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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

Yoga In The Park!

The view from my mat!

Last week, several folks in the Peaceful Hands “family” tried out Yoga in the Park classes — a new opportunity for us to practice safely together. It was great.

Here’s one post-class review from a student: “Thank you for Yoga In The Park. It’s been spectacular!”

And, another: “Looking up into the trees was amazing! It felt so good to be outside and practicing with friends again.”

With still no timetable for reopening our physical studio on Warren Street safely, Yoga In The Park, our occasional outdoor classes in Orange, is just one of many ways Peaceful Hands Yoga is helping keep all of us on our mats.

I’m continuing to upload audio classes weekly — with different class focuses and different lengths (from quickie 15-minute practices to full studio-length classes).  More than 25 classes are already available whenever you need them and new classes are added weekly.

Plus, I’m figuring out some live video class options for the weeks to come.

During this unsettled and stressful time, heaven knows, we need our Yoga more than ever.

Several of your Peaceful Hands friends have been keeping their Yoga fresh through the Peaceful Hands Ether Studio.

(If you’re already a member of the Ether Studio, I invite you to leave a comment at the bottom of this post, to let other’s know how it’s working for you. Your reviews mean a lot!)

If you’re not already a member, I would love for you to join us.

You can find out more about our Peaceful Hands Ether Studio, our two membership levels, and how to keep your Yoga practice fresh through our online classes and Yoga in the Park here.

This may not be how I expected our summer of Yoga to go, but I’m pleased that we are finding ways to stay connected.

Thank you for your encouragement and support. And, thank you for being part of the Peaceful Hands family. 

I look forward to unrolling my mat with you — in the ether and in the park!

Summer’iciously Yours, Jackie

A Summer’y Update From Peaceful Hands Yoga

If this were any other year, we’d be kicking off YogaPalooza this week.

It would be our 13th annual Summer of Yoga fun.

Lucky 13.

Sigh.

While gyms and fitness classes have been allowed to reopen, I continue to feel it’s important for us to not take the risks that would come from an in-person Yoga class – so Peaceful Hands Yoga on Warren Street remains closed. (For now.)

But, it’s not all disappointing news.

Yoga IS Still Happening!

First, I’ve been moving forward with figuring out how we can, eventually, reopen safely, using rigid social distancing guidelines which will, of course, limit class size.

To that end, when we reopen – whenever that will be – you’ll sign up for a class on a user-friendly online system that will guarantee your spot. And, if a class is full, there’s a nifty “waiting list” feature that will ensure if someone opts out of the class, you can slip in.

I promise you, once you get the hang of it, you’ll love the convenience. I’ll share more on that when we get closer.

And, second, the Peaceful Hands Yoga At Home “Ether Studio” has launched into something new!  Since March, I’ve uploaded more than 20 easy-to-stream online audio classes, with new classes added every week.

They come in different shapes and sizes – from studio-length classes to super quick practices.

In July, Peaceful Hands Yoga At Home has become a Subscriber’s site – which offers full 24-7 access to all the classes and, for “Super Users,” access to premium content.

Your membership to our Yoga At Home “Ether Studio” not only gives you a way to inspire your at-home practice, it makes it possible for me to continue to create and post audios, as well as help keep our Peaceful Hands community together.

I hope you’ll join us.

You can learn more about our Yoga At Home “Ether Studio” here.

And, if you’re ready to sign up, just send me an email at jackie@peacefulhands.com and I’ll get you set up.

(For those of you who have already signed up … our newest class will be on its way to you on Wednesday!)

I want to thank you for your kindness, support, suggestions, and generosity during these challenging and topsy-turvy months. I have always thought we are more than a Yoga studio – we are a family. And, your kindness and encouragement during this difficult time has proven that and made me more determined than ever to keep our Yoga spirit alive.

I am grateful beyond measure. And, I look forward to seeing you on the mat. (And, until then … in our “Ether Studio.”)

Keep YogaPalooza Alive In Your Heart!

Palooza’liciously Yours, Jackie

 

Yoga Studio Update …

A quick Peaceful Hands update for you.

(It’s not much of an update, I admit, but I wanted a reason to spin by and say “hello.”)

As you know, social distancing is still the best way to confront the coronavirus pandemic facing us today. As part of Virginia’s efforts, the state has required non-essential businesses including, specifically, gyms and fitness studios, to remain closed through at least May 8.

I chose to close Peaceful Hands Yoga on March 12, before the state made any recommendations because I believed it was in the best health interests of our Peaceful Hands family.

I have never wavered and I do not believe I acted hastily. (I guess you could say I was a trailblazer.)

Please know that, whenever the opportunity arises, I will not rush to re-open the Yoga studio if I do not believe that is safe to do so. (This applies to my massage studio in Madison as well.) I will keep you posted as things move forward.

In the meantime, I have been offering audio Yoga classes to keep you motivated and your practice fresh. If you haven’t already signed up – it’s never too late.  You can learn more about our brand new Peaceful Hands Yoga At Home “Ether Studio” which just launched in July here.

Email me at jackie@peacefulhands.com if you’re ready to join!

If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to check in and say “howdy-do,” I would love to hear from you. You can reach me at jackie@peacefulhands.com

Until we can be back together in our studio … may you be safe, healthy, and may you find a little time in your days to unroll your mat!

Internet’Fully Yours, Jackie

Practice From Home — A Session For The Day!

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 have put together a wide array of audio practices for you — from quickie classes to full-length studio classes — and they’re there for you 24-7.  Plus, you can mix and match the pieces of your favorite classes and create the perfect practice for your day.

We’re moving Peaceful Hands Yoga into the ether until we can practice together again … Join us!

For more information on the Peaceful Hands Ether Studio … and how to receive weekly audio classes, premium content, and invitations to Yoga In The Park classes, you’ll find more information here.

You can sign-up at any time. I’ll aim to send out one practice a week. 

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. Stay home. And, when you need to go out, remember to wear a mask and 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  … Continue reading

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