Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Yoga In Orange

This week ends our formal yoga session in Madison and Orange, Virginia ... but that doesn't mean that there won't be yoga opportunities through the holidays. Here's what's upcoming

HOLIDAY YOGA CLASS
Monday, December 20
4:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
in Orange

Join in a playful yoga class to warm your bones & celebrate the Winter Solstice.
$12/class. Just $8, if you were registered in either the Madison or Orange Holiday session that just ended.

NEW YEAR'S YOGA
Saturday, January 1
10:00 a.m.
in Orange

Make a commitment to keep yourself vibrant and healthy in 2011. Start the year off with yoga.
$12/class. Or, even better ... you'll get the New Year's class FREE if you sign up for and pay for the upcoming Winter Yoga session in either Madison or Orange.

These classes are in Orange, VA at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio, 145 Byrd Street. (The Altman Building). for more info, please feel free to email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528.

(Our regular 8-week Winter session begins in Madison on Monday, January 3, 2011 and in Orange on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.)

I hope to see you (and your yoga mat) soon!

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Peaceful (and Healthy) Gift Ideas!

I go back and forth on the issue of holiday gifts. After all, is it really necessary to buy something for someone as a way to tell them we care for them? And, is it really necessary to expend so much time and energy every December prowling in shopping malls in search of a "perfect" gift? I heard a radio story the other day that said that more than half of holiday gifts are eventually re-gifted or quickly discarded.

Still, I appreciate this time of year, because it may be one of the few times we really reflect on, and show gratitude for, those people who enrich and cheer our lives.

But, in the interest of stress relief, I'd like to suggest four gifts that promote peace and good health ... as well as save a stressful trip to the mall. (And, these gifts are far more likely to be used and enjoyed!)

1) A Gift Certificate for a Peaceful Massage. Give a holiday gift certificate that will look beautiful just wrapped in a bow and tucked under the tree. And, it will be even better when your loved one comes to my Madison studio to redeem that certificate for a soothing massage session or hot stone treatment. One-hour, 90-minute, and 30-minute sessions are available. Call me at 540-672-9528 or email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com to order your gifts or for pricing and other info. If you're in the area, I will happily hand-deliver the gift certificate to you, so you'll have it in plenty of time for the holidays ... or I can drop it in the mail to you. My gift certificates never expire, but I am pleased to report that more than 90% of my gift certificates are redeemed within a year.

2) Or ... give a Yoga Gift Certificate for a session of yoga in Madison or Orange or a very special private session. This is a unique and fun gift for a loved one. Just contact me by email at peaceful hands (at) gmail.com or at 540-672-9528 for more information.

3) Or … consider a very special Ayurvedic Counseling Gift Certificate. Ayurveda is the ancient medical science of Asia. As an Ayurvedic Health and Lifestyle Counselor, I’ll work closely with your loved one or friend to diagnose their natural biologic "Dosha" makeup -- the energy of their physical and emotional body that makes them unique. Using that information, I offer a personalized strategy -- comprised of diet, exercise, and lifestyle activities -- that best suits their biologic makeup and will help them best achieve their personal health goals.

My Ayurvedic Counseling Package includes two consultations (on-site or via phone/email) and a detailed written report that can help guide your gift recipient toward a more nourishing diet, more effective exercise, more beneficial lifestyle choices ... and a healthier life. (Follow up sessions are also available.) Again, just contact me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or by phone at 540-672-9528 for additional information.

For more information and basic pricing information for my gift certificates visit: Peaceful Hands: Services & Rates

4) Adopt A Wild Animal. Support the health and well-being of a special wild creature. The Wildlife Center of Virginia, a wonderful organization and one of the nation's premier wildlife hospitals, offers special "Caring For Critters" adoption gift kits that provide food and care for its education animals. You can adopt a possum, a bald eagle, a screech owl, and a number of other non-releasable animals that call the Center home. You'll get a sweet little "adoption kit" to wrap and place under the tree. (You can also add cute wild animal fuzzy puppets to your adoption kit ... another great stocking stuffer!) For information, visit The Wildlife Center of Virginia and click on the "Caring For Critters" link at the bottom of the page.

I hope these ideas save you a trip to the mall ... so you can spend that time with those you love.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Uplifting Others. Uplifting Ourselves.

During this holiday season, when stress can get in the way of joy and when the body can be depleted by the little cold and flu bugs that scurry about, I came upon this quote which I wanted to share with you:

"The greatest way to ensure your own happiness, is to do all that you can to uplift the lives of others." ~ Sharon Gannon

But, remember ... to have the energy to uplift others, you must nurture and nourish your own energy first. Support your immune system with good diet and habits. Unroll your yoga mat and stretch out. Sit in quiet for a few minutes and let your mind unwind. Treat yourself to a good book or a sweet chocolate. Do something nice for yourself and let your body absorb and enjoy that kindness. Then share that sweetness with those you meet along your day.

December Meditation Practice ~ Sunday, 12/19

We will meet just once in December for Meditation:

  • Sunday, December 19 at 5:00 p.m.

Practice is at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio, 145 Byrd Street in Orange, VA.

