Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Orange Yoga 2013 ~ Classes on New Year's Eve AND Day!

Finally ... the holiday glitter is beginning to settle, so Christmas must be over.  The roads are slushy, icy and slick, so Winter must be here.

That means it's time to roll out the 2013 Yoga schedule!

The WINTER SESSION officially begins on Wednesday, January 2.  But, you'll have a chance to unroll your mat on New Year's Eve & Day, too ...

Remember, all Yoga classes have moved to ORANGE!

Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio
307A Madison Road in Orange
we're with Hamiltons Day Spa 
Classes begin on New Years Eve AND New Years Day ...
Monday, December 31 at 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 1 at 9:30 a.m.
Time to "wring" out the old, as you ring in the new.  Two special holiday morning classes to help squeeze out the stress of 2012 and prepare for a vibrant 2013.
Monday's class will focus on Vinyasa -- the flowing energy of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) will guide us through this warming practice, as we empty out the sluggish, tired-out, old energy of the year just ending.
Tuesday's class will be our traditional Kundalini-inspired New Year's Practice -- using Yoga from the Kundalini, Taoist, & Tibetan traditions to move and unblock energy, open up spaciousness, and enter 2013 with a refreshed spirit and open heart!
$13/class.  Or, start the year off right and get these classes for FREE! 
Here's the Free-Deal ... come to class on Monday or Tuesday, and if you sign up for and pay for the upcoming 8-week Winter Session ... take either one of these classes for Free.
Or, an even free-er Free-Deal ... sign up for the two classes weekly option and BOTH the Monday and the Tuesday class are Free for you!
The 8-week WINTER schedule begins on Wednesday, January 2
MONDAYS at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAYS at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
New Fees, plus a new option to take two classes weekly!
$13 ~ drop-in to a single class
Or, enjoy a lovely discount when you commit yourself to your Yoga practice:
$70 ~ 8-week session (1 class weekly / 8 classes total)
$120 ~ 8-week session (2 classes weekly / take as many classes as you like!)
The Winter Session begins on Wednesday, January 2 and is scheduled to run through Monday, February 25, weather-permitting, etc.
Bad weather and other bugaboos will occasionally lead to cancellations here or there.  So, watch this website: for changes in the schedule, or "LIKE" us on Facebook at: so you'll be in the loop for changes and things like that!

PLEASE NOTE: Classes have been VERY full this Winter.  If you are new to my class please call or email ahead to ensure there will be space for you. 
And, just to clarify ... My Yoga classes have moved to Orange.  But, my Massage studio stays in Madison. I love a change of scenery throughout the week! :)
If you have any questions or need further info, you may email me at or call me at 540.672.9528.
I hope that the holidays have been peaceful and warm for you.  I look forward to seeing you soon!

Wildlife Center of Virginia Yoga Fundraiser ~ You Made It The Best Ever!


Our Wildlife Center of Virginia Yoga & Open House in Orange on Saturday was the most successful yet! 

We raised nearly $1,600 in donations ... PLUS a carload of supplies valued at hundreds of dollars.

Your generous hearts and spirits will provide lots of nourishing food and life-saving medical care to the animal patients the Center cares for. 

(There are 56 wild animal patients receiving medical care at the Wildlife Center as I write this -- that's a whole lot of mouths to feed!)

Thank You for Supporting
The Wildlife Center of Virginia!
Here are just a few patients who we have helped ...
Fox Kits
A different kind of "Kit" ~ a Bobcat Kitten
A Kestrel Chick ~ who received care from the Center
AND from the Center's adult Kestrel resident who served as a surrogate parent
and taught this chick how to survive in the wild.
An injured barn owl, rescued recently in Orange County
The Wildlife Center now has an online "CRITTER CAM" ~ you can watch their patients rehab and prepare for their release back to the wild.  Recent Critter Cam "stars" have included Bald Eagles, Bear Cubs, Owls, & Hawks.  To watch LIVE, click here.
Thank you for unrolling your Yoga mat
with me again this year and for helping the Wildlife Center!
(All these sweet photos are courtesy of the Wildlife Center of Virginia.)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Open House in Orange ~ Sat, 12/22!

The Wildlife Center of Virginia depends on our help!  For a list of supplies the Wildlife Center can use, and for more info on the Morning Yoga class before Saturday's Open House, click here.

