YES! Yoga Tonight, 4:30 & 6:00 pm

YES, there will be Yoga tonight, Wednesday 1/17, at Peaceful Hands.  4:30 & 6:00 pm.  The main roads are clear and most side roads are in good shape. (If yours aren’t, please don’t stress.)

I hope to see you!

And, here’s an interesting article from 2013 that discusses medical research into how Yoga helps support the immune system:  Yoga practices can have an almost immediate impact on gene expression, particularly in immune cells.

We’ll continue our practices focused on nourishing and nurturing the immune system tonight. I hope to see you!


Winter Yoga Session Update: Starting soon, but not this week …


I realize it’s weird to start a new year — and a new session — by cancelling the first classes. That’s not how it’s supposed to work!

And, I know some of you are wondering … what’s up?  Short answer … it involves a broken bone, not mine. It will heal.  But, it does require a little assistance and support from me.

So, there will be NO class on Wednesday, January 4.

Let’s try to start the new session NEXT Monday, January 9.

(Although, there’s snow in the forecast, I’m just going to pretend I didn’t see the weather news.)

In the meantime, I’m going to unroll my mat at home and here’s where you can help … Leave a comment at the end of this post and tell me YOUR favorite asana/pose … and I will do it as part of my practice this week and you can, too.

If we all leave a pose in the comments, we can all practice together!

Just unroll your mat, warm up a little (a few cat tilts, etc.), and mix and match a few poses. Hopefully, we’ll all play along and there will be a nice menu of Yoga poses to choose from!

(I’ll add a link at the end of your comment that includes a photo or description of the pose you choose, so you can just name the pose and I’ll take it from there.)

Thank you for your understanding and patience.  Thank you for your warm thoughts, too.  I’ll see you soon!


YES! Yoga Tonight At Peaceful Hands


Just a quick reminder … YES! There WILL be Yoga tonight, Wednesday, November 23, at Peaceful Hands Yoga.

Regular times … 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

If you’re registered in this current 5-class Holiday session, this class is a bonus and doesn’t count toward your 5 classes. So, even if you don’t need this as a make-up class, come if you can. Consider it a little Thanksgiving gift!

And, if family is already visiting for the holidays … bring them along. We have lots of loaner mats and, if it’s their first class with me, it’s free!

This is our special Thanksgiving Class and it’s a lovely way to begin your holiday. I hope you’ll join me.


228 Warren Street (in the Sedwick Racquetball Club)

Orange, Virginia

… Let’s Yoga Together … 

Choose Your Make-Up Class

Thank you for your understanding as I cancelled Wednesday’s Yoga classes on such short notice.

We do need to make-up the missed class, and I’m asking for your help.  If you were planning to come to class on Wednesday, please vote on a date for the make-up class.  Either option works for me, so the choice is yours.  Please vote by Friday at noon.

Your choices are Wednesday, which is the day before Thanksgiving, or December 21, the Wednesday before Christmas.  I am happy to adjust my calendar for the date the majority prefers. Please use the poll below to register your vote. (Do not use the comments, just the poll below, please.)

This poll is now closed.  Thank you for voting!



Thank you again for your understanding about Wednesday’s classes.

(And, thank you for the kind and loving words you have left on Facebook for me. Stevie was a good cat, my BFF, and an excellent companion on my Yoga mat. I appreciate your understanding that allowed me to be with her to say ‘goodbye.’)


Halloween Yoga ~ A Trick, A Treat, & You!


Come Unfold Your Bones On Your Mat!

Yes, there IS class on Monday, Halloween!

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

Please remember, lots of costumed kiddies will be downtown for Orange’s Trick-Or-Treat between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., so Main Street will be closed. No worries, if you’re coming from the north, you’ll still be able to cross over Main to get to class. Be sure to give yourself a couple extra minutes.

Or, you can slip in the “back way” … turn left at the McDonald’s onto May Fray (which becomes Byrd Street), then turn right at Warren Street. That brings you around to the studio.

Hope to see you in class … tricks and treats await!

(And, yes, this session extends through Wednesday, November 2. Our special Holiday Session will be a five-week session.  All the details on that … will be posted in the next couple days.  Soon.  Promise.)


The Yoga of Music & Chant …

I hope last night’s Yoga class that entwined vibration and sound energized your practice. (After a full day of chanting, I’m just getting my voice back this morning!)

If you’d like to continue to incorporate the beneficial energy of sound, vibration, and chant with your practice, I have a couple copies of Awakening Spirit ~ The Yoga Of Music & Chant available.  It’s a two-CD set and it includes the chant we learned in class: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu (May all beings be happy & free).

awakening spirit

Alongside the familiar Yoga practice of movement and meditation is the ancient Yoga of Music and Chant whose goal is to open your heart, awaken your mind, and arouse your spirit. Russill Paul is a modern master of this practice.

CD 1 Nada: Awakening Spirit: Russill’s remarkable Nada Yoga chanting is accompanied by his own ten-stringed hybrid instrument called a Unitar, Bansuri flute, Indian percussion, Sarangi, and Tanpura. Nada can be used for meditation, or to fill a room with uplifting energy. Chanting along is almost irresistible.