(We usually meet on the first and third Sunday of each month, but this Sunday conflicts with the start of the Orange Holiday parade which makes getting to the studio difficult or impossible, depending on which part of town you're in. So, that's why just one meeting this month.)

Our one-hour session includes guided, walking, and silent meditation in an encouraging and nurturing environment. Even if you’ve never sat in dedicated quiet before, you will enjoy bountiful benefits for the body and a more peaceful mind. Your heart will thank you for the moments of stillness.

There is no charge to attend, although donations are gratefully accepted to help cover studio expenses. Email peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528 for info.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

No Classes Thanksgiving Week

Peaceful Hands Massage & Yoga will be closed Thanksgiving week ~ November 22 thru November 28.

So ... no yoga classes & no meditation practice next week. But, that doesn't mean you can't unroll your mat at home!

In the meantime ... here's the link to the W.E.B Du Bois blessing from this week's Thanksgiving Yoga classes. I share this blessing every year and I hope you enjoy it: Thanksgiving Blessing

May you have much to be thankful for this holiday season. I know that I am especially thankful for all those friends who unroll their yoga mats with me each week!

Classes resume November 29 in Madison and December 1 in Orange.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Yoga In Orange ~ TUESDAY, 11/9

Yoga class at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio will juggle a bit next week.

Classes will be held on TUESDAY, November 9 at
Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio
145 Byrd Street, Orange
4:30 p.m. class & 6:00 p.m. class

Here's how to get Tuesday's class for FREE:


Class is $12. Or, come to class on Tuesday and register and pay for the upcoming 4-week Holiday Session (in either Madison or Orange) and you'll get Tuesday's class for free!

The 4-Week “Mini” Holiday Session begins the following week (the week of November 15). Here are class dates:

~ MADISON ~
Monday, November 15, November, 29,
December 6, & December 13

~ ORANGE ~
Wednesday, November 17, December 1,
December 8, & December 15

(No classes Thanksgiving Week.)

The cost for the mini session is $12/class, or sign up for the 4-week session for $32 (you save more than 33% off the regular class price … and if you take the free class on 11/9 … you save even more!)

I Give Thanks ...

In this month of Thanksgiving ... a poem of gratitude from Harriett Kofalk (author of The Peaceful Cook):

Awakening in a moment of peace
I give thanks
To the source of all peace

As I set forth into the day
The birds sing with new voices
And I listen with new ears
And give thanks

Nearby
The flower called Angel’s Trumpet
Blows in the breeze
And I give thanks

My feet touch the grass
Still wet with dew
And I give thanks
Both to my mother earth
For sustaining my steps
And to the seas
Cycling once again
To bring forth new life

The dewdrops
Become jeweled
With the morning’s sun-fire
And I give thanks

You can see forever
When the vision is clear
In this moment
Each moment
I give thanks

Monday, November 01, 2010

Bid For A Massage From Me At The Wildlife Center's Silent Auction!

The Wildlife Center of Virginia’s Annual Gala and Auction is coming up this Saturday, November 6. This is one of their most important fundraising events of the year.

One of the many great offered for their silent auction is ...

A Blissful 90-Minute Hot Stone Massage

... donated by me! You can help the Center … and treat yourself to a soothing massage by making an absentee bid this week.

Preview all the cool items that are being offered at: www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/annual-gala.

To place an absentee bid on my massage, or any of the items, email: auctionbid@wildlifecenter.org by Friday afternoon (3 p.m., November 5) and they will take your bid.

My 90-minute hot stone massage retails at $80; starting bid for the auction is $30. And, of course, the highest bid will win. You never know … you could snag a great deal … and help the owls and possums and turtles, too!

November Meditation Practice ~ Sunday,11/7

We will meet just once in November for Meditation:

Sunday, November 7 at 5:00 p.m.
Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio
145 Byrd Street, Orange, Virginia


Our one-hour session includes guided, walking, and silent meditation in an encouraging and nurturing environment. Even if you’ve never sat in dedicated quiet before, you will enjoy bountiful benefits for the body and a more peaceful mind. Your heart will thank you for the moments of stillness.

There is no charge to attend, although donations are gratefully accepted to help cover studio expenses. Email peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528 for info.

Monday, October 25, 2010

YES! Orange Yoga in ON for 10/27

We have "uncancelled" the cancellation!

We WILL have yoga class in Orange on Wednesday, October 27 at our regular times -- 4:30 and 6:00 p.m.

I hope you can make it to class ... if you've juggled your schedule already, are registered for the session, and can't make it, please let me know ... we'll figure something out.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

No Madison Yoga on Monday, 10/11

Just a reminder ...

There will be no yoga classes in Madison on Monday, October 11, due to a scheduling conflict at Wetsel Middle School.

Classes will resume on Monday, 10/18.

(Classes in Orange are on, however ... so if you need a makeup or don't want to miss a week of class, please join us on Wednesday, 10/13.)

Thank you as always for your flexibility!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

October Meditation Practice ~ 10/3 & 10/24

May the blessing of light be on you ... light surrounding you and glowing within you.

