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 …


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

Don’t Be A Cashew!

When you bend over like a cashew, the rest of the world thinks you’re nuts. We always focus on healthy bending and folding in class, but sometimes our lifelong off-the-mat habits are hard to break.  Here’s a great reminder from a story on National Public Radio last week: The Lost Art of Bending Over

National Public Radio

Bobcat Release!

Many of you have been following the story of the bobcat that got hit by a Prius, ended up stuck in its grille, and was carried for miles on Thanksgiving Day. I’m happy to report, the bobcat has healed up and was released on Friday. Sure, I’m happy to report that, but I’m not as happy as the bobcat was … which you can see in the release video:


As always, thank you so much for all the supplies and food and generous support you provide that helped this bobcat and the many other patients at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. 

Anytime is a good time to unroll your Yoga mat, but there’s something special about the springtime … the sun turns warm and the energy around us becomes a little more vibrant.  It’s at this season of renewal and new growth that our Yoga can blossom into something new and amazing, too.

Spend your springtime with us, won’t you? I hope to see you on the mat!

Springaliciously Yours, Jackie

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.

This Week!

Yes, there is Yoga! Monday’s a holiday for some folks, but there is class tomorrow at Peaceful Hands, Monday, February 19 (and Wednesday the 21st, too.)  And, why yes, it will be a new year’s Tibetan Yoga class. How did you know? Plus, it’s the Year of the Dog. I wonder how we will we celebrate? Woof!

Peaceful Hands Spring Session Begins March 5

If the springtime weather holds up and there are no surprises, our current Winter session will conclude on Wednesday, February 28.  That means you have four classes left to get your make-ups in.  Don’t cheat yourself … unroll your mat with us! (If you need your class count for the session, just let me know.)

If all goes as planned, our new 8-week Spring session will begin on Monday, March 5.

Energy Medicine Yoga Workshop At Peaceful Hands

UPDATE: Annette’s Energy Medicine Yoga Workshop Has Been Rescheduled for SATURDAY, APRIL 7, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga. 

Energy Medicine Yoga works with the underlying energy systems of your body to communicate in a way it can understand. It combines yoga postures, breathing, and meditation with simple energy work using your hands to move its flow. Join Yoga Instructor Annette Hyde for this powerful 90-minute practice. Annette is a Level 2 Certified Energy Medicine Yoga Teacher and is one of only 12 in the U.S.

COST: $25. Or, if you’re registered in my Peaceful Hands Spring session (8-class or unlimited session) your cost is just $20 (a $5 savings!)

(If you’re one of my registered students and would like the $5 class discount please sign up with Annette directly at the email below, but also let me know that you have signed up and I will let her know that you’re a Peaceful Hands student and entitled to the savings!)

For more info or to sign up, contact Annette at yogannette@gmail.com


If you have any questions, general class info is here or drop me an email at jackie@peacefulhands.com

Wishing you all good things in this special Year of the Dog … and, as always, I look forward to unrolling my mat with you and sharing our Yoga together. 

Springiciously, Warmazingly, Dogtastically Yours, Jackie

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

Don’t Forget New Year’s Day Morning Yoga


These Were Woody Guthrie’s “New Year’s Rulin’s” For 1942

Number 31. Love Everybody.

If Woody was around today he would, I’m sure, have added …

34. Do More Yoga

And, I know he would start on New Year’s Day.

Start your year off at Peaceful Hands with a Kundalini-inspired class to wring out the old and make room for the goodness of 2018.

Class is at 9:30 a.m.

I have a little post-class treat for you so you can bring some Yoga home with you, too.

(And, don’t forget … if you’d like to help the Wildlife Center of Virginia … they’re running low on canned pet food. Please bring a can or two of cat or dog food to class this week — any size/any brand. Thank you!)

And, our Winter Session begins on Wednesday, January 3.

More details on the New Year’s Class (including how to get Monday’s class FREE) and our Winter Sesh’ is in this link here.

More info on Peaceful Hands Yoga, including directions to the studio, is in this link here.

I hope to see you soon!

In The Spirit Of Woody … May You Dream Good & Dance Better In 2018! ~ Jackie

Happy Thanksgiving …

How many pumpkins can fit in the back of a Subaru Outback?

The correct answer is: This many.

Thank you to the lovely Shanks family who have Madison Gardens on Route 29 and who donated all these pumpkins to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. The bear cubs are going to have a delicious treat on Thanksgiving! (And, yes, I counted as we loaded … there were 248 pumpkins loaded into the Subaru, if you include the ones piled up on the front passenger seat.)

Wishing you a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving. And, because some of you asked, I am sharing with you the blessings from our Yoga classes last week — along with some from previous Thanksgiving classes.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”  ~ Albert Schweitzer

This is, by far, my most favorite cartoon of all time … from Mutts

this moment mutts

I have looked for other blessings of gratitude over the years, and there are beautiful ones out there, but this is the one that I always come back to. It is from W.E.B. Du Bois, the tireless civil rights leader and author.

Give us thankful hearts … in this the season of Thy Thanksgiving. May we be thankful for health and strength, for sun and rain and peace. Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities, and let us ever remember that true gratitude and appreciation shows itself neither in independence nor satisfaction, but passes the gift joyfully on in larger and better form.

And, here’s a cornucopia of other gratitude blessings from our Yoga classes over the years …

Click here for the Gratitude Savasana and Energy Bridge instruction: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 1

Click here for another beautiful blessing that guided our meditation at the end of a previous Thanksgiving class: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 2

Here The Buddha explains why we should be thankful: So, Let Us All Be Thankful

And, for a beautiful poem of Gratitude from Harriett Kofalk that served as the foundation of one of our Thanksgiving Day Yoga practices: I Give Thanks

I’m sharing all these with you again to inspire you (“inspire” being simply the sneaky way of saying … I’m “reminding” you) to unroll your mat sometime this week … and infuse your practice with gratitude and a smile. Even if you do just one asana this week — just one — be grateful that you can.

