No Yoga Classes on Monday, 1/25/16

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The garden gnomes report that a fair amount of snow has fallen.

UPDATE! WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27 ~ YES! There WILL be Yoga on Wednesday night at Peaceful Hands (4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.)  Our parking lot is open and ready for you! :)

There will be NO Yoga classes tomorrow, Monday, January 25. 

Very sorry. I’m not shoveled out yet and I know that there are side roads and driveways that are still covered in drifts. You know I hate to cancel classes, but I also don’t want to encourage you to get stuck in a drift or slide on ice.

(Thank you to everyone who weighed in via email and Facebook today … you helped confirm that the best course is to cancel for tomorrow.)

No worries — we will extend the session accordingly to get our 8 weeks in.

I hope you are safe and warm … and not overdoing with all the shoveling.  We’ll ease out those overused muscles on Wednesday!

In the meantime, if you haven’t already seen the saga of my Garden Gnomes that I posted last night on my “other” website … you can watch their snowstorm adventure unfold by clicking here: Blizzard, Snow, & My Garden Gnomes.

Winter Yoga 2016 Begins … PLUS Classes on New Year’s Eve & Day!

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It might be a little weirdly warm outside … but Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio is ready for the WINTER 2016 Yoga Session. And, so am I.
I hope you are, too.
Just a few quick reminders …
** There are special morning classes this week on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (keep reading to find out how to get one — or both — classes FREE).
** There is our New Year’s Meditation practice on Sunday, January 3 (more info on that is here).
** AND our 8-week Winter Yoga session at Peaceful Hands Yoga begins on January 4, 2016.
*** Make a healthy, fit, and vibrant year your 2016 Resolution! **


And, begin that commitment with MORNING Yoga classes on New Year’s Eve AND New Year’s Day:

Thursday, December 31, New Year’s Eve ~ 9:30 a.m.
Friday, January 1, New Year’s Day ~ 9:30 a.m.  (Our annual Kundalini-inspired “wring out the old” class!)

$13/class.  And, what could make these classes even sweeter?  What if they were free??  If you sign up for the upcoming 8-week Winter Session (which begins Monday, January 4), you can get one — or BOTH — classes for Free.

Here’s the Free-DealCome to class on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, and if you sign up and pay for the upcoming 8-week/8-CLASS Winter Session that day … take EITHER ONE of these classes for Free.

Or, an even “Free-er” Free-Dealsign up for the UNLIMITED class option and BOTH classES are free for you! 

Our 8-Week 2016 Winter Session beginS Monday, January 4 and is scheduled to run through Wednesday, February 24.

Classes on Mondays & Wednesdays
4:30 p.m. ~ Level 1
6:00 p.m. ~ Level 1 / Level 2 


8 Classes ~ $72 (take any eight classes during the session that work for your schedule)
Unlimited ~ $120 (take as many of the Monday/Wednesday classes during the session as you like)
Single Class ~ $13

(Cash/Check only. Please make checks payable to Peaceful Hands, LLC.)

General Yoga Class infoincluding directions to the studio, make-up class policy, class styles, and things like that can be found here. 

Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio
228 Warren Street
at Sedwick Racquetball Club
Orange, Virginia


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I can’t wait to see you!  And may your holidays be filled with … Peace … Love … & Yoga! :)  

Yoga Up Your Holidays …




(Hips over heels? Check. Shoulders over hips? Beard is in the way, but, umm, I guess so. Ears over shoulders? I have no idea.)

Too busy for your Yoga?  Don’t forget how Yoga can improve your energy, boost your immune system, and help you work through all the cookies and rich foods that come your way.

Here’s your Holiday Update at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange …

First … THANK YOU! Your kindness and generosity to the Wildlife Center of Virginia and our annual Yoga Class and Open House benefit was amazing!  Randy’s Outback was filled with supplies and food and donations after Saturday’s event. I know a few people would like to bring things this week (just drop off at Yoga class or at my massage studio) so I’ll have a grand total of what we raised for you next week. (Spoiler Alert: we raised more than ever this year!)

