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)) 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)) 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 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) 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) 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!