Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Holiday Yoga In Orange Begins Oct 31, 2012

Fall should be the time for beginning to slow down. Just like trees and plants and nature ... the gentle slowing down, cooling down, resting time begins.  So tell me again how did this got to be the busiest time of year for us humans?

The Holidays and Year-End stress seem go against everything that nature teaches us. We just never slow ourselves down.   

But, really … if not now, when?

Researchers have found that those who spend an hour or so in a stress-relieving yoga class or who receive a massage get that time back (and then some) in renewed energy, improved clarity, and a stronger, healthier immune system. It’s like recharging your cell phone. You do that all the time … so why not give yourself that same opportunity to recharge?

So, even though this time is busy, I hope you’ll join us.

6-week Holiday Yoga Session
Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, VA
On Wednesdays, beginning tonight!

Wednesday, October 31

Wednesday, November 7
Wednesday, November 14
Wednesday, November 28
Wednesday, December 5
Wednesday, December 12

(There is no class Thanksgiving Week.) The 6-week session is $48 or $12/class.

Two classes in Orange on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Classes are at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio at 145 Byrd Street in Orange.

And, mark your calendar for our annual NEW YEAR’s YOGA in Orange on January 1, 2013.
More info to come ...
The Madison On Mondays Yoga schedule had to do a bit of juggling ... and we're still working our way through the current fall schedule.  The Madison, VA Fall/Holiday schedule for the rest of 2012 is here.

If you're new to Yoga, or to my classes, and need general information like directions to the studio and what to expect ... just click here.

And, you can always reach me by email at peacefulhands (at) or by phone at 540-672-9528.

Be Gentle With Yourself This Holiday Season.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Madison Yoga ~ October/November Class Changes

2013 UPDATE!
As of January 2013, all of my Yoga classes are now held in Orange, Virginia.
Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio
307A Madison Road in Orange
For the latest class schedules click:
Remember that thing about Yoga making you flexible? Well, there are some Yoga class schedule changes coming up for our Madison, Virginia classes that will call on your kind flexibility in the weeks ahead.

Here we go with the upcoming Yoga calendar for Madison for the rest of 2012.


The 2012 Fall session in Madison continues. We have THREE classes left in this current session. The dates of those classes are:
  • Monday, October 22
  • Monday, November 12
  • Monday, November 26

$12/class for drop-ins.
These cancellations ONLY affect our Madison classes. There will be NO classes on October 29 and November 5 due to schedule conflicts at Wetsel Middle School. The school cannot accommodate our classes on these days, so I have no option but to cancel. Please know that I would have classes, but the school has no available space for us. As always, we are also off during the week of Thanksgiving.
There will be TWO classes in Madison in December on:
  • Monday, December 3, and
  • Monday, December 10.

You may take either/both of those December classes at the special discount of $8/class.
Two classes on Mondays in Madison … at 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Wetsel Middle School in the Library.
I'll be posting the upcoming Orange, Virginia Holiday Session dates in another post. 
To make sure you're seeing the most up-to-date Yoga schedule, visit the main Peaceful Hands page by clicking here
Feel free to contact me with any questions or for more info ... email me at peacefulhands (at)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Day With The Dalai Lama

Last week, His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited Charlottesville, Virginia.  I was fortunate to be able to attend both of the events where he spoke.

I took lots of notes, because remembering the things that people say can get in the way of the experience. I have a tendency to forget. It's much easier for me to just write down the things I want to remember.

I posted a few short reports on my "other" blog: Baseball, Yoga, Life ... (and me).

But, I wanted to include the links here as well ...

In Part 1 of my "Day with the Dalai Lama", the Dalai Lama talks about happiness and the benefits of being positive.  Click here.

In Part 2, His Holiness discusses cricket, exposes my baseball-watching habits, recommends a good night's sleep, and inspires my cat Stevie.  Click here.

There is a Part 3 coming soon ... and it will include a discussion on comfortable and fashionable footwear ... so be sure to check back.

And, you can always sign up to receive posts from this blog ... and from my "other" Baseball & Yoga blog ... via email. A sign-up form is on every page.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Thank You!

‎Ten years ago, on October 9, 2002, I passed my national certification exam and became a massage therapist.

The exam was at a testing facility just outside of Richmond. On the drive home, I got a call from a person with deep and unrelenting hip pain. I did my first massage as a Certified Therapist later that afternoon. (That the client never came back was a little disappointing, but I did my best.)

Ten years is such a long-short time!

When I graduated from massage school I was asked to give the commencement address.  I shared these words:

"The noted natualist and poet Diane Ackerman once wrote, 'Touch seems to be as essential as sunlight.' How lucky we are to have found a way to share this most basic -- and healthful -- gift with others. May we all create a healing touch that will, in its small way, give peace and comfort to this world."

Ten years ago, I had no idea if this would be a career or a hobby.  If my work as a massage therapist would last one week, one month, one year ... or just one client.  But, you had faith in me. You helped me learn. You allowed me to explore. You allowed me to work my way through your aches and pains.

The National Certification Board made me "CERTIFIED."  YOU made me a THERAPIST.

I want to thank each of you who put your trust and faith in me, who enrich and inspire me in many, many ways, and who teach me so much about living a healthy and rewarding life.

I am so grateful for all you have given me ... here's to another 10!

If you'd like to visit my massage website ... here it is:

One day, I will figure out a way to merge this Yoga blog and my massage website into a single place.  Sometime.  In the next 10 years.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

No Madison Yoga on Monday, October 8

There will be no Yoga Class in Madison on Monday, October 8, 2012.

This class cancellation is only for Madison ... classes in Orange are "on" as scheduled this Wednesday.

As I said in classes last week, I very much appreciate your understanding, good humor, and flexibility! :)

We will extend the Fall calendar in Madison accordingly.

Remember, you can always drop in to one of my classes whenever your schedule allows. No need to wait for a new session to start.

For the latest updates on Yoga classes and schedules, click here.

If you have questions or need further info, you can reach me via email at peacefulhands (at)  Or call 540-672-9528.

I hope to see you soon!