Yoga Schedule Reminders!

Make Time For Your Yoga

Why unroll your Yoga mat at Peaceful Hands? A new study finds that those who took a group exercise class at least weekly for three months had a 26% drop in stress and a boost in mental, physical, and emotional well being. Those who worked out alone, or didn’t exercise at all, missed those benefits. (per the Journal of the American Osteopathic Assn.)

So, join us won’t you?

A couple quick reminders …

Class is a “yes” for tomorrow … Monday, October 8, Columbus Day.

But, there is no class on Wednesday, October 10. This was already reflected in the current schedule, so the make-up date is already on the calendar.

We’re halfway through the Fall Session which is scheduled to run through Monday, November 5.  (If you’re wondering how many classes you have left in your session, just ask!)

It’s never too late to join us … come be part of our “group.” There’s always room for you.

Peaceful Hands Yoga

Mondays & Wednesdays

4:30 p.m. — Level 1

6:00 p.m. — Level 1 / Level 2

228 Warren Street, Orange Virginia

More info is right here. Or email me at

I look forward to seeing you on the mat!

Autumniciously Yours, Jackie

No Yoga Tonight … September 17

Thank you for your understanding. I cancel classes infrequently, but when I do it is only after much thought and in the spirit of doing the best I can for the most people. I appreciate your understanding.  Classes resume, back to our regular schedule, on Wednesday, 9/18!

With an abundance of caution … I’m cancelling Yoga classes at Peaceful Hands for tonight, September 17.  I’ve heard from a few people who are impacted by flooded roads already, and the weather map looks a little iffy for this evening.

I hate to cancel, but the consensus is that people would be more comfortable tucking in to the warmth and comfort of home this evening.  And, even if your roads are clear, there are some roads — especially in Madison — that are impassable this afternoon.

It could be a-ok this evening, but I’d rather err on the side of caution.

So … we’ll extend the session as needed.  (In the meantime, don’t forget to practice your “Big Four”!)

Soakinglywettfully Yours, Jackie

Fall Yoga Session Begins Wednesday, September 5!

Our YogaPalooza summer sesh’ wrapped up last week. I hope you had fun. (I did.)

Thank you for spending your summer on the mat with me.  (And, a deep bow to Sandy, who attended all 20 classes this summer. And, bows, too, to Cathy and Lynn who were on the mat all 19 days.)

Now, as it turns to autumn, it’s time to turn down the busy-ness of life.

So busy. So very very busy.

Why not take a moment to get back to basics? A moment just for you?

Unrolling your mat in a dedicated studio has its advantages.

Fewer interruptions, for one …


A dedicated Yoga studio allows you to unroll your mat and turn fully inward without the distractions of the phone, the computer, chores, and the demands of the day popping up in the middle of your down dog. It’s a dedicated time to honor yourself – your needs and your good health.

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YogaPalooza Winds Down: Warriors With Heart & Soul

When YogaPalooza 2018 started two months — and 18 classes — ago, it seemed like summer would go on forever. Now, just two classes left before we fold up our 11th annual YogaPalooza summer session.

And, what a summer! It rained and rained and rained. Then it didn’t rain. Then it rained again. (Once it even rained inside the studio … just one of those unexpected YogaPalooza surprises!) We had a record number of classes, three Saturday morning practices, and two wonderful guest instructors. And, three people joined me at every class – well, there’s two classes left, so let’s see if they make it to 20 and their special reward!

And, now here we are. Summer’s nearly gone.

First, thank you.

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That you choose to spend one or two evenings a week, unrolling your mat with me, is something I am profoundly grateful for. You inspire me. You have helped create not only a dedicated Yoga studio, but a family. Your support of our studio – and each other – makes my heart smile as widely as a heart possibly can.

The last two classes of YogaPalooza are this week. Time to squeeze the last little bit out of our Summer of Yoga!

Monday, August 27 ~ Peaceful Warrior

Warriors — and Warrior poses — can get a bad rap, conjuring up images of confrontation and war. That’s a shame, because that’s not the point. True Warriors are the ultimate peace-niks. It is through their internal strength, poise, confidence, and calm that they are able to rise above the tumult of life’s stresses and conflicts. Peaceful Warriors are heart-ful, not heartless.

