, mind, and spirit -- so that we balance our energies against the heat and humidity of the summer days that surround us.

The 6-week Summer Yoga Session in Orange begins on Wednesday, July 2 and runs through Wednesday, August 6. The cost for the 6-week session is $48 (or $12/class). There are 2 classes each Wednesday -- at 4:30 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m.

We'll take a brief break through the rest of August and will start up again right after Labor Day. But, you know how much I dislike an empty studio, so if there's interest, we'll toss in a few one-off special classes through the rest of August.

(And, stay tuned, because there are some special Monday classes in Orange planned for July ... that will help us determine if there's enough interest for some other special offerings in August.)

For more info on location, etc search this blog by clicking the "Orange Yoga" label at the bottom of this post or under "Topics" on the right-hand column. Or contact me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540/672-9528.

I know that summers can be hard to plan -- with changing schedules and vacations and other things slowing us down. But, if you can't come for a session ... unroll your mat for a class. Don't leave your yoga behind!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

June Meditation Practice

Meditation practice in our Orange studio is scheduled for these June dates:
  • Sunday, June 1
  • Sunday, June 15
  • Sunday, June 29

You'll notice I've slipped in an extra practice during June!

Practice is held at 5:00 p.m. at "Be Yoga" at Peaceful Hands Studio -- our Orange yoga space. Our practice includes guided meditation, a reading, walking meditation, and a quiet sitting practice and lasts about an hour. No previous experience is required, just an open heart and the desire to find stillness within.

There is no cost to attend these sessions, but donations are accepted to help cover rent and expenses at the site. For more information click on the "meditation" label below for other relevant posts. Or, feel free to email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Celebrate Summer! Summer Yoga Retreat Is Sat., June 21

The Summer Solstice is a perfect time to celebrate the warming energy of the sun above us and the sun within us. Join me for a Yoga "Mini Retreat" that will open body, mind, and spirit to that warm, healing energy that comes from above and from within.

The Summer Yoga Retreat will be held:

Saturday, June 21, 2008
9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
"Be Yoga" at Peaceful Hands Studio
145 Byrd Street in Orange, Virginia

The day will include yoga, including a special Summer Salutation, self-massage instruction to cool the body’s internal fire during the warm summer days to come, guided meditation and reflection, and the energy of seasonally inspired Ayurvedic movement and music that will balance the warm and cool energies of the body, mind, and spirit.

(Morning meditation begins the day at 8:45 a.m. if you would like to come a bit early.)

The Orange studio is a cozy and sacred space for yoga and meditation. There is very limited space available for this retreat. Register early to ensure your spot.

The cost is $50 for the retreat. SPECIAL: For students who are currently registered in either my Madison or Orange yoga sessions, the cost is $45.

For information or to register, contact me here at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call me at 540-672-9528.

Namasté

Friday, May 16, 2008

Madison Yoga: New Session Begins 5/19

The 8-week “Summer” session of Madison yoga begins Monday, May 19. The session runs through Monday, July 14.

There is no class on Memorial Day, May 26.

Because of the way the schedule unfolded this year (and due to far fewer “snow day” cancellations earlier in the year), this will be the only summer session of yoga in Madison. (In other words, no “mini session” through July as we’ve had in the past.) After this session, we will take a yoga break in Madison; the new fall session will start after Labor Day. So if you have plans to unroll your mat at class during the quieter days of summer, this is your chance!

(Yoga classes, including a few special classes and workshops, will continue through the summer in Orange.)

For more information on class times/location/fees etc scroll down to previous messages or search this blog by clicking the "Madison Yoga" label at the bottom of this post. Or contact me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540/672-9528.

I hope you will join us!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Orange Yoga: New Session Begins Wed, 5/7

I almost called this "Summer Session" ... but I realize we're still a ways away. And, in yoga, we don't want to rush into the future; instead we try to appreciate this present moment. And, since this present moment is still spring, this marks the beginning of the "Still Spring" session in Orange.

The 8-week "Still Spring" session of yoga in Orange will begin on Wednesday, May 5 and will run through Wednesday, June 25.

For more information on class times/location/fees etc scroll down to previous messages or search this blog by clicking the "Orange Yoga" link at the bottom of this post. Or contact me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540/672-9528.

