Happy Thanksgiving …

How many pumpkins can fit in the back of a Subaru Outback?

The correct answer is: This many.

Thank you to the lovely Shanks family who have Madison Gardens on Route 29 and who donated all these pumpkins to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. The bear cubs are going to have a delicious treat on Thanksgiving! (And, yes, I counted as we loaded … there were 248 pumpkins loaded into the Subaru, if you include the ones piled up on the front passenger seat.)

Wishing you a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving. And, because some of you asked, I am sharing with you the blessings from our Yoga classes last week — along with some from previous Thanksgiving classes.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”  ~ Albert Schweitzer

This is, by far, my most favorite cartoon of all time … from Mutts

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I have looked for other blessings of gratitude over the years, and there are beautiful ones out there, but this is the one that I always come back to. It is from W.E.B. Du Bois, the tireless civil rights leader and author.

Give us thankful hearts … in this the season of Thy Thanksgiving. May we be thankful for health and strength, for sun and rain and peace. Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities, and let us ever remember that true gratitude and appreciation shows itself neither in independence nor satisfaction, but passes the gift joyfully on in larger and better form.

And, here’s a cornucopia of other gratitude blessings from our Yoga classes over the years …

Click here for the Gratitude Savasana and Energy Bridge instruction: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 1

Click here for another beautiful blessing that guided our meditation at the end of a previous Thanksgiving class: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 2

Here The Buddha explains why we should be thankful: So, Let Us All Be Thankful

And, for a beautiful poem of Gratitude from Harriett Kofalk that served as the foundation of one of our Thanksgiving Day Yoga practices: I Give Thanks

I’m sharing all these with you again to inspire you (“inspire” being simply the sneaky way of saying … I’m “reminding” you) to unroll your mat sometime this week … and infuse your practice with gratitude and a smile. Even if you do just one asana this week — just one — be grateful that you can.

May you have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving … including this moment. And, this moment. And, this one. And … 

Namasté

Meditation, Sunday 12/18 ~ Cultivating A Peaceful Spirit

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“Make thou my spirit pure & clean, as are the frosty skies.” ~ Tennyson, 1837

Join us on Sunday, December 18, for the second practice in our 2016 Holiday Meditation Series.

Sunday, December 18 * 4:00 p.m.

Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange

This week’s focus: “Christmas & Winter Solstice: Cultivating a Peaceful Spirit.”

Our one-hour practice will include gentle stretching, followed by guided, walking, and silent meditation in an encouraging and nurturing environment. Even if you’ve never sat in dedicated quiet before, you will enjoy bountiful benefits for the body and a more peaceful mind.

Our Holiday Meditation practices are offered on a “donation” basis. Your gift supports expenses at the studio. Thank you for your kindness.

More info, including directions to the studio, can be found here: Holiday Meditation Practices for 2016. 

I hope you will join us.

Holiday Schedule At Peaceful Hands Yoga!

So many things to get to!

First, thank you so much for your kindness and generosity to the Wildlife Center of Virginia at our Open House on Saturday.

More than 50 people turned out, along with one Peregrine falcon, one Eastern box turtle, one American Kestrel, and one Eastern hog-nosed snake.

We filled the Wildlife Center’s van with needed supplies and generous financial support. (It’s not too late to help … if you couldn’t make it, but still want to help support the Center’s important work, you can drop your gift off at either the Yoga or massage studio.)

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Amanda and Maggie the Peregrine.

Congratulations to the Door Prize winners: Nancy, Chris, Deborah, Alda, Ellen, and Barbara!

Second, don’t let your practice slip during the holidays … here’s your upcoming Holiday Yoga & Meditation schedule at Peaceful Hands Yoga.

December 12, Monday Yoga Classes … 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

December 14, Wednesday Yoga Classes … 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

These classes will conclude our Holiday Session! A very gentle, peaceful class awaits you.

December 18, Sunday Meditation, “Christmas & Winter Solstice: Cultivating a Peaceful Spirit” … 4:00 p.m.  More info here.

December 31, Saturday, New Year’s Eve Morning Yoga: A Kundalini-inspired class to freshen up your energy for the year ahead, 9:30 a.m.

$13 for Morning Yoga.

OR … Register and pay for the full 2017 Winter session and your New Year’s Eve class is FREE!

January 1, 2017, Sunday Meditation: New Year’s Promise: The Beauty of the Present Moment … 4:00 p.m. More info here.

January 2, Winter Yoga Session Begins!

Our 8-week Winter Session begins on Monday, January 2, 2017 and is scheduled to run through Wednesday, February 22. Mondays. Wednesdays.  4:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.  Winter Schedule details coming soon!