If you have questions or need directions, email me at  I hope to see you!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Letting Go Of The External "Stuff"

In Yoga, we often say “Let Go” during our practice. 

But, what are we letting go of?  What are we holding on to?
As we settle into our practice we try to let go of the tight muscles that might be hiding in our shoulders, neck, back, hips, or elsewhere in our body.  We try to let go of thoughts and stress and worries and the busy activity of our mind.  We try to let go of these things so that we can free ourselves up so that our breath can widen out into the space.

But, often we’re holding tightly to more than just a few tense muscles. 
And, that’s the more subtle part of “letting go.”  And, it’s just as important.

We’re holding tightly onto our external selves.  Who we think we are.  Who we want to be.  How we want to look.  What we do, what we have, and what we want.
Because, that’s often how we define ourselves.  We are our age, our height, and – oh my! – our weight.  We are our jobs, we are our education, we are our social standing, we are our bank account.

That’s a lot to let go of. But, it’s an essential part of Yoga.
If we hold too tightly to those external “definers”, we will never reach our truest, purest spirit that hides under all that external stuff.

Today, I was part of a conversation and the topic was all the external stuff.  What they were getting their spouse for Christmas, how much they were spending, how indispensible they are to their job, how much they know.

It was a little uncomfortable, but mostly it was a good reminder.
We all do this. We all hold on.

It’s not our job to judge what someone else does or what they hold on to.
Instead, Yoga asks you and me to hone in on what we're holding onto that is stopping us from finding our own inner pure light.
I hold on, too. (If you’ve seen me in the past few weeks as I have prepared for my move to a new Yoga studio, you know how I hold on … and worry … and lose sight that Yoga is much, much more than having a perfect floor to practice on.)

It’s hard enough to let go of our stressed shoulders (see, didn’t you just check your shoulders and drop them down alittle?).
Now, Yoga asks us to let go of the other things we hold tight. Who we are on the outside. That takes more effort.

But, the reward is great.
The light at the very center of your being is pure and perfect. It is healthy, it is wealthy, it is wise. It is everything. But, to find it means you have to dig a little bit. And, you have to let go of everything that is getting in the way.

It’s not easy. But, practicing Yoga – on your mat, or just by slowing down and paying attention to your breathing – can give you a peek at the “True You.”
And, then, what you look like on the outside, or what you have, or what you want, begins to fall away on its own. It starts to become superfluous.

I am not my weight. I am not my job. I am not my Yoga studio.
I’m just me.

After the earlier conversation about Christmas presents and stuff, someone shared this post with me. How perfect! 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

December 22, 2012 ~ Yoga & Open House To Benefit The Wildlife Center of Virginia!

On SATURDAY, December 22, 2012 join me for a special morning Yoga class in Orange to greet the Winter Solstice and warm your internal holiday lights!

Join in some joyful yuletide Yoga flow!  A special Open House of our new Yoga studio follows!

Class at 9:30 a.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio in our NEW location in the historic SILK MILL, 307A Madison Road in Orange, Virginia (in Hamiltons' Day Spa). Open House follows from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This class will benefit
Your class “cost”? 1) Make a cash/check donation to the Wildlife Center of Virginia or, 2) If you prefer, bring a bag filled with helpful supplies for the Center. Please choose items from this list:
Paper Towels w Tissues (no lotion) w Glad/Hefty Trash Bags (all sizes) w Dawn Dish Detergent (blue) w Ziplock Bags w Dishwashing Gloves w Safety Glasses/Goggles w 10-gallon Aquarium w Tuna/Sardines in Water w Canned Dog Food w Large, heavy duty "Kong" toys w Pillowcases w Basic office supplies: 20 lb. white paper, pens, padded mailing envelopes, dry erase markers & erasers.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia depends entirely on the generosity of individuals like us to support their life-saving work. They’ll care for more than 2,600 wild animals this year. Please be generous!

Even if you can't make it to class ... stop by anyway!

An OPEN HOUSE in the new studio follows class
from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

You can pick up nice, last-minute stocking stuffers from my new line of Peaceful Gifts including, finally, my hand-blended massage oil in take-home bottles!, as well as gift certificates from Peaceful Hands and Hamiltons Day Spa.  Enjoy some hot apple cider and a little sweet treat, and see the "OM-azing" space that is our new Yoga home.

