Friday, February 25, 2011

Spring Yoga Sessions Begin Soon in Madison & Orange, VA!

Can you feel the spring in the air? It's been peeking out from under the winter for a couple weeks now.

Just a reminder that yoga classes in Madison and Orange are underway! We'll have classes next week to complete our winter session. The new 8-week spring session will begin the week of March 7, 2011!

Of course, you don't need to wait for a new session to begin yoga ... any class, anywhere in a session, is a good starting place.

Just follow these three simple rules ...

1) come to class; 2) unroll mat; and 3) stretch out and enjoy!

MONDAYS at 4:00 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m.
Wetsel Middle School (in the library).

WEDNESDAYS at 4:30 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m.
Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio (145 Byrd Street)

I'll post information on the new sessions in the next couple days. In the meantime ...

General information on my yoga classes is available on this site. Just click on the "General Yoga Class Info" on the topics tab over on the right. And, be sure to sign up for the mailing list so you're always up-to-date on weekly classes and special Yoga workshops and weekend offerings.

And, of course, you can always send me an email at peacefulhands (at) gmail. com or call me at 540.672.9528.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Say Hi To RUBY

The Wildlife Center of Virginia announced today that their newest animal ambassador -- a beautiful Red-tailed Hawk -- has been named RUBY!

Ruby was the top vote-getter in the Wildlife Center's online "Name The Hawk" contest. Although, many votes were disqualified because of cheating and "robo-voting", the honest votes were tallied and Ruby came out on top.

Ruby was a name suggested by a local First Grade class to honor Ruby Bridges, the civil rights pioneer who in 1960 entered an all-white elementary school in New Orleans and helped lead the city into the age of desegregation. Her bravery was a touchstone in the national effort to bring racial equality into schools.

According to the Wildlife Center of Virginia the final voting percentage was:

Ruby 35.3 percent
Twizzler 25.6 percent
Poppy 17.4 percent
Phoenix 15.3 percent
Cherry Tail 6.5 percent

It's unfortunate that the voting was tampered with by computer hackers who dumped thousands of votes into the system. But, those unfair votes were identified and removed from the final tally.

Ruby, the Red-tailed Hawk, begins her new adventure now as a Wildlife Ambassador & Educator. She will be seen by tens of thousands of children and adults EVERY year.

She will join the Wildlife Center's human staff in classrooms, at school assemblies, and other events throughout Virginia, to teach important environmental lessons and to help people see how we can be better friends to all wildlife.

And, as her name honors Ruby Bridges, she will also be a wonderful reminder to children of how one little girl's bravery helped make an amazing difference in the work for civil rights and equality.

Click here to read the Wildlife Center's official statement and learn how you can help Ruby and the Wildlife Center of Virginia carry out their important work!

THANK YOU TEAM RUBY! Your passion and caring made the difference. Thank you for voting, for spreading the word, and for helping this amazing bird honor a very special Civil Rights Hero!

Name The Hawk Update

The Wildlife Center of Virginia should announce today the name of their newest education ambassador -- a beautiful Red-tailed Hawk.

If you've been following along, the voting system the Wildlife Center used was hacked over the weekend by someone who flooded the system with thousands of "cheater" votes. The Wildlife Center was able to go through the records and identify votes that were cast improperly and unfairly.

They will know the "honest" vote count soon and I will let you know as soon as I hear anything.

I thank you for all your support for RUBY ... and I'm hopeful our efforts to generate fair votes were enough! Check back soon ... and I'll post as soon as the Wildlife Center announces the winner!

Go Ruby!

Friday, February 04, 2011

Vote for Ruby!

FEBRUARY 21 UPDATE ~ The Wildlife Center of Virginia's Red-tailed Hawk has been named RUBY. Yay! For the results and more information on the "Name the Hawk" campaign visit the updated page: Say Hi To Ruby

~ Jackie

In 1960, Ruby Bridges, a 6-year-old African-American girl was escorted by federal marshals to a white school in New Orleans. Her bravery and willingness to be “the first” helped lead to the desegregation of New Orleans schools.

She was a young girl who became a hero of the civil rights movement. She faced death threats and the shouts of adults who taunted her and tried to break her spirit.

You may remember the Norman Rockwell portrait that immortalized her act that day. Click to learn more about Ruby Bridges: Ruby Bridges, The Civil Rights Pioneer

Here’s how we can honor Ruby Bridges and her bravery.
There is a contest going on through February 21 at the Wildlife Center of Virginia – to name their new Red-Tailed Hawk that will become an education animal.

This hawk was hit by a car and, while healed now thanks to the work of the Wildlife Center Vets, it is blind in one eye and unable to be released back to the wild. It will make its permanent home at the Center and will be part of their traveling education program that brings wild animals to local schools as part of education programs about wildlife and the environment.

Last month, local schoolchildren submitted names to be considered and the top 5 names are now being voted on online. Among those names is Ruby, submitted by a first-grade class to honor Ruby Bridges.

Please vote to name the Wildlife Center’s Red-Tailed Hawk RUBY. You may vote online one time.

To learn more about The Wildlife Center's hawk and the contest, go to
Name The Red-Tailed Hawk Page and then click the link to vote.

Help this beautiful raptor remind schoolchildren of the heroism and bravery of young Ruby Bridges whose courage and steadfastness, despite powerful opposition, opened the doors of education to thousands and thousands of young people.

We just have until FEBRUARY 21 to make our voices heard. Please help give Ruby Bridges a wonderful tribute and help bring her message of courage to young people.

Vote to name the Wildlife Center of Virginia's Red-Tailed Hawk ... RUBY!

Thank you!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

February Meditation Practice ~ 2/6 & 2/20

We will meet for meditation practice on the following Sundays in February:

  • Sunday, February 6
  • Sunday, February 20

Practice is a 5:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio, 145 Byrd Street, in Orange, VA.

Our one-hour practice follows the gentle stillness of the Mindfulness Tradition. We practice guided, walking, and silent meditation. You need no experience to sit ... simply an open heart and the desire to find a peaceful spot in your day. Meditation is not easy (it's amazing how difficult it is to quiet the mind some days ... even for just a few minutes), but the fruits of our efforts can lead to profound and beautiful insights. When we sit together in quiet as a group, the benefits just seem to multiply.

Pillows, bolsters, and chairs are provided for sitting. Or, bring your favorite meditation cushion.

Fee: Donation. (Your donation helps support the expenses at the studio, thank you for your kindness.)

I hope you'll join us. For more information email me at: peacefulhands (at) or call 540.672.9528