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

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3 through MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018

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 jackie@peacefulhands.com

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!

Peaceful Hands Holiday Open House & Yoga Class ~ Benefiting The Wildlife Center of Virginia Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

On SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 join me for a special morning Yoga class and Holiday Open House at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, Virginia …

Benefiting
THE WILDLIFE CENTER OF 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.

(If you’re not up to Yoga, just come to the Open House, simple as that!)

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

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

The Wildlife Center of Virginia depends entirely on the generosity of individuals like us to support their life-saving work. They have cared for more than 2,600 wild animals this year … and new patients come in every single day.

screech owl babies

They all need our help ~ Please be generous!

Your kind help means these animals receive care … and, when they’re ready, they can be released back to their wild homes, just like this Great Horned Owlet released in Orange last month:

 

Even if you can’t make it to class … stop by anyway!

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Enjoy hot apple cider and deeee-licious sweet and savory treats. (The Peaceful Hands Test Kitchen is up and running … ) And, because I have anticipated your next question — YES! Dr. Beier’s Cheesecake will be there, too!

Enter to win a PEACEFUL HANDS HOLIDAY BASKET, filled with some of my favorite things and a few other giveaway surprises, too!

Visit with The Wildlife Center’s Executive Vice President Randy Huwa and other Wildlife Center staff who will be there to thank you for your support and to tell you about the wild patients you have helped this year — from bear cubs to hummingbirds.

Take A Pic with a wild critter, because they’re coming to the Open House, too! Maybe a raptor, maybe a possum, maybe a turtle, maybe an owl. I can’t tell you which Wildlife Center “Wild Ambassadors” will be there, 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 let others know about this Open House — it’s a great way to introduce new folks to our Yoga studio and to the work of the Wildlife Center.

I hope you’ll stop by. (I can’t eat all these cookies by myself, you know … plus, I want to see you!)  

If you can’t make it, you can still help the animals — just drop off your gift at my massage or Yoga studio.

 

bunnies

Look! Here are some bunny patients enjoying clover from Peaceful Hands’ Team Bunny!

Thank you, as always, for your kindness.

To learn more about the Wildlife Center of Virginia, their animals, and to check out their awesome LIVE Critter Cam, visit: Wildlife Center of Virginia.

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

Email me at jackie@peacefulhands.com or call 540-672-9528.  And, directions are here: Directions to Studio.

I hope to see you!  The weather is going to be perfect. (But, I’ll come up with a backup plan, just in case.)

 

You’re Invited! Wildlife Center Owl Release At Montpelier On Tuesday, 10/17

The Wildlife Center of Virginia invites you to join them tomorrow — Tuesday, October 17 — at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange. They’re releasing a young GREAT HORNED OWL back to the wild!

Great Horned Owl, Patient #17-0363 ~ The Star Of The Show

This owlet came to the Wildlife Center in April after falling from its nest. When the rescuer was unable to re-nest it, the owlet was brought to the Wildlife Center.

The Owlet, back in April. My, how it has grown!

Bright and feisty, the little owlet was eventually housed with an adult Great Horned Owl resident at the Wildlife Center who helped “raise” it by showing the owlet the ropes of hunting and life in the wild. The owlet’s healthy and ready to be free!

The owlet’s full Wildlife Center patient report is here.

There’s nothing like watching a wild animal get a second chance back in the wild.  It’s a special experience and will warm your heart. I’ll be there. I hope you will, too.

Here are the details:

The owlet will be released at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange County on Tuesday, October 17 at 6:15 p.m.  The release is open to the public.

Please RSVP to lkegley@wildlifecenter.org just so the Center can keep track of attendees.

Enter through the main gate on Route 20 [Constitution Highway] and follow signs to the Visitor Center.

Any other questions, you can let me know: jackie@peacefulhands.com  I hope to see you!

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.)

amanda-and-maggie-the-peregrine

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.

aromaland1

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.

aromaland2

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!

Holiday Open House is Saturday, December 10 ~ Check Out The Special Guest List!