To learn more about the Wildlife Center of Virginia, their animals, and to watch bear cubs, owls, eagles, and more on their "addicting" online LIVE Critter Cam, visit them online, click here: Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Have questions, need directions, or info? Email me at or call 540-672-9528.


Friday, December 07, 2012

Orange Holiday Yoga Schedule!

Ready for some change in Orange? 
Spend the Holidays with Peaceful Hands Yoga!

Here's our December 2012 schedule:

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12 ~ 4:30 & 6:00 p.m. Come say goodbye to our current space on Byrd Street.  Thank you Little Studio for five good years!

Then, we move to our
NEW Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio … in the historic Silk Mill (307A Madison Road)!

We are sharing a space with Hamilton’s Day Spa – just park in the main lot and come in through the spa’s front doors (there’s a Peaceful Hands Yoga sign on the front door). The Silk Mill is a block from the Sheetz. We are located between Briarwood Florist and Virginia Physical Therapy.

If you haven’t seen the new space yet, take a peek: click here.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19 ~ 4:30 and 6:00 p.m.  Bring your Yoga spirit to our new "home". Just $8 for the class. But, if you registered in the Madison/Fall or Orange/Holiday session, your class on Wednesday is FREE.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 ~ 9:30 a.m. Yoga & Open House!
Do Yoga & Benefit the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Your class "fee" helps the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Bring a monetary donation or a gift of supplies … & enjoy your yoga while helping wild animals in need! The supply list is here: Wildlife Center Yoga. Thank you so much for helping the wildlife patients at the Center!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 ~ Peaceful Hands Open House ~ 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
If you can’t make class that morning, please stop by anyway to see the new studio (and the day spa).
Enjoy some holiday treats, or maybe even pick up a stocking stuffer from my new line of Peaceful Hands gifts and care items. Yes, finally, you can buy my special hand-blended massage oil, an array of essential oils that will bring the peaceful spirit to your home, soy candles infused with essential oil (and no candle soot!), and other Yoga and massage-inspired items, including beautiful items from Madison’s own Windrose Trading Company!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2013 ~ 9:30 a.m.
Make it your New Year’s treat, start the year with an invigorating Yoga class that will shake out 2012 and refresh your spirit for the year ahead. $13/class. Or, sign up for the upcoming Winter Session and your New Year’s class is FREE!

And, speaking of 2013 ... 

Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange is
EXPANDING! Beginning in January 2013, Yoga classes will be:

MONDAYS at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAYS at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

8-week WINTER session, one class a week … $70
8-week WINTER session, take as many classes as you like throughout the session … $120
Single Class drop-in: $13

Classes begin Wednesday, January 2 & Monday, January 7. Also, there will be a more regular variety of Saturday classes and maybe even the return of our Yoga workshops!


Just wanted to get all those dates out there for you.  I’ll fill in the details and remind you of all this as the month goes on.  To make sure you're "in the loop" you can sign up to get emails whenever this blog is updated ... just fill in the Email sign-up form on the right column.

I'm very excited to begin this new adventure in Orange & I look forward to sharing Yoga with you in our new space.  If you have questions or comments, you may email me at peacefulhands (at) or call me at 540-672-9528. 

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Madison Yoga: Changes For 2013

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change.”  ~ C. Joybell C. (author)
After 10 years, this month is my last teaching Yoga on Mondays in Madison. I am so blessed to have had the chance to share Yoga in Madison with so many inspiring and wonderful people for so many years. 

Thank you for sharing your Yoga with me and enriching my Mondays!

My last class in Madison at Wetsel Middle School will be Monday, December 10. (Classes at 4:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.)

But, don’t pack your mat away just yet!

Monday classes will continue ... in Orange at my new Peaceful Hands Studio in the historic Silk Mill.  Classes there are Mondays AND Wednesdays at 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. beginning in January 2013. 

For the latest schedules click here.

My massage studio remains in Madison … and stay tuned … because lots of exciting Yoga news will continue to unfold in Orange … including a new studio, more weekly classes, and lots of other special things will be blossoming there in the weeks ahead.  I’ll post all those updates soon! 

Oh, so much to do!