About Jackie, The Baseball Bloggess

Loves the 4-6-3 and the serial comma. All baseball is good baseball, but when the Orioles or UVa 'Hoo's take the field, it's great baseball. Baseball historian ... because baseball touches everything. www.thebaseballbloggess.com And, for the Yoga ... www.peacefulhands.com

YogaPalooza: How “Flow” Can You Go?

Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word that means “to place in a special way.”

Or, more simply … it means “to flow” from pose to pose with mindfulness.

While some Yoga traditions translate Vinyasa on the mat into a seriously sweaty form of exercise, that sort of misses the point.

Vinyasa uses breath and mindfulness and drishti (steady gaze) to connect the movement of the practice regardless of how sweaty and fast or how gently and slowly you move. The intensity of the practice is up to you.

And, although there’s nothing wrong with Sun Salutations, Vinyasa practice can be much more than Sun Salutations, too!

This week in YogaPaloozaVille, how “flow” can you go?

Monday, July 16 ~ Vinyasa: Rock

We start from our rock – Tadasana, Mountain.

Wait. What Was That?

From Mountain, we’ll use breath and mindfulness and Drishti to move through a classic Vinyasa practice … clearing away the distractions that can impede our life flow.

Wednesday, July 18 ~ Vinyasa: Roll

A Yoga “flow” can begin anywhere – standing, sitting, even lying down.  Wednesday’s not-so-classic Vinyasa flow practice can lubricate sticky joints and rejuvenate body, mind, and heart. A little untraditional? A little off the beaten path? Sure. Just roll with it …

It’s never too late to unroll your mat with us in YogaPaloozaVille!  

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia 

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

Flow, Flow, Flow Your Boatingly Yours, Jackie

YogaPalooza Starts This Week!

The 11th Annual YogaPalooza Session at Peaceful Hands begins today!


While you are welcome to join us at any time during the session, why not start with the kickoff week?

MONDAY, JULY 9 ~ Opening Night

We’ll open YogaPalooza tonight with an opening practice. Makes sense, right? Tonight’s Yoga will open shoulders, heart, hips, and sticky joints with familiar asanas (poses) and maybe we’ll toss in a sunny sun salutation (or two).

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 ~ Spine Awakening

Yoga reminds us that age isn’t measured by the years on a calendar, but by the flexibility of the spine.

True confession: Some days, the only spine I want to move is the spine on a book. But, don’t let your couch lure you away from your own back’s health.  With 26 bones, 120 muscles, and 100 joints, your spine is the anchor of your physical movement and the hub that connects your mind to your body via the nervous system. It needs some Yoga love.

That’s what our Spine Awakening practice is all about.

It’s also about my annual opportunity to share with you The Spine Song, where a sweater-wearing rabbit sings about the joys of having vertebrae. Plus, a giraffe! And, a puffin! Sing along …


“Everything In Life Is Fine, When You’re Constructed With A Spine.”

Join us in YogaPaloozaVille!  

Monday & Wednesday

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

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia 

The full YogaPalooza summer schedule is here. General class info, including directions to the studio, is here.

Vertebrally Yours, Jackie


5 Ways To Ensure 4th of July Awesomeness

Five things — from watermelon to bear cubs — to help ensure a safe and awesome Fourth of July …

One … It’s Hot Out — Stay Hydrated. Watermelon is 92 percent water and, as a bonus, includes nutrients, essential rehydration minerals, and electrolytes. Studies have found that watermelon is far more hydrating than just plain water. And, watermelon is yum (which you really can’t say about water). (Well, you could say that about water, but you probably wouldn’t mean it.)

So Very, Very Yum.

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YogaPalooza 2018: Print The Calendar, Win A Prize!

“Move The Way Joy Makes You Move.”

Quick reminder — this is the last week of the Mo’Spring Yoga session with classes on Monday and Wednesday this week, 4:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m..  So be sure to get your classes in before we wrap up the session.

And, I know that some of you like to print the YogaPalooza calendar to keep track of the quirky summer schedule.  So, I’ve put together a downloadable copy in PDF format for you.  It makes a lovely addition to any refrigerator.  Or, take it with you.

Interesting photos of your calendar and you out in the world — at your office, on the beach, in the garden, out for a walk with your dogs, on the mat! — are always welcomed. And, yes, you’ll win a prize if your photo is the super-duper awesomest!

Email your YogaPalooza-ish photos to jackie@peacefulhands.com

Here’s the calendar: YogaPalooza 2018 Calendar

And, for more info on YogaPalooza, including details on the schedule, visit here: Ready … Set … It’s YogaPalooza 2018!