CD 2 Shabda: Mantra Mysticism: An ensemble of traditional and contemporary instruments supports Russill’s inspiring chanting. Listen quietly to go on an inward journey through meditative states, or chant along and be bathed in these healing sonic energies. Russill has shared the stage with many musical luminaries, and has performed for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. “His fusion of the sounds of India with the energy and technology of contemporary Western music produces a sound unequaled since George Harrison collaborated with Ravi Shankar in the late 1960s.”– Arlo Guthrie

This special two-CD set is $12.  UPDATE: The “Awakening Spirit” 2-CD set is now sold out.  If you’d like me to order another copy for you, just let me know (it usually takes about a week to get it).  Plus, there are other chanting and toning CDs available at the Peaceful Hands shop … including the following CD with chants done by one of the world’s most beautiful voices:

I also have a few copies of Deva Premal’s beautiful Healing Mantras available.

deva premal

Peace. Abundance. Compassion. Physical healing. These are just some of the universal aspirations we can usher into our lives through dedicated mantra practice. At once a serene listening experience and a powerful tool for transformation, Deva Premal’s Healing Mantras presents 17 Indian and Tibetan chants, each repeated 108 times in keeping with tradition. Selected by Deva herself for use as part of a daily practice or to permeate any space with healing energy, Deva is joined by the chanting of Buddhist Monks.

This CD is $11.

There are some other beautiful chant and vibrational music CDs that are also in our little “shop” at the studio. I keep just a few CDs in stock and if you’d like me to put something aside for you, please let me know. Email me at


YogaPalooza 2016: It’s Time!


Photo Courtesy of: Angelo Juan Ramos, CC by 2.0

YogaPalooza ~ It’s like chilling at the beach, but without getting sand in your Yoga pants.

Our 9th Annual YogaPalooza begins Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

If you’ve never experienced YogaPalooza at Peaceful Hands Yoga … 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.

Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio 

228 Warren Street (in the Sedwick Racquetball Club) in Orange, Virginia

18 classes.  7-1/2 weeks.

Yup, more classes than ever! Here they are …

Times are 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. for Monday & Wednesday classes. Check the calendar for the times of the other classes. (There will be no classes on the 4th of July.)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 ~ OPENING NIGHT … Our first classes in YogaPaloozaVille!

MONDAY, JULY 11 ~ RAINING CATS & DOGS Some of our favorite asanas – all sorts of cat poses and up & down dogs – mixed up together.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13 ~ SUN & MOON FLOW …  Sun & Moon Salutations will fire you up without burning you out.

MONDAY, JULY 18 ~ PEACEFUL WARRIOR, PART I, GROUNDING … Embrace your inner power with a focus on alignment, grounding, and Warrior poses.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 ~ PEACEFUL WARRIOR, PART II, FLOWING … A flowing practice that celebrates the strength of the inner Warrior.

MONDAY, JULY 25 ~ HEART FLOW … Let Yoga open your heart. This practice nourishes heart energy, opens up the shoulders, and sends your radiant heart smiling up to the sky.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 ~ LET’S TWIST AGAIN … “We’re gonna twisty twisty twisty till we tear the house down.” I think you know where this class is going.

MONDAY, AUGUST 1 ~ REGGAE Reggae and African beats provide the rhythm for an enlivening and inspiring practice.  Registered Students Only. 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 ~ SPINE AWAKENING … Your spine can move in 7 directions — but only if you let it. Renew the suppleness of your back and refresh your spine.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 9:30 a.m. ~ “SWEET 16” … One of my most beloved teachers, Margaret Leary, joins us with a special Resistance-Flexibility-Strength-Training (RFST) workshop, sharing 16 focused exercises that can help renew suppleness in the body’s connective tissue and fascia. These exercises are a wonderful addition and complement to your Yoga and other activities. (Bring your mat and dress as you would for a Yoga class.) (90-minute class.)

MONDAY, AUGUST 8 ~ “GOOD VIBRATIONS” Focusing on the deepest energy of the body, we’ll use Yoga, acupressure points, and humming vibrations to encourage good health from top to bottom.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10 ~ MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR YOGA  Yeah-Yeah-Yeah, it’s back for its 9th groovy year!  Registered Students Only. 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 5:30 p.m. ~ YOGA-RATÉ … Join Black Belt & Yoga practitioner Dan Paterson as he leads you through a Karate practice for self-empowerment, defense, and protection, created especially for YogaPalooza. Both Karate and Yoga strive to find inner peace – they’ve got a lot in common and Dan knows because he does both. Give it a try! (No Yoga mat needed, but dress as you would for a Yoga class.)  

MONDAY, AUGUST 15 ~ HAPPY, HIPPY HIPS … Perfect for hippies, hipsters, and hip cats. It’ll make your hips happy, too.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17 ~ YOGA NIDRA  Ahhhh! Enjoy an amazing Yogic deep relaxation practice in the classic tradition.

MONDAY, AUGUST 22 ~ VINYASA, PART I, “ROCK” Get your Yoga moving with a breath-led, refreshing rock-steady practice.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24 ~ VINYASA, PART II, “ROLL” … This slow flow Vinyasa practice can lubricate sticky joints and refresh body, mind, and heart.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 4:30 & 6:00 p.m. ~ YIN … Holding Yin Yoga poses for many focused breaths allows you to let go and say “ahhhh.” This traditional practice is the perfect peaceful finish to another summer in YogaPaloozaVille.

For the entire YogaPalooza calendar that you can print out on a single page, click: yogapalooza 2016 mini calendar

Here are the fees:



Take any 8 classes of your choice during this session: $72

OR  … for the very best deal …

Register for all of YogaPalooza — and take ALL 18 classes — for just $120

(No Drop-In’s, please, for the Reggae and Magical Mystery Tour classes. Drop-In’s are welcome at all the other classes, as long as we have a spot for your mat!) 

Oh, and one more thing … there’s a tradition in YogaPaloozaVille that students who attend every class get a prize. With 18 total classes in 7-1/2 weeks, are you up for the challenge?

For general Yoga class info, including studio directions, fees, what to wear, etc, click:  Orange Yoga    

1 Ocean Wall + 1 Sand Wall + 18 Classes = 1 Awesome Summer of YogaPalooza

Unroll your mat with us, won’t you?