Even when it's a bit chilly and quite wet outside, there's a gentle firelight kindled at the heart warming and keeping you. Come sit beside that heart fire ... we will meet for Meditation in October on the following dates:
  • Sunday, October 3
  • Sunday, October 24
5:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio (145 Byrd Street in Orange).

(We usually meet on the first and third Sunday of the month, but I have a conflict on the 3rd Sunday, so our practice will shift to the 4th Sunday for October. Thank you for being flexible!)

Our hour-long mindfulness practice includes guided, walking, and silent meditation. I like to offer these different traditional mindfulness techniques to you so you might find the right practice that will follow you home.

Beginners and all are welcome ... pillows, bolsters, and chairs are available. Meditation is not a competition with anyone else or with yourself. We all sit together at the same level, because, quite honestly, every time we sit, we start anew, as a beginner.

There is no cost to attend, but donations are gratefully accepted to help cover expenses at the studio. For more info, you can email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528. Or, simply drop in at practice.

I hope you will come sit with us!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Madison & Orange Yoga: Fall Session Begins September 13

It's nearly Fall! The weather’s a little bit cooler (or nearly so!) … the kids are back in school … and now is the time to revisit all those good intentions you made last January to unroll your yoga mat more often and feel the benefits that your yoga practice can bring. Last January? Has it been 9 months already?

So, here’s your chance to recommit yourself to … yourself.

A special Labor Day morning class in Orange (scroll down for the earlier post with Labor Day details)… then our Fall sessions begin in Madison and Orange, Virginia the week of September 13.

MADISON 8-WEEK FALL SESSION BEGINS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

This 8-week session in Madison is scheduled to run from September 13 through November 8. (There is NO class on Monday, October 11.)

Two classes every Monday at 4:00 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. at Wetsel Middle School (in the library). General class info below.

ORANGE 8-WEEK FALL SESSION BEGINS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

This 8-week session in Orange is scheduled to run from September 15 through November 3.

Two classes every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio (145 Byrd Street in Orange). More info below.

GENERAL YOGA CLASS INFO

My classes are designed for all levels, beginners on up! New students can take a free class and may join the session at any time. Please dress comfortably in exercise clothing and bring a yoga mat or beach towel. (Some props and mats are available for use in Orange.)

Register for the 8-week session for $64 (the equivalent of getting a couple classes for free!) or drop-in for a single class for $12. (Registered students also receive discounts on special classes, retreats, and workshops.)

I want you to play with your yoga as much as possible ... so registered Orange students can make up missed classes by attending a Madison class, and vice versa. No need to ask ... just come! Please make up your missed classes by the end of the registered session (give or take a week).

For more information or directions to the Madison or Orange locations, click on "General Yoga Class Info" under TOPICS on the right-hand column. Or email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com

My yoga is a time for me to find the joyful young spirit within. To be able to share it with all of you each week is a blessing indeed!

Take care of yourself. Unroll your mat. Give yourself the gift of an hour of yoga. And, see what happens.

September Meditation Practice ~ 9/5 & 9/19

I am pleased to offer a space for Meditation Practice on the first and the third Sunday of the month. We meet at 5:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio in Orange, Virginia (145 Byrd Street, Orange).

This month we will meet:

  • Sunday, September 5 (Labor Day weekend)
  • Sunday, September 19

Practice lasts about one hour.

No experience necessary, just an open heart. Meditation provides many refreshing benefits to body, mind, and spirit. It lowers blood pressure, quiets the nervous system, and allows space for renewed mental clarity.

We practice guided, walking, and silent meditation. Our practice is gently structured so that you can explore the many different methods of mindfulness. (Pillows and chairs are provided so you can sit comfortably.) We all face the same difficulties -- a busy mind, the challenge of staying present, making time for our quiet. But, when we join together and practice together, it seems much easier to touch that peace that is within each of us.

There is no cost to attend, although donations are gratefully accepted to help cover studio expenses.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Taste of the Mountains is Saturday. Stop By & Say "Hi"

Madison's Annual Street Festival -- "Taste of the Mountains" -- is coming up on Saturday, September 4 (Labor Day weekend).

It's one of the nicest street festivals in Virginia ... and, as always, Peaceful Hands Massage and MountainWood Massage Therapy are teaming up to bring you seated chair massages all day. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our tent is in a new spot this summer … look for us under the trees in Beasley Park (across from our old spot in the War Memorial courtyard).

So, stop by for a seated massage, catch some great music, check out the local vendors, then stop at the 4-H booth for a scoop or two (or three) of their fresh homemade ice cream and look for other tasty local foods and snacks throughout the town.

(Free parking at the Madison County High School with shuttle buses to Main Street that run throughout the day. There is a handicap bus as well, and some handicap parking available on Washington Street. The Madison Free Clinic will asking for donations for those spaces. Madison is located 27 miles north of Charlottesville on Route 29 and 17 miles south of Culpeper on Route 29.)

Clean, fresh mountain air, a bit of sunshine, interesting vendors and lots of friendly folk. And, did I mention a massage? Why, it's a perfect Saturday! I hope you’ll stop by and say “hi”!