Your kindness makes my heart smile wide!  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

(And, additional thanks to Dr. Beier for the deee-licious cheesecake, Rod Sedwick for the yummy brownies and for loaning us the tables, Mark Ward for the music … “Heart of Gold” live in the Yoga studio on Saturday, how cool is that!, and Lacy Kegley at the Wildlife Center who made up special brochures just for our event!)

YOGA … Our Holiday Yoga session ends this week.  Classes are Monday and Wednesday at 4:30 and 6:00 p.m.  It’s a gentle class (I promise!) and will help balance your energy for the busy weeks ahead.

After that, Yoga classes will be on holiday break until New Year’s Eve.

MEDITATION … The second in our Holiday Meditation Practice series is this Sunday, December 20 at 4:00 p.m.  I hope you will join us, a little quiet does the mind, body, and heart good.  (No need to know “how” to meditate or to have been to the first practice to come to this one.)  For more info and the schedule click here.

STOCKING STUFFERS GALORE … I always have a few sweet stocking stuffers available at the Yoga and massage studios for little holiday gifts. Pure room/pillow mists, my own hand-blended Oil of Tranquility, beautiful hand-made ornaments (made by a Fair Trade cooperative of women in India from recycled cotton fabric), music, and more. Come early to class to find a nice gift for a friend … or for you!  (cash/check only, please.)


NEW YEAR’S … We will have our annual morning classes on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (9:30 a.m.) … and then the new 2016 session will begin on Monday, January 4.  More details on the new session — and how to get the New Year’s Eve and Day classes FREE — will be posted next week.

I hope to see you during these busy holidays.  Thank you for being part of the Peaceful Hands Family.  I wish you warmth and love and laughter during these precious days!

Holiday Yoga & Wildlife Center Open House: Sneak Peek!

Just a few teasers before our Yoga Class & Open House on Saturday.

Saturday, December 12

Yoga Class at 9:30 a.m.

Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Peaceful Hands Yoga

228 Warren Street in the Sedwick Racquetball Club, 2nd Floor in Orange, Virginia

I hope you’ll join us!

Even if you can’t make it to class, swing by the Open House for treats, giveaways, and you can do some holiday shopping as well — there are some sweet stocking stuffers available.

Bring a gift for the Wildlife Center of Virginia and help them continue their lifesaving work with wildlife.  You’ll find the wildlife wish list by clicking here.

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A Wildlife Center patient who is grateful for your generosity!

Lots of door prizes this year …


This “Smell Happy” Aromatherapy Starter Kit donated by our friends at Windrose in Madison.


A Colonial Birdhouse that will help you grow your own wildlife habitat in your backyard. Donated by a Wildlife Center supporter.

mookie photobomb

Mookie the Cat.

Hey, wait, no, not Mookie the Cat. He’s not a door prize, he just wants his picture taken … and behind his photobomb is this …


A beautiful hand-crafted and framed needlepoint of “Santa & Wildlife.”  It will bring the holiday spirit into any room.  Hand-sewn and donated by a very talented Wildlife Center supporter.

There’s my Peaceful Hands Gift Bag, too … which will contain lots of my favorite goodies including a gift certificate that can be used toward a massage or Yoga.  And, a special door prize direct from the Wildlife Center of Virginia (don’t worry, we won’t send you home with a squirrel!)

And, lots of gifts are available for your stocking stuffer shopping …

including new pure Room and Pillow Mists to bring a calming spirit to your home, your car, or office …

room spray

hand-made decorations, fair-traded and made by artists in India from recycled fabric and paper scraps, they are perfect for the holidays and can stay up year-round. Stars and birds and butterflies …


a freshly made batch of my own Peaceful Hands Massage “Oil of Tranquilty,” pure and blended for winter and made to moisturize …oils

… music … Yoga DVDs …  and gift certificates.


