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

Practice From Home — A Session For The Day!

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Let’s make it official.  As part of the COVID-19 mitigation effort, there will be no Yoga classes at Peaceful Hands Yoga until further notice.  

But, I am putting together little online sessions for you.  Each one will run about 30-60 minutes — you’ll be able to tighten things up if you’re short on time, or if you’re in  need of more ahhhh, you can stretch the practice out.

I don’t want to bother people who aren’t interested, so if you would like to receive these online sequences — they come with pictures, instructions from me that you will recognize, and other information.  You can print them or just scroll from your computer.  Audio is included with some. (Video? Maybe … but for now just written, illustrated, and audio.)  But, you have to sign up via email to receive them.

To receive Peaceful Hands Yoga From Home sequences from me do this:

  1. Email me at jackie@peacefulhands.com  Subject Line: Yes To Yoga
  2. Give me your name in the email.  (If you’re not one of my students, you can still receive my sequences … everybody can use a little Yoga during this challenging time!)

You can sign-up at any point today or in the days ahead, and I’ll add you to the list. I’ll aim to send out one practice a week. Maybe two.

These are pretty low-tech sequences … this is new software that I’m using, so there’s a learning curve for me. Please give it a whirl.  And, then email me and let me know how it worked for you.  I can make adjustments as we go, based on your suggestions, or if you don’t find it useful, that’s fine, too.  Just let me know.

These are uncharted waters for all of us … so, let’s see if a little home Yoga can see us through this time and allow our Peaceful Hands family to stay together … even when we have to stay apart.

Please take good care. Wash your hands. And, remember to keep your distance. You’re not being rude. You’re being kind.

HomeSweetHomeFully Yours, Jackie

From Jackie …

Maybe you’ve heard me talk about the limbs of Yoga in class.

The first two are the ones I’m thinking about right now …

The Yamas  — the ethics and morals of how we treat those around us.

The Niyamas – how we care for ourselves.

I think you know where I’m going here …

It breaks my heart, but it is, I believe, the right thing to do.

I am suspending my Yoga classes at Peaceful Hands as part of the effort to mitigate this fast-spreading COVID-19 virus.

Am I overreacting? Maybe. I sure hope so.

The Yamas of Yoga, the ethics of how we treat others, asks … no, it demands … that I care for you with love and compassion … with both wisdom and heart. And, that, for me means erring on the side of caution.

So, I’m going to use this website as our connection for now.  I’ll write again in the next day or so.  I’ll try to come up with a Plan B for helping give you some Yoga in the days ahead.

For now  …

I am cancelling Saturday’s class on March 14 and Monday’s class on March 16. (Probably, Wednesday’s too, but let’s just see where we are in a couple days.)

And, here’s what you can do for me.

Talk to me … You can comment at the bottom of this post, or reply via the email you received, or email me at jackie@peacefulhands.com  … Tell me your thoughts, suggestions, ideas. This is uncharted territory. We are a Peaceful Hands family … and I need your wise words to help guide us all.

You all know that Yoga can help keep an immune system strong. We all need to keep unrolling our mats.  Let me know how I can help with that.

Two additional things … If you’ve signed up and registered for the current session, we’ll just extend this session whenever we get back to it.  So, you’ll be set.

And, this just applies to my classes. if you are a student of Nancy’s or Annette’s, please contact them directly for their information and schedules.

Thank you for your understanding. We’re in this together. Today, when I unroll my mat, I’ll dedicate my practice to you … every single one of you. By name. Because, we are family.

And, don’t forget … squeeze your shoulder blades together!

Stay Strong.   

Love, Jackie

Spring Yoga Begins March 2!

The 8-week SPRING YOGA session at Peaceful Hands begins on Monday.

Spring gives us a vibrant, new energy that can transform our Yoga practice. What was stiff in December, suddenly let’s go. What was cold in January, warms. What was tired in February, awakens. There’s something fresh and alive and wonderful when it’s springtime on the mat!

It may still be chilly out … there are blustery cold days still ahead, I’m sure. I may not feel spring on the outside, but I sure do feel it in my bones.

Peaceful Hands Yoga Spring Session!

MONDAY, MARCH 2 thru WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2020

Mondays and Wednesdays

4:30 p.m.  |  Level 1 

6:00 p.m.  |  Level 1 / Level 2

PLUS!  Saturday, March 14 and Saturday, April 4

9:30 a.m. |  Level  1 / Level 2

You can always just drop in from time to time, but … taking a session gives you a chance to commit to your practice and enjoy a generous discount (made even more generous, the more classes you take): Continue reading

Winter Yoga Wraps Up This Week & A Peek To Spring!

Just a reminder that we’re finishing up the Winter Session of Yoga at Peaceful Hands this week – with classes on Monday, 2/24 and Wednesday, 2/26 – so be sure to get your make-up classes in!

And – can you believe it?! – the new 8-week Spring session starts next week!

MONDAY, MARCH 2 through WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

I’ll have all the details for you … including the dates of our Saturday classes … later this week.

In the meantime, we’ll be wrapping up the Winter session this week with classes celebrating one of my favorite holidays …

Losar – Tibetan New Year – which begins today, February 24.

So, this week our Yoga will be inspired by the practice of Tibetan Yoga and by this new year’s energy … Continue reading

Morning Yoga: Sat. February 8!

Shouldn’t February Yoga be all warm and snuggly … to ward off the last cold weeks of winter and melt through all the snow?

Clearly I’m going to need a Plan B.

Join us for morning Yoga tomorrow — Saturday, February 8 — at Peaceful Hands Yoga.  9:30 a.m. 