Special Yoga Class ~ LABOR DAY, Monday 9/6 at 9:30 a.m.

The weather’s a little bit cooler … the kids are back in school … and now is the time to revisit all those good intentions you made last January to unroll your yoga mat more often and feel the benefits that your yoga practice can bring. Last January? Has it been 9 months already?

So, here’s your chance to recommit yourself to … yourself.

We’ll have a special LABOR DAY yoga class on Monday, September 6 at 9:30 a.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio in Orange (145 Byrd Street).

Class is $12. Or even better … if you sign up and pay for the upcoming 8-week Fall Session (in either Orange or Madison), then your class on Labor Day is FREE. (8-week session: $64)

(The 8-week Fall Session will begin in both Orange & Madison the week of September 13.)

Take care of yourself. Unroll your mat. Give yourself the gift of an hour of yoga. And, see what happens.

I hope to see you. (I’ll post the Fall calendar in the next day or so … )

~ Jackie

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

August Yoga In Orange

Summer scrambles all sorts of routines (for better or worse, I guess). And, I guess that's why I nearly forgot to post our special August Yoga schedule for you.

Madison classes are on break until September ... all classes in August are in Orange, Virginia at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio (145 Byrd Street).

Our August schedule is our time to play with theme classes and focused practices that might not fit into our typical yoga schedule. Seven classes through August. All classes are in Orange. Take a class for $12 or as many as you like for $40.

If you take the session and actually attend all 7 classes with me, two things will happen ... one you’ll end up getting your classes for less than $6 apiece (Cheap! As Alfred E. Newman would say) and two, a magical special little surprise from me awaits you at the end of the session.

Here’s the schedule (note there are Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday offerings, all in Orange).

MONDAY, August 2 ~ Sun Flow Yoga @ 4:30 & 6:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, August 4 ~ Moon Flow Yoga @ 4:30 & 6:00 p.m.

MONDAY, August 9 ~ Cooling Yoga & Yoga Nidra @ 4:30 & 6:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, August 11 ~ Spine Awakening Yoga @ 4:30 & 6:00 p.m.
Sweet nourishment for the back, from the neck to the hips!

WEDNESDAY, August 18 ~ Magical Mystery Yoga @ 4:30 & 6:00 p.m.
Yes, our playful "Magical Mystery Tour" of yoga is back ...


SATURDAY, August 21 ~ Vinyasa Morning Flow Yoga @ 9:15 a.m.

WEDNEDSAY, August 25 ~ Reggae & AfroPop Yoga @ 4:30 & 6:00 p.m.
Yoga with a radiant world music twist!


For directions and additional info ... please email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528. If your yoga mat is melting in the backseat of the car ... then unroll it with us this August. I hope to see you!


Saturday, July 31, 2010

August Meditation on August 1

Just a reminder, our one Meditation practice for August will be:

Sunday, August 1 at 5:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio (145 Byrd Street) in Orange.

When the summer heat starts to weigh heavily on you, turn your focus inward to the coolness of your breath and the softness of your heart. You can't control the temperature outside, but you can control the coolness within you. Your meditation of cool and calm can provide great heat relief!

Our hour-long mindfulness practice includes guided, walking, and silent meditation. We practice these three classic forms of meditation so that we might explore the peace that is within each unique method. Beginners and all are welcome ... pillows, bolsters, and chairs are available for all manner of sitting.

When we join together in quiet and peace, our hearts emerge refreshed and rejuvenated!

This will be our only practice in August. Our 1st and 3rd Sunday schedule will resume in September: September 5 and 19.

For more info on our meditation practice please feel free to email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com.

I hope to see you soon! May you find peace and coolness on this toasty summer day.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wildlife Center At Madison County Fair, Sat 7/17

Come see the Wildlife Center of Virginia
& their wild animal friends
at the Madison County Fair, Saturday, July 17.

The presentation will be at 4:00 p.m. at the Small Stage (near the animal barns).

This is a terrific way to learn more about the Center and, even better, you'll get to meet some of their amazing wildlife ambassadors ... up close & personal!

They will be giving their popular "Home, Sweet Habitat" presentation which looks at how wild critters find the right food, water, and shelter in the big outdoors. It's a good bet you'll meet an owl ... a possum ... and who knows who else might come along!

The Madison County Fair is at the fairgrounds -- right behind the High School. I'll be there in the audience and I hope you'll stop by, too.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Orange Yoga ~ Wednesdays In July

Yoga continues in Orange this July with a Summer 4-week "mini" session.

Classes are at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in Orange, Virginia at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio (145 Byrd Street).

Classes are scheduled for July 7, 14, 21, and 28.

$12/class or take the session for $32. Your first class with me is always free.

Summer is a funny time ... classes can be very small when regular students head to the beach or have other summertime plans. So, I hope you'll keep your yoga routine up this summer and unroll your mat with us when you can. When the heat is high on the outside, we use our yoga to cool our energy from the inside.

