Old Pose, New Pose

I’ll remind you in class from time to time that Yoga poses – asanas – are usually not as old as we think they are. And, while some instructional Yoga guides to asanas are a couple hundred years old, there aren’t any that are truly “ancient.”

As I mentioned in our Sun-Moon class on Monday, the Sun Salutation – Surya Namaskar – is probably only 100 years old or so. The Moon Salutation, Chandra Namaskar? Well, it’s younger than the Internet.

But, there’s nothing wrong with poses being young. They are born of the spirit of Yoga – which is ancient – and the knowledge of modern science, anatomy, and physiology. They are the perfect balance of old and young.

And, that’s what Yoga is, isn’t it? The balancing of energy – sun and moon, right and left, young and old.

Here are two poses for you to ponder. One old and one is so young it hasn’t been invented – yet. But, maybe you can help me with that.

Old Pose

Lilias Folan was one of the great teachers of Yoga in the United States. Her Yoga programs on PBS beginning in the late 1960s introduced thousands to the practice at a time when there weren’t many Yoga studios around.

During Wednesday’s heart opening class, we practiced Gormukhasana. It’s a wonderful way to open the shoulders and stretch the heart center.

I’ve always known it as “cow face pose.”

So imagine my surprise to find it in a book by Lilias from 1972. The pose hasn’t changed. But, the name certainly has …

lilias 1972 warrior

Any guess on what Sponge pose is? (I know the answer … we do it all the time and we call it something else entirely.)

New Pose

California blogger Casey Karp writes about all sorts of things, including technology, the Bay Bridge, baseball, and cats. Every Friday he shares a photo of one – or some – of his cats doing … something.

Today, he featured Rhubarb, curled up and sleeping in what looks to me like a wonderful, brand-new Yoga pose. A pose that hasn’t been invented yet.


Photo of Rhubarb from koiscribblings.com Thanks Casey!

Check out the entire post for Casey’s description of the specific alignment Rhubarb is demonstrating: Read here.

Casey believes that cats get short-shrift in Yoga. He knows about Down Dogs, but he doesn’t know about cat tilts … cat-grabs-its-tail … lion pose … tiger in the grass.

I told Casey if anyone could turn his cat’s photo into a Yoga pose – Rhubarbasana, of course – it would be us. Take a look and see what you think.

If you want to share your thoughts on how to make Rhubarbasana come alive on the mat, let me know or comment below.  Or, maybe we’ll invent something new on Monday!

(And, a Friday treat for you. Here’s the Heart Sutra from Wednesday’s Savasana.)


This Week At YogaPalooza …


Monday, July 27 ~ Sun & Moon Flow

Classic Sun Salutations — Surya Namaskar — energize the body, warm and lubricate the joints, and stretch you to your edges.

Moon Salutations — Chandra Namaskar — cool the flow, soften the heart, and ease the mind.

What if we knit them together into a single class? Let’s do it.


Wednesday, July 29 ~ Heart Flow

So much of our Yoga is steered from the heart … both physically and energetically. Getting your brain to take a backseat, even for just a few short breaths, can often be the most challenging part of a practice. In this class, we learn to go with the flow — the heart flow, that is — opening our chest and shoulders and letting our heart take us to asanas and to savasana.

Come join us at class!

YogaPalooza 2015

Classes at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Peaceful Hands Yoga

228 Warren Street in Orange, Virginia

Yoga. It’s what we do.


We’re Flocking To YogaPalooza!

All week you’ve been sending me your photos of the 2015 YogaPalooza calendar on the move.

I mean literally “on the move” … ready for a road trip on the back of a Jeep …

jeep and pup

Out in summer gardens …


Reminding us to do our cat tilts …


(Listen, Cat, that’s not how you do a cat tilt.)

Slipped into peaceful spaces …

meditation corner

Sent into infinity …

infinite yogapalooza

And, tucked into Yoga mats …

yoga mat

Maybe this is all just a nice reminder to keep the spirit and playfulness of Yoga in your heart, even when you’re not on your mat.

I loved all the photos you sent — each and every one made me smile. But, there had to be a winner, right?

And, that came from Susan V. who sent me this photo of her chicks and goslings who apparently are deciding which YogaPalooza classes they will be attending. (I hope they don’t mind that I added a tagline.) …

we are flocking to yogapalooza

You thought Yoga was only for chicks? Goslings like it, too!

Thanks for being part of YogaPaloozaVille this summer! Don’t forget to check the calendar … there’s lots of Yoga ahead and I look forward to seeing you on the mat!

