Yoga Update, Wildlife Center News, & Thanksgiving Blessings Galore …

A few reminders from Peaceful Hands Yoga …

** There will be no Monday/Wednesday classes with Jackie at Peaceful Hands Yoga Thanksgiving week. Classes resume on Monday, November 26.

** Our upcoming Open House/Yoga Class benefit for the Wildlife Center of Virginia is more important than ever!

On Thursday, the Wildlife Center suffered significant damage from the severe ice storm that hit the East Coast. As of Sunday morning, they are still without power (and have no back up generator).

Some of the damage: Continue reading

Fall Session Wraps Up. Holiday Session Begins (Soon).

OK … let’s get our Peaceful Hands Yoga schedule straightened out. Four things …


Our FALL session has been extended and will run through this week – Monday, November 5 and Wednesday, November 7.

Don’t forget to bring paper grocery bags to help the Wildlife Center of Virginia feed their bear cubs. (More info on that can be found here.)


Our HOLIDAY session will begin next Monday, November 12.

It’s easy to get “too busy.”

It’s all you can do to just hang on sometimes.

But, just think of what Yoga gives back to you if you make a little time for it – renewed energy; a more supple and stronger physical body; improved immunity, circulation, and respiration; a refreshed mind; and that vital reconnection of mind to heart.

As always, the Holiday Session will provide a more nurturing and quieting practice, with emphasis on kindling the heart’s fire, warming the bones, and taking time to step away from the stress of our daily world so that we may reset and restore.

5-Week Holiday Yoga Session 2018

Monday, November 12 through Monday, December 19

(No classes Thanksgiving Week.)

Peaceful Hands Yoga

Mondays & Wednesdays

4:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

And, extra special HOLIDAY pricing on class fees!

$68 – take the entire unlimited session (that’s nearly half off the drop-in fee!)

$45 – take any SIX classes during the 5-week session (that’s like getting nearly 3 free classes over the drop-in fee!)

$13 – Drop-in/Single Class.


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, is our annual Yoga Class & Open House to benefit the Wildlife Center of Virginia.  Some special wild friends from the Center will be joining us (I mean the animals are wild, not Randy, Lacy, and Amanda), so mark your calendar!

And, the Center’s special “Wish List” has been posted. You’ll find that along with all the details here.


I’m thinking ahead to 2019 and would love to hear from you. Is there anything special you would like to see? Special classes, new focuses or themes, workshops?  Would you be interested in a once-a-month Saturday morning class, for instance? Or, a monthly discussion class on the finer points and philosophy of Yoga?

My practice of Yoga is constantly evolving. And, I know that yours is, too.

That means Peaceful Hands Yoga evolves as well.

What can your Yoga bring you?  What can Peaceful Hands Yoga bring you?

I really do think of us as a community – a family. And, your suggestions and thoughts are very helpful to me. Please forward your suggestions, ideas, wish lists, and what-have-you to me at

I hope to see you on the mat!

If you’re new to Yoga, or to my classes, please come try a class. (Your first class is free!) For general info, including directions to the studio, class levels, what to expect, etc. … click here

And, you can always reach me by email at or at 540-672-9528.

SweaterWeatherfully Yours, Jackie


Wildlife Center Bear Cubs Need Your Grocery Bags …

The Wildlife Center of Virginia needs a favor from their trusty helper-outers. (That’s us!)


The Wildlife Center has admitted 22 bears this year, 15 of which are currently being cared for at the Center. Nearly all of these growing bears will be at the Center until spring 2019. That’s a lot of bears … and a lot of meals.

Each day the bears consume fruits, veggies, dog food, and other treats.


Yum for bears.

Here’s where we come in … the cubs’ meals are packaged for them in brown paper grocery bags that are tossed over the enclosure fence. (This helps ensure that the cubs don’t start to associate mealtime with people.)


The cubs tear into their grub and the bags decompose – no fuss, no muss.


Mealtime is often followed by naptime — often falling asleep right in their food. (Come on, who hasn’t done that??)

The Request: Can you spare a few brown paper grocery bags to help with the Center’s daily feeding?

Bring them to Yoga class in Orange this week or drop some off at my massage studio in Madison.

Yoga — 228 Warren Street, 2nd floor, in Orange (during Monday/Wednesday class times only, please).

Massage — 108 Schoolhouse Road, 102-D in Madison anytime during regular business hours. (Leave them by my 2nd floor glass suite door, with my name on top, if I’m not there.)

It seems like a silly request, but it really will make the Center’s life easier …

For the latest update on the Center’s bear cubs click here.

Here’s a video of the cubs playing back in May.  They’re much bigger now and are in a much larger outdoor enclosure.


Thank you so much for being so generous, kind, and willing to help whenever the Center needs us.