And, stay tuned ... our traditional August class schedule will be posted soon. As in previous years, there will be a hodge podge of themed and focussed classes throughout the week for you. August is my time to play with various yoga practices and new ideas ... and you know how I love to pull out all the music that doesn't quite fit in our regular yoga classes. Some old favorites will be back (yeah-yeah-yeah) and a few new classes as well.

Don't let your yoga mat melt just sitting in the backseat of your car. Unroll it from time to time and stretch out into the summer. I hope you'll drop by!

Madison Summer Session Ends Tonight, 7/12

Our summer yoga session in Madison ends
Monday, July 12. Class is at 5:30 p.m.

As many of you know, our classes are offered through the Madison Dept of Parks & Recreation/Facilities, and are held in the library at Wetsel Middle School.

The teachers and administrators will start ramping up for the new school year soon, so we will take a break from our regular Monday classes, to help give them the space they need to polish up the school and prepare for the fall.

Our regular yoga classes will resume in Madison on Mondays at 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday after Labor Day -- Monday, September 13.

If that seems like a long ways away ... remember, classes are ongoing in Orange at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio. Classes in July are on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and August begins our traditional whirlwind of themed and special classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and even one Saturday morning. I'll post that schedule very soon.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Madison yoga classes ... I hope to see you in September. But, even more, I hope you'll mosey over to Orange in the meantime and unroll your mat with us!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

July Meditation ~ Sunday, July 18

Just one meditation practice for July ...

  • Join us on Sunday, July 18 at 5:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio (145 Byrd Street in Orange, VA) for an hour of stillness and quiet heart opening.

We practice gentle guided, walking, and silent meditation with the spirit of lightness and kindness. Even one hour of quiet can rejuvenate the spirit and open the heart. Beginners are always welcome and we offer pillows, bolsters, and chairs for your practice.

There is no cost to attend, but donations are gratefully accepted to help cover the expenses at our studio. I hope you will join us ... it's a joyful opportunity to join your good heart and quiet spirit with others in the practice of meditation and stillness.

No Madison Yoga on Monday, July 5

Just a quick reminder that there will be no yoga class in Madison on Monday, July 5, due to the holiday schedule at the school.

The final class of summer in Madison will be on Monday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Then, we'll take a break in Madison to allow the school to prepare for their fall session. Madison classes will resume around Labor Day. In the meantime ... Orange classes continue through the summer, including our annual quirky August classes. (stay tuned ...)

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Friday, June 11, 2010

4-Week Summer Yoga Session In Madison Begins June 14

UPDATE

A little 4-week "mini" yoga session begins in Madison this Monday, June 14. ONE class each Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Wetsel Middle School, Madison, VA.

Classes are scheduled for June 14, June 21, June 28, and July 12. (No class on July 5.)

$12/class or a discounted $32 for the whole session.

(Please note there will be no 4:00 p.m. class through the rest of this summer. 4:00 p.m. is back in the fall!)

Classes are always a little quirky this time of year because of summer schedules -- classes also are smaller, which means more attention and more time to accomodate individual requests for what you would like to do or try! Do come if you can.

General info, including directions to the studio are online ... check the "General Yoga Class Info" tab under topics on the right column.

I hope to see you!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Sat. 6/12 Yoga Class Benefiting The Wildlife Center of Virginia

Unroll your mat and support
The Wildlife Center of Virginia!

Class is Sat., June 12, at 9:30 a.m. in Orange at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio (145 Byrd Street).


As a very special treat, Janice Williams will be coming down to teach this special all-levels yoga class for us.

This is a “donations” class, with all funds raised going to The Wildlife Center of Virginia. (You may bring a cash donation or to receive a letter for your tax-deductible tax records please write a check made payable to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.) Your gift will help all of the Center's patients and also will go to their special efforts to provide critical care to bears and bear cubs who come to them.

How much to give? Whatever you can spare for the critters.

Thank you for being generous ... and for coming out to support Janice who is a wonderful friend and a fabulous and kind instructor.

Let me know if you have questions ... post here or email peacefulhands (at) gmail.com

June Meditation: June 6 & June 20

Need to cool off from the hot June sun? Sit in cool, peaceful, stillness ... in meditation. Meditation practice meets the first and third Sundays of the month at 5:00 p.m at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio (145 Byrd Street, Orange). For June we will meet:

  • Sunday, June 6
  • Sunday, June 20

There's nothing fancy or exotic about our meditation practice. It's more like comfort food ... nourishing and cozy. Nice.

Guided, walking, and silent meditation are offered in our one-hour session. Pillows, bolsters, and chairs are available. Even if you've never sat in meditation before ... we all can benefit richly from the practice of stillness. No one is an expert ... that's why we call it "practice." No fee to attend, although donations are gratefully accepted to help cover studio expenses.

If you have any questions, please email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call me at 540-672-9528. I hope you will come sit with us!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

No Yoga In Madison (5/31) or Orange (6/2)

Just a little summertime yoga break this coming week ...

There will be no Yoga in Madison on Monday, May 31 or in Orange on Wednesday, June 2.

Classes resume the week of June 7th.

And, watch for some special classes, in addition to our regular schedule, coming up in June!