You are always welcome ... for a class ... or a session. I hope you'll join us!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

May Meditation Practice

Meditation Practice in the Orange Studio for May 2008 will be on:

  • Sunday, May 4
  • Sunday, May 18

Practice is held on the first and third Sundays of the month at 5:00 p.m. at "Be Yoga" at Peaceful Hands Studio -- our Orange yoga space. Our practice includes guided meditation, a reading, walking meditation, and a quiet sitting practice and lasts about an hour. No previous experience is required, just the desire to find stillness within.

For more information click on the "meditation" tag below for other relevant posts. Or, feel free to email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Reiki 1 & 2 Classes Forming

I've been asked about holding Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 healing workshops this summer. It's been awhile!

Reiki is a gentle hands-on energetic healing art. It's easy to learn, yet it can offer wonderful benefits for yourself, your family and friends, and fellow animals.

My workshops are typically one day long and include training, attunement, a detailed "how-to" manual, and a practice session or two.

So, please let me know if you might be interested in taking either a Reiki 1 or 2 class this summer at my Yoga Studio in Orange, Virginia. I'm just checking out the general interest level now and figuring out if there would be a time that would suit people and other details. You can email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call me 540-672-9528 for more information.

Monday, March 24, 2008

April Meditation Practice

Meditation Practice in the Orange Studio will be held on:

  • Sunday, April 6
  • Sunday, April 20

Practice is held on the first and third Sundays of the month at 5:00 p.m. at "Be Yoga" at Peaceful Hands Studio -- our Orange yoga space.

Our practice includes guided meditation, a reading, walking meditation, and a quiet sitting practice and lasts about an hour. No previous experience is required, just the desire to find stillness within.

Bring your own meditation pillow if you like. We also have pillows and bolsters for you to use. And, yes, you may sit in a chair too, if floor sitting is uncomfortable. We do move around periodically throughout the practice to ensure no stiff hips or knees!

There is no cost for the sessions, but donations are accepted which help cover rent and expenses in the space.

For more info you can contact me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call me at 540-672-9528. Or click on the "Meditation" label at the bottom of this post which will bring up previous posts about our practice. I hope you will join us!

Namasté

Monday, March 17, 2008

Yoga Classes For 2008

Just to make it a bit easier to find things on this site, here's the general information about my yoga classes in both Madison and Orange.

MADISON:

Two classes are held on Mondays -- at 4:00 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. at Wetsel Middle School in the Library.

Wetsel is located on Route 29, adjacent to the High School. Come in the main doors and the library is ahead, door on the LEFT.

Class costs are: $12 a class or, join for an 8-week session at the discounted rate of $64. Your first class with me is free.

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.

ORANGE:

Two classes are held on Wednesdays -- at 4:30 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m. at "BE YOGA" at Peaceful Hands Studio in downtown Orange.

The studio is located at 145 Byrd Street in Orange. This is one block off of Main Street, approximately one block from the Main Street/Byrd Street stoplight (the 7-11 Stoplight). From Main Street, turn RIGHT at this light, and the building is one block ahead on the LEFT. The building is a brick building with a green awning. Come in the main doors and follow the "Yoga" signs down the hall.

Class costs are: $12 a class or, joing for an 8-week session at the discounted rate of $64. Your first class with me is free.

Bring your yoga mat if you have one. We have some "loaner mats" available at the Orange studio as well as pillows, bolsters, and other props (which, contrary to popular belief, I do use now and then!).

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

You don't need to wait for a new session to start to join in -- you may join in at any time.

My classes are designed for all levels; beginners and long-time students of yoga are welcome (and all levels in-between). Don't worry if you've never been on a yoga mat before. Yoga has been around for thousands and thousands of years, in the great cosmic scheme of things, we're ALL beginners.

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.

For more info on the current session click on the "Madison Yoga" or "Orange Yoga" label at the bottom of this post, which will bring up a list of previous postings. Or contact me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540.672.9528.

Madison Spring Yoga Session Begins 3/17

The 8-week spring session of yoga in Madison will begin on Monday, March 17 and will run through Monday, May 12.

NOTE: There will be NO class on Monday, March 24.

Two classes are held at Wetsel Middle School in Madison on Mondays -- at 4:00 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m.

If there is bad weather, classes will be cancelled. I'll post same-day cancellations here on the blog, send an email, and I will also call those students who are registered for the session by 3:30 p.m. on those days. When in doubt, call me. 540/672-9528. We will extend the session accordingly.

For more information on class times/location/fees etc scroll down to previous messages or search this blog by clicking the label "Madison Yoga" at the bottom of this posting. Or contact me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540/672-9528.