Wednesday, August 29 ~ “Heart & Soul”

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You put your heart and soul into your Yoga practice. I know this is true, because I watch you do it. I watch you navigate aches and pains of a body that hurts some days (or most days). I watch you navigate the stresses and challenges of family and life and work. I watch you navigate traffic and bad weather and meetings that run late in order to get to class on time. And, still there you are … at 4:30 or 6:00 p.m. heading up the steps, dropping your shoes at the door, and unrolling your mat. You are awesome!

This special heartful and soulful class – the last class of YogaPalooza 2018 – is my gift to you. (And, if you’ve already finished all the classes in your 8-class session, consider it a bonus and come anyway!)

Looking Ahead … 

We’ll be off Labor Day Monday. Our 8-week Fall Sesh’ will begin Wednesday, September 5. I’ll send out a reminder before then. (And, as always, if you have a friend who might benefit from Yoga … please invite them to join us. This fall session would be a perfect introduction to Yoga!)

YogaPalooza ~ Where Summer Unfolds 

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

You don’t have to wait til fall, join us this week! You’ll find general class info, including directions to the studio, here.

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia 

Thank you for sharing your Yoga with me this summer. YogaPalooza would be a drag without you.

Paloozally Yours, Jackie 


YogaPalooza Saturday! “Earth, Wind, & Fire”

There’s still a little YogaPalooza left before we wrap up the summer!

And, the last of our three special Saturday classes is tomorrow – August 25 at 9:30 a.m.

Join us for some Earth, Wind, & Fire.

Ayurveda, the science of Yoga, reminds us that we are made up of elements: earth … wind … and fire.  Those are the elements that make up everything – people, trees, bears, frogs  …

High Five, Cats! You’re Earth, Wind, & Fire, Too!

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YogaPalooza This Week: Twists, Yin, & The Elements

“Twists, Yin, & The Elements” sounds like a really bad rock band that played at your Senior Prom, doesn’t it?

It’s also your preview to this week’s classes in YogaPaloozaVille!

Two weeks – and five classes – left in this YogaPalooza Summer.

Three classes this week, including our third special Saturday morning class on the 25th.

Don’t miss out on summer Yoga … join us!

Monday August 20 ~ 4:30 & 6:00 p.m. ~ Twisty-Twistedness

You know. Twists.

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YogaPalooza This Week: “All You Nidra Is Love”

If YogaPalooza had a Yin and Yang pair of classes – two classes that together reflect both the lively spirit of Yang energy and the quiet relaxing energy of Yin – these would fit the bill.

This week at YogaPalooza … Yin and Yang. Monday starts with the lively high-spirited “Yang’iest” class of the summer …

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YogaPalooza: Happy Hips & “Min’Yasa”

I love all of YogaPalooza’s classes, but this week brings two of my favorites!

Monday, August 6 ~ Happy Hips, 4:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Do I love this class because it focuses on bringing ease and flexibility to the hips – the hub that connects upper and lower body, the structure that gives us both stability and movement, and the area especially prone to wear-and-tear and aches-and-pains?

Well, yes, but …

Do I love this class because – year-in and year-out – you tell me you love it, too?

Well, yes, but …

Or, do I love this class because it gives me the chance to, once a year, post this …

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Bald Eagle Release – Nearby! – On Thursday, August 2. You’re Invited!

One of my favorite things is to see the Wildlife Center of Virginia release an animal back to the wild. To see an animal – whether a chipmunk, an owl, a bobcat, or a bear – get a second chance, thanks to the kindness of a rescuer and the skills of the Wildlife Center fills my heart with happy.

Attending a Bald Eagle release, in person, is especially wonderful. It will take your breath away. But, because of their habitat, eagle releases are often at spots in Virginia that are a two- or three-hour drive away from us.

This week’s release is nearby, Madison and Orange friends!

courtesy of the Wildlife Center of Virginia

Wildlife Center Patient #18-0132

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