Happy Sunshine!

Friday, May 07, 2010

New Spring Yoga Session In Orange Begins May 5

A new 8-week session of yoga begins in Orange on Wednesday, May 5.
This session is scheduled to run through June 30.
(No class on June 2.)


Two classes every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio (145 Byrd Street, Orange).

Beginners are always welcome and your first class with me is free. You may join a session at any time. Class cost is $12/class or get a nice discount: $64 when you sign up for the 8-week session.

For more info, including directions, what to bring/wear, etc. click on the "General Class Info" topic on the right-hand column. Or email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

May Meditation ~ May 2 & May 16

Come sit with us ... in quiet, in kindness. Meditation practice meets the first and third Sundays of the month at 5:00 p.m at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio (145 Byrd Street, Orange). This month we will meet:

  • Sunday, May 2
  • Sunday, May 16
Guided, walking, and silent meditation are offered in our one-hour session. Pillows, bolsters, and chairs are available. Even if you've never sat in meditation before ... we all can benefit richly from the practice of stillness. No one is an expert ... that's why we call it "practice." No fee to attend, although donations are gratefully accepted to help cover studio expenses.

If you have any questions, please email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call me at 540-672-9528. I hope you will come sit with us!

Friday, April 30, 2010

SOS ~ The Wildlife Center of Virginia Needs Your Clover & Dandelions!

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has its annual spring influx of rabbits and it's clear they don't particularly like the regular "hospital fare" the Center provides. (And, really -- who DOES like hospital food?) But, what baby bunnies and their friends DO love is snacking on dandelions and clover.

Would you be willing to donate a bag of dandelions and clover from your yard?

If you're out in your yard, garden, or pasture (in untreated, pesticide- and chemical-free areas only, please) and you wander across some dandelions and/or clover, the Wildlife Center would love to have them! (Fresh is better, of course, so if you're coming to yoga class or have a massage scheduled, pull them up in the morning sometime and then bring them in with you. Or drop them off at my massage studio during the week.)

Just dandelions (especially the green leafy parts) and clover. A little bag. A big bag. Every little bit helps. (And the dandelion flowers are fine to include.)

The rabbits will need the bounty for many weeks to come ... and soon the goslings and ducklings will benefit from your donations as well. And, a happy, eating rabbit is a healing rabbit (or duckling or gosling or possum), and that makes the job easier for the Center's Vets and Rehabbers.

Email me with questions at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com. Thank you in advance for helping out these wildlife patients.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Spring Yoga In Madison Begins Monday, 4/12

Yay! Now I know it's truly spring ... the lilacs are in bloom and we have finally (finally!) completed the winter yoga session in Madison, closing the book on the snowiest yoga session and most cancelled classes ever.

So now it's time to throw open the windows, air out the linens, and stretch out on your yoga mat and soak in the nourishing rejuvenating energy of the season.

The Spring Session of Yoga in Madison, Virginia
Is Monday, April 12 Through Monday, June 7, 2010.
(No class on Memorial Day, May 31.)


Two classes every Monday at 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Wetsel Middle School in the Library.

Beginners are always welcome and your first class with me is free. And, you can join a session at any time. Class cost is $12/class or get a nice discount: $64 when you sign up for the 8-week session. Classes are offered through the Madison Department of Parks & Facilities.

For more info, including directions, what to bring/wear, etc. click on the "General Class Info" topic on the right-hand column. Or email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Peaceful Hands' New Massage Website

Finally, I have an easy way for you to find information about the massage and Ayurvedic arms of my Peaceful Hands Massage & Yoga practice.

My massage and Ayurvedic work seem to always get lost amidst all the yoga class juggling and posting on this blog.

So now, to learn more about my massage practice (and to set up an appointment), visit me online at:




You'll find my office days/hours, rates, location, and lots of details about my background and my massage technique specialties.

There's also a quick "Contact Jackie" form that allows you to ask questions, set up appointments, and purchase gift certificates quickly and easily.

I've also put the link to the site on this blog's right hand column, under (what else?) "Links".

I hope you'll visit: www.amtamembers.com/peacefulhands

And, thank you all for your continuing patronage and referrals -- your kind endorsements about my practice are the best advertising of all!

Spring Yoga ~ Saturday, April 17 at 9:30 a.m.

A special Saturday morning Spring Yoga class will be held on April 17 at 9:30 a.m. at Peaceful Hands Studio in Orange. (145 Byrd Street)

We’ll practice the joyful "spring cleaning" energy of a special "Spring Salutation" and open our hearts to the warm weather ahead.

Morning yoga is a wonderful way to absorb all the fresh new energy of the day.

This special 90-minute class is $12. Or just $8 if you're already registered in the current Madison or Orange session. (This class cannot be used as a makeup.)

Many of you have asked for some Saturday opportunities to unroll your mat. So, here you go! I hope you'll join me. If there's interest, more special Saturday classes are coming in the months ahead!

Yoga In Orange, 4/5 at 6:00 p.m.

Just to cover all my bases, here's another reminder -- Yoga on Monday is in ORANGE at 6:00 p.m.