Third, I have some Holiday pure essential oil room sprays that make perfect stocking stuffers (or just treat yourself – that’s what I did!)

No chemicals, no perfumes, no soot from burning candles. Just a perfect blend of all-natural essential oils in a handy mister.

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EVERGREEN Natural essential oil mist will fill your room with Spruce, Pine, and Fir needle essential oils. Spritz your wreaths, garlands, and Christmas trees for a boost or freshen any room with the clean scent of evergreens.

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HOLIDAY – A lovely blend of Cinnamon, Clove, Orange, and Spruce with just a touch of Patchouli will spice up any room and give your heart a smile.

Regularly priced at $6.99, I have them for you at just $5.25 (that includes your tax). Available at both the Yoga and Massage studios.

I hope to see you over the holidays. May your holidays and your Yoga practice be joyful! And, thank you, as always, for being part of the Peaceful Hands family. You have inspired me and warmed my heart in so many ways!

Meditation Tonight: “Gratitude & Loving Kindness”

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Tonight, is the first of our 2016 Holiday Meditation Series.

Sunday, November 27 * 4:00 p.m.

Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange

Tonight’s focus is: “Thanksgiving: Gratitude & Loving Kindness.” It’s a lovely way to end your Thanksgiving Holiday. And, couldn’t we all use a little bit of loving kindness in our day?

Our one-hour practice will include gentle stretching, followed by guided, walking, and silent meditation in an encouraging and nurturing environment. Even if you’ve never sat in dedicated quiet before, you will enjoy bountiful benefits for the body and a more peaceful mind.

Our Holiday Meditation practices are offered on a “donation” basis. Your gift supports expenses at the studio. Thank you for your kindness.

More info, including directions to the studio, can be found here: Holiday Meditation Practices for 2016. 

I hope you will join us.

Holiday Meditation Practices for 2016

Quiet

I never forget to recharge my phone. As soon as that battery light turns yellow, I plug it right into the charger.

We remember to recharge all kinds of things. Laptops, iPads, remote controls, flashlights, even toothbrushes.

But, sometimes we forget to recharge ourselves.

Why not carve out a tiny bit of recharge time?

I’m delighted to offer three Holiday Meditations at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio in Orange this season.

I’ll be even more delighted if you will join me.

Come to one or, even better, come to all three.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Thanksgiving: Gratitude & Loving Kindness Practice

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Christmas & Winter Solstice: Cultivating a Peaceful Spirit

SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 at 4:00 p.m. ~ New Year’s Promise: The Beauty of the Present Moment

Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio

228 Warren Street in Orange, Virginia

Click here for directions to the studio

Our one-hour practice will include gentle stretching, followed by guided, walking, and silent meditation in an encouraging and nurturing environment. Even if you’ve never sat in dedicated quiet before, you will enjoy bountiful benefits for the body and a more peaceful mind.

Our practice is in the mindfulness tradition and is gently structured so that you may explore different meditation methods. The meditations come in easy-to-follow segments.

Whether you are a beginner or have your own mindfulness practice, you will find there is a joyful and refreshing energy that comes when we practice together.

We all face the same difficulties — a busy mind, the challenge of staying present, making time for quiet. But, when we join together, it seems much easier to touch that peace that is within each of us.

Pillows, bolsters, and chairs are provided. Or, bring your own favorite sitting pillow.

Our Holiday Meditation practices are offered on a “donation” basis. Your gift supports expenses at the studio. Thank you for your kindness.

If you have questions, would like more information, or would like to let me know you’re coming, you can reach me at jackie@peacefulhands.com or 540.672.9528.

(Don’t forget … our five-week Holiday Yoga session begins Monday, November 7.  And, mark your calendar — our annual Wildlife Center of Virginia Yoga Class and Open House will be on Saturday, December 10. More on that coming soon!)

Thanksgiving Blessing

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”  ~ Albert Schweitzer

This is, by far, my most favorite cartoon of all time … from Mutts

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I am thankful for this moment … and this one, too. And, I am thankful for each of you who share your Yoga with me.

I wanted to share last week’s Yoga class blessing with you. I have looked for other blessings of gratitude over the years, and there are beautiful ones out there, but this is the one that I always come back to. It is from W.E.B. Du Bois, the tireless civil rights leader and author.

Give us thankful hearts … in this the season of Thy Thanksgiving. May we be thankful for health and strength, for sun and rain and peace. Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities, and let us ever remember that true gratitude and appreciation shows itself neither in independence nor satisfaction, but passes the gift joyfully on in larger and better form.