If you still need a copy of the calendar to post on your fridge or for your cat to sit on here it is: yogapalooza 15 mini calendar


YogaPalooza Gets Around!

More photos of the YogaPalooza calendar on the move!  Clearly, it’s been having a great weekend.

Hanging out on a patio …


With cats and dogs …

bailey and amos

This photo was titled: “Visualize a peaceful world” …

visualize a peaceful worldAnd, this one was titled “Turning down the volume on her day” …

turn down the volume on your day

Baby Savasana!

Three variations on trees from three different people. Is this a hint that we should do Tree pose this week? …

tree pose2

tree pose3

tree pose

On a Harley …

motorcycle ride

And, look! YogaPalooza even got to have dinner :)

veggiesYou still have until Monday, July 13, at noon to get your photos in. And, maybe you’ll win a treat!  You can download the calendar here: yogapalooza 15 mini calendar and email to me at jackie@peacefulhands.com 


YogaPalooza Is Out & About!

oh the place youll go

Oh the places our YogaPalooza calendar will go!

To celebrate our 8th annual YogaPalooza which has just begun at Peaceful Hands studio, I asked you to download the schedule and then send me a photo of your calendar off on an adventure.

And, look where it’s been!

In a garden …

in the garden

On a commute to work …

on a commute

With a hummingbird …

with a hummer


On the Appalachian Trail …

appalachian trail

On a horse …

With dessert …

with dessert

On an IPad …

on a computer

And, oh look, someone’s trying to bribe me with treats and win the contest …

with treats

(I’m not naming names.)

Have you sent yours in? It’s not too late!  Click here to download the yogapalooza 15 mini calendar in a PDF … and snap a photo of it somewhere on an adventure.

Send your photos (as many as you like!) to me at jackie@peacefulhands.com by Monday, July 13. And, yes, an honest-to-goodness prize (maybe even multiple prizes) for favorites.

(Even if you can’t come to class … you can still enter and you’ll be part of YogaPaloozaVille, too!)

Which ones are your favs?  Chime in below …


YogaPalooza Calendar (& a contest!)

Our 8th Annual YogaPalooza begins tonight at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange!

Just in case you want to keep track of the YogaPalooza session or you have your eye on a special class that you don’t want to miss, I’ve cooked up a little calendar that you can print and … hang on your fridge, or post on your bathroom mirror, or fold into your planner, or tape to your cat, or hide in your cereal box, or roll up with your Yoga mat, or tuck under your pillow.  Really, the possibilities are endless.

Stevie has her calendar

Hey! Get Your Own Calendar!

Click: yogapalooza 15 mini calendar for the calendar in an easy-to-print PDF.

Plus, a CONTEST!  Send me a photo of your YogaPalooza calendar hanging out someplace cool and the most creative one will win a special Yoga prize. (Really, I’m not kidding about that. You know how I LOVE giving away prizes during YogaPalooza!)

Send your photo to me at: jackie@peacefulhands.com by Monday, July 13.  (And, yes, if you’re not nearby or not able to come to classes, I’ll mail the prize to you.)

But, the most important thing is that this calendar reminds you that Yoga helps keep you healthy and you deserve that!

Classes at 4:30 and 6:00 p.m.  General info on our classes can be found here.

I hope to see you in YogaPaloozaVille!

228 Warren Street (in the Sedwick Racquetball Club) * Orange, Virginia

YogaPalooza 2015 Starts July 6!

stress free

Your Yoga mat likes sunshine, too, so don’t forget to unroll it and soak up some summertime Yoga!

Remember … there will be NO CLASSES the week of June 29.

Our 8th Annual YogaPalooza begins Monday, July 6, 2015.

If you’ve never experienced YogaPalooza at Peaceful Hands Yoga … it’s my time to share special classes, following classic and not-so-classic Yoga themes. All in the spirit of bringing balance and ease to body, mind, and heart!

Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio 

228 Warren Street (in the Sedwick Racquetball Club) in Orange, Virginia

*** 8-WEEK YOGAPALOOZA SESSION begins Monday, July 6 2015. ***

This year, more classes than ever!

8 weeks. 18 classes.  Yup, you read right – 18 classes in 8 weeks. Here’s how …

We’ll start with our regular schedule, each Monday & Wednesday, classes at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on the following dates:

JULY 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, and 22. 

Then special classes! Times are 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. except for the Saturday morning class which is at 9:30 a.m.