This is a just a one-time class. Monday classes in Madison resume on April 12.

April Meditation ~ April 4 & April 18

We fill our days with sound ... always listening for that next word, that next song, that next sound of life unfolding. Now is the time to make room in our spirit to listen to the magnificent quiet.


Join us for an hour of peaceful contemplation on the first and third Sundays of each month. There is refreshment in the quiet.


Meditation practice will be held on the following Sundays in April:

  • Sunday, April 4 ~ Easter Sunday
  • Sunday, April 18


Meditation practice is held at 5:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio, 145 Byrd Street, in Orange, Virginia.


No experience is necessary. We practice guided, walking, and silent meditation ... and we have bolsters, pillows, and chairs for your comfort. Our practice is a kind-hearted one and you'll find that the stillness of meditation comes quite easy when you sit with a group in quiet. There is no cost to attend, but donations are gratefully accepted to help cover studio expenses.


If you have any questions please contact me at: peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or 540-672-9528.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday, April 5 ~ Juggling Yoga Classes

First the bad news ~ There will be no yoga class in Madison on Monday, April 5. (The school is closed for spring break next week and so we don't have access to the library.) The new Spring session in Madison will begin the next Monday, April 12.

OK, now the GOOD news ~ There WILL be a yoga class that Monday, April 5 ... it will be at 6:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio in Orange. (Note, just the one class at 6:00 p.m.)

If you're currently registered in either Madison or Orange, you may use this class as a make-up if you need one. Or, just come ~ $12/class, or if you are a registered Madison or Orange student, just $8 for you.

Sorry for the juggling ... but I do hope to see you next Monday in Orange!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Orange Spring Yoga Session Begins March 10

Believe it or not, Orange Yoga has begun its Spring 8-week session!

The spring session in Orange is scheduled to run from
Wednesday, March 10 through Wednesday, April 28.

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, 145 Byrd Street (the Altman Bldg) in Orange.

Classes are appropriate for all levels -- even if you've never done yoga before. You may join the session at anytime. And, your first class with me is free, so come try it out

You may join the session at anytime -- don't wait for a new session; jump in whenever your schedule allows. The cost is $12/class or a discounted $64 for the 8-week session (that's like getting a couple classes for free!)

For more info, including directions, what to bring/wear, etc. click on the "General Yoga Class Info" link under topics on the right-hand column. Or, email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

March Meditation ~ March 7 and 21

Let the warmth of springtime blossom in your heart. Meditation may be the internal sunshine that you need.

Meditation practice will be held on the following dates this month:

  • Sunday, March 7
  • Sunday, March 21

Meditation practice is held at 5:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio, 145 Byrd Street, in Orange, Virginia. We meet the first and third Sundays of each month.

No experience is necessary. We practice guided, walking, and silent meditation ... and we have bolsters, pillows, and chairs for your comfort. Our practice is a kind-hearted one and you'll find that the stillness of meditation comes quite easy when you sit with a group in quiet. There is no cost to attend, but donations are gratefully accepted to help cover studio expenses.

If you have any questions please contact me at: peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or 540-672-9528.

No Madison Yoga on Monday, March 8

Let's hope this is the last cancellation for awhile:

There will be NO yoga class in Madison on Monday, March 8 due to a scheduling conflict in our library space.

I'm so sorry for this cancellation and thank you, as always, for your flexibility. We'll try to be cancellation-free from here on out.

Monday, February 15, 2010

No Madison Yoga, Monday, Feb 15

And, it just snows and snows and snows (especially on Mondays). Madison County schools have closed, and so we won't have access to our space at Wetsel for yoga tonight, Monday, February 15.

I am so very sorry to cancel classes ... we WILL get our session in! And, I hope to see you next Monday, when the day is warm, the sun is bright, and the sky is clear and blue.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

Friday, February 12, 2010

February Meditation: Sunday, February 21

Perhaps your meditation can focus on the springtime ... I'm sure it's somewhere under all that snow.

Due to the snowy Sunday that caused us to cancel our first practice of the month, we will meet for Meditation just one time in February:
  • Sunday, February 21

Meditation practice is held at 5:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio, 145 Byrd Street, in Orange, Virginia. We meet the first and third Sundays of each month.


No experience is necessary. We practice guided, walking, and silent meditation ... and we have bolsters, pillows, and chairs for your comfort. Our practice is a kind-hearted one and you'll find that the stillness of meditation comes quite easy when you sit with a group in quiet. There is no cost to attend, but donations are gratefully accepted to help cover studio expenses.


If you have any questions please contact me at: peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or 540-672-9528.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

No Yoga In Orange, Wed 2/10

More snow, more cancelling.

There will be no yoga classes tonight -- Wednesday, February 10 -- at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio in Orange.

We will plan to be back in our yoga rhythm next week ... when spring will be even closer! Thank you for your flexibility and I hope you take time to unroll your mat and warm your spirit from the inside.

Monday, February 08, 2010

No Madison Yoga Tonight, Monday, Feb 8

I miss you all! Madison schools are closed and so there will be no yoga class in Madison tonight, Monday, February 8.