May you have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving … including this moment. And, this moment. And, this one. And … 


5-Week (+One!) Holiday Yoga Session Begins 11/6

It happens every year around this time.

Things change color.

And, many of us get so busy with stuff during this time of year we don’t even notice. We busy ourselves so much, we miss the best parts.

Too busy?

Don’t “Too Busy” yourself out of good health. Don’t “Too Busy” yourself out of Yoga.

If not now, when? When will you let the “busy” stop and “you” begin?

How about … right now?

Give yourself a gift … time to restore. Time for Yoga. Join us.

The current Fall Session wraps up this week: Monday, October 30 and Wednesday, November 1.

Then this:

5-Week (+ One!) Holiday Yoga Session 2017

Peaceful Hands Yoga

Mondays & Wednesdays

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

Monday, November 6 through Monday, December 18

(No classes Thanksgiving Week.)

See what I did there? There’s an extra class tucked in. It’s a little stocking stuffer for you!

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 to reset and restore.

And, my little gift to you … Special Fees for this HOLIDAY Session:

6 Classes: $48 (take any SIX classes during the 5-week session)

Full Session: $75 (take as many of my Monday/Wednesday classes as you like!)
Drop In/Single Class: $13

Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio 
228 Warren Street in Orange, Virginia 
(Upstairs at the Sedwick Racquetball Club)

And, YES! We will have our special holiday meditation series (schedule out soon) and our special New Years Day Yoga class will be, you guessed it, New Years Day.

And, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, is our annual Yoga Class & Open House to benefit the Wildlife Center of Virginia.  Some special friends from the Wildlife Center will be joining us, so mark your calendar! (more on that soon, too).

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 jackie@peacefulhands.com or at 540-672-9528.


Fall Yoga Session At Peaceful Hands Begins Monday, September 11

There are many reasons why a Yoga class, with an instructor, is more beneficial in the long run than a Yoga DVD or online stream.

A live class can offer variety. There’s a reason why doing the same practice and poses over and over gets easier – eventually muscle memory takes over and cuts corners, at the expense of overall toning and flexibility. The more variety in your practice, the more the whole body benefits. And, your brain loves learning new things!

A class offers an opportunity for questions, new ways to think about your practice, camaraderie, and, importantly, a studio that is free from the distractions of home (although, occasionally the goats next to the studio will get to singing.)

Oh, and one more thing – a DVD or virtual teacher would never share a video of a cartoon cat doing Yoga.


You’re welcome.

Time to unroll your mat – and yourself.

The 8-week Fall Yoga Session at Peaceful Hands Yoga begins MONDAY.

Monday, September 11 thru Wednesday, November 1

Classes are Mondays & Wednesdays

4:30 p.m. — Level 1

6:00 p.m. — Level 1/Level 2

Same pricing as always.

$120 — unlimited Monday & Wednesday Classes

$72 — take any 8 classes during the 8-week session

$13 — single drop-in class

(Your first class with me is free.)

It’s never too early or too late to join a session, so if you’re thinking about Yoga, swing by and join us.

And, why not invite a friend to join you this session?

Yoga + Friends = Even Better Yoga

Peaceful Hands Yoga is located at 228 Warren Street, in the Sedwick Racquetball Club, in Orange, Virginia.

More Info, including studio directions, can be found here: Peaceful Hands Yoga General Info

Come for the Practice.  (And, the occasional cat video.)

I hope to see you on the mat!

Septemberally Yours, Jackie





Who’s Your Yoga Role Model?

There’s a belief that magazines and Instagram hold the secret to Yoga – that Yoga role models are the people in the pretzeliest poses, in the fanciest leggings, and with the prettiest flowing hair.

I’m not the pretzeliest one in my class, my leggings are boring, and as those of you who know me know, flowing hair … what?

And, so a flowing-haired pretzelly poser might not be the best role model for me.  And, maybe not for you either.

This is my Yoga role model.

thanks to my friend Tim Black for this awesome photo.

Hi, Mt. Shasta! How are you today?

I’ve come to learn that role models come in all shapes and sizes. And, sometimes a Yoga role model isn’t even a person at all.

Mt. Shasta reminds me of stillness and strength. Mt. Shasta also reminds me that Tadasana, the mountain pose, is more than just standing around waiting for another pose. It is being present, still, and strong. It is its own pose.

When I told a friend that Mt. Shasta was my muse, she got me this tee-shirt …


Sure, I like seeing what pretzelly poses they come up with on Instagram. I don’t discount anyone just because they have fancy leggings and many of them tell beautiful stories and share important Yoga tips.  But, I also learn something from everyone who comes to our Yoga classes. So, you, too, are my role models.

So, your homework this week – while Peaceful Hands classes are on break – is to find a few out-of-the-ordinary role models that can inspire your practice and I hope they will nudge you to unroll your mat and see where your Yoga can take you this week.

National Public Radio reported yesterday on a study that found that inactivity today does more than raise the risk of disease, it also reduces the ability to get around at all as we grow older. And, rebounding from prolonged inactivity becomes slower – much, much slower – as we grow older. The story is here.

So, do your Yoga today, so you can do your Yoga tomorrow.

(Fall Session at Peaceful Hands begins Monday, September 11. More details in a couple days … but, first, time to unroll my mat and see what Mt. Shasta inspires in me today.)

Shastafarianly Yours, Jackie