Friday, January 30, 2009

February Meditation Schedule

Meditation Practice will be at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio on the following dates in February:
  • Sunday, February 1
  • Sunday, February 15
Perhaps you've had one of those stressful moments at work or at home where you want to say, "Can't I just get a minute of peace and quiet!?" Well, this is your chance to give yourself an entire hour of peace and quiet and contemplation. It's a gift of nurturing and nourishment.

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. (We have pillows for floor-sitting and chairs available. Or bring your favorite meditation cushion.)

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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Yes! Yoga is "ON" for Tonight in Orange

The weather is supposed to warm up this afternoon and clear away any slippery spots remaining on the roads. So, yes, class is ON for tonight, January 28, in Orange.

Our regular classes will be held at 4:30 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m. The room will be warm and cozy and we'll warm ourselves from the inside. Hope to see you!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Yes! Madison Yoga Is On For Jan 19th

Yes, there will be yoga class this coming Monday, January 19, in Madison.

The county schools are scheduled to be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day, but we will have access to the building and we WILL have class, as usual, at 4:00 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. Hooray!

Hope to see you!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

The Frosty Skies

Meditation doesn't always have to be about chanting Sanskrit mantras or adhering only to the words of an ancient swami or guru. Sometimes a meaningful prayer will come into your heart organically. Sometimes you'll trip upon something you overhear ... or perhaps a line of a poem will inspire you. And, of course, the most exhilarating meditations are often the ones that bring you into perfect quiet with no words or thoughts to weigh you down.

You simply need to let your meditation evolve into a practice that is beneficial and meaningful to you.

This line is from a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson (perhaps not the first person you think of when you are stretching out on your yoga mat or settling onto your meditation cushion). But, as our Meditation circle met last month just as winter was beginning, it seemed like just the right words to carry us through our practice.

Make Thou My Spirit Pure And Clear
As Are The Frosty Skies

The poem is from St. Agnes' Eve. Perhaps it has a place in your next quiet time.

Namasté

Ahhh ... Massage!

Is it time to ease out some old 2oo8 aches and pains? Ease stiff joints & muscles? Soothe the mind? Or relax from the stress of the world? Perhaps a massage can help.

I'm a Certified Massage Therapist, in practice since 2002. My specialties include Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Therapy, Myofascial Release, Ayurvedic Massage, and Hot Stones. Most often I blend these techniques to create a unique therapy that is specially tailored to the specific needs of my client. I blend my own natural oils using Ayurvedic techniques and my hot stones are cared for and used based on ancient Ayurvedic practices.

LOCATION: My studio is in downtown Madison, Virginia -- one block off of Main Street at 108 Schoolhouse Road, in the Perl Bldg. My studio is Suite 102-D (upstairs).

HOURS: I offer massage Tuesdays thru Fridays, and every other Saturday (basically whenever I'm not teaching yoga). I'm happy to try to work around your schedule, if you need to come in before or after work.

FEES:
One Hour -- $55 (add $10 for hot stones)
90 Min -- $75 (add $10 for hot stones)
30 Min -- $35
Cash/Checks only, please. No credit cards.

I'm happy to answer any questions about my massage and how it might help your specific conditions or needs. You may email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call me at 540-672-9528. Thank you!

Madison & Orange Winter Yoga Begins January 5

The Winter Session of Madison & Orange Yoga begins the week of January 5. Don't think of unrolling your yoga mat as a chore or something you glumly "resolve" or force yourself to do in the New Year, and then abandon in a month. Instead, I hope you can find the playfulness of a yoga practice that is a joy, not a chore.

And, I hope that you might take time to unroll your mat in class. Practicing with others can add inspiration and motivation to your practice.

Here's the scoop on our sessions:

** The Winter Session of Madison Yoga begins Monday, January 5.

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.

This is an 8-week session. You may join the session at anytime. Cost is the same as last year -- $12/class or a discounted $64 for the 8-week session (that’s like getting a couple classes for free!) Classes are offered through the Madison Dept of Parks & Facilities.

(A reminder -- if Madison county schools close because of weather, we will not have class that day and will make up the class at the end of the session.)

** The Winter Session of Orange Yoga begins Wednesday, January 7.

There are 2 classes each Wednesday at 4:30 – 5:45 pm. and at 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. Classes are held at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio, in the Altman Bldg, 145 Byrd Street in Orange.

The 8-week session begins January 7 and is scheduled to run through February 25. You may join the session at anytime. Cost is the same as last year -- $12/class or a discounted $64 for the 8-week session (that’s like getting a couple classes for free!)

As always, your first class with me at either site is free and if you’re registered for a session, you may take your classes at either location and make up missed classes at either location. (Please plan to make up any missed classes during the session, give or take a week.)

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

Friday, January 02, 2009

January 2009 Meditation Calendar

Happy 2009!

I hope you will make time for a bit of peaceful contemplation in the new year. Please join us for our regular meditation practice at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio in Orange.

Meditation Practice will be on the following dates in January:
  • Sunday, January 4
  • Sunday, January 18
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.)

The days may be gloomy and cold outside, but an hour of simple contemplative meditation can warm the heart and spirit.

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. (We have pillows for floor-sitting and chairs available. Or bring your favorite meditation cushion.)

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.