Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Say "Cheese"!

This is Stevie.  Yes, another cat.  She's one of my favorite "models".

But, her Yoga is sloppy.  Oh, sure her Down Dog is kinda cute.  But, really, Warrior 2?  Very lackadasical.  And, you can just forget about Bridge Pose.

That's where you come in.

I’m looking for some help – and a smiling face!
Would you be willing to be my Yoga model on my blog?

I need someone (or two "someones") willing to pose in a variety of simple Yoga poses for use with my blog posts.  Nothing fancy, all poses we’ve done in Yoga at some point.   I would need you for about one hour at my Orange studio at a time that works for both of us.  You just need to do a handful of basic poses and that’s that. 

Think of it as having your own personal Yoga session … and you can forget there will even be a camera there.  I’ll do my best to make it fun and beneficial.  You'll look amazing.  And, yes, I’ll even bring snacks!

You won’t become famous, because my readership is small.  But, you’ll help to illustrate the beauty and power of Yoga … you may help someone improve their own pose or inspire someone to try Yoga for the first time.  How cool is that?!

In return, I’ll gift your next Yoga session (in either Madison or Orange).  I will be very, very grateful and will thank you profusely.

Requirements: You should be familiar with my classes and basic Yoga poses.  You should know a Down Dog from a Warrior 2.  You should have an hour to spare (probably on a weekend) when you can come to my Orange studio.  You should be able to smile!

If you’re willing to give it a go … please let me know.  Email me at peacefulhands@gmail.com  Or, call me at 540.672.9528. 
Thank you for helping share Yoga!

UPDATE:  Thank you so much to the kind people who so generously -- and so quickly -- responded to my Yoga Model search!  Two beautiful and kind-hearted Yoginis are joining me this weekend for our "photo shoot".  I can guarantee you that their Yoga is inspiring and beautiful.  I hope ... hope ... hope that my rudimentary camera skills can capture their practice so that I can share it with you in the days, weeks, months to come! 

Monday, September 03, 2012

Fall 2012 ~ Yoga in Orange & Madison, VA

Did you give your Yoga mat the summer off?  Time to get back on track and there's no better time than the Fall, when the air turns cool and maybe just a little more stress creeps into your days.  Yoga can be just the thing to warm the bones and soothe the mind!

Classes are ready to begin in Orange and Madison, Virginia.  Here are the details:

at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio
145 Byrd Street, Downtown Orange, VA
Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

New 8-week session begins Wednesday, September 5 and is scheduled to run through Wednesday, October 24.

$12/class or take the full session at the discounted fee of $64. 

Your first class is free.  But, if you're new to my classes and are interested in coming to Orange, please call or email first, as classes have been nearly full.  Spaces are reserved for those students who have taken the full session; drop-in students are certainly welcome, but only if there's space available.

at Wetsel Middle School
Route 29, Madison, VA
Mondays, 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

New 8-week session begins Monday, September 10 and is scheduled to run through Monday, October 29. 

(We often have a Monday cancellation or two due to the school's schedule, so be sure to check this blog for the latest updates.  When we have a cancellation, we simply extend the session an extra week.)

$12/class or take the full session at the discounted fee of $64.

Your first class is free.  Classes are in the Middle School Library which is nice and spacious, so there's always space available. 

Classes are for all levels, beginners on up.  If you need general information, including directions to the studio, what to bring/wear, make-up class policy, please visit the General Info page:  General Yoga Class Info

If you have questions or need additional info, please contact me.  You can reach me via email at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or by phone at 540.672.9528.

I hope to see you ... and your Yoga mat soon!

For the latest Yoga class schedules, check for the latest posts here: www.peacefulhands.blogspot.com  Or, even easier, follow this blog by email, by filling out the box on the right-side column. 

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Yoga's 8 Limbs ~ More Than Just A Pose

It all began when I was asked a simple question over dinner last week, “How is our Yoga progressing?  Do you see us getting any better?” 

This person has been doing Yoga with me for many years.  And, there’s not a single thing wrong with her Yoga – she tries every pose, including the tough ones; she looks lovely in her poses; she comes to nearly every class.  She is a beautiful and inspiring Yogini!

But, it was a good reminder for me about what it means to “teach” Yoga.  Because, Yoga is so much more than just stretching out on the mat.  Even if the physical exercise is extremely beneficial to the body and the poses look lovely.

Asana is the limb of Yoga we practice most here in the West.  It is the Yoga of movement and exercise.  For most Yoga practitioners in the West it is the only Yoga they know.

There’s just so much more to Yoga than a sticky mat and a Sun Salutation. Asana is just one of eight amazing, powerful, and transformational Yogic limbs.  

We cheat ourselves if we fail to experience the rest of Yoga.