MONDAY, JULY 27 ~ SUN & MOON FLOW … Variations of the classic Sun & Moon Salutations, will fire you up without burning you out.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 ~ HEART FLOW … Let Yoga open your heart. This practice nourishes heart energy, opens up the shoulders, and sends your radiant heart smiling up to the sky.

MONDAY, AUGUST 3 ~ SPINE AWAKENING … Your spine can move in 7 directions — if you let it. This practice renews the suppleness of the back and opens up the energy of the spine.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5 ~ MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR YOGA … Yeah-Yeah-Yeah, it’s back for its 8th year!  Registered Students Only. 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 ~ MORNING VINYASA …  Start your weekend with a flowing, energizing practice and enjoy the refreshing energy that Yoga cultivates in the morning. (9:30 a.m.)

MONDAY, AUGUST 10 ~ YOGA NIDRA  Ahhhh … enjoy an amazing Yogic deep relaxation practice in the classic tradition.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12 ~ HIPPY, HIPPY HIPS … The class that makes hips happy. (And, the class that people tell me they love the most.)

MONDAY, AUGUST 17 ~ REGGAE/AFRO-POP … Reggae and African beats provide the perfect backdrop for an enlivening and inspiring practice.  Registered Students Only. 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19 ~ EARTH … Celebrating Earth element that grounds us and connects us to the rich power under our feet.

MONDAY, AUGUST 24 ~ BALANCE … You hate it, you love it. But, you’d fall over without it. Balancing asanas challenge, sure. But, that’s why we call it practice.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26 ~ YIN … Yin Yoga is a slow and steady practice of asanas. Holding Yin poses for many breaths allows the body, mind, and heart to have time and permission to melt, let go, and say “ahhhh.”

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 ~ VINYASA CLASS … We’ll close out YogaPalooza with one more special Vinyasa-esque class … or maybe something else. Not sure yet. I’m sure I’ll come up with something! :)

Here are the fees:



Take any 8 classes during this 8-week session: $72


Register for all of July and August — a total of 18 classes — for $120

(No Drop-In’s, please, for the Reggae and Magical Mystery Tour classes. Drop-In’s are welcome at all the other classes; as long as we have a spot for your mat!) 

Oh, and one more thing … there’s a tradition in YogaPaloozaVille that students who attend every class get a prize. With 18 total classes in 8 weeks, the challenge is greater than ever this year!  Are you up for it?

For general Yoga class info, including studio directions, fees, what to wear, etc, click:  Orange Yoga    

I hope we get a chance to unroll our mats together this summer.  Have a great 4th of July and I hope to see you in YogaPaloozaVille!  


Yes! Yoga On Wednesday, 6/24

Yes, indeed … we WILL have Yoga class tonight, Wednesday June 24, at Peaceful Hands!  4:30 and 6:00 p.m.

Here are a couple things for you to put on your calendar …

1) Tonight is the LAST class of this spring session and your last chance to get your makeup classes in.

2) We are OFF next week … no Yoga the week of June 29th

3) Our 8th Annual YOGAPALOOZA session will begin on Monday, July 6

4) I’ll post our special YogaPalooza schedule for July and August — with all your favorite summer classes and special treats! — over the weekend. So, if you didn’t get this info via email on Wednesday morning, be sure you’ve signed up to “FOLLOW” this website so you can stay “loopified” with Peaceful Hands. Just click the “Follow” button — which you’ll find either over there on the right side column of this website … OR … at the bottom of this page.

I hope to see you tonight at Yoga! :)


Yes! Class on Memorial Day

Just two things to tell you today …

1) YES! There is Yoga at Peaceful Hands Yoga on Monday, May 25 — Memorial Day.  Classes at 4:30 and 6:00 p.m.


2) On Memorial Day only, all CD’s and DVD’s on the “Take Your Yoga Home” counter are $3 off. I know that vacations can lead to missing Yoga through the summer.  Take a CD or DVD and your Yoga mat with you on your getaway … you’ll be set!


As heard in your Yoga classes!

Also, just a few pairs of Yoga “gloves” left. Yoga gloves are an awesome way to stop slipping on the mat … or, if there’s no room to take your Yoga mat while traveling, they’ll give you the “stick” you need to turn a patio deck or floor into an instant Yoga mat.

yoga gloves

Rigorously tested by some of our 6 p.m. class — the gloves are soft & cozy but not too thick, and abundantly sticky. Trust us, they work great!

Have a great weekend and I hope to see you in class!