I know that as the days grow warm and inviting, it becomes hard to bring yourself inside and unroll your mat. But remember, just as your garden needs spring tending, so do you. I hope you'll join us!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Wonder of It All

I was putting my yoga class together the other day when I happened upon an old, old class plan I had tucked in a book. The reading we used for that class had slipped my mind, and I'm so pleased it has been slipped back in! I share it with you today because I find it a wonderful reminder of the joy of turning inward and how nice it is to take the time to celebrate our unique and beautiful inner spirits. May it be a special reminder of your inner beauty, light, and wisdom, as well.

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
-- St. Augustine

Monday, March 03, 2008

Yoga Make-Up Class Policy

Just a quick reminder for you, regarding the make-up policy for my Madison and Orange yoga classes.

If you're registered for the 8-week session at either Madison or Orange, you may make-up any missed classes by attending a class at the other site. That is, Madison students may always drop-in at an Orange class, and Orange students may always drop-in at a Madison class.

No need to ask if it's ok to come to the other place -- you are always welcome. Be sure to check the website though to make sure that class is being held on any given day.

I do ask that you make-up your missed classes during the session. Or, if you miss the last class of the session, please make it up within a week or two.

And, remember, when you sign up for the 8-week session you save $32 off the regular class cost of $12 a class, so that's like getting nearly 3 classes free. So that gives you a bit of wiggle room in case you miss a class here or there and aren't able to make it up.

If you ever have any questions, please do let me know. Email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or give me a call at 540-672-9528.

I hope you will make time in your schedule to make up your missed classes ... I want you to fill yourself up with all the yoga you can!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Email "oops"

It's hard to believe sometimes that I actually get paid to proofread other people's materials. Perhaps I should give the same close consideration to my own emails!

In the email I sent out this Leap Day morning -- the dates of the March 2008 Meditation practice were ... well ... half correct. Here are the FULLY correct dates:

Meditation Practice in the Orange Studio will be held on:

Sunday, March 2
Sunday, March 16


Practice is held on the first and third Sundays of the month at 5:00 p.m. at "Be Yoga" at Peaceful Hands Studio -- our Orange yoga space.

(If you didn't get today's email, but would like to be on my yoga email list which keeps you up-to-date on class cancellations and other things in Madison and Orange, please email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com and I'll add you to the list. And, keep checking the website too ... and I'll try to keep my dates straight!)

Madison Yoga -- Spring Session Begins Soon

A quick update on the Madison yoga spring session. The current session will conclude this Monday, March 3.

The new session begins March 17 and runs through May 12.

The library space is in use and unavailable on a couple dates in March -- there will be NO class on March 10 or March 25. (Since we lose a few classes in March, this might be a nice time time to drop by the Orange studio for a class ... or try out a Meditation session, as a way to keep your yoga routine intact!)

For additional information on Madison classes, including cost and location, etc., scroll down to previous messages on this blog, or simply search "Madison Yoga" in the search field and all the Madison yoga messages will come up.

I'll post another reminder as we draw closer to the start date. But, I thought I would give you a head's up about the upcoming cancellations. Thanks for being flexible!

Orange Yoga: Spring Session Begins March 5

It's nearly spring and you may notice a bit more "pep in your step". What a perfect time to unroll your mat and enjoy the energizing benefits of yoga. (And, you can also ease out the aches and pains of garden chores and other springtime tasks.)

The 8-week spring session of yoga in Orange will begin on Wednesday, March 5 and will run through Wednesday, April 30.

NOTE: There will be NO class on Wednesday March 26.

If there is bad weather, classes will be cancelled. I'll post same-day cancellations here on the blog, send an email, and I will also call those students who are registered for the session by 3:30 p.m. on those days. When in doubt, call me. 540/672-9528. We will extend the session accordingly.

For more information on class times/location/fees etc scroll down to previous messages or search this blog with the key words "Orange Yoga." Or contact me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540/672-9528.

I hope you'll join us!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Meditation Practice Schedule For March

Meditation Practice in the Orange Studio will be held on:
  • Sunday, March 2
  • Sunday, March 16

Practice is held on the first and third Sundays of the month at 5:00 p.m. at "Be Yoga" at Peaceful Hands Studio -- our Orange yoga space.

Our practice includes guided meditation, a reading, walking meditation, and a quiet sitting practice and lasts about an hour. No previous experience is required, just the desire to find stillness within.

