Wednesday, January 26, 2011

No Yoga In Orange, 1/26

Yoga Class Is Cancelled In Orange For Today, Wednesday, 1/26

Who knows what the weather will do this afternoon, but, for today, I'm erring on the side of caution. The Weather Service just upgraded its advisory to a Winter Storm Warning and I guess that's good enough reason to cancel our yoga for tonight.

(And, we'll extend our Winter session by a week.)

Stay warm and dry and I'll hope to see you next week!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Health Is Your Birthright ~ A New Year's Inspiration & Blessing

No, not a resolution for the New Year. You know I would never impose that on you! New Year's resolutions are almost always broken ... through no real fault of your own. The chill of winter inspires hibernation, not a diet, not a new workout regimen. We demand so much of ourselves and can be so unforgiving when yet another resolution falls away when the many demands of daily life takes over.

Instead, I share with you a New Year's inspiration ... a yogic blessing that you might want to incorporate into your mediation practice or as an intention when you unroll your mat.

"Health is your birthright, not disease. Strength is your heritage, not weakness. Courage, not fear. Bliss, not sorrow. Peace, not restlessness. Knowledge, not ignorance. The person who aims for good health and strength of both body and mind is a gem among all humanity. Such a person possesses the true treasure." ~ Swami Satchidanada

May your day be peaceful!

Monday, January 03, 2011

Orange Yoga: 2011 Winter Session Begins Wednesday, January 5

The 2011 WINTER session of Yoga in Orange, Virginia begins WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5.

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 5 and is scheduled to run through February 23. 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 just scroll down -- I posted general info earlier this morning. Or, email me at peacefulhands (at)

Madison Yoga: Winter 2011 Session Begins Monday, January 3

The 2011 WINTER session of yoga in Madison, Virginia begins MONDAY, JANUARY 3.

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.

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 or just scroll down ... I posted a more detailed post with the general details right beneath this post.

Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange: General Info

Yoga Classes
Monday & Wednesdays
4:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
228 Warren Street
at Sedwick Racquetball Courts
in Orange, Virginia

For the latest Yoga Class updates, including class changes, etc click here: Peaceful Hands Yoga or check in on Facebook: Peaceful Hands on Facebook.

Don't wait to make your body supple! Don't wait to make your heart smile! Don't wait to breathe deep! Unroll your yoga mat and join in ...

Yoga classes are ongoing throughout the year. You are welcome to try out a class at any time (and your first class with me is free!). Watch this blog for the latest schedules, special classes, workshops and weather-related cancellations. (Sign up for email reminders using the link on the right-side column.)

You may join a class at anytime during a session, but if you're new to my classes, please call or email me first before coming by.  My phone is 540-672-9528.  My email is 

Here is general information on my yoga classes:

We are located at 228 Warren Street in Orange.  We are on the second floor of the Sedwick Racquetball Courts.

From The North End of Orange via Route 15
Turn left at the McDonald's onto May Fray Avenue. Cross the train tracks and go through the light at Main Street (7-11 intersection). Go approx. 2 blocks and follow the orange Route 20 Detour signs which will guide you to a right turn onto Warren Street. The road curves around and then you'll see the gold metal building on the right -- that's the place!

From the South End of Orange via Route 15Turn right at the signal light at Route 20 (Dairy Korner/Exxon intersection).  Go approx 1/4 mile.  Turn left onto Warren Street (the Rescue Squad is on the corner). Go about 1 block and the gold metal building is on your left!

GeneralAn online map to the studio is here:

There's no sign on the building at the moment, but that will be coming soon!  

You may park anywhere in front of or along side the building, or in that big open area to the right of the building.  Enter through the front door. (Please do not use the side entrance steps; that door will be locked.)  The Yoga studio is on the second floor.

Please note: the front door is unlocked by 4:15 p.m. Please be on time to avoid missing your class!


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 is a beautifully forgiving practice; each pose is accessible to each of us as long as we approach the pose with kindness, and we never push to the point of discomfort or pain. Sometimes each of us must modify a pose to support injuries or restrictions; yoga can be modified in infinite ways to make it accessible and beneficial to all of us.

