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.

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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! 

“Team Bunny” In Action!

Ever wonder what happens to all the clover and dandelions and greens that “Team Bunny” donates to the patients at the Wildlife Center of Virginia?

Now, you can see the greens in action — feeding bear cubs on the Wildlife Center’s Live “Critter Cam.”

critter 1See that? That’s kale and greens that were donated just yesterday by Team Bunny members.

If the bear cubs weren’t so busy tussling, I’m sure they would thank you themselves. So, on their behalf, I will … THANK YOU!

Check out the bear cubs LIVE on the Wildlife Center’s Critter Cam 2. They’re awesome to watch. Click here.

And, to learn more about “Team Bunny” and how you can help, click here.

New Spring Yoga Session Begins May 4

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Spring is the season of growth and renewal. While the sun and the warm and the rain give birth to our gardens, the energy of springtime also brings us the opportunity to grow and renew our own energy. The warm sunshine and longer daylight may already be improving your energy and get-up-and-go.

It’s the perfect season to grow your Yoga, too. Why not join us?

228 Warren Street in Orange, VA

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

New 8-Week Session
Monday, May 4, 2015
Monday, June 24, 2015

 (Yup, we WILL have classes on Memorial Day, May 25.)

$120 ~ Unlimited Classes
$72 ~ Any 8 Classes During The Session
$13 ~ Single Drop-In Class

General Information on my classes, studio directions, etc. can be found here.

And, YES … our 8th Annual YogaPalooza is on its way in July & August!

You may comment on this post with your questions or email me at

 And, please be sure to follow this website to ensure you’re getting the latest info on our Yoga classes. (I’m beginning to phase out our old email list, so following here is the very best way to stay loopified!)  Just click the “follow” link from the homepage.

I hope to see you on the mat! Namasté!

“Team Bunny” Time!


Garden Greens Are YUM!

It’s time to activate TEAM BUNNY!

During the last few years, “Team Bunny” – a dedicated group of the Peaceful Hands Yoga community – has been providing organic greens, clover, and dandelions to patients at the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

The Wildlife Center has come to us for help again this year.

It’s the Center’s annual spring influx of rabbits (many are very young orphan bunnies) – dozens have come in during recent weeks and more arrive every day.

It’s clear these furry patients don’t particularly like the regular “hospital fare” the Center provides. (And, really, who does like hospital food?) But, what baby bunnies and their friends DO love is snacking on dandelion greens and clover.

Would you be willing to donate a bag of dandelions and clover from your yard?

(Yes, really. I am asking for your garden weeds.)

Peaceful Hands Yoga students & massage clients have provided many, many, many pounds of natural greens to feed Wildlife Center patients. In recognition of this kindness, the Peaceful Hands’ family has been dubbed “Team Bunny.”

In addition to the rabbits, our greens also are used to feed other patients at the Center, including bear cubs and box turtles.

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“Team Bunny rocks!  I took the attached photos today of a few of the 21 neonatal cottontails currently in our care enjoying their Team Bunny clover. :)  Exposing them to the natural foods that they will eat in the wild is the best way to wean them from formula onto solid foods.  It also acclimates them to hiding in vegetation to protect them from predators.” ~ Dr. Kelli Knight, Assistant Director of Veterinary Services, Wildlife Center of Virginia

Join “TEAM BUNNY” by donating a bag — or 2 or 3 — of greens and help feed the bunnies!

Here’s how …

If you’re out in your yard, garden, or pasture (in untreated, pesticide- and chemical-free areas only, please) and you wander across some dandelions and/or clover, the Wildlife Center would love to have them! Fresh is better, of course, so if you’re coming to class or have a massage scheduled, pull them up in the morning sometime and bring them in with you. Or drop them off at my massage studio any time during the week.

Here’s what the Center can use:

  • Dandelions – especially the green leafy parts
  • Clover
  • Lettuce – dark green varieties
  • Kale
  • Collards

A little bag. A big bag. Every little bit helps.

The rabbits and others will need the bounty for many weeks to come. And, soon the goslings and ducklings will benefit from your donations as well.

And, a happy, eating rabbit is a healing rabbit (or duckling or bear cub or turtle), and that makes the job easier for the Center’s Vets and Rehabbers.

Email me with questions at

In Yoga, the generous donation of time, service, and gifts to those in need is known as Seva.

Team Bunny is Seva in action.

Thank you for all you do to help the wildlife around us.

The Perfect “Giraffe Pose”

My Yoga classes and I will, on occasion, rename Yoga poses.

Not because the original  names are wrong, but because sometimes they’re dull or just not the right fit for us. Sometimes we come up with something better.

