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

this moment mutts

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!)

Enter to win a PEACEFUL HANDS BASKET, filled with some of my favorite things!

Pick Up peaceful stocking stuffers as holiday gifts, including my hand-crafted, all-natural Peaceful Hands Oil of Tranquility. And, get a free gift with your purchase!  :)

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!

Blissful Hot Stone Massage & “Yoga In A Basket” ~ Help The Wildlife Center!

The Wildlife Center of Virginia Gala is Saturday, October 17!  This annual event is one of the most important ways that the Center raises money to support their wonderful work saving wildlife.

Wildlife Center Gala 2015

The Wildlife Center cares for thousands of wild animals each year – from hummingbirds to bear cubs, from bunnies to bald eagles, from turtles to … oh, you get the idea. They do amazing things!

(Have you watched their Bear Cub cam lately? You should!)

2015SBBearComplexSixBears 6-16-15As part of their annual Gala they have a silent and live Auction and you can bid … even if you can’t attend the event.

Lots of cool items are available – all donated by businesses, artists, and other nice folks. There’s handcrafted jewelry and quilts, beautiful original artwork, tickets to local events, vacation outings, and unique sports and music memorabilia.

You can see a selection of items that you can bid on here.

I’ve got a couple things I hope you’ll consider.

A 90-MINUTE BLISSFUL PEACEFUL HANDS HOT STONE MASSAGE at my Madison, Virginia Studio. My hot stones are sweet as can be. They’ll melt your tight muscles and take you to your happy place. You really should meet them!

As one of my clients wrote in a Facebook review:

“I recently had my first hot stone massage with Jackie and I must say, it was amazing!! I have been going to Jackie for her regular massages for quite some time and decided to treat myself after the holidays. I was not disappointed. The blend of the oils, hot stones, and Jackie’s wonderful hands, left me in total bliss! I would recommend the experience … at least once … but I bet you’ll go back for more. I know I have my next one scheduled already.”

“PEACEFUL HANDS YOGA IN A BASKET” includes “yoga-riffic” treats to help you start, or expand, your home Yoga practice. You’ll find six Yoga DVDs of instruction, practices, and relaxation; two music CDs that are perfect inspiration for your practice or, really, for any part of your day; and a few other Yoga-inspired goodies.  Just add one Yoga mat and one You … and you’re ready to go!

Peaceful Hands Yoga Basket Gala

SONGBIRD PAINTINGS. Local artist Debbie Hunt painted a series of four beautiful songbird paintings — Tufted Titmouse, Chickadee, Eastern Bluebird, and White-Breasted Nuthatch — exclusively for the Gala.

Hunt Gala

Here’s an up-close of her Tufted Titmouse:

Debbie Hunt Titmouse Painting Gala

Each painting is 8”x 8” and is being auctioned separately. Bid on one or the whole set. Debbie is an artist on the rise, so start your collection now.

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Hawk walks, African safaris, private concerts, bourbon tastings, baseball tickets … there’s all sorts of sweetness available. (I did mention the 90-minute hot stone massage, didn’t I?)

For my Baseball Bloggess run-down on some awesome baseball, UVa, and rock and roll items click here.

Treat yourself (you deserve it), do your holiday shopping, or surprise a friend with a “no-occasion” gift.

Not nearby? No problem — shipping can be arranged.

If you have questions or are ready to bids email

The deadline for absentee bids is Friday, October 16, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.

Bidding info can be found here.

Bid generously. Make a difference. Save a wild animal’s life.

Thank you!



Help Needed For Wednesday’s Yoga Class

UPDATE: Thank you all for your generosity on Wednesday night!  Your jump-in-with-little-notice generosity was wonderful. The clothing and donations were delivered last night and the Potter family was very thankful for your kindness.  Once they get settled and start to figure out their housekeeping needs, I will let you know.  For now, we won’t overwhelm them with items as they are still in the “figuring out” stage of things. I will let you know when we can be of help again!  Thank you so much!


I’m asking a favor … if you are planning to come to Yoga tonight, you might just be the person who can help a family in need!

Yesterday, my neighbors lost their home and everything in it to a devastating fire.  Many of you may know Jenny and Jim Potter.  Jenny works in the Orange Schools.

They are still reeling and trying to figure things out.  But, the one thing I know that we can help with right now is providing them with a few articles of clothing to tide them over for the next couple days and weeks.