My shopping space is tiny, but I’ve filled it with lots of things that I love and I think you will, too.  And, remember … on Saturday you’ll get a special gift with any purchase! (Cash/Check only on purchases.)

There will be plenty of treats and hot cider.  Special thanks to Dr. Beier who has made one of his amazing cheesecakes for us and Rod Sedwick who’s done some baking, too.  Come try one or two or three things!

And, live music! Mark Ward, whom many of you know from the 4:30 Yoga class, will have his guitar with him on Saturday and he’s offered to fill our Open House with music. (Thank you, Mark!)

Randy will be there and will be delighted to tell you about the work of the Wildlife Center of Virginia … how your gifts make a difference … and to tell you about the many patients that they treat (so be sure to ask about the beaver and the bear cubs and the grebes!).


“Thank you.” “Thank you.” “Thank you.”

For the Wildlife Center’s “wish list” click here.

I hope you’ll stop by – this is also my way of saying “thank you” for all the kindness and support you’ve given me through the year.  And, bring a friend – the nicest way to introduce someone to Yoga is to show them our studio and what a nice “family” the Peaceful Hands community is!

Thanksgiving Blessing

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”  ~ Albert Schweitzer

This is, by far, my most favorite cartoon of all time … from Mutts

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I am thankful for this moment … and this one, too. And, I am thankful for each of you who share your Yoga with me.

I wanted to share last week’s Yoga class blessing with you. I have looked for other blessings of gratitude over the years, and there are beautiful ones out there, but this is the one that I always come back to. It is from W.E.B. Du Bois, the tireless civil rights leader and author.

Give us thankful hearts … in this the season of Thy Thanksgiving. May we be thankful for health and strength, for sun and rain and peace. Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities, and let us ever remember that true gratitude and appreciation shows itself neither in independence nor satisfaction, but passes the gift joyfully on in larger and better form.

Feeling Blessed? Here’s a cornucopia of gratitude blessings from our Yoga classes over the years …

Click here for the Gratitude Savasana and Energy Bridge instruction from 2011: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 1

Click here for another beautiful blessing that guided our meditation at the end of that 2011 Thanksgiving class: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 2

Here The Buddha explains why we should be thankful, from a class in 2012, click: So, Let Us All Be Thankful

In 2013, I revisted Albert Schweitzer’s wisdom in “Thanksgiving Yoga: Rekindling Our Light”, click: Rekindling Our Light

And, for a beautiful poem of Gratitude from Harriett Kofalk that served as the foundation of a Thanksgiving Day Yoga practice in 2010, click: I Give Thanks

I’m sharing all these with you again to inspire you (“inspire” being simply the stealthy way of saying … I’m “reminding” you) to unroll your mat sometime this week … and infuse your practice with gratitude and a smile. Even if you do just one asana this week — just one — be grateful that you can.

May you have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving …


Holiday Schedule At Peaceful Hands Yoga

vintage thanksgiving postcard

Science shows that meditation can improve memory and cognitive function.

So, if you have already forgotten that there’s no Yoga at Peaceful Hands Thanksgiving week, I’ve got great memory-building news for you …

We have the first of our three Holiday Meditations this Sunday!

I know the holidays are busy times for many of us … but don’t forget, Yoga and meditation can improve our brains, bolster our immune system, and help us greet the holidays with a calm and happy heart.

So … join us at Meditation … remember to come back to Yoga class on November 30 … please, please, please don’t forget to help the Wildlife Center of Virginia by coming to our Saturday Yoga class on December 12 and Open House … and make your plans for Yoga on New Years Eve and New Years Day.

Download this handy Holiday calendar so you won’t forget a thing! Just click here: Peaceful Hands holiday schedule 2015

I hope you’ll join us during the holidays!

