You’re Invited! Wildlife Center Owl Release At Montpelier On Tuesday, 10/17

The Wildlife Center of Virginia invites you to join them tomorrow — Tuesday, October 17 — at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange. They’re releasing a young GREAT HORNED OWL back to the wild!

Great Horned Owl, Patient #17-0363 ~ The Star Of The Show

This owlet came to the Wildlife Center in April after falling from its nest. When the rescuer was unable to re-nest it, the owlet was brought to the Wildlife Center.

The Owlet, back in April. My, how it has grown!

Bright and feisty, the little owlet was eventually housed with an adult Great Horned Owl resident at the Wildlife Center who helped “raise” it by showing the owlet the ropes of hunting and life in the wild. The owlet’s healthy and ready to be free!

The owlet’s full Wildlife Center patient report is here.

There’s nothing like watching a wild animal get a second chance back in the wild.  It’s a special experience and will warm your heart. I’ll be there. I hope you will, too.

Here are the details:

The owlet will be released at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange County on Tuesday, October 17 at 6:15 p.m.  The release is open to the public.

Please RSVP to lkegley@wildlifecenter.org just so the Center can keep track of attendees.

Enter through the main gate on Route 20 [Constitution Highway] and follow signs to the Visitor Center.

Any other questions, you can let me know: jackie@peacefulhands.com  I hope to see you!

Fall Yoga Session At Peaceful Hands Begins Monday, September 11

There are many reasons why a Yoga class, with an instructor, is more beneficial in the long run than a Yoga DVD or online stream.

A live class can offer variety. There’s a reason why doing the same practice and poses over and over gets easier – eventually muscle memory takes over and cuts corners, at the expense of overall toning and flexibility. The more variety in your practice, the more the whole body benefits. And, your brain loves learning new things!

A class offers an opportunity for questions, new ways to think about your practice, camaraderie, and, importantly, a studio that is free from the distractions of home (although, occasionally the goats next to the studio will get to singing.)

Oh, and one more thing – a DVD or virtual teacher would never share a video of a cartoon cat doing Yoga.

 

You’re welcome.

Time to unroll your mat – and yourself.

The 8-week Fall Yoga Session at Peaceful Hands Yoga begins MONDAY.

Monday, September 11 thru Wednesday, November 1

Classes are Mondays & Wednesdays

4:30 p.m. — Level 1

6:00 p.m. — Level 1/Level 2

Same pricing as always.

$120 — unlimited Monday & Wednesday Classes

$72 — take any 8 classes during the 8-week session

$13 — single drop-in class

(Your first class with me is free.)

It’s never too early or too late to join a session, so if you’re thinking about Yoga, swing by and join us.

And, why not invite a friend to join you this session?

Yoga + Friends = Even Better Yoga

Peaceful Hands Yoga is located at 228 Warren Street, in the Sedwick Racquetball Club, in Orange, Virginia.

More Info, including studio directions, can be found here: Peaceful Hands Yoga General Info

Come for the Practice.  (And, the occasional cat video.)

I hope to see you on the mat!

Septemberally Yours, Jackie

 

 

 

 

Who’s Your Yoga Role Model?

There’s a belief that magazines and Instagram hold the secret to Yoga – that Yoga role models are the people in the pretzeliest poses, in the fanciest leggings, and with the prettiest flowing hair.

I’m not the pretzeliest one in my class, my leggings are boring, and as those of you who know me know, flowing hair … what?

And, so a flowing-haired pretzelly poser might not be the best role model for me.  And, maybe not for you either.

This is my Yoga role model.

thanks to my friend Tim Black for this awesome photo.

Hi, Mt. Shasta! How are you today?

I’ve come to learn that role models come in all shapes and sizes. And, sometimes a Yoga role model isn’t even a person at all.

Mt. Shasta reminds me of stillness and strength. Mt. Shasta also reminds me that Tadasana, the mountain pose, is more than just standing around waiting for another pose. It is being present, still, and strong. It is its own pose.

When I told a friend that Mt. Shasta was my muse, she got me this tee-shirt …

 

Sure, I like seeing what pretzelly poses they come up with on Instagram. I don’t discount anyone just because they have fancy leggings and many of them tell beautiful stories and share important Yoga tips.  But, I also learn something from everyone who comes to our Yoga classes. So, you, too, are my role models.

So, your homework this week – while Peaceful Hands classes are on break – is to find a few out-of-the-ordinary role models that can inspire your practice and I hope they will nudge you to unroll your mat and see where your Yoga can take you this week.

National Public Radio reported yesterday on a study that found that inactivity today does more than raise the risk of disease, it also reduces the ability to get around at all as we grow older. And, rebounding from prolonged inactivity becomes slower – much, much slower – as we grow older. The story is here.

So, do your Yoga today, so you can do your Yoga tomorrow.

(Fall Session at Peaceful Hands begins Monday, September 11. More details in a couple days … but, first, time to unroll my mat and see what Mt. Shasta inspires in me today.)