Well, it’s not spring just yet. So maybe warm and snuggly is still the way to go.

So, how about some Kundalini to warm the bones … some relaxing twists to squeeze out the cold … and some yummy-sweet Yin asanas to help the muscles melt into the weekend?

Because that’s what Virginia’s winter has been about this season, hasn’t it?  A little bit of this. A little bit of that.

Saturday morning classes are offered once a month or so, in addition to our weekly Monday and Wednesday afternoon/evening classes. This class is already included in the Winter unlimited session or counts as one class if you’re taking the 10- or 8-class Winter package.

Or, just come by and take the Saturday class. Drop-ins are always welcome. $13.

Peaceful Hands Yoga

228 Warren Street in Orange, Virginia

Yoga For All Levels — Beginners, Advanced, And Everyone In Between.

Yoga For You.

The schedule for the current 8-week Winter session is here. General info, including directions to the studio, is here.

WinterWarmfully Yours, Jackie

YES, Yoga Tonight At Peaceful Hands!

Yes! There is Yoga tonight — Wednesday, January 8 — at Peaceful Hands at our regular 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. class times.

Just a reminder that we don’t automatically follow the local school system closures … but I try to make the best decision for us and I’ll post here whenever classes are cancelled.

(Annette and Nancy have cancelled their morning classes today. I don’t always hear when their class schedules change, so if you are one of the morning students, it’s best to check in with your instructor directly.)

Things are already melting away … and I hope to see you on the mat this afternoon!

Sunshine’fully Yours, Jackie

5 Reasons To Join Us At Peaceful Hands Yoga …

El Paso Morning Times, 1/1/1920

“A resolution has a short and rough life; made in the morning of New Year’s day, broken before a week has passed and forgotten before the person who made it has overcome the habit of writing 1919 for 1920.” ~ El Paso Morning Times, 1/1/1920

I guess it’s a relief that our grandparents and great-grandparents … and perhaps the great-greats before them … encountered the same challenges we do today: feeling the urge to make a New Year’s resolution, feeling disappointment when it fails, and, darn it, getting the year straight when writing it down.

See, we’re not the only ones.

Happy 2019 … I mean 2020!

Just a reminder that our Winter Yoga Session begins, in earnest, on Monday, January 6.

JANUARY 6 thru FEBRUARY 26, 2020

MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS

4:30 p.m. // Level 1

6:00 p.m. // Level 1 / Level 2

PLUS: SATURDAY, January 11 and February 8 at 9:30 a.m.

There’s a tendency in our world today to look to technology to teach us. Yoga classes and other group activities are discarded in favor of videos and streaming. Sure, I get it. But, it doesn’t hurt to give Peaceful Hands Yoga – a real Yoga class – a try. And, here are some reasons why … Continue reading

Winter 2020 At Peaceful Hands — Plus, Yoga On New Year’s Day

It’s never too late to begin again.

I hope the holidays have been peaceful and kind to you. I hope you had time to enjoy the sunny warm days. And, I hope that somewhere along the way, you unrolled your mat.

(True Confession: the other day I did a one-hour Yoga practice without ever standing once or doing a single seated pose. All my asanas were done lying on my back – or on my side – the entire time. Like a warm triple chocolate cake, dripping with even more chocolate, it was decadent … and divine.)

By Acharaporn Kamornboonyarush via Pexels.com

Yum!

Now, as the holidays start their wind-up, it’s time to look to 2020 …

Our 2020 Winter Yoga Session at Peaceful Hands Yoga begins with a morning class on New Year’s Day! Continue reading

Holiday Session Update & A Peaceful Hands Milestone

Photo by Immortal shots via Pexels.

This week we wrap up our Holiday Session at Peaceful Hands Yoga with classes on Monday, 12/16 and Wednesday, 12/18 at our regular times:

4:30 p.m.  – Level 1

6:00 p.m. – Level 1 / Level 2

Classes this week – our last of 2019 – will use the breath, mudras, and gentle movement in a special combination to soothe the body, quiet the mind, and warm the heart.

Even if you’ve fallen out of your Yoga routine – or haven’t started one yet – this might be a nice way to ease into the busy holiday sprint ahead.

Then we’ll be off until the Winter Session which begins on …

New Year’s Day!

We’ll kick-off 2020 with a Kundalini-inspired morning class at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1.

As always, come to the New Year’s Day morning class and if you register and pay for the 8-week Winter Session that day, then your New Year’s class is free!

Our 8-week Winter session will begin, for real, the following Monday, January 6, 2020.

Drop-in’s are welcome, too, of course … $13, as always.

I’ll have all the dates of the Winter session (including the Saturday morning class dates) for you soon. (Soon-ish.) Everything remains the same as 2019 – same pricing, same 8-week sessions, same one-Saturday-morning-class-a-month.

I hope it includes you, too.

And, a little milestone

Moving Day, December 2014

This month marks our FIFTH YEAR at our Peaceful Hands Studio on Warren Street. When we made the move from our smaller studio, I worried that the space would be too big, the floors a little too squeaky, and that it just wouldn’t work.

It works. But, not because of the space, itself. The floors are still a little squeaky in spots. But, it works because of you. Because of the love and energy and support you bring to the space. It works because you unroll your mat with us.

Ocean Wall. Sand Wall. Colored Lights. Those things are just that … things. What makes Peaceful Hands a family is you.

I thank you for being part of our Yoga community. And, if you haven’t joined us yet, I invite you to come by and give us a try. We’re nothing fancy. But, we’re Yoga. And, we’re a family.

Happy Holidays!

Joyful’iciously Yours, Jackie

And, this …