Like Giraffe-asana. Which is standing wide-legged fold. It just feels so much better when you imagine yourself stepping wide to allow your long, long graceful giraffe neck to reach down and down and down in order to take a cool sip of water.

Really. It’s a totally better pose when you channel your inner giraffe.

You can see Giraffe-asana here … if you watch this through … done to perfection.


Road Work Closes Byrd Street ~ New Directions To Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio

The town of Orange is continuing its road improvement project and it has just closed off Byrd Street.  Many of you take Byrd Street to come around to the Yoga Studio.  You’ll need to change that for the next little while, by coming down Route 15 through town and then turning onto Route 20 which takes you to Warren Street.

Sorry about the change, but then Yoga is all about flexibility, right?  We’ll have our Byrd Street “shortcut” back eventually.

In the meantime, here are the directions from the north or the south …


From The North End of Orange via Route 15: Turn left at the signal light at Route 20 (Dairy Korner/Exxon intersection). Go approx 1/4 mile.  Turn left onto Warren Street (the Rescue Squad is on the corner). Go about 1 block and the gold metal building is on your left!

From the South End of Orange via Route 15: Turn right at the signal light at Route 20 (Dairy Korner/Exxon intersection).  Go approx 1/4 mile.  Turn left onto Warren Street (the Rescue Squad is on the corner). Go about 1 block and the gold metal building is on your left!

General: An online map to the studio is here:

There’s no sign on the building at the moment, but that will be coming soon!

You may park anywhere in front of or along the side of the building, or in that big open area to the right of the building.  Enter through the front door. (Please do not use the side entrance steps; that door will be locked.)  The Yoga studio is on the second floor.

Please note: the front door is unlocked on class days by 4:10 p.m. Please be on time to avoid missing your class!

Thank you for passing the word on!  See you at class!

“Belly Go In & Out”

“Belly go out and in and in and out. B-b-breathe. Belly. Belly. Belly.”

I admit that there have been times teaching Yoga that I have said to the class, “Breathing is very important.”

And, sure, the proper response to that is probably, “Duh.” And, yet, we are a society that is notorious for shallow, stressed, and inefficient breathing.

So, maybe a reminder that breathing is important isn’t that dopey afterall.

Here’s Elmo, Common, & Colbie Caillat teaching you Yoga breathing the Sesame Street way. Plus, the song will stick in your head all day, reminding you to …

B-b-breathe. Belly. Belly. Belly.

Spring Yoga Session (& Finishing Up Winter)

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Just a quick reminder that this coming week’s Yoga classes on Monday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 4, are the final classes of our Winter session at Peaceful Hands Yoga.

(That’s my gentle way of reminding you to get your classes in before the session ends …)

If all goes well weather-wise, we’ll move to the new SPRING session on March 9.

The eight-week Spring session is currently scheduled for:



We’d love to have you join us. As always, your first class with me is free. For more information about our classes, including directions to the studio, class fees, and such, just click here for all the info (or click the “Yoga In Orange” link on the menu bar).

Feel free to email me at or call 540.672.9528 for more info.  I hope to see you on the mat!

Tashi Delek ~ Happy New Year!

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Tashi Delek ~ Happy New Year!

On February 19, Tibetans began a week-long celebration of their New Year, called Losar. This week we’ll get in on the celebration … with Tibetan-inspired Yoga in our classes.

Celebrating a new year as we slip into springtime makes so much good sense. Resolutions and new beginnings are far easier to keep when the sunshine grows longer. The new life of spring is coming soon. Energy around us — and within us — increases.

Losar means “new year” or “fresh year.” I like the idea of making a year “fresh.” How nice to freshen up with Yoga.

The year of the Female Wood Sheep ushers in a year of peace, calm, and nurturing energy (or “yin” energy) … the perfect inspiration for our Yoga.

So, yes … let’s have class tonight … I’ve missed you!

Monday & Wednesday

4:30 & 6:00 p.m.

Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange


Due to the weather cancellations last week, the current Winter session is now scheduled to run through March 4.

No Yoga Classes, Wed 2/18 (sigh)

So sad to do this again but …

There will be no classes at Peaceful Hands Yoga tonight ~ Wednesday, FEBRUARY 18.

We’ll extend the session accordingly.

I asked folks on Facebook to weigh in this morning and I heard from a handful of people — every single one suggested cancelling class. The weather forecast could go either way, but many roads are still slippery and snowy and good golly it’s cold out.

I’ll miss you. But, I hope you’ll unroll your mat this evening anyway and I hope to see you next week … when we’ll celebrate Losar, Tibetan New Year (a few days late) with a Tibetan-inspired class! :)