Peaceful Hands Yoga’s Morning Class & Open House to benefit the Wildlife Center of Virginia is this Saturday, December 10 and I have a wonderful surprise for you this year!

maggie

Maggie, VIP (Very Important Peregrine)

This year, we’ll be joined by some wild friends from the Wildlife Center, including Maggie.  You may know Maggie as the young Wildlife Center Peregrine who is also the star of the new children’s book Maggie, The One-Eyed Peregrine Falcon.

If you’ve never seen a Peregrine close up … seriously, they’re pretty amazing.

ALL-LEVELS YOGA CLASS

Class at 9:30 a.m.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio

228 Warren Street in Orange, Virginia

Come to one! Come to both!

Lots of treats – sweet and savory – and hot cider. (And, yes, Dr. B is bringing one of his delicious cheesecakes for us!)

Door Prizes!  The 3rd Annual Yoga Book Giveaway!

Did I mention treats? (And, cheesecake?)

And, yes, animals from the Wildlife Center!

I’m so excited that we’ll be joined by Maggie and a couple other special Wildlife Center ambassadors.  (I hope Oscar and Wilson are joining Maggie … and, of course, we’ll have Yoga poses in class to celebrate all three!)

Amanda and Lacy, Wildlife Center humans, will be joining us, too.

maggie-and-amanda

Amanda and Maggie

lacy

Lacy

They’ll be there, along with Randy, to answer your questions about the animals the Center cares for and, I know, they join me in thanking you for your kind generosity to the Wildlife Center throughout the year.

Please bring a gift for the Wildlife Center if you can.

1) Make a cash/check donation to the Wildlife Center of Virginia or, 2) bring a bag filled with helpful supplies for the Center. Please choose items from this list:

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

The Wildlife Center of Virginia depends entirely on the generosity of individuals like us to support their life-saving work. They have cared for more than 2,000 wild animals this year … and new patients come in every single day.

I hope you’ll stop by. This is also my opportunity to thank you for being part of the Peaceful Hands family this year.  And, bring a friend — this is a great opportunity to introduce your friends to our Yoga community. 

I thank you for all your kindnesses.

To learn more about the Wildlife Center of Virginia, their animals, and to check out their awesome LIVE Critter Cam, visit them here: Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Need info? Email me at jackie@peacefulhands.com or call 540-672-9528.  And, directions are here: Directions to Studio.

 

Peaceful Hands Holiday Open House & Yoga Class ~ Benefiting The Wildlife Center of Virginia. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

On SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016 join me for a special morning Yoga class and Holiday Open House at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, Virginia …

This class will benefit
THE WILDLIFE CENTER OF 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.

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

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

The Wildlife Center of Virginia depends entirely on the generosity of individuals like us to support their life-saving work. They have cared for more than 2,400 wild animals this year … and new patients come in every single day.

baby-possum3

bear-cub-in-treechickadee patient

4ee3d-squirrel2b2014

screech owl babies

They all need our help ~ Please be generous!

Even if you can’t make it to class … stop by anyway!

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Enjoy hot apple cider and deeee-licious sweet treats. And, maybe some savory things, too. (The Peaceful Hands Test Kitchen is still working on the menu … )

Enter to win a PEACEFUL HANDS HOLIDAY BASKET, filled with some of my favorite things and a few other surprises, too!

Take a Book, because it’s our third annual FREE Yoga book giveaway! 

Visit with The Wildlife Center’s Executive Vice President Randy Huwa who will be there to thank you for your support and to tell you about the wild patients you have helped — from bear cubs to hummingbirds.

Bring a friend. You don’t have to do Yoga to come by. And, please let others know about this Open House — it’s a great way to introduce new folks to our Yoga studio and to the work of the Wildlife Center.

I hope you’ll stop by. (I can’t eat all these cookies by myself, you know … plus, I want to see you!)  

Here are just a couple of things the Peaceful Hands family has done to help support The Wildlife Center and its patients this year.

You gathered clover, garden greens, and acorns through our “Team Bunny” program, provided lots of brown paper bags for the daily feeding of the bear cubs, and saved an orphaned squirrel in our parking lot before the 4:30 class this summer. (That squirrel, by the way, made it through a-ok and just last week was released in Madison County at the Beier’s farm.)

bunnies

Team Bunny clover in action!