Bearcubbishly Yours, Jackie

Peaceful Hands Holiday Open House & Yoga Class ~ Benefiting The Wildlife Center of Virginia. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018

On SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018 join me for our 7th annual morning Yoga class and Holiday Open House at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, Virginia …


All-Levels Yoga Class ~ 9:30 a.m.

at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio in Orange, Virginia

Open House follows ~ 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Not up for morning Yoga? Just come to the Open House … no open house experience necessary! 🙂

Your “cost”? 1) Make a cash/check donation to the Wildlife Center of Virginia or, 2) Bring a bag filled with helpful supplies for the Center from this “wish list”:

Paper Towels ** Tissues (no lotion) ** Glad/Hefty Trash Bags (30 gallon & yard sized) ** Ziplock Bags ** Safety Glasses/Goggles ** Mixed Nuts (unsalted, raw, no peanuts) ** Canned & Dry Dog or Cat Food (any size, any brand) ** Tuna Fish in cans ** Basic office supplies: 20 lb. white paper, pens, padded mailing envelopes, dry erase markers.


Whoooo will be joining us? Some of the Wildlife Center’s special wild ambassadors, that’s who!

The Wildlife Center of Virginia depends entirely on the generosity of individuals like us to support their life-saving work. They have cared for nearly 3,000 wild animals this year … and new patients come in every single day.

I love this year-end video the Center posted last December. (And, if you watch closely, a couple of you might even see yourself!)


They all need our help ~ Please be generous!

11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy hot apple cider and deeee-licious sweet and savory treats (from the Peaceful Hands Bakery & Test Kitchen!) I love to share Yoga with you each week … and I love to bake and cook and share holiday treats with you!

 Visit with The Wildlife Center’s Executive Vice President Randy Huwa, Asst. VP of Admin. Lacy Kegley, and Outreach Director Amanda Nicholson, who will be there to thank you for your support and to tell you about the wild patients your gifts help — from bear cubs to hummingbirds. 

Take A Pic with a wild critter! Maybe a raptor, maybe a possum, maybe a turtle, maybe an owl. I can’t tell you which Wildlife Center “Wild Ambassadors” will be joining us, but I can tell you that they are looking forward to seeing you!

 Bring A Friend. You don’t have to do Yoga to come by. And, please invite a friend — it’s a great way to introduce new folks to our Yoga studio and to the work of the Wildlife Center. I think of Peaceful Hands as a family and there’s always room for one more!

I hope you’ll stop by. 

Thank you, as always, for your kindness and generosity.

Need info? Have a cookie request? Ideas for the Open House? I’m all ears.

Email me at  And, directions are here: Directions to Studio.

HolidayCookieiciously Yours, Jackie

Bald Eagle Release – Nearby! – On Thursday, August 2. You’re Invited!

One of my favorite things is to see the Wildlife Center of Virginia release an animal back to the wild. To see an animal – whether a chipmunk, an owl, a bobcat, or a bear – get a second chance, thanks to the kindness of a rescuer and the skills of the Wildlife Center fills my heart with happy.

Attending a Bald Eagle release, in person, is especially wonderful. It will take your breath away. But, because of their habitat, eagle releases are often at spots in Virginia that are a two- or three-hour drive away from us.

This week’s release is nearby, Madison and Orange friends!

courtesy of the Wildlife Center of Virginia

Wildlife Center Patient #18-0132

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Yoga Class On Memorial Day & Some “Needy” Things

I have six “needy” Peaceful Hands Yoga things to cover with you today …

1) Need Yoga? Yes! There is class on Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day. Classes, per usual, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

2) Need Even More Yoga? The current “Mo’Spring” session is underway and is scheduled to run through Wednesday, June 27.  (You can join a session at any time, so no need to wait to unroll your mat.)

We will be off the first week of July (no classes on July 2 or July 4).  Our 11th annual YogaPalooza is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 9.  That special schedule – including Saturday classes and guest instructors – is being prepared and should be out later in June. Stay tuned …

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Spring Yoga, Cashews, & A Bobcat

Lots of things to cover today … here goes:

One Winter Class Left!

The current 8-week Winter Class session at Peaceful Hands concludes tomorrow, Monday, March 5.  4:30 & 6:00 p.m. Be sure to get your classes in!

New Spring Yoga Session Begins Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The 8-week Session is scheduled to run …

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New Year’s Day Morning Class & 2018 Winter Session Begins At Peaceful Hands

Morning Intention

It might be a holiday week at Peaceful Hands Yoga, but I hope you take some time to unroll your mat … even if it’s just to sneak in the quick 2-minute session we played with in recent weeks.

And, YES, time to get ready for our WINTER 2018 Yoga Session.

I meant to type this:

Make A Fit, Healthy, & Vibrant Year YOUR New Year’s Resolution.

Except when I typed it, it came out like this:

Make A Fit, Healthy, & Vibrant Year YOUR New Year’s Revolution.

And, I thought … hmmmm … maybe that’s not a typo after all.

Revolution means to “turn around” to bring one back to the starting point — to bring one back home.  Its root is “revolve.” And, for me anyway, Yoga seeks to turn me around and point me back home.

Revolve with me, won’t you?

Make Yoga Your New Year’s Revolution.