You might be just the right size to help.  I’m seeking to provide them with just a couple sweaters or long-sleeved shirts, or maybe a sweatshirt or hoodie to get them through chilly mornings.  Perhaps a jacket. Or short-sleeved tee-shirts could be helpful too.

Sizes needed: Women’s XL and Men’s 3X.

In like-new, clean condition please.  Just bring to class this afternoon if you can help.  I will deliver the items this evening after class.

I don’t want to overwhelm them, but perhaps you may have one thing in your closet that you could offer.

There may be more detailed ways we can help in the days and weeks to come, but for now, you may have one item that might be just right.

Seva is the Yogic word for service … helping our community and those in need.

I know this is a last-minute request … and you may not be able to help directly.  I appreciate anything you can help with today.  Thank you! Namaste!

P.S. if you have questions, you can comment below … or email me directly at

Fall Yoga Begins Wed, Sept 9, 2015

the only thing missing is you at Peaceful Hands Yoga

Yoga brings refreshing goodness to body, mind, and heart.  All you have to do is unroll your mat, hop on, and see where you go. Even better — do your Yoga with friends!

The 8-week Fall Session of PEACEFUL HANDS YOGA begins Wednesday, September 9.

Yoga can create suppleness in the spine and back, tone muscles, improve balance, de-stress the brain, bolster the immune system, and brighten the heart (both the physical heart and the energetic one).

Isn’t that worth a tiny bit of your time?

And, now … just imagine how good you would feel if you did Yoga once, or even twice, a week!

Yoga Classes with Jackie
Mondays & Wednesdays
4:30 p.m. – Level 1
6:00 p.m. – Level 1 / Level 2


NEW 8-week session begins on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 
and is scheduled to run


Classes are at PEACEFUL HANDS YOGA STUDIO, 228 Warren Street (upstairs at the Sedwick Racquetball Club), in Orange.

Your first class with me is free — so come try it out.

For more information about classes, including what to bring, what to wear, class fees and session discounts, and directions to the studio, click here: Yoga With Jackie

More information about me, my background and training, and what I looked like when I was forced to wear a bee costume for a ballet performance when I was 8, can be found by clicking here: About Jackie

I’m delighted to share my studio with two other instructors — Nancy teaches Morning Yoga on Wednesdays and Dan offers Karate for Adults on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Find out more about their classes here: Nancy’s Morning Yoga and here: Dan’s Karate For Adults

I hope you’ll join us.

If you have questions or need info … feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post … or email me at

And, be sure to sign up to “Follow” this website for schedule updates, news, and who knows what else. (The “Follow” button is at the bottom of this post and can be accessed from the homepage.)

I look forward to seeing you on the mat!

YogaPaLASTa & A Sneak Peek To Fall Classes

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This heat! All we’re going to do is #relax, Posted On Facebook by – Patrick McDonnell, 8/15/15

Thank you for a wonderful 8th Annual YogaPalooza!  18 Classes.  8 Weeks.  I enjoyed spending all of it with you.

A deep bow to all of you who spent some of your summer in YogaPaloozaVille. And, a very deep bow to those three people who attended all 18 classes — Alda, Lynn, and Sandy.  You are rockstars. :)

Just a reminder that Peaceful Hands Yoga will take a break this week.  Time for a little bit of relaxation. (Maybe a little savasana nap!)

In the meantime, I hope you’ll take a couple minutes to unroll your mat at home.

Also, check out this beautiful and inspiring story on National Public Radio last week about how a Yoga class in Africa transformed one man’s life. Click: “When He Says Yoga Saved His Life, He’s Not Exaggerating.”

NPR Yoga Story

Walter Mugbe, a teacher with the Africa Yoga Project, demonstrates side plank in the Bethesda, Md., studio of Down Dog Yoga. Mahafreen H. Mistry/NPR

“When you are firmly rooted to your purpose, you are unmessable with.”

And, you can mark your calendar for the Fall Yoga session at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio … we’ll start next week on the Wednesday after Labor Day.


Classes will be on Mondays & Wednesdays.

4:30 p.m. ~ Level 1

6:00 p.m. ~ Level 1 / Level 2

As always, your first class at Peaceful Hands is free … so please come try out a class with us.

For general info on classes, including fees, what to bring, what to wear, directions to the studio, etc, click here: Yoga In Orange. 

Be sure to “Follow” this website to make sure you get the most up-to-date class info. (Follow button is at the bottom of this post and on the right-side column on the homepage.)

And, you can always email me at