Thank you, as always, for your boundless kindnesses.

To learn more about the Wildlife Center of Virginia, their animals, and to check out their awesome LIVE Critter Cam, visit: Wildlife Center of Virginia.

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

Email me at jackie@peacefulhands.com or call 540-672-9528.  And, directions are here: Directions to Studio.

I hope to see you!  The weather is going to be perfect. (But, I’ll come up with a backup plan, just in case.)

 

Team Bear: Beggin’ for Bags.

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

bear

The Wildlife Center has admitted a record 28 bears this year and seven of them are currently living in a big outdoor bear enclosure.

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

dinnertime-for-bears

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.)

mealtime-for-bears

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

mealtime-for-bears2

Mealtime is often followed by naptime — often falling asleep right in their food.

The Request: Can you spare a few brown paper grocery bags to help with the Center’s daily feeding?  (If the bags have paper handles on them – like the ones you get at Whole Foods and Trader Joes – that’s even better for tossing over the fence.)

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

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.

And, here’s one of my favorite videos of the cubs exploring their new home in May.  They’re much bigger now. (Be sure to watch that little cub who’s so careful as he reaches his paw out into the straw.)

 

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

“Team Bunny” Needs You!

dd5f8-bunny14

Garden Greens Are YUM!

It’s time to activate TEAM BUNNY for 2016!

During the last few years, “Team Bunny” – a dedicated group of the Peaceful Hands Yoga community – has been providing organic greens, clover, and dandelions to patients at the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

The Wildlife Center has come to us for help again this year.

It’s the Center’s annual spring influx of rabbits (many are tiny orphan bunnies) – they arrive at the Center every day, sometimes delivered in shoe boxes, sometimes wrapped in towels.

Last year, the Center cared for 320 cottontails. That’s a lot of bunnies … and each one needs to eat.

These patients don’t particularly like the regular “hospital fare” the Center provides. (And, really, who does like hospital food?) But, what baby bunnies and their friends DO love is snacking on dandelion greens and clover.

Would you be willing to donate a bag of dandelions and clover from your yard?

(Yes, really. I am asking for your garden weeds.)

Peaceful Hands Yoga students & massage clients have provided many, many, many pounds of natural greens to feed Wildlife Center patients. In recognition of this kindness, the Peaceful Hands’ family has been dubbed “Team Bunny.”

In addition to the rabbits, our greens also are used to feed other patients at the Center, including bear cubs and box turtles.

team bunny1 2015

One of the many Wildlife Center patients who enjoyed “Team Bunny” greens in 2015.

“Team Bunny rocks!  … Exposing them to the natural foods that they will eat in the wild is the best way to wean them from formula onto solid foods.  It also acclimates them to hiding in vegetation to protect them from predators.” ~ Dr. Kelli Knight, Assistant Director of Veterinary Services, Wildlife Center of Virginia

Join “TEAM BUNNY” by donating a bag — or 2 or 3 — of greens and help feed the bunnies!

Here’s how …

If you’re out in your yard, garden, or pasture (in untreated, pesticide- and chemical-free areas only, please) and you wander across some dandelions and/or clover, the Wildlife Center would love to have them! Fresh is better, of course, so if you’re coming to class or have a massage scheduled, pull them up in the morning sometime and bring them in with you. Or drop them off at my massage studio any time during the week.

Here’s what the Center can use:

  • Dandelions – especially the green leafy parts
  • Clover
  • Lettuce – dark green varieties
  • Kale, Collards, or other “Greens”

A little bag. A big bag. Every little bit helps.

The rabbits and others will need the bounty for many weeks to come. And, soon the goslings and ducklings will benefit from your donations as well.

And, a happy, eating rabbit is a healing rabbit (or duckling or bear cub or turtle), and that makes the job easier for the Center’s Vets and Rehabbers.

Email me with questions at jackie@peacefulhands.com.

In Yoga, the generous donation of time, service, and gifts to those in need is known as Seva.

Team Bunny is Seva in action.

Thank you for all you do to help the wildlife around us.