Friday, March 11, 2011

Joy. Play. Peace.

I always ...

Wait, let me start again.

I almost always ... (there, that's better)

I almost always begin yoga class by asking those practicing with me to set a small intention in their heart. An intention to guide their practice ... a small gift that their yoga can give to them. We come back to that intention at the end of practice, to allow it to unfold and blossom into a very real gift to guide us on our way.

And, then I offer my intention to all those who unrolled their mats with me ... and, since a couple of you asked me to post that little blessing here, here it is:

May you carry your yoga with you when you roll up your mat.

May it bring you,

, when you need it ...

Playfulness, when you least expect it ... and ...

, always.


Friday, March 04, 2011

March 2011 Meditation ~ March 6 & 20

Tashi Delek!
Translation ~ Wishes for an Auspicious New Year!

Join us for an hour of peace & stillness.

Meditation Practice in March will be:
  • Sunday, March 6
  • Sunday, March 20

We meet at 5:00 p.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio, 145 Byrd Street, in Orange, VA.

March 5 begins the celebration of Losar, Tibetan New Year. This year is the year of the Yin Metal Rabbit. The yin is feminine, nurturing energy. Metal is strong. And, the rabbit is peaceful. The Yin Metal Rabbit is believed to bring a year of peace and is considered to be among the best of years. Losar is celebrated over several days and the first days are for celebrating with family and taking time for meditation.

So, our practice on March 6 will be perfectly timed as we open our hearts to a new season and a new year!

Our one-hour practice is in the Mindfulness Tradition. There is a guided meditation, a bit of gentle stretching, and walking and silent meditation. Beginners are welcome ... all you need is an open heart and the desire to find some stillness in your day.

Pillows, bolsters, and chairs are provided. Or, bring your own favorite sitting pillow. Fee: Donation. (Your donation supports expenses at the studio, thank you for your kindness.)

I hope you will join us! Email me at peacefulhands (at) or call me at 540.672.9528 with any questions.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Madison & Orange Yoga ~ Spring Sessions Begin March 7

Ahhh ... Spring!

In Eastern science – including India’s Ayurveda – seasons don’t just magically start on a single day. Instead, each season includes a period of gentle transition … when one season slowly ends, and another begins. Here in Virginia, the transition to spring began about 10 days ago.

It’s not just the warming temperatures, lighter days and the happy songs of the birds outside that alert us to the change. Internally, our body just “knows”. We become eager to get out and do something, ready to enjoy the longer days, and take advantage of the special joys and renewed energy of springtime.

Yoga in the springtime shares those same qualities … perhaps we’re ready for a more energetic practice, perhaps it’s a little easier to unroll the mat and practice at home (or maybe even outside).

Flow with the energy of the spring and your yoga will uplift you!

No March “Madness” here … just March Gladness! Our March calendar includes:

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YOGA IN MADISON ~ The new 8-week SPRING SESSION in Madison begins next Monday, March 7 and runs through Monday, May 2.

(NO class on Monday, March 14, due to a schedule conflict in our space.)

Madison Yoga is on MONDAYS, at WETSEL MIDDLE SCHOOL LIBRARY (next to the high school on Route 29). Classes are at 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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YOGA IN ORANGE ~ The new 8-week SPRING SESSION in Orange begins next Wednesday, March 9 and runs through April 27.

Orange Yoga is on WEDNESDAYS at PEACEFUL HANDS YOGA STUDIO (145 Byrd Street, a half-block from the Main Street/7-11 intersection in Orange). Classes are at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

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For general yoga class info, including directions, class fees, what to wear, etc, click: Madison & Orange Yoga for 2011

Or, feel free to contact me directly at peacefulhands (at) or 540.672.9528. I hope you'll unroll your mat with us!