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

mutts relax

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

YogaPalooza Week 5 ~ That’s A Wrap (Almost)

We’ve done it!

We’ve made it through another summer of YogaPalooza!


Because, there are three classes this week … three more chances to get your Yoga on in YogaPaloozaVille. (Until the Fall Session, anyway.)

Monday, August 24 ~ All About The Balance

It has been incredibly gratifying to me that many of you have been fretting about this class for eight weeks now. :)

Don’t let a little balance scare you. A little concentration, a little playfulness, a little strength, a little gentleness. That’s all you need. I promise. You are perfect and so is your asana. We all fall from time to time. At least we tried.

balance order

Wednesday, August 26 ~ Yin Yoga

Yin is a deep and introspective Yoga practice. Asanas are held for longer periods, allowing the body and mind some extra time to let go. The practice targets our deeper connective tissue, as well as the mind and heart. It is a wonderful transformative practice.

We do have a limited number of studio blankets for cushioning when we’re in these poses for a longer spell, so if you’re in the 4:30 class and can bring a small blanket or towel with you on Wednesday that would be helpful.

Friday, August 28 ~ Closing Ceremonies, YogaPalooza 2015

8 Summer Weeks. 18 Classes. Whether you came for one class, or eight, or all 18, I hope you’ll join me on Friday for one last summer evening in YogaPaloozaVille.

And, About That Fall Session … 

Just a reminder, we will take the following week off – August 31 and September 2. The Fall Session begins Labor Day Week (I’m still not sure whether we’ll start on Labor Day Monday or that Wednesday. Stay tuned.)

I’ve enjoyed spending my eighth summer with you in YogaPaloozaVille. Each and every one of you who takes time out of your week to unroll your Yoga mat with me makes my heart smile. You rock. You really, really do. I consider Peaceful Hands Yoga a family – and I’m so glad that you’re part of it with me.

I hope to see you this week … and, in the meantime, keep picking up …


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.



YogaPalooza Week 4 ~ It’s Island Time!

Montego Bay

Montego Bay. Photo: Fritz Rudolf Loewa, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

A sandy beach … ocean waves lapping at your toes … the sun is bright, the sky is blue … the temperature is perfect.  It’s Island Time!

This week’s YogaPalzooza classes bring a little bit of the islands to Peaceful Hands Yoga. Stretch up to the sun. Reach out to the waves. Press your feet down into the sand. Join us!

Monday, August 17 ~ Reggae Yoga 

A little bit of drum, a little bit of sun salutation, a little bit of summer beach spirit for Yoga class. After all, that’s what the Ocean Wall is for!

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon. Public Domain Image

Wednesday, August 19 ~ Earth

Yoga brings our awareness into our feet. In Earth Yoga we celebrate our grounding and the Earth’s energy which supports us. Always remember, the Earth is there to hold you in your practice (and catch you if you stumble).

Join us for Yoga this week …

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.


YogaPalooza Week 3 (what are you waiting for?)

straight outta peaceful handsIf you’re keeping track, there are seven classes left in this year’s YogaPalooza. If you haven’t swung by for a class, there’s still time.

Here’s what’s on tap for this week …

Monday, August 10 ~ Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a classic practice, focused on quieting and calming the mind and spirit. Not as much movement as a regular on-the-mat practice, but the guided meditation is beautiful and revitalizing. There is a much longer relaxation segment, so bring an extra layer or covering if you like.

I love sharing this sweet practice with you each year.

Regular practice of Yoga Nidra has been shown to significantly ease stress, so take the practice home with you. We have a couple copies of Yoga Nidra still in stock — it includes a book and a CD that you can use in your home practice. List price $14.95. Your price … $10.

yoga nidra

Wednesday, August 12 ~ Happy Hips

Happy hips are not just for hippies! :)

Many Yoga traditions offer awesome asanas that soothe the hips, release tightness, and ease the aches and pains that often settle in our hips and low back. Here’s the class that will make your hips happy.

Come join us!

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.


This Week At YogaPalooza …

Monday, August 3, 2015 ~ Spine Awakening

Your spine – 26 bones, 120 muscles, 100 joints. It can move and stretch and twist and fold in seven directions. Give your spine some Yoga love.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 ~ Magical Mystery Yoga

It’s the class you wait for all year. :)

(No drop-in’s at Wednesday’s class. Currently registered 8-week and unlimited students only, please.)

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Saturday, August 8, 2015~ Morning Vinyasa

Start your weekend with a flowing, energizing morning Yoga practice.

Morning Yoga. 9:30 a.m. Better than coffee.


YogaPalooza 2015

Monday & Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Peaceful Hands Yoga

228 Warren Street in Orange, Virginia

Yoga. It’s what we do.

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 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