Feeling Blessed? Here’s a cornucopia of gratitude blessings from our Yoga classes over the years …

Click here for the Gratitude Savasana and Energy Bridge instruction from 2011: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 1

Click here for another beautiful blessing that guided our meditation at the end of that 2011 Thanksgiving class: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 2

Here The Buddha explains why we should be thankful, from a class in 2012, click: So, Let Us All Be Thankful

In 2013, I revisted Albert Schweitzer’s wisdom in “Thanksgiving Yoga: Rekindling Our Light”, click: Rekindling Our Light

And, for a beautiful poem of Gratitude from Harriett Kofalk that served as the foundation of a Thanksgiving Day Yoga practice in 2010, click: I Give Thanks

I’m sharing all these with you again to inspire you (“inspire” being simply the stealthy way of saying … I’m “reminding” you) to unroll your mat sometime this week … and infuse your practice with gratitude and a smile. Even if you do just one asana this week — just one — be grateful that you can.

May you have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving …

Namasté

Holiday Meditation Sessions ~ Find The Peace Within

Quiet

I never forget to recharge my phone. The battery light turns yellow and right into the wall it goes. But, sometimes I’m not so good about recharging myself. (And, I ought to know better.)

Don’t let the holidays wear you down … make a tiny bit of time for your own recharging and refreshing.

I’m delighted to offer three Holiday Meditations at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio in Orange this season.

I’ll be even more delighted if you will join me.

Each practice will explore a different mindfulness and meditation technique. Come to one or, even better, come to all three. Your heart will thank you.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Thanksgiving: Gratitude & Loving Kindness Practices

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Christmas & Winter Solstice: Cultivating a Peaceful Spirit

SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 at 4:00 p.m. ~ New Year’s Promise: The Beauty of the Present Moment

Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio

228 Warren Street in Orange, Virginia

Click here for directions to the studio

Our one-hour practice includes a brief introduction and gentle stretching, followed by guided, walking, and silent meditation in an encouraging and nurturing environment. Even if you’ve never sat in dedicated quiet before, you will enjoy bountiful benefits for the body and a more peaceful mind.

Our practice is in the mindfulness tradition and is gently structured so that you may explore different methods of bringing quiet and nurturing to the mind and heart. The meditations come in easy-to-follow segments.

Whether you are a beginner or have your own mindfulness practice, you will find there is a joyful and refreshing energy that comes when we practice together.

We all face the same difficulties — a busy mind, the challenge of staying present, making time for quiet. But, when we join together, it seems much easier to touch that peace that is within each of us.

Pillows, bolsters, and chairs are provided. Or, bring your own favorite sitting pillow.

Our Holiday Meditation practices are offered on a “donation” basis. Your gift supports expenses at the studio, thank you for your kindness.

I hope you will join me as we sit together and cultivate warm peaceful hearts.

If you have questions, would like more information, or would like to let me know you’re coming, you can reach me at jackie@peacefulhands.com or 540.672.9528.

And, don’t forget our Wildlife Center of Virginia Yoga Class and Open House on Saturday, December 12. More info is here.

Thanksgiving: Rekindling Our Light

From our Thanksgiving Yoga classes this past week …

To infuse your Yoga with the spirit of gratitude during this Thanksgiving season, dedicate your practices this coming week to those who support you, inspire you, and keep your heart warm.

As Albert Schweitzer once wrote:

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

We show gratitude to the family and friends who support us and embrace us, as well as those teachers who inspire us with their words and actions from afar.

And, why limit yourself to just Thanksgiving week? The next time you unroll your Yoga mat, offer up a simple dedication to someone in your world. Give them the fruits and spirit of your Yoga. Join your heart light to theirs. And, see where you go …

 

Feeling Blessed? Here’s more on gratitude from our Yoga classes over the years …

Click here for the timeless and inspiring Thanksgiving blessing from W.E.B. du Bois.  It is the blessing that I share at the end of every Yoga class at Thanksgiving: Give Us Thankful Hearts

Click here for the Gratitude Savasana and Energy Bridge instruction:Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 1

Click here for another beautiful blessing that guided our meditation at the end of one Thanksgiving Yoga class: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 2

Here The Buddha explains why we should be thankful, click: So, Let Us All Be Thankful

And, for a beautiful poem of Gratitude from Harriett Kofalk that served as the foundation of another Thanksgiving Day Yoga practice click: I Give Thanks

I am most grateful to you … if you’ve unrolled your Yoga mat with me once, twice, or countless times over many years … I am grateful for the kindness and inspiration you give me. May you have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

Namasté