Shastafarianly Yours, Jackie

YogaPaloozaX This Week & A Favor To Ask

Your YogaPaloozaX Schedule … & a class survey that needs your input … 

When YogaPaloozaX started two months — and 16 classes — ago, it seemed like it would last forever. Isn’t summer always like that?

Then whoosh! here we are and summer’s nearly gone.

The last two classes of our summer session are this week. Time to squeeze the last little bit out of our 10th Annual YogaPalooza celebration!

Here’s your schedule … plus, a favor to ask (in the form of an anonymous class survey that can help improve our classes and studio …)

Monday, August 28 ~ 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 30 ~ X Marks The Spot

X marks the spot on a treasure map. This year, YogaPalooza celebrated X, the 10th year of our special summer sessions. We’ll close our summer in YogaPaloozaVille with an X class to treasure.

Peaceful Hands Yoga 2017 Survey

Feedback is a great part of Yoga. Our body & brain give us feedback on every pose, which can transform our practice. Now I need some feedback from you.  Your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, and, yes, criticisms are incredibly helpful in making Peaceful Hands a better place for Yoga.

Whether you come to class regularly, once in awhile, or want to, but just haven’t had a chance, I would love to hear from you. Your answers are private and anonymous. Just 10 quick questions and a few minutes of your time.

The survey will stay open for just a few days, so please take a moment right now to share your thoughts with me. Thank you so much for your insights and help!

Here’s the link:  2017 Peaceful Hands Yoga Survey

Be sure to click “DONE” at the bottom of the survey to record your answers!

Classes this week

4:30 p.m. Level One   |   6:00 p.m. Level One/Level Two

We’ll be off Labor Day week … our 8-week Fall Sesh’ will begin Monday, September 11. I’ll send out a reminder when we get closer!

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

Paloozaly Yours, Jackie 

YogaPaloozaX This Week: Yantra To Yin & More!

Just two weeks — and five classes — of YogaPaloozaX left!

Here’s this week in YogaPaloozaville — three unique, inspiring Yoga practices:

MONDAY, AUGUST 21 ~ 4:30 & 6:00 p.m. ~ Tibetan Yantra Yoga

Tibetan Yantra Yoga is special practice made up of unique Yoga sequences that knit together breath and movement. The result? A moving practice that loosens the joints and frees energy on a very deep level.

(No Class on Wednesday, August 23.)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 ~ 4:30 & 6:00 p.m. ~ Yin Yoga

Holding Yin Yoga poses for many focused breaths allows you to let go and say “ahhhh.” This traditional practice releases the muscles, helps to free up restrictions in connective tissue, and has a deeply relaxing and soothing effect on the mind.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 ~ 9:30 a.m. ~ Earth Wind & Fire

Ayurveda, the science of Yoga, reminds us that we are earth … wind … and fire.  This Ayurvedic-inspired practice will honor those elements within us as they relate to the physical body, the mind, and our natural energetic tendencies.

Monday & Friday Classes This Week

4:30 p.m. Level One   |    6:00 p.m. Level One/Two

Saturday Class

9:30 a.m. Level One/Two

Summer’s winding down and we’re in the home stretch of YogaPaloozaX … just FIVE classes left.  

If you’re keeping track, we have one added class to the calendar so YogaPaloozaX will extend through Wednesday, August 30.  Also one other change: our fall sesh’ will begin the week after Labor Day … on Monday, September 11.

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia 

YogaPaloozaX … X marks the spot.

Warmingly, Coolingly, Stretchfully, Restfully Yogically Yours, Jackie

The YogaPaloozaX schedule is here. General class info, including directions to the studio, is here.

YogaPaloozaX This Week ~ Oh My!

Just a quick reminder of what’s up in YogaPaloozaville this week (and a schedule update) …

Monday, August 14 ~ Good Vibrations … Focusing on the deepest energy of the body, we’ll use Yoga asanas and humming vibrations to refresh our central nervous system and encourage good health from top to bottom. You’ll sparkle from the inside out.

Wednesday, August 16 ~ Magical Mystery Yoga … You wait all year for this one, don’t you? Here it is. Don’t miss it.  (Please note ~ A familiarity with Yoga and with my classes is necessary to truly enjoy and benefit from this class. Currently registered 8-week and unlimited students only, please.)

4:30 p.m. Level One   |    6:00 p.m. Level One/Two

Summer’s winding down and we’re in the home stretch of YogaPaloozaX … SEVEN classes left.  

If you’re keeping track, we have one added class to the calendar so YogaPaloozaX will extend through Wednesday, August 30.  Also one other change: our fall sesh’ will begin the week after Labor Day … on Monday, September 11.

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia 

YogaPaloozaX … X marks the spot.

Fab4lisiciously, Hummmtastically Yours, Jackie

The YogaPaloozaX schedule is here. General class info, including directions to the studio, is here.

 

 

 

“Sweet 16” Workshop Is Saturday, 8/12 At 9:30 a.m.

sweet 16

YogaPaloozaX continues this Saturday! Join one of my favorite Yoga and natural health instructors Margaret Leary and experience the “Sweet 16” energy flow series on Saturday, August 12 at 9:30 a.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, Virginia.