Here’s what’s up …

** Our Kundalini-inspired New Year’s Day Morning Yoga class is one of my favorite Peaceful Hands traditions and for 2018 I have a few little treats up my sleeve (plus, keep reading to find out how to get your New Year’s Day class FREE).

*** Our 8-week Winter Yoga session begins on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

 *** AND, The Wildlife Center of Virginia needs a little extra help from us through these winter days.

Monday, January 1, 2018, 9:30 a.m New Year’s Morning Yoga: It’s our traditional Kundalini-inspired Yoga class that will wring out the old and freshen up your energy for the New Year. Plus, I have a few fun, special treats planned for those who start their New Year with me!

$13 for Morning Yoga.

… IF YOU … Register and pay for the 2018 Winter session on Monday, your New Year’s Morning Class is FREE!

(Some of you have already paid for the 2018 session, and, yes, your class on Monday is free, too!)

The 8-week Winter Yoga Session


Mondays and Wednesdays

4:30 p.m. — Level 1

6:00 p.m. — Level 1 / Level 2

Peaceful Hands Fees – the same as they have been for the past seven years! 

8 Classes ~ $72 (take any eight classes during the session that work for your schedule)
Unlimited ~ $120 (take as many of the Monday/Wednesday classes during the session as you like)
Single Class ~ $13

(Cash/Check only. Please make checks payable to Peaceful Hands, LLC.)

More info on classes, including what to wear, what to bring, and where we are is right here.  Or, email me at

And, one more thing …

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is grateful for all the help the Peaceful Hands family gives to them throughout the year. And, they have a special request for this coming New Year’s Day.

Could you bring a can or two of pet food when you come to class?  Cat or dog, any brand.

Brie, one of their rehabbers wrote to us:

 “We are getting low on canned pet food and use it to feed a variety of patients from bobcats to crows/ravens to opossums.”

Mookie is delighted to donate a couple cans from our cat food pantry, especially if he can help the bobcats!

If your cat or dog would like to help too that would be wonderful.  Just bring to class!

Thank you for ALL the nice things you do to help the Wildlife Center of Virginia!

I hope to see you in 2018! Thank you, as always, for being part of the Peaceful Hands family. You inspire me and warm my heart in so many ways!

Holly, Jolly, Holidayiciously Yours, Jackie





Yes To Yoga & Open House Today! We’ll Be There!

Yes, we’ll be there!  While the forecast is a little unsettled — yes, I see those snowflakes outside — we settled on YES for today’s Yoga Class and Open House.

Yoga at 9:30 a.m. 

Open House from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you are concerned about the weather where you are … then, please, don’t stress. But, if you want to swing by … we’ll be there, along with lots of sweet and savory treats, and visitors from the Wildlife Center!

More info is here: Wildlife Center Open House & Yoga Class

I hope to see you!

Saturday Yoga & Open House — Just Say Yes!

SATURDAY UPDATE … YES!  The Yoga class and Open House is a YES for today.  We’re going to be there … and you’re invited, too.  But, if the weather is frightful where you are, no worries. But, if you can, we look forward to seeing you!

Yes, I saw the forecast, too.  It’s trying to snow on our Peaceful Hands Open House tomorrow.

Who’s to know?  You know the old Yoga saying – past is gone, future is unknowable, the only reality is the present moment.

And, at this present moment, I am taking a quick break from baking and cooking and getting things ready for our Yoga Class and Open House tomorrow!

So, Yes … there will be a free Yoga class at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, followed by an Open House for the Wildlife Center of Virginia – complete with lots of food and some special visitors from the Wildlife Center – from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Come for one, come for both! 

(Special thanks to Rod Sedwick who has worked tirelessly these past couple days to ensure we are toasty warm in the studio tomorrow.)

Did I mention door prizes?


Beautiful original artwork.   Photography from a world-renowned artist.  A basket of Yoga treats.  And, a gift certificate for a 90-minute Trager Bodywork session from Carrie Heitsch, CTP.  (You may know Carrie as the instructor for our balancing Saturday during YogaPalooza.)

I did mention food, didn’t I?  (Dr. Beier’s cheesecake is all ready for you.)

All you need to do is knock the snowflakes off of your shoes … bring a gift for the Wildlife Center … and join us!

More info, including the Wildlife Center “wish list” is here: Wildlife Center Wish List

With an eye toward the weather, I will post here, either way, on Saturday morning – thumbs up or thumbs down.

(I’m rooting “thumbs up!”)

And, if the snow does you in where you are, you may bring your Wildlife Center gifts to class or drop them at my massage studio.  (Just check in with me to arrange a time.)

This is my gift to you – my Peaceful Hands family.  And, this is our gift to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. More than 2,700 wild animals in need have come through their doors this year (and the year isn’t over yet!).  I am so grateful for all you do to help the Center throughout the year!

Randy and Lacy and Amanda will join us from the Center … and they will bring you the latest updates on the bear cubs and bobcats and their other patients.  (Please ask Lacy to tell you about the rare Fowler’s Toad who came in this year.)

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!