Two classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The 4:30 p.m. class focuses on a Level 1 practice, exploring basic Yoga poses from a variety of traditions.
The 6:00 p.m. class may also include Level 2 poses, more challenging Yoga for those who would like a slightly more vigorous practice (with modifications available for beginners.)

While Beginners and others are welcome at any of my classes, if you have physical restrictions that may limit your practice, you may find the easier pace of the early class more comfortable for your needs.

We practice basic hatha yoga and I like to explore and play with many different yoga practices -- including flowing Vinyasa Yoga, gentle Tibetan Yoga, and balancing Ayurvedic Yoga. Every class includes some breathwork and time for relaxation and meditation. Yoga is a wonderful way to bring health, flexibility, and strength to the body; calm the mind and relieve stress; and rejuvenate the spirit.

Class Sessions -- Sessions are generally on an 8-week schedule (although that does change from time to time, especially in summer and around the holidays, so check the website to see where we are in a session). 

There are two discounts for people who choose to enroll in a full session. 

** Students may take any eight classes over the eight-week session. ($72)

** Students may take an UNLIMITED SESSION, coming twice a week or as often as their schedule allows.  ($120)

Both options offer a deep discount over the per-class rate of $13/class. 

(Make-Up Policy: Students may make up any missed classes during the session, by coming on a different day or at a different time.  Because of the generous fee discount, there is no carry-over into the next session.)

Students are always welcome to take classes as drop-ins, but only if space is available in the class. 

What To Bring/What To Wear -- Bring a Yoga mat if you have one. We do have a few "loaner" mats available. We also have Yoga blocks and other props for your use. Dress for light exercise. Most students wear Yoga pants, leggings, sweats, or shorts, along with a short-sleeved tee shirt. During the relaxation part of class you may wish to have a sweat shirt, socks, or an extra layer available. Yoga is done bare foot. Bring a bottle of water (no other food or drink is allowed in the studio). Cell phones must be turned off during class ("vibrate only" is also distracting to others around you).

Cancellations -- Occasionally classes are cancelled due to bad weather or other calendar conflicts. Session dates are adjusted accordingly. I post last-minute cancellations on our website, on Facebook (Peaceful Hands on Facebook), and email those who are registered in the current session.  If in doubt, check or send me an email.

Refunds -- If you enroll in a session, but must drop out of the classes, please let me know via email as soon as you make your decision. You will be charged for the classes in the session (whether attended or missed) up to the point when you contacted me, at the regular drop-in rate of $13/class, and will be charged a $15 administration fee. Because the session fees offer such generous discounts over the regular drop-in fee, it may be that there is no outstanding refund owed.

For more info on the current session visit Or contact me at or call 540.672.9528.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

January Meditation Practice ~ 1/2 & 1/16

It was so nice to see the news in CNN and elsewhere in recent weeks that Western scientists are understanding more and more how meditation strengthens the brain in positive -- and permanent -- ways.

Anyone who sits in quiet for a few minutes knows how refreshing and rewarding the practice of stillness can be. Now science is showing us that the long-term benefits of meditation can be as profound as the short-term peacefulness that meditation brings.

And, that is why I'm glad to offer meditation practice at my yoga studio, Peaceful Hands Massage & Yoga, each month.

We meet on the first and the third Sunday of each month. For January 2011 we will meet:

  • Sunday, January 2
  • Sunday, January 16

Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio is located at 145 Byrd Street in downtown Orange, Virginia.

Our one-hour practice includes a guided meditation, walking meditation, and time for your own silent meditation or contemplative practice. No experience is necessary, just an open heart and the desire to still the noise of outside distractions, if only for an hour. We have pillows, bolsters, and chairs for sitting, or bring your own meditation pillow or zafu.

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

For more information email me at peacefulhands (at), call 540-672-9528 ... or simply come to practice and give the stillness a chance.

I hope you will join us.