Fall Yoga Session Begins Sept 4!


There was a time when being “grounded” was the result of extremely poor teenage choices. Not a good thing.

You remember being grounded, right? (What, just me?)

Things sure change, don’t they?

Today, being grounded – being in the present moment – is one of the greatest gifts we give ourselves and, often, one of the most elusive.

Yoga tries to bring you back … to the present moment … to the here and now. To a place of peace, well-being, and possibilities.

Why not unroll your mat and see? Continue reading

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

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 … 


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

Peaceful Hands Yoga ~ New Location in Orange, VA

mats mats matsPeaceful Hands Yoga has moved!

We’re now located at 228 Warren Street, Orange, Virginia at the Sedwick Racquetball Courts.

A deep bow of thanks to those who came out yesterday to help move the studio and set it up again in its new home ~ Barb and Donnie and Dotty and Joe and Randy and Sandy and Susie.  While moving a Yoga studio is a pretty easy endeavor (very little heavy lifting), it still takes time and love to get things set up “just so.”

I will miss the little studio that served us well for the past two years.

one last lookOne last look. One last goodbye.

all packed upIf you think moving a Yoga studio is easy … yes, you’re right. Roll up the mats, pile up the pillows, and don’t forget to pack Shiva!

blocks are packedThe blocks are stacked. The mats are rolled. And, Buddha is down from his perch near the ceiling. Time to go … 

mat cleaningOnce everything was moved to the new space, we cleaned up the loaner mats … and when we unrolled them all, we realized just how much more space we will now have!

the unpackersThe Unpackers!

the hanger uppersThe Hanger-Uppers!

ocean cornerThe Ocean Wall includes a little nook for tucking away blocks and straps and mats and peaceful things.

wall o matsWe have so much more space that I ran out of my strands of colored lights before I ran out of wall.

shiva in the houseShiva’s In The House!

And, after only a couple hours of moving and stacking and moving and unpacking, Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio is ready for you. The mats are ready. The room has been smudged with incense to bless it. And, all that’s left now …

time to ring the bell… is to ring the bell.

Special Classes This Week:


4:30 p.m. ~ Level 1

6:00 p.m. ~ Level 1 / Level 2

9:30 a.m. ~ A Kundalini-Inspired New Year’s Class


If you sign up for the 8-week/8-class session ($72/8 classes) … take either the New Year’s Eve OR New Year’s Day class FREE.

OR … Sign up for the unlimited 8-week session ($120) and take BOTH the New Year’s Eve AND New Year’s Day classes FREE.

Eight-Week Winter Session begins Monday, January 5, 2015.  Regular classes are:

Mondays & Wednesdays
4:30 p.m. ~ Level 1
6:00 p.m. ~ Level 1 / Level 2


I hope to see you on your mat!

I’m beginning to transition to this website for my Yoga schedules and updates. In the meantime, if you need additional information, click here for general information about my classes or contact me at jackie@peacefulhands.com or 540.672.9528.


Peaceful Hands Yoga ~ New Location on Warren Street in Orange, VA

Peaceful Hands Yoga has moved!

We’re now located at 228 Warren Street in Orange, Virginia at the Sedwick Racquetball Courts.

The move was smooth and easy … You can check out some photos of Moving Day and of our new studio.  Click here.

All that’s missing now … is you!

Special Classes this week on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day! Winter Session Begins Monday, January 5.

Details are here.

Peaceful Hands Yoga Moves To Warren Street In Orange

changeOver the past 12 years, Peaceful Hands in Orange, Virginia has become a Yoga family and I’m grateful to everyone who has been part of our classes — those who come every week and those who are only able to come once in awhile. You are a special part of the Peaceful Hands Yoga family.

And, now I’m delighted to invite you to our new Yoga home …

Beginning December 31 (New Years Eve!) we’ll be located at the Sedwick Racquetball Courts (in the upstairs studio). The address is 228 Warren Street in Orange … very easy to find (directions below).

This change brings many new benefits. First and foremost, a lot more space to stretch out comfortably and play in a nice wide-open studio! Plus, more parking and easier in-and-out before and after class.

While our address is changing … the spirit of Peaceful Hands Yoga remains the same.


Look … our Ocean Wall has already arrived!

I hope you and your Yoga mat will take the new studio out for a spin.

(My massage studio will remain in downtown Madison.)

Here’s our upcoming schedule.

*** Last class of our current HOLIDAY session is this Monday, December 15. Be sure you get your Yoga in before the Christmas break. This is our last class in our current studio.

I also have some lovely items available for Christmas stocking stuffers and gifts, including CDs for peaceful meditation and restful sleep, beautiful handmade origami stars and birds for decorating trees and packages, and a limited number of those awesome “sticky” Yoga gloves that keep you from sliding off of your mat.

And, of course, holiday gift certificates for massage or Yoga … or both! Do a bit of shopping before or after Monday’s class!

*** Make a healthy, fit, and vibrant 2015 your New Year’s Resolution!

And, begin that commitment with Yoga classes on New Year’s Eve AND New Year’s Day:

Wednesday, December 31, New Year’s Eveclasses at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. ~

Thursday, January 1, New Year’s Day ~ class at 9:30 a.m.


And, what could make these classes even sweeter? What if they were free?? If you sign up for the upcoming 8-week Winter Session (which begins Monday, January 5), you can get one — or BOTH — classes for Free!

Here’s the Free-Deal … Come to class on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, and if you sign up and pay for the upcoming 8-week Winter Session … take ONE of these classes for Free.

Or, an even “Free-er” Free-Deal … Sign up for the UNLIMITED class option and BOTH the Wednesday AND Thursday class are free for you!

Our 8-Week 2015 Winter Session will begin on Monday, January 5.

Classes on Mondays & Wednesdays

4:30 p.m. ~ Level 1

6:00 p.m. ~ Level 1 / Level 2

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

Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio

228 Warren Street
at Sedwick Racquetball Courts
Orange, Virginia

From The North End of Orange via Route 15: Turn left at the McDonald’s onto May Fray Avenue. Cross the train tracks and go through the light at Main Street (7-11 intersection). Go approx. 2 blocks and follow the orange Route 20 Detour signs which will guide you to a right turn onto Warren Street. The road curves around and then you’ll see the gold metal building on the right — that’s the place!

From the South End of Orange via Route 15: Turn right at the signal light at Route 20 (Dairy Korner/Exxon intersection). Go approx 1/4 mile. Turn left onto Warren Street (the Rescue Squad is on the corner). Go about 1 block and the gold metal building is on your left!

General: An online map to the studio is here: http://mapq.st/1GzfCwR

There’s no sign on the building at the moment, but that will be coming soon!

You may park anywhere in front of or along side the building, or in that big open area to the right of the building. Enter through the front door. (Please do not use the side entrance steps; that door will be locked.) The Yoga studio is on the second floor.

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May your holidays be filled … with Peace … Love … & Yoga! 🙂