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 am putting together little online sessions for you.  Each one runs 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 you will need to sign up. Each practice comes with complete easy-to-stream audio and an illustrated “cheat sheet” you can print out. There is no cost for these classes, but, you must 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 time. I’ll aim to send out one practice a week. Maybe two.

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

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