Holiday Meditation Sessions ~ Find The Peace Within


I never forget to recharge my phone. The battery light turns yellow and right into the wall it goes. But, sometimes I’m not so good about recharging myself. (And, I ought to know better.)

Don’t let the holidays wear you down … make a tiny bit of time for your own recharging and refreshing.

I’m delighted to offer three Holiday Meditations at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio in Orange this season.

I’ll be even more delighted if you will join me.

Each practice will explore a different mindfulness and meditation technique. Come to one or, even better, come to all three. Your heart will thank you.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Thanksgiving: Gratitude & Loving Kindness Practices

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Christmas & Winter Solstice: Cultivating a Peaceful Spirit

SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 at 4:00 p.m. ~ New Year’s Promise: The Beauty of the Present Moment

Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio

228 Warren Street in Orange, Virginia

Click here for directions to the studio

Our one-hour practice includes a brief introduction and gentle stretching, followed by guided, walking, and silent meditation in an encouraging and nurturing environment. Even if you’ve never sat in dedicated quiet before, you will enjoy bountiful benefits for the body and a more peaceful mind.

Our practice is in the mindfulness tradition and is gently structured so that you may explore different methods of bringing quiet and nurturing to the mind and heart. The meditations come in easy-to-follow segments.

Whether you are a beginner or have your own mindfulness practice, you will find there is a joyful and refreshing energy that comes when we practice together.

We all face the same difficulties — a busy mind, the challenge of staying present, making time for quiet. But, when we join together, it seems much easier to touch that peace that is within each of us.

Pillows, bolsters, and chairs are provided. Or, bring your own favorite sitting pillow.

Our Holiday Meditation practices are offered on a “donation” basis. Your gift supports expenses at the studio, thank you for your kindness.

I hope you will join me as we sit together and cultivate warm peaceful hearts.

If you have questions, would like more information, or would like to let me know you’re coming, you can reach me at or 540.672.9528.

And, don’t forget our Wildlife Center of Virginia Yoga Class and Open House on Saturday, December 12. More info is here.

Peaceful Hands Holiday Open House & Yoga Class ~ Benefiting The Wildlife Center of Virginia. Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015

On SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2015 join me for a special morning Yoga class and Holiday Open House at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, Virginia …

This class will benefit

All-Levels Yoga Class ~ 9:30 a.m.

at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio in Orange, Virginia

Open House follows ~ 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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 (30 gallon & yard sized) w Ziplock Bags w Safety Glasses/Goggles w Mixed Nuts (unsalted, raw, no peanuts) w Canned & Dry Dog Food (any size, any brand) w  Bird Seed / Sunflower Seeds (for bird feeders) w Basic office supplies: 20 lb. white paper, pens, padded mailing envelopes, dry erase markers.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia depends entirely on the generosity of individuals like us to support their life-saving work. They have cared for more than 2,000 wild animals this year … and new patients come in every single day.


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chickadee patient


screech owl babies

They all need our help ~ Please be generous!

Even if you can’t make it to class … stop by anyway!

11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

We’re celebrating our FIRST ANNIVERSARY at 228 Warren Street at the Sedwick Racquetball Club in Orange.  

Enjoy some hot apple cider and deeee-licious sweet treats (from the “acclaimed”
Peaceful Hands Bakery! Plus, Dr. Beier’s amazing cheesecake will make an appearance!)

Enter to win a PEACEFUL HANDS BASKET, filled with some of my favorite things, as well as an Aromatherapy “Starter Set” donated by Windrose Trading Company in Madison, and other surprises!

Pick Up peaceful stocking stuffers as holiday gifts, including my hand-crafted, all-natural Peaceful Hands Oil of Tranquility. Also in stock — pure aromatherpay mists, hand-crafted holiday decorations, gift certificates, and other sweet gifts! And, get a free gift with your purchase!  :)  (To save on expenses — and keep prices low — I accept cash/check only, please.)