And, yes, please share the calendar with your friends — it would be great to welcome more friends to the Peaceful Hands Yoga community this summer and your referral and outreach would mean a great deal.  Thank you!

See you on the mat! 

Paloozfully Yours, Jackie

Ready … Set … It’s YogaPalooza 2018!

YogaPalooza 2018  – our 11th Annual Summer On The Mat – begins Monday, July 9 and is scheduled to run through Wednesday, August 29.

Every YogaPalooza class has a unique focus. Some are classic. Some are funky. Some sparkfully challenging. Some restfuliciously grounding.

Plus, two new guest instructors will bring their special Yoga spirits to two Saturday morning classes.

If you’ve never experienced YogaPalooza … it’s my time to share special classes, following classic and not-so-classic Yoga themes. All in the spirit of bringing balance and ease. A little irreverent, sure. Sometimes goofy. Always fun.

I’m excited to share this year’s YogaPalooza 2018 calendar with you … 

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Yoga Class On Memorial Day & Some “Needy” Things

I have six “needy” Peaceful Hands Yoga things to cover with you today …

1) Need Yoga? Yes! There is class on Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day. Classes, per usual, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

2) Need Even More Yoga? The current “Mo’Spring” session is underway and is scheduled to run through Wednesday, June 27.  (You can join a session at any time, so no need to wait to unroll your mat.)

We will be off the first week of July (no classes on July 2 or July 4).  Our 11th annual YogaPalooza is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 9.  That special schedule – including Saturday classes and guest instructors – is being prepared and should be out later in June. Stay tuned …

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Spring Class Update ~ New Session, Coming Right Up!

via buddhadoodles.com

Give Yourself Permission To Unwind

A couple quick Peaceful Hands Yoga things for you today …


This week – Monday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 2 – are the final classes of the current Spring session. Be sure to finish up your sesh’ with a flourish as we take one more week to reconnect our body’s favorite – and only — ball-and-socket joints … hips and shoulders.


New session – 8 Weeks of Mo’Spring, Mo’Yoga – will begin on Monday, May 7 and run through Wednesday, June 27.

Same pricing and class discounts. All the general info, including class schedule, fees, studio directions, is here.

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Tonight’s Class, Save Your Knees, April Workshop, & Something About Penguins

Four things on this snowy Wednesday!

1) It really did snow! 

Where did the spring flowers go?

While the snowing part is probably done, there’s no reason to venture out in the yuck for Yoga.  There will be NO classes tonight at Peaceful Hands – stay in, stay warm, and we’ll extend the session accordingly. 

2) Knee issues?

Some folks have struggled with Table and other poses that put weight on their knees. I am pleased to offer a Yoga pad for knees that is working great for other people in our classes. It’s light, made of the same material as a Yoga mat, gives cushioning (under your knees, under your hips, under your head in savasana … ) and doesn’t get in the way of your practice.

Reviews from four Peaceful Hands students who are using it:

“After my meniscus surgery, my knee was very sensitive. The knee pad is wonderful and I am continuing to use it on my old knees. I highly recommend it for anyone who has pain from kneeling to do work or for enjoying Yoga. I truly believe without my pad, I would have suffered more discomfort and I would not have been able to enjoy my Yoga practice.”

“The knee mat is very comfortable & gives me the support I need. I was worried that it would get in my way of doing poses not involving the knee but it didn’t. Highly recommend it for anyone who has knee issues or just for more comfort.”

“I don’t know how I did without it.  …  It eases the pressure on my knee whenever we are in a kneeling asana. It can also be used under your head during savasana or under your feet when sitting cross-legged. I love it!!!”

“It’s great! I love it!”

If you’d like me to order one for you, just let me know. Your cost is my cost: $20, which includes shipping/tax, etc.

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Spring Yoga, Cashews, & A Bobcat

Lots of things to cover today … here goes:

One Winter Class Left!

The current 8-week Winter Class session at Peaceful Hands concludes tomorrow, Monday, March 5.  4:30 & 6:00 p.m. Be sure to get your classes in!

New Spring Yoga Session Begins Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The 8-week Session is scheduled to run …

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No Yoga Tonight, Wed 2/21

Very sorry, friends!  I woke up in the middle of the night with fever and chills … not a good way to start a Wednesday.  So, I’m cancelling classes tonight (Wed, February 21) so that I can rest up and so I don’t expose you to any germs.

If you have a Yoga friend who might not get this message via email, could you let them know … just to save someone from making an extra trip.  Thank you!

We’ll extend the session accordingly so all our classes for the session get in.  Very sorry again … See you next week!  ~ Jackie