Friday, October 25, 2013

Holiday Yoga Session in Orange Begins 10/30/13

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 get that time back 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 time to recharge?

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

6-week Holiday Yoga Session, 2013
Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, VA

Mondays & Wednesdays
4:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.


 (No classes Thanksgiving Week.)

6 Classes: $54 (take any six classes during the session)
Full Session: $90 (take as many of the Monday/Wednesday classes as you like!)
Drop-In/Single Class: $13

Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio
307 Madison Road (the Silk Mill) in Orange, Virginia 
(with Hamilton's Day Spa)

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

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



Saturday, October 19, 2013

Pratyahara: Turning Down The Volume

There are eight limbs of the Yogic path.

Review them all, click here.
We often forget that there are eight.

It’s very easy to simply enjoy our time on our Yoga mats – stretching and reaching and curling and twisting. Asana, the limb of physical movement, is especially popular here in the West because, while our lives may be quite active, our movements often aren’t.
So, we come to our mats to revitalize our physical bodies.

Nothing wrong with that … I would be awfully lonely in my Yoga studio if you all didn’t love to stretch and fold and twist on your mats with me each week!
In almost every Yoga class, there is also time to focus the breath, practicing breathing with direction and purpose.  The limb of Pranayama.

Next up is Pratyahara, the limb of withdrawing the senses inward. This means to turn off the distractions that surround you, in preparation for mediation or simply a bit of peace.

I call it, "turning down the volume on the day."

While people can get very excited over accomplishing a headstand or a handstand, they often write off the value of just going inward.
In  truth, the movement of Asana and the direction of breathing are simply tools to help us reach the higher limb of Pratyahara.

Pratyahara can be a nourishing part of any Yoga practice on the mat. But, it’s even more nourishing when you find ways to incorporate the practice into your daily life.

I wrote about Pratyahara “off the mat” on my other blog this week.

Click here to read about the little kid who showed me how it's done.