Sunday, February 24, 2013

Keep Calm & Carry OM

I love to chant OM in Yoga class. 

Oh, I'm out of key sometimes, sure, but I still love the vibration that comes with a long and heartfelt OM.

And, I'm so inspired when everyone else joins in with me in class. 

In our new Yoga studio, the walls hum with the magical and healing vibration of OM.

OM is considered the sound of the universe -- the universal hum that gives us all fuel and life.  To chant OM is to honor the energy that surrounds us and to tap into it for our own healing and calming needs. 

When we all chant OM as one in class, we join our energy together making it even more powerful. 

When the whole room OMs, my entire body vibrates with a wonderful, radiant and healing energy.

During the Second World War, the British government printed a poster that said simply, "Keep Calm & Carry On".  Its purpose was to inspire the population -- telling them to stand up to the urgent and dangerous threat of the enemy by continuing their daily lives in a show of strength and defiance.  By keeping calm, carrying on, the British could stand up to any dangers and any threats before them.

So, when I saw this version of the old British poster I had to smile and smile and smile.  Because OM gives us the same empowerment, the same strength, the same encouragement.  It's the same reminder that our inner strength can overcome any threat. 

Thank you to the anonymous, and incredibly clever, online OMster who shared this with us all!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Spring Yoga in Orange Begins Feb 27!

The calendar may say spring is still a month away, but perhaps you already feel the gentle change in the air. Spring refreshes us ... we enjoy a vibrant new energy. And, so does our Yoga.

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

If you haven't visited the new
Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio, maybe spring is the time to dust off your mat! We're located in the Silk Mill in Orange with our partner Hamilton's Day Spa (307 Madison Road).
Peaceful Hands Yoga
Mondays & Wednesdays
4:30 p.m. - All Levels (Level 1)
6:00 p.m. - All Levels (Level 1 & 2)

NEW 8-Week Session Begins 
and is scheduled to run through
MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013.

(Should a cancellation arise, we simply extend the session.)

Guarantee Your Spot On The Mat, by PRE-REGISTERING (register/pay in advance of the first class).

NEWS: Classes are already nearly full for the new session ... if you haven't already registered, please contact me at right away to ensure you get the classtime you would like!
My classes are appropriate for All Levels, including Beginners.

The 4:30 p.m. class focuses on a Level 1 practice, exploring basic Yoga poses from a variety of traditions. The 6:00 p.m. class may also include Level 2 poses, more challenging Yoga for those who would like a slightly more vigorous practice (with modifications available for beginners.)

Nothing new here! This is not a change from the current class styles – it’s generally been the evolution of the 4:30 & 6:00 p.m. classes over the past 5 years, but I thought it was time to simply put it into writing.
While Beginners and others are welcome at any of my classes, if you have physical restrictions that may limit your practice, you may find the easier pace of the early class more comfortable for your needs.
SINGLE DROP-IN CLASS – $13 (Drop-in students are welcome to join us, on a space-available basis.)

Or make a commitment to your Yoga & save!

8-CLASS SESSION – $70 (take any 8 classes during the session that work with your schedule.)
FULL SESSION – $120 (take as many of my Monday/Wednesday classes as you like during the session!)

For the latest class schedules & Yoga info visit: Peaceful Hands Yoga Online
For general information on my classes, including studio directions, visit: General Yoga Class Info
You can reach me directly at 540-672-9528 or
I hope to see you & your Yoga mat soon!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Spring Training ~ At The Arts Center in Orange

The Arts Center in Orange -- on Main Street in Orange, Virginia -- just opened a sweet and warm exhibit called Spring Training.

All things baseball!

Many of you know that baseball and Yoga get all entwined on my path -- both provide me with the inspiration to stay present, to stay ready, to stay peaceful.

So I was delighted to warm my winter bones with some amazing baseball at the Art Center this weekend ... and I wrote about it on my other little "side blog" Baseball, Yoga, Life ... (and me).

I especially loved this image, called "Venus Flycatcher," by local photographer John Strader ...

To be so still, so focused, so present ... in the midst of dust kicking up all around ... now, that may be baseball, but that's also Yoga. 

You can read my post about the Arts Center's "Spring Training" exhibit and see some more of the wonderful photographs, paintings, and multimedia pieces on exhibit by clicking here.

Even better, take a few minutes and wander through the exhibit itself. The Arts Center in Orange is a sweet little treasure, right on Main Street.  Definitely worth a visit ... for the baseball ... for the art.

On Exhibit at the ARTS CENTER in ORANGE
129 East Main Street, Orange, Virginia
February 7 thru March 30, 2013
Monday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
No charge, although donations are gratefully accepted

All images are the copyright of the artists. Images used with the kind permission of The Arts Center in Orange. A special thank you to Laura Thompson, Arts Center Executive Director.