Take a Book, because it’s our second annual FREE Yoga book giveaway! (Yup, I’m still cleaning out my bookshelves.)

Visit with The Wildlife Center’s Executive Vice President Randy Huwa who will be there to thank you for your support and to tell you about the wild patients you have helped — from bear cubs to hummingbirds.

Bring a friend. You don’t have to do Yoga to come by. And, please let others know about this Open House — it’s a great way to introduce new folks to our studio and to the work of the Wildlife Center.

I hope you’ll stop by. (I can’t eat all these cookies by myself, you know … plus, I want to see you!)  

This year the Peaceful Hands family has supported The Wildlife Center by gathering clover and garden greens through our “Team Bunny” program, made a generous donation to The Rich Gossweiler Student Emergency Fund to aid students in need at Germanna Community College, and acted quickly to provide urgently needed funds, clothing, and supplies to a local family who lost their home in a fire this fall.

I thank you for all your kindnesses.

To learn more about the Wildlife Center of Virginia, their animals, and to check out their awesome LIVE Critter Cam, visit them here: Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Need info? Have a cookie request? Email me at or call 540-672-9528.  And, directions are here: Directions to Studio.

I hope to see you!  The weather is going to be perfect. (But, I’ll come up with a backup plan, just in case.)


5-Week (+One!) Holiday Yoga Session Begins 11/4; Fall Session Continues This Week

As the days get shorter and the air gets cooler, we should, if we follow the wisdom of nature, be slowing down some. Just like the trees, the plants, and the animals … slowing and quieting.  Resting time begins.

fall crocuses

© The Baseball Bloggess

(My fall crocuses just finished blooming last week.)

So tell me again how did this get to be the busiest time of year for humans?

The Holidays and Year-End stress seem to go against everything that nature teaches us. We don’t take the time to slow ourselves down.

But, really … if not now, when?

How about .. right now?

Even though this time is busy, I hope you’ll give yourself a gift. Some time to restore. Some time for Yoga. Join us.

The current Fall Session continues … Monday, October 26, Wednesday, October 28, and Monday, November 2.

Then we will start in with …

5-Week (+ One!) Holiday Yoga Session, 2015

Peaceful Hands Yoga, Orange, Virginia

Mondays & Wednesdays

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

Wednesday, November 4 through Wednesday, December 16

(No classes Thanksgiving Week.)

See what I did there? There’s an extra class tucked in there. It’s a little bonus!

As always, the Holiday session will provide a more nurturing and quieting practice, with emphasis on kindling the heart’s fire, warming the bones, and taking the time to step away from the stress of our daily world to reset and restore.

And, my little gift to you … Special Fees for this HOLIDAY Session:

6 Classes: $48 (take any SIX classes during the 5-week session)

Full Session: $75 (take as many of my Monday/Wednesday classes as you like!)
Drop In/Single Class: $13

Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio 
228 Warren Street in Orange, Virginia 
(Upstairs at the Sedwick Racquetball Club)

If you’re new to Yoga, or to my classes, please come try a class. (Your first class is free!) For general info, 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.


Yes! There is Yoga Class Monday, 10/12

Just a quick reminder that there IS Yoga class tomorrow, Monday, October 12 (known in some parts as Columbus Day, but also known here as Yes-There-Is-Monday-Yoga Day).

4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. 

Peaceful Hands Yoga

228 Warren Street, Orange, Virginia

And, don’t forget … you have ’til Friday to bid on all sorts of goodies that the Wildlife Center of Virginia will be auctioning off next Saturday. My 90-minute hot stone massage is just one sweet item waiting for your bid.

Gnome with a StoneMy hot stones are goofing off today. But, your Wildlife Center bid could help get them back to work!

Check out my massage, my “Yoga In A Basket”, a few other sweet things, and find out how to bid — and help the Wildlife Center of Virginia in their amazing work to save wild lives — by clicking here.

Thank you for helping the animals … and, I hope to see you on the mat this week!