YogaPalooza: How “Flow” Can You Go?

Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word that means “to place in a special way.”

Or, more simply … it means “to flow” from pose to pose with mindfulness.

While some Yoga traditions translate Vinyasa on the mat into a seriously sweaty form of exercise, that sort of misses the point.

Vinyasa uses breath and mindfulness and drishti (steady gaze) to connect the movement of the practice regardless of how sweaty and fast or how gently and slowly you move. The intensity of the practice is up to you.

And, although there’s nothing wrong with Sun Salutations, Vinyasa practice can be much more than Sun Salutations, too!

This week in YogaPaloozaVille, how “flow” can you go?

Monday, July 16 ~ Vinyasa: Rock

We start from our rock – Tadasana, Mountain.

Wait. What Was That?

From Mountain, we’ll use breath and mindfulness and Drishti to move through a classic Vinyasa practice … clearing away the distractions that can impede our life flow.

Wednesday, July 18 ~ Vinyasa: Roll

A Yoga “flow” can begin anywhere – standing, sitting, even lying down.  Wednesday’s not-so-classic Vinyasa flow practice can lubricate sticky joints and rejuvenate body, mind, and heart. A little untraditional? A little off the beaten path? Sure. Just roll with it …

It’s never too late to unroll your mat with us in YogaPaloozaVille!  

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia 

The YogaPalooza schedule is here. General class info, including directions to the studio, is here.

Flow, Flow, Flow Your Boatingly Yours, Jackie

YogaPalooza 2018: Print The Calendar, Win A Prize!

“Move The Way Joy Makes You Move.”

Quick reminder — this is the last week of the Mo’Spring Yoga session with classes on Monday and Wednesday this week, 4:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m..  So be sure to get your classes in before we wrap up the session.

And, I know that some of you like to print the YogaPalooza calendar to keep track of the quirky summer schedule.  So, I’ve put together a downloadable copy in PDF format for you.  It makes a lovely addition to any refrigerator.  Or, take it with you.

Interesting photos of your calendar and you out in the world — at your office, on the beach, in the garden, out for a walk with your dogs, on the mat! — are always welcomed. And, yes, you’ll win a prize if your photo is the super-duper awesomest!

Email your YogaPalooza-ish photos to

Here’s the calendar: YogaPalooza 2018 Calendar

And, for more info on YogaPalooza, including details on the schedule, visit here: Ready … Set … It’s YogaPalooza 2018!

And, yes, please share the calendar with your friends — it would be great to welcome more friends to the Peaceful Hands Yoga community this summer and your referral and outreach would mean a great deal.  Thank you!

See you on the mat! 

Paloozfully Yours, Jackie

Ready … Set … It’s YogaPalooza 2018!

YogaPalooza 2018  – our 11th Annual Summer On The Mat – begins Monday, July 9 and is scheduled to run through Wednesday, August 29.

Every YogaPalooza class has a unique focus. Some are classic. Some are funky. Some sparkfully challenging. Some restfuliciously grounding.

Plus, two new guest instructors will bring their special Yoga spirits to two Saturday morning classes.

If you’ve never experienced YogaPalooza … 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.

I’m excited to share this year’s YogaPalooza 2018 calendar with you … 

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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 Class Update ~ New Session, Coming Right Up!


Give Yourself Permission To Unwind

A couple quick Peaceful Hands Yoga things for you today …


This week – Monday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 2 – are the final classes of the current Spring session. Be sure to finish up your sesh’ with a flourish as we take one more week to reconnect our body’s favorite – and only — ball-and-socket joints … hips and shoulders.


New session – 8 Weeks of Mo’Spring, Mo’Yoga – will begin on Monday, May 7 and run through Wednesday, June 27.

Same pricing and class discounts. All the general info, including class schedule, fees, studio directions, is here.

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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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No Yoga Tonight, Wed 2/21

Very sorry, friends!  I woke up in the middle of the night with fever and chills … not a good way to start a Wednesday.  So, I’m cancelling classes tonight (Wed, February 21) so that I can rest up and so I don’t expose you to any germs.

If you have a Yoga friend who might not get this message via email, could you let them know … just to save someone from making an extra trip.  Thank you!

We’ll extend the session accordingly so all our classes for the session get in.  Very sorry again … See you next week!  ~ Jackie

Peaceful Hands Yoga Update

Happy New Year – it’s Losar, Tibetan New Year!  “Losar Tashi Delek!” (That means I wish you good fortune in your new year.)

I like that Tibetan New Year usually falls near the start of spring. It just makes sense. It’s a time to start fresh, a time for renewal. And, with the warming temperatures outside, I can feel spring in my bones. Can’t you?

A couple Yoga reminders and an upcoming special Saturday workshop in March to tell you about.

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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!


No Yoga Tonight MONDAY, 1/8

There will be no Yoga classes at Peaceful Hands Yoga today. Very sorry for the short notice, but our sidewalk is already slick and there has been sleet in the area.  I wouldn’t want anyone out on icy roads or sidewalks just for class.

We’ll extend the session … and look forward to Wednesday’s class … it’s all about immune support!  Stay warm and safe today!

Carefulishously Yours, Jackie