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Margaret explains what the “Sweet 16” can do for you …

The Sweet 16 is an energy flow series of movement that follows the subtle energy channels of the body following Traditional Chinese Medicine. In our workshop, we will explore, through 16 specially designed exercises, the flow pattern moving from the yang (active energy) to the yin (quiet energy) through the lower body to the upper body and back again. By following these pathways, through specific exercises, energy is released and the resistance of the moves creates a feeling of lightness in the body as energy is moved from one muscle group on to the next.

The Sweet 16 is part of an overall Resistance Flexibility Strength Training (RFST) system. It is a system of exercise, movement, stretching, and resisting.  It cleanses and strengthens the physical body, but its effects will be felt on the spiritual, psychological, and emotional levels as well. As RFST Founder Bob Cooley has said, RFST is about “becoming flexible in ALL ways.”

Doing the Sweet 16 on a daily basis is like “brushing your teeth”… an inner body cleansing that will leave your body prepared to dance, play golf, do Yoga, or take part in the FUN activity of your choice.

Come feel the experience!

Margaret’s workshop will run from 9:30 until 11 a.m.  Dress for a Yoga-style class and bring your mat.

“Sweet 16” is part of our ongoing YogaPalooza session. It is included in the Unlimited Class option or counts for one class of the 8-class session.  Drop-in’s may attend for $13.

Check out the full YogaPalooza schedule here.  General info, including studio directions, are here.

YogaPalooza … because Summer & Yoga are perfect together.

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia

YogaPaloozaX This Week: Yoga Three Ways!

Make it a stress-free week with YogaPaloozaX.

Three classes this week that will Yogify you in wonderfully beneficial — and wonderfully different — ways. Your Yogafication begins here …

Monday, August 7 ~ Yoga Nidra

Level 1 at 4:30 p.m.  … Level 1 / Level 2 at 6:00 p.m.

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, the foundation of Yoga Nidra is a beautiful and revitalizing guided meditation. There is a much (much) longer relaxation segment, so bring an extra layer or covering or pillow if you like. (No napping!)

Wednesday, August 9 ~ Sun ‘n’ Moon

Level 1 at 4:30 p.m.  … Level 1 / Level 2 at 6:00 p.m.

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.

Knit them together into a single class? Why that’s so crazy it just might work. Let’s do it.

(The video at the bottom of this post will give you a head start on preparing for your sunny sun saluting.)

Saturday, August 12 at 9:30 a.m. ~ “Sweet 16” with Margaret Leary

Join one of my favorite Yoga and natural health instructors Margaret Leary and experience her “Sweet 16” energy flow series, based on the Resistance Flexibility Strength Training (RFST) system. Margaret’s wonderful practice will blend exercise, movement, stretching, and isometric resisting.  It cleanses and strengthens the physical body, and its effects will be felt even more deeply.

Lots of summer left … & it’s never too late to join us in YogaPaloozaVille.  

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia 

Sunshiney & Moontastically Yours, Jackie

The YogaPaloozaX schedule is here. General class info, including directions to the studio, is here.

YogaPaloozaX ~ Island Time For Hipsters!

A sandy beach … ocean waves on your toes … bright sun, blue sky … I’m positive that it’s time to stir it up!  YogaPaloozaX brings a hip little island vibe to Peaceful Hands Yoga this week. Join us!

Monday, July 31 ~ Reggae Yoga 

A little bit of drum, a little bit of sun (saluting), a little bit of beach spirit.  I’ll bring the Ocean Wall, you bring your mat!

Montego Bay

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

 

Wednesday, August 2   ~   Hamsters? No.   Hipsters? Yes!

The hips are the essential hub that connects upper body and lower. Hips keep you solid and standing upright, they give you a place to sit, and they give you movement. They are also essential for proper hula-hooping. That’s a lot of responsibility if you think about it. Maybe that’s why they get so uptight and ornery from time to time. You know how much your hips want this class. Don’t disappoint them.

Join us  …

Monday & Wednesday 

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

It’s never too late to join us in YogaPaloozaVille.  

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia 

Positively, Hipfully, Reggaesishly Yours, Jackie

The YogaPaloozaX schedule is here. General class info, including directions to the studio, is here.

This Week At YogaPaloozaX ~ Twisty-Twistedness

Just a little Yoga in YogaPaloozaville this week.

Remember, there will be no Yoga classes on Monday, July 24.

But, we’re back on Wednesday, July 26, for a class of twisty-twistedness.

A little something like this …

Need a little inspiration to perk up your twisty-twisted vinyasa? I know you’ll find something in here …

 

Class on Wednesday Only This Week

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

It’s never too late to join us in YogaPaloozaVille.  

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia 

I hope to see you this week in YogaPaloozaville.  

TwistfullyYours, Jackie

The YogaPaloozaX schedule is here. General class info, including directions to the studio, is here.

… YogaPaloozaX, Where Summer Unfolds …