Bring your own meditation pillow or use one of the pillows and bolsters that we have there. And, yes, you may sit in a chair too, if floor sitting is uncomfortable. There is no cost for the sessions, but donations are accepted which help cover rent and expenses in the space.

For more info you can contact me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call me at 540-672-9528. I hope you will join us!

Namasté

Yes! Orange Yoga Is On For 2/20

Yes, there will be class in Orange tonight, Wednesday, February 20. Hope to see you!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Feb 18: No Yoga Class in Madison

There will be no yoga class in Madison on Monday, February 18. I apologize for the short notice and hope to see you soon! Thanks for your understanding.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Spring Yoga Retreat Is March 15

Enjoy a Yoga "Mini Retreat" to celebrate the beginning of Spring and to open body, mind, and spirit to the fresh new season ahead!

The Spring Retreat will be held:

Saturday, March 15, 2008
9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
"Be Yoga" at Peaceful Hands Studio
145 Byrd Street in Orange, Virginia


The day will include yoga, including the Springtime Salutation, self-massage instruction for "spring cleaning", meditation and reflection, and the vibrant energy of seasonally inspired Ayurvedic movement, music, and chant.

(For "early birds" an optional morning meditation will begin the day at 8:30 a.m.)

And, yes, there will be snacks at break time!

If you know the Orange studio, you know that it is a warm and sacred space for yoga and meditation. It is also a small space, so there is very limited space available for this retreat. Register early to ensure your spot.

The cost is $50 for the retreat. SPECIAL: For students who are currently registered in either my Madison or Orange classes, the cost is $45.

I hope you will join us for this lovely way to celebrate the dawn of spring!

For information or to register, contact me here at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call me at 540-672-9528.

Namasté

Age Is Not Measured In Years ...

A few of you asked for the quote which we used in yoga class last week. It came from Swami Bua who offered this wisdom when he was 110 years old. I last read of him in The New Yorker a few years ago. He was living in New York and was, at the time, 117 years old and still teaching yoga classes.

As I searched further, I discovered that the last line of this quotation has been attributed to many people over the years, most notably Douglas MacArthur.

So, with thanks to Swami Bua and General MacArthur, here is their wisdom for you:

"Youth is not a time of life -- it is a state of mind. It is not a matter of ripe cheeks, red lips, and supple knees. It is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions. It is freshness of the deep springs of life. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul."

Namasté

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Meditation Practice In Orange

I'm pleased to offer Meditation practice at my studio in Orange. Here's the scoop:

Meditation Practice is held on the FIRST and THIRD Sundays of the month at 5:00 p.m.

The session lasts about one hour. No previous meditation experience is necessary. All are welcome.

We join together for an hour of guided meditation, walking meditation, a brief reading, and simple seated meditation. Pillows and bolsters are provided for sitting or you may always bring your own meditation pillow.

Upcoming Session Dates: January 20, February 3, and February 17.

There is no cost for the sessions, but voluntary donations are accepted.

The sessions are held at Be Yoga / Peaceful Hands Studio in the Altman Building at 145 Byrd Street in Orange (one block off of Main Street). For more information contact me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call me at 540/672-9528.

Our first session of the year was very nice ~ I hope you will join us!

Orange Yoga: Winter Session Dates

The 8-week winter session of yoga in Orange began last Wednesday. The session is scheduled to run:

Wednesday, January 9 through Wednesday, February 27.

If there is bad winter weather, classes will be cancelled. I'll post those same-day cancellations here on the blog, send an email, and I will also call those students who are registered for the session by 3:30 p.m. on those days. When in doubt, call me. 540/672-9528. We will extend the session accordingly.

For more information on class times/location/fees etc scroll down to previous messages or search this blog with the key words "Orange Yoga." Or contact me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540/672-9528.

It's not too late to join the session; feel free to jump in at any time!

Madison Yoga: Winter Session Dates

The 8-week winter session of yoga in Madison began last Monday. The session is scheduled to run:

Monday, January 7 through Monday, February 25.

PLEASE NOTE: Yes! There IS class on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 21 and on President's Day, February 18.

If there is bad winter weather, classes will be cancelled. I'll post those same-day cancellations here on the blog, send an email, and I will also call those students who are registered for the session by 3:30 p.m. on those days. When in doubt, call me. 540/672-9528. We will extend the session accordingly.

For more information on class times/location/fees etc scroll down to previous messages or search this blog with the key words "Madison Yoga." Or contact me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540/672-9528.

It's not too late to join the session; feel free to jump in at any time!