We will tack this class onto the end of the session and ... eventually ... we will get our full session in. It just may take a bit of patience and flexibility (two benefits that come from yoga naturally!)

Madison Cancellation Policy: If the county schools close due to bad roads and bad weather, we are closed, too. There are only a few exceptions to this: if the weather and the roads aren’t too bad AND the front office at Wetsel is at the school and can let me into the building, then we can have class. If that happens, I will post the "class is on" notice here on the website. If you've signed up for the 8-week session you'll also get an email and call. More often than not, if the county schools are closed due to weather/bad roads, we'll cancel our class as well.

But, for tonight -- stay warm and cozy at home!

Remember this policy is ONLY for unscheduled weather events. There are many times that Madison schools close for holidays, teacher workdays, and the like, when our class goes on as scheduled. If in doubt, call me, email me, or check the website.

And, this is ONLY for Madison classes held at Wetsel Middle School. Orange classes on Wednesdays do NOT follow the school system; we cancel classes in Orange based on the current weather and road situation and I let students know by 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Whew ... hopefully we are moving into the springtime and all these snowy cancellations will be behind us. Thank you for your understanding!

Friday, February 05, 2010

No Meditation On Sunday, Feb 7

There will be no meditation practice on Sunday, February 7 at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio due to the weather.

This blog is starting to look awfully negative -- a lot of "no classes" and "no practices" due to all the snowy weather. (And, it's beginning to remind me of growing up in North Dakota.)

In any event, mindfulness and quiet contemplation is a wonderful way to spend some time on a snowy day, so I hope you will find a cozy and warm little place in your home to sit tall, soften your heart, and breathe deeply.

May you be safe and dry and warm ... and I will update this site early next week with information on when our next meditation practice will be.

Monday, February 01, 2010

No Yoga In Madison Tonight, Feb 1

Madison Schools are closed today, so we will not have yoga classes this afternoon/evening at Wetsel Middle School.

Our class will be made up at the end of the session.

In the meantime, I hope you'll take time to unroll your mat at home and stretch out. Manuevering on slick and icy paths can take its toll on your legs and hips ... a good, delicious yoga stretch can help ease out the snowy weather!

I will miss seeing you tonight. I hope to see you next Monday (when the springtime will be one week closer)!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Yes! Yoga Is ON Today, Mon. Jan 25 in Madison

Yes, we WILL have yoga class tonight -- Monday, January 25 -- in Madison at the Middle School. Classes are on schedule at their regular times: 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

(Although county schools closed today due to the weather this morning, the front office is in today and will let us in this afternoon.)

I hope to see you!

Friday, January 15, 2010

No Yoga Class In Madison On Jan 18

Just a reminder, there will be no yoga classes in Madison on Monday, January 18, due to a scheduling conflict in our space.

Classes in Madison will resume Monday, Jan 25.

Orange classes are "on" as scheduled for Wednesday.

Thanks for your flexibility!

Meditation Date Changed to Jan 24

Just a reminder -- there will be no meditation practice in Orange this Sunday, due to a schedule conflict.

We will next meet the following Sunday, Jan 24, at 5:00 p.m.

Thanks for your flexibility and I'll hope to see you on the 24th!

For more info on our meditation practice, please click the "meditation" link on the right-hand column. I hope you'll join us.

Friday, January 01, 2010

January Meditation Schedule ~ 1/3 & 1/24

Bring peace and spaciousness to your heart in 2010 ... all it takes is a nice nourishing "sit".

Meditation practice will be held at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio (145 Byrd Street in Orange, Virginia) at 5:00 p.m. on the following dates in January, 2010:

  • Sunday, January 3
  • Sunday, January 24

Come share an our of stillness and peace. No experience necessary, just an open heart. We practice guided, walking, and silent meditation. (Pillows and chairs are provided.) There is no cost to attend, although donations are gratefully accepted to help cover studio expenses.

Please note ~ We usually meet on the first and third Sundays of the month, but for January we will meet on the first and fourth Sundays, due to a schedule conflict.

For more info on our practice, email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call me at 540-672-9528. I hope you will come sit with us!

Orange Winter Yoga Session Begins January 6

The Winter session of Yoga in Orange, Virginia begins Wednesday, January 6.

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, 145 Byrd Street (the Altman Bldg) in Orange.

Classes are appropriate for all levels -- even if you've never done yoga before. You may join the session at anytime. And, your first class with me is free, so come try it out

The 8-week session begins January 6 and is scheduled to run through February 24. 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!)

For more info, including directions, what to bring/wear, etc. click on the "General Yoga Class Info" link under topics on the right-hand column. Or, email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or call 540-672-9528.

Madison Winter Yoga Session Begins January 4

The WINTER session of yoga in Madison, Virginia begins MONDAY, JANUARY 4.

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.

(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.)

Classes are appropriate for all levels -- even if you've never done yoga before.

You may join the session at anytime. Your first class with me is free, so come try it out!

Class costs are 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.

For more info, including directions, what to bring/wear, etc. click on the "General Yoga Class